Friday, August 12, 2011

Pick O' the Week - Aug 12

We are fast approaching the Toronto International Film Festival here in the T-dot and it is a time where the city becomes a meeting ground for stars and star gazers alike. But before we succumb to the unbridled lust for fame that causes many of those in the city to wander the streets with their cameras, let's take a look at what the main stream media is offering us this week.

In Theatres: The much anticipated movie The Help is released in theatres this week as well as the comedy 30 Minutes or Less and Glee 3D. But as I've not yet had the pleasure of seeing these offerings my suggestion if you're heading to the movies is Captain America. It might be that the film is set during the second world war (giving it a certain emotional weight), or that Marvel seems to have ironed out some of the plotting issues they had with Thor but this film manages to re-capture what so many enjoyed about the first Iron Man. It has heart. Read my full review here.

At Home: There are several choices for home viewing this week depending on your tastes. Meek's Cutoff was released on the 8th, starring Michelle Williams and Canada's own Bruce Greenwood. The film has garnered positive critical reviews but most note its slow pace. If that's not your style, or you feel like something a little silly how about Paul? It's a cute little film from the men behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz you can read my full review here.

On TV: I recently re-watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer in its entirety , thinking I was going to find it insufferable now that I'm not a whiny teenager anymore. Turns out, it's just as good as I remember it. Sure, there's the odd self serving episode here or there but on the whole the show was heartfelt, enjoyable and well written. Try to relax into the 90's of it all and overlook the special effects in season 1. Once you've hit your stride you'll fly through all seven seasons in no time.

Retro Re-watch: I'm a sucker for BBC dramas and this one is well made, based on a delightful novel of the same name, AND happens to link all the choices above. North & South follows a Pastor and his family as they are forced from their southern home to Milton, Darkshire in the North of England and become acquainted with John Thornton, a local cotton miller (Richard Armitage). As their two cultures collide the predictable spark of love is found, but is it enough to bring two opposing parties together?

Wondering about the connection? Captain America features a small part for one Richard Armitage, who also happens to play the lead in a show called Spooks on the BBC. The BBC was also the network of choice for a little show starring Nicholas Frost as a star ship captain (Hyperdrive). Prior to that Frost was in a short lived show called Spaced with his Paul costar Simon Pegg who, incidentally, is a frequent guest on Robot Chicken, a show which was created by Buffy Alum Seth Green. Booya.

Isn't Hollywood so incestuous?!

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