Friday, September 9, 2011

Pick O' the Week - Sept 9

Well kids, as you've guessed by now I'm into a "themes" phase and today's theme is 'family'. Someone told me once that "friends are the family you choose," and it stuck with me. I'm sure it was quoted from some wonderful genius but ultimately it's a very simple statement with a very powerful message. So without further ado I give you my picks for this week, about famliy...and for my friends.


In Theatres: Our Idiot Brother stars popular b-lister Paul Rudd as the naive and possibly not all that smart youngest sibling in a family of women. Matt reviewed the film last week and it has been doing fairly well at the box office. If you're looking for a light comedy to kick off your weekend, why not check out this one?

At home: If you haven't had a chance to check out this film then I urge you to do so. Hanna stars Saoirse Ronan as the titular heroine who has grown up living in a shack in a remote and desolate part of Finland. Her father (the only family she has) has trained her all her life for a confrontation with their nemesis, one Marissa Viegler (Cate Blanchett). Alternately touching and vicious this film is a twisted portrait of what happens when family may not be what's best for you. Click here to read the full CineCritical review.

On TV: I've talked about this before but one of the best things about an ensemble cast is the sense of family that a good cast can bring. The cast of Firefly, Friends etc. have all managed to exude a sense of the camaraderie and unwilling understanding that exists between members of a family. To that end this week's choice for a family television show is the surprisingly enjoyable and often groundbreaking Torchwood. I reviewed the latest season here but I recommend starting with the original series.

Retro Re-watch: The Big Chill was released in the year of my birth and is still the quintessential American reunion movie. Starring Kevin Klein, Glen Close, Tom Berenger, Jeff Goldbloom and
William Hurt, this film tells the story of a group of friends, reunited after years apart following the suicide of a close friend. Alternately touching and quite visceral, this film was nominated for three Oscars and won the Audience Choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival (1983)

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