Friday, November 25, 2011

Pick O' the Week - November 25

While it may be American Thanksgiving (which most Canadians do not celebrate!), my picks will certainly not be representative of the "holiday" season. Last weekend I lucked out seeing Café de Flore, the new film from Quebecois director Jean-Marc Vallée. It was not the only film I saw last weekend. I had the (dis?)pleasure of seeing Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar (review pending). I am not sure I enjoyed it - and it was definitely 30 minutes too long. This week brings us a few more appetizing choices, with The Muppets (a definite yes) and Martin Scorses's Hugo (a slight maybe) opening.

Here are my picks for the last weekend of November!

In Theatres: I am all for going to see The Muppets, but tomorrow CineCritical will be watching My Week with Marilyn, Michelle Williams' new Oscar-bait film for the 2011 season. She certainly looks the part in the poster and in the film's trailer. Williams is an actress who has won me over recently, since starring in Blue Valentine.

At Home: CineCritical is a big fan of a certain Ryan Gosling, and with this talk of Michelle Williams, I have chosen Blue Valentine. I reviewed the film at TheFFFurbelow earlier this year. It is a heart-wrenching story about the collapse of a marriage between a man and woman who were once very much in love.

On TV: A cult favourite, Arrested Development has been suggested many times before. All new friends and acquaintances are told to watch this brilliant-but-canceled TV show. And with reports that Netflix will carry new episodes starting in 2013, the show has become even more relevant.

Retro Re-watch: I have never been the biggest fan of Marilyn Monroe, but the classic Some Like It Hot is worth re-watching on a weekly basis. The Billy Wilder comedy stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as musicians who dress in drag to join an all girl music group after witnessing the Saint Valentine's Day massacre in 1929.

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