Friday, November 4, 2011

Pick O' The Week - November 4

Well this is a special week here at CineCritical as it marks the official aging of one half of our staffers ;) In celebration I've decided to go back to my "themes" for one week and suggest films that are special to the one and only Matthew.

Happy Birthday!

In Theatres: As the pickings are again a little slim this week I suggest one of CineCritical's favourites from this year; Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. When a young couple joins the girlfriend's parents on a business trip to Paris, France they are forced to confront the illusion that a live different than their own may be better. Matt's full review can be found here.

At Home: Amazingly, Crazy, Stupid, Love turned out to be a fantastic and enjoyable ride through familiar territory. We've seen the unlikely male bond, we've seen the ladies man building his awkward friend back up again but we haven't seen it done quite like Steve and Ryan do it. With at least one twist that I didn't see coming this one's worth checking out on DVD. For the full review, click here.

On TV: Raising Hope strikes an entertaining balance of inappropriate and heartwarming. Surprisingly it seems to often be Fox (a network whose news program is known for its unreliability and serious right wing slant) which takes the most risks in terms of subject matter when it comes to their fictional programming. Jimmy Chance, has a wild night of passion in his van with a woman he saves from an attacker only to find the next morning that he's slept with a serial killer. Not only that, nine months later she has his baby. And is promptly executed for her crimes. This is the setup for what turns out to be a hilarious and often touching half hour comedy program. Now in its second season, I suggest starting with season one. Believe me when I say that the premise is only half the crazy.

Retro Re-watch: Inconceivable! That anyone could not enjoy this eighties classic. Starring Carry Elwes, Robin Wright, Andre the Giant and many more, The Princess Bride has virtually everything you could want in a film. Swashbuckling! Games of Wit! Rhyming! Romance! Danger! Deception! Did I mention rhyming? On the 25th anniversary of its release, this is the perfect relaxing family movie for a cold fall night.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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