Friday, May 20, 2011

Pick O' the Week - May 20

So it's Victoria Day weekend here in Canada, which means even MORE time to head to the movies! But, it's getting increasingly difficult to recommend decent films these days as even the blockbusters are a little ho-hum this year. And so with this weeks pick I'm hearkening back to a review of Matt's from a few weeks ago...

In Theatres: Win Win stars Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Barney's Version) as a down-on-his-luck lawyer who gives in to temptation and does something very stupid to try and keep his family afloat. Alternately poignant and funny, this light-hearted dramedy is enjoyable from start to finish with strong performances from both Giamatti and co-star and onscreen wife Amy Ryan (The Wire). Click here for Matt's full review.

At Home: The Fighter won Christian Bale an Oscar for his portrayal of down on his luck Dickie Eklund, the former boxer turned coach to brother "Irish" Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg). The film includes a whole host of talented actors and while it may not be exactly true to life (there was a documentary on drug use which included Dickie in 1995 and shows him around the time The Fighter charts) the pacing and strong character driven performances make it a winner.

On TV: I have really been enjoying Community lately and I think you should too! While the majority of the shows revolve around inane and mostly insular subjects, the way they deal with it is both funny and clever. And I love me some clever writing. You can read my Quick Look here but suffice it to say if you like 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation or the Office, you just may enjoy being a part of the Community. That's right, I punned it.

Retro re-watch: I've been racking my brain trying to figure out what bit of retro awesome to share this week and have come up with nothing. So I scoured my DVD collection and decided that I felt like watching Empire Records because I have really been missing the feel good movies of the 80's and 90's (does that mean I'm getting old?). Set in a record store that's about to go under, the film stars before-they were-well-known Liv Tyler, Renee Zellwegger, Anthony LePaglia, and Ethan Embry. With a killer soundtrack that may just become your theme song for the weekend....

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