Friday, June 3, 2011

Pick O The Week - June 3

I honour of my mother's srphmh-tieth birthday I thought it only fitting to use that to make my picks this week with that in mind. To that end this we have a little family, a little mother and a little retro glory.

Happy Birthday Ma.

In Theatres: Unfortunately there isn't anything in theatres this week that I can recommend. However The First Grader, a film I have been looking forward to wholeheartedly is now in theatres. Rather than leave you with no suggestion for this week I will say, "try this one," and will be linking a review as soon as I've had a chance to watch it myself.

At Home: Mother and Child follows the paths of three very different women and how their lives have been affected by adoption. Starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L Jackson, this film boasts accomplished and subtle performances as well as a side of Samuel L Jackson's talent that is not often experienced. Matt reviewed the film on TheFFFurbelow this past November and the full review can be read here.

On TV: If you haven't had the opportunity to check it out yet HBO's Game of Thrones boasts the largest cast of interrelated characters on television. So much so that their website includes a watcher's guide which explains all the family alliances and bloodlines in detail. What's more, the system is set up to adjust information on each character as the program progresses, ensuring no spoilers are left (though as we're waiting on episode 8, I would be careful about reading through it just yet). While there are small things that could be improved here or there, overall it is a strong series that keeps me wanting more. For my full review following the pilot please click here.

Retro re-watch: Well, this one was incredibly difficult as 1951 seems to have been quite the year in film. Boasting the release not only of The African Queen (for which a Mr. Humphrey Bogart won his second of three Oscars), but also of Disney's original Alice in Wonderland, An American in Paris (Gene Kelley & Leslie Caron), and A Streetcar Named Desire starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh (who also won her second of three Oscars for the film). However, while you should certainly set aside the time to see all these films, I've chosen the Hitchcock offering Strangers on a Train for this week's retro re-watch as it is still a clever and thrilling portrayal of the lengths that a person can be pushed to by fear. Starring Farley Granger, Ruth Roman and Robert Walker this film is an example of how the basic plot of Horrible Bosses was done the first time, and successfully. Enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. FYI - two of the films that Matt mentioned in his summer picks are coming out this weekend so keep an eye out for forthcoming reviews on those.

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