Friday, April 15, 2011

Pick O' the Week - April 15

Siobhan did a great job last week linking her picks of the week with a single theme. Unfortunately, I offer you no such extravagance. I am feeling quite underwhelmed this week when it comes to movies. This may be due to the fact that we are seeing Sara Bareilles live on Sunday! So many concerts coming up this spring, and I am trying to decide whether or not I should coerce someone to go see Yelle in early May. Anyway, I shall make my picks and hope that they can remind me of the magic of the cinema!



In Theatres: Win Win was released into greater limited release, and it looks like a quirky comedy starring Paul Giamatti. I am drawn to it because of my love for Amy Ryan, who was pretty awesome on The Wire. Giamatti plays Mike Flaherty, an attorney who finds happiness away from work and family by coaching a perennially winless high school wrestling team. Things change when Kyle, a star athlete, joins the team.

At Home: I Am Love, starring Tilda Swinton, is a visually stunning film. Swinton, an adventurous and extremely talented English actress, learned to speak Italian with a Russian affectation for the film, which she co-produced. I was speaking with someone today about Milan and it reminded me of the exquisite beauty of this film, which I reviewed at TheFFFurbelow when it was released last July. It is available on Netflix.

On TV: Better Off Ted is the kind of television show that was never able to thrive on network television. It was too clever and too quirky for a large audience. I am always keen to compare it to Arrested Development, which also starred Portia de Rossi. It is a hilarious office satire with a great cast and it deserved more than 26 episodes. Thankfully both season one and two are available on Netflix.

Retro re-watch: Hannah and Her Sisters, my favourite Woody Allen film. Three months into CineCritical and here is my first mention of my favourite director. If there is one film guaranteed to cure me of my lack of inspiration, it is Hannah and Her Sisters.

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