Friday, March 25, 2011

Pick O' the Week - March 25

Initially I was thinking that this week's picks should be a tribute to Miss Elizabeth Taylor and her enduring legacy.  And then I thought, well, wasn't Elizabeth all about taking charge and standing up for what she believed in?  Shouldn't we perhaps use her memory as a jumping off point rather than simply choosing various films from her career.  And so, without further ado...this week's picks:

  • In theatres: Sucker Punch, though not yet reviewed by CineCritical, promises to make up for in visuals what it lacks in plot points.  Having enjoyed the cinematography in Zach Snyder's films thus far I intend to see for myself whether these ladies can actually kick butt.  Please forgive my indiscretion.  Having now seen this travesty I apologize from the bottom of my heart for anyone who may have gone to see this at my urging.  Here's why.

  • At home: Whip It sees Drew Barrymore in her directorial debut and leading star Ellen Page and co-stars that include Eve, Zoe Bell, Juliette Lewis, SNL's Kristen Wiig and Marcia Gay Harden through this rough and tumble film.  When it turns out that voice involves all women's roller derby, Bliss (Page) must defy her mother's wishes and prove that she has what it takes in this coming of age story.

  • On TV: Weeds sees Mary Louise Parker, a recently widowed mother of two desperately trying to solve her family's growing financial troubles. After a series of setbacks Nancy Botwin becomes the breadwinner of her family in the only way she can: by pushing the envelope and becoming a drug dealer, providing marijuana to the residents of her quiet suburban neighbourhood.

  • Retro re-watch: A League of Their Own starring Gina Davis and Tom Hanks as well as Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell (and any number of familiar supporting faces) follows the first National Women's Baseball League.  The league began during the second world war to keep the folks at home entertained and the stadiums paid for and the film is an endearing and powerful testament to the strength of women in wartime.


  1. Sometimes I think you live in my head. I have been itching to watch A League of Their Own for weeks!