On demand: Shaun the sheep finds alien life in ‘Farmageddon’
Here is an interesting new release available now from cable and digital providers as well as titles currently available for streaming.
Video on Demand
“Olympic Dreams”: Jeremy Teicher and his wife, 2016 Olympic runner Alexi Pappas, were able to use an artist-in-residency program from the International Olympic Committee to make their utterly charming new comedy, which premiered at SXSW last year. Filmed entirely during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, we get an unexpected meet-cute between a cross-country skier named Penelope (Pappas) and a volunteer dentist named Ezra (Nick Kroll). Largely improvised and filled with Olympic athletes from around the world, the film plays like a breezier version of Richard Linklater's Before trilogy. It also manages to be sharply observational while illustrating the potential loneliness of athletes at this level of competition. American skier Gus Kenworthy also turns in a surprisingly warm performance as (a version of) himself and conveys the right amount of sweetness and humor. (Cable and digital VOD)
Also on streaming services
“After Parkland”: Two years after the horrific shooting that took the lives of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Valentine's Day 2018, this documentary takes us inside the city of Parkland directly after the tragedy. Co-directors Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman spent time not only with several students who survived the attack but also with the parents of some of the kids who tragically did not. The film doesn't editorialize its subjects or the gun control debate, it simply shows us people who are trying to make it through day by day. The impact resonates through interviews with kids like David Hogg and Victoria Gonzalez, who both take different paths for healing and activism. If there is a misstep here, it's that we don't really see how much many of these kids were attacked on social media after the shooting by conspiracy theorists and gun advocates. Some of the most emotional moments come from interviews with Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter Meadow, and Manuel Oliver, who lost his son Joaquin in the shooting. As the school year resumes, they have to be supportive of their other children and students during events like prom and graduation despite intense grief. This film is a powerful testament to the resilience of a community that will never be the same. (Hulu)
“A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon": The team at stop-motion animation studio Aardman follows up "Early Man" with this zany sequel that finds Shaun and his friends discovering that an alien has crash-landed on the farm. Overseas, it was nominated for best animated film at the British Academy Awards and won best effects at the British Independent Film Awards. (Netflix, 4K Ultra HD available)