Friday, October 28, 2011

Pick O' the Week - October 28

I have been bad. I almost forgot to make my picks of the week for the last weekend of October. It has been a stressful week with report cards right around the corner, but I did have time to fit in a trip to the movie theatre this evening. Halloween weekend is traditionally packed with horror remakes, but two films I have been eagerly awaiting have just opened in Toronto: Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In and the film festival favourite Martha Marcy May Marlene.

Enjoy the weekend and Happy Halloween!

In Theatres: I love Pedro Almodóvar's films and while The Skin I Live In is a departure from his female-centred films, it is full of his trademark dark, sexual themes. The film reunites Almodóvar with Antonio Banderas, whose last film with the acclaimed Spanish director was Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! in 1990. It is a horror film with the Almodóvar spin and it is a exceptional and emotionally gripping film.

At Home: Quentin Tarantino, another iconic modern director, was once the inspiration for my friend's Halloween costume. She dressed up as Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill, Vol. 1. If you are not in the mood for a fright and you just want some gore, check out Tarantino's bloody good films!

On TV: In 2005 one of the best comedy series ever aired an episode about a costume contest. It had nothing to do with Halloween, but Arrested Development's season two episode "Motherboy XXX" reminds us why getting dressed up in costume can be both hilarious and embarrassingly awkward.

Retro Re-watch: One of the scariest films I have ever seen is Terence Young's 1967 film Wait Until Dark starring Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn plays a blind woman whose life is threatened by a group of violent criminals (including one played by Alan Arkin). It is the only film that has ever made me scream out loud repeatedly. A great thrill for Halloween weekend!

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