Friday, April 1, 2011

Pick O' The Week - April 1

The three Fs in my life (friends, fun and food) demanded that my choices for the picks of the week be slightly delayed this Friday. Siobhan is equally at fault, since she is both friend and cohort in the fun. Unfortunately April Fools gives us very little excitement. The first three months of 2011 have been incredibly underwhelming and I can say without hesitation that I have not been excited for a single film this year. Next week, things will change with the release of Hanna starring Saorise Ronan and Cate Blanchett. Let's not waste too much time talking!

  • In Theatres: Absolutely nothing! I am unable to offer a single title worth checking out this week. Unless you are catching up on Oscar nominees, forget the theatre this week. If you are eager to see a new film this weekend, try Mildred Pierce, HBO's five-part miniseries that premiered this past Sunday. Starring Kate Winslet and directed by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven), the first two parts have me hooked! I will offer a full review after the miniseries has ended.

  • At home: Far From Heaven, Starring Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven is a beautifully shot and expertly acted film about a suburban housewives in the 1950s whose life begins to crumble. Personally, this is Julianne Moore's finest performance, and Todd Haynes does an incredible job soaking his film in rich and beautiful colours. Available on Netflix.

  • On TV: The Good Wife, I will get Siobhan to watch this! The Good Wife could be seen as just another courtroom drama, but the writers and the actors have allowed this sophomore series to grow into Tueday night's must-see drama. Julianna Margulies is joined by Christine Baranski and Archie Panjabi in supporting roles and these three women are the heart and soul of the series. I will offer a Quick Look at the series this weekend.

  • Retro re-watch: Body Heat, Kathleen Turner's film debut is a terrific noir with great performances from both Turner and William Hurt. Turner plays a woman who has an affair with Hurt and convinces him to murder her husband. Unfortunately Body Heat is not available on Netflix in Canada, but you can read my review of the film at TheFFFurbelow, and you can watch the trailer on YouTube.

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