Friday, October 14, 2011

Pick O' the Week - October 14

It is not a great week for new releases. Our two main options are either the remake of the 1984 film Footloose or The Big Year, which stars Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson. I am not overly enthused by either title. Pedro Almodóvar's La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In) opens in limited release in some American cities, but does not open in Canada until October 28. I guess it does seem more like a Halloween adventure! Also opening in limited release is Joel Schumacher's Tresspass which stars Oscar winners Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman. The film has received next to no publicity and currently holds a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

But rest assured, we have survived the summer funk and are in the midst of the fall season with more than a few delectable options out there.

In Theatres: CineCritical checked out George Clooney's The Ides of March last week and we both quite enjoyed it. George Clooney stands back and lets Ryan Gosling shine in this political thriller, but the more I over analyze the film the more I am spellbound by Evan Rachel Wood. The story centres around the Democratic presidential primary and stars Gosling as a member of Clooney's campaign staff. Check out my review and offer your two cents on this enticing film!

At home: Trying to stick with the theme of politics, if you have not yet checked out Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener, the 2005 film which introduced me to Rachel Weisz, in an Academy Award-winning role, I urge you to do so. It is absolutely one of my favourite films. Ralph Fiennes stars as a British diplomat in Africa trying to find out why his humanitarian wife (Weisz) was killed.

On TV: Political thrillers are less common on television. I never saw the whole pilot episode for 24 and Siobhan has already introduced us to Homeland, the Showtime series starring Claire Danes. For my brother, I offer Archer, an animated series about the International Secret Intelligence Service. The FX series features a lot of voices from Arrested Development, which is reason enough to get most people to watch!

Retro Re-watch
: After watching The Ides of March, I saw a political thriller from the 1980s. No Way Out, Roger Donaldson's 1987 film starring Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman, is still a great thriller even if the technology is so outdated that it is distracting. It is available for streaming on Netflix.

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