The big theatrical release this week is the final chapter of the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows: Part 2. I’ll be catching it this weekend and I’m going in with bittersweet expectations, as it's one of those films that should be seen on the big screen and taken in for one last time before they disappear forever. Big studios would never take a chance on putting their summer slate out on video-on-demand for audiences before the films open in theaters, so it's nice to give credit to a few independent distributions (IFC, Magnolia, Film Movement, etc.) who take chances on smaller niche films and give audiences a chance to have access to them.
Not really knowing too much about films on demand can make for a great thrill in discovering a new talent, an entertaining story, or compelling characters, but on the flipside, sometimes you can understand why some of these smaller independent studios don’t necessarily put a ton of advertising, marketing, and promotion into their VOD films. Just as some of us get sucked into a bad movie on TNT, TBS, or—God forbid—Fox 29, I sometimes stumble onto on-demand movies, looking for something new or that might not open here. One of those films available through your cable provider (Comcast, DIRECTV, Time Warner), online (Amazon.com), or on iTunes is Jacob Tierney’s oddball Canadian comedic mystery Good Neighbors. Good Neighbors will be opening in a few theaters at the end of July and will still be available on-demand; even if the film doesn’t open in the Twin Cities, however, the film is still worth a look despite some major story flaws.MORE »