Friday, August 5, 2011

Pick O' the Week - August 5

August is upon us and I have one more month of summer holidays. It seems like the first weekend of August is a wasteland for film. 2009 offered us G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and in 2010 some of us saw The Other Guys or Step Up 3D (which we did see!). One recent critical exception was Julie & Julia in 2009, which won Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination. As you can ascertain, I have little interest in this week's new releases. On one side you have the heavily-promoted and critically panned The Change-Up starring Jason Bateman, and then you have Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a reboot of the 1970s franchise and failed 2001 remake, which surprisingly has an 81% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

As Siobhan and I found this week, there is very little to see if you are a film geek and have already seen and/or criticized the summer blockbusters that have been released. If you are anxious, The Help enters theatres on Wednesday.

In Theatres: We are lucky, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris is still playing in theatres. It has earned over 80 million dollars worldwide, making it Allen's highest-grossing film ever. The film features Owen Wilson in a potentially career changing role and further highlights Marion Cotillard's skills as an actress. As I said in my review, longtime Allen fans will love it and newcomers will enjoy it. It is Woody Allen lite.

At Home: If you are not interested in this week's new science fiction release, please go watch Duncan Jones' feature debut Moon. The 2009 film stars Sam Rockwell as a man contracted to oversee an automated lunar base. Rockwell offers a brilliant performance in a film that is beautifully shot and directed, reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

On Television: Breaking Bad began its fourth season in July and the hard-hitting series about a teacher-turned-meth-cooker is as powerful as ever. Bryan Cranston is fantastic, but he would be lost without his costars. The entire cast creates an emotionally complex atmosphere that leaves me feeling out of breath at the end of each episode.

Retro Re-watch: Rather than The Change-Up, choose one of the many other body-switching comedies available, like my personal favourite Peggy Sue Got Marred. The film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is about a woman (Kathleen Turner) on the verge of divorce who finds herself back in her final days high school. It is one of Kathleen Turner's best and most complex performances.

No comments:

Post a Comment