Friday, April 29, 2011

Pick O' the Week - April 29

It is once again my turn to offer my picks for the week, and once again there are very few options in cinemas. Fast Five, Siobhan's pick last week, has some surprisingly decent reviews (currently 79% on Rotten Tomatoes). I think the most exciting release of the week is the trailer for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. At least it has made me for excited for the upcoming summer season. Summer can't get here soon enough, with winter seeming to want to hang on a little too long in these parts.

Here we are, with my picks of the week!

In Theatres: A bit of a stretch, considering it premiered at Cannes in 2010, but I am picking Certified Copy, which stars the Cannes Best Actress winner Juliette Binoche. The film, which transpires over the course of one day, concerns a French antiques dealer who attends a British author's talk in Italy.

At Home: Continuing the trend of French cinema, I have chosen Guillaume Canet's expert thriller Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne), which stars a fantastic François Cluzet. Cluzet has struggled after the death of his wife eight years ago and his world is once again shaken when surveillance footage of a woman looking like his wife is emailed to him. Kristin Scott Thomas, a scene stealer in French, co-stars.

On TV: The Wire often gets overlooked amongst the many great shows HBO has produced. It is a gritty police drama set in Baltimore. The size of its cast rivals The Sopranos and its plot can be as confusing as HBO's newest gem, Game of Thrones, but this show succeeds because it blurs the lines between heroes and villains while rooting the show in a very harsh reality.

Retro Re-watch: Krzysztof Kieślowski's trilogy Three Colours (Trois Couleurs) is an incredible piece of cinema. Blue stars Juliette Binoche, White stars Julie Delpy, and Red stars Irène Jacob. The colours represent the three colours of the French flag and the three films are influenced by the three tenets of the French republic: liberty, equality and fraternity. All three films are great on their own merits, but together they form a brilliant trilogy.

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