Friday, September 30, 2011

Pick O' the Week - September 30

Today is the last day of September. I have survived the first month of school and am trying to look forward to nine more months of joy with the 120 students that I teach! October is the month when Oscar hopefuls start to be released. The biggest Oscar-bait film for October seems to be George Clooney's The Ides of March. But, for the last weekend of September, we can opt for 50/50 with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen or Anna Faris in What's Your Number? I am looking forward to seeing 50/50, but I am not sure it has much hope for the upcoming Oscar season.

With no real theme in mind, here are my picks of the week:

In Theatres: In my review, I admitted to liking but not loving Moneyball, a film with an intriguing story and a great screenplay. I am choosing it because the Major League Baseball playoffs are upon us and the American League Wild Card team, the Tampa Bay Rays, is the modern day equivalent of moneyball. To help baseball's case in its quest for relevancy against the powerhouse NFL, this past Wednesday was one of the most exciting days in recent baseball history.

At Home: With the Toronto International Film Festival ending for another year, I am drawn to one of my favourite winners of the People's Choice Award: David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises. The 2007 film stars Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts in a thriller about a Russian mob in London. For the past year there have been hints that a sequel may be in the works!

On Television: At the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards, Modern Family made a clean sweep in winning five awards. Julie Bowen, who plays Claire Dunphy, deservedly won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. For me, she is the cornerstone of an already fantastic series. For those of you completely out of the loop, the show is centered around Jay Pritchett (Ed O'Neill) and his second wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara), his daughter Claire and her husband Phil (Ty Burrell) and his son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and his partner Cameron (Eric Stonestreet). These are a great group of actors, but a real treasure on the show is the talented group of kids!

Retro Re-watch: To celebrate friends living together, I offer Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow star as two friends whose lives have not panned out and who attend their high school reunion ready to spin a web of lies. It is a very lighthearted comedy about the joy of friendship.

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