Friday, July 8, 2011

Pick O' the Week - July 8

Here we are, my first full week of summer vacation and another week closer to the final installment of Harry Potter (I have my tickets for Thursday at midnight (and not in 3D!), do you?). The movie studios are still not giving us very much to work with in theatres this week. The major hit at the box office last weekend was Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Television is at least giving us a lot more pleasure, with new seasons of True Blood, The Big C and (hopefully) the final season of Weeds.

Before I offer my picks of the week, here is a great L.A. Times blog article about one of the biggest surprises's of the summer, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. It is definitely worth seeing!

In Theatres: As I said, there is not much choice, but I suggest trying to find an old favourite that has made its way back to theatres for a single weekend run. As I was perusing the movie listings, there was one title that jumped at me. The Muppets Take Manhattan is by far my favourite Muppett movie and is always worth seeing. It is playing this weekend in Toronto. Another choice, go see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 to prepare for next week!

At Home: Unfortunately overlooked in the post-Little Miss Sunshine Oscar craze, Sunshine Cleaning is charming gem starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt as sisters who find themselves running a crime scene clean up service. It is funny and touching and you can catch it on Netflix.

On TV: Another show that has started anew this summer, Futurama has become funnier and more topical since its original run on television during the early 2000s. The entire cast is back for the second half of the show's seventh season, and fans new and old will love the satirical approach to life in the future.

Retro Re-watch: I cheated a little and watched it last night, but Romancing the Stone is a great 80s adventure directed by Robert Zemeckis. The 1984 film starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas mixes action adventure with romantic comedy. Kathleen Turner is a great actress and I would also suggest making a night of it and watching Body Heat (1981) and Peggy Sue Got Married (1986, the only one available on Netflix).

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