Friday, August 19, 2011

Pick O' the Week - August 19

The most exciting weekend of the summer has arrived! One of CineCritical's nearest and dearest friends is getting married. For that reason, there might be a slight theme amongst my choices for the week. It is going to be a grand event and I have been looking forward to this weekend for months upon months. I am not planning on having much time for film related entertainment, but I shall nonetheless offer you some apt choices in honour of the bride.

In Theatres: I am refraining from choosing a film in theatres in lieu of suggesting that you go look for a classic love story to watch at home.

At Home: For the bride, her favourite movie: Love and Basketball. This 2000 film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan uses basketball to weave a love story between two childhood best friends. Their love of basketball brings them together and drives them apart.

On TV: Television romantic comedies are different from their film counterpart, but one of my favourite wedding episodes is from one of my favourite series, Will & Grace. The show may revolve around the relationship between Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing), but the real stars were Jack (Sean Hayes) and Karen (Megan Mullally). In particular, look for the season five two-part episode Marry Me a Little, Marry Me a Little More.

Retro Re-watch: The Princess Bride is an easy choice, with its themes of true love, but I am opting for classic Woody Allen and his iconic Manhattan. It is one of the most romantic films I have ever seen, with Woody Allen capturing the romantic essence of New York. George Gershwin's score and the classic shot of Queensboro bridge (which was even parodied on Family Guy) make Manhattan a must-see romance.

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