Friday, July 15, 2011

Pick O' the Week - July 15

It's that time of year again. Time for another Harry Potter film to be released. While there are certainly other films available for viewing in theatres I have been waiting for this one for some time so there is little doubt it will be my pick of the week...

In Theatres: Surprise! It's the last Harry Potter installation, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 complete with epic battle, requited love, death life and everything in between. And for those of you who have not been enjoying this franchise, it is the relief of knowing that there won't be any more 'Wizard with Glasses' movies to be had. While I haven't yet seen the film, based on the reviews I've had a chance to read it's quite good. In fact of all the reviews that I've seen only one was decidedly negative and it ends up reading a little like a jealous neighbour. Either way, you can rest assured that these films will not be forgotten any time soon.

At Home: Barney's Version, based on the novel by celebrated Canadian author Mordecai Richler follows the life of Barney (Paul Giamatti) and what a complex and interesting life it is. Matt wrote a positive review of it here and it has met decent reviews from most critics and is certainly one to be seen. Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver and Canada's own Rachel Lefevre also star.

On TV: Damages, starring Glenn Close and Rose Byrne. This thriller starts from the middle of the story and then jumps back, with consistent shifts between what is actually occurring and the history of how the characters got to where they are. Helmed beautifully, the tension is palpable and you find yourself unsure of what is going to happen next. Consistenly a surprise until the very end, Damages will have you on the edge of your seat. Available via Netflix Canada.

Retro Re-watch: The Evil Dead trilogy, but more specifically I'm referring mostly to Army of Darkness as it was my favourite. All that aside, there's something wonderful about the kitsch of Sam Raimi and Co's first feature films that make it worth watching. There's nothing quite like a low budge, 80's horror film to scare the crap out of you (or make you laugh). Having recently found out that someone has optioned the film for a remake I urge you to go see the originals before someone ruins it by making it 3D. I also suggest reading Bruce Campbell's autobiography, If Chins Could Kill as he talks about the making of and hoopla after the first films.

The other thing you realize when you grab the trailers for these 80's films is how far trailers have come. We complain a lot about them...but at least they make sense these days, even if they do give everything away.

1 comment:

  1. Saw Harry Potter last night, will hopefully find time to sit down and review it this weekend.

    Damages is great. I love it! Season 4 just started this week and I am excited for it to be back after more than a year.