Friday, December 9, 2011

Pick O' the Week - December 9

Finally! A Friday without work. And there are quite a few good titles out there to consider. Steve McQueen's Shame is a fantastic piece of filmmaking with an incredible performance from Michael Fassbender. Jason Reitman's Young Adult opens in limited release (though not in Canada), and I am eager to see Charlize Theron's take on Diablo Cody's screenplay. I will admit the film I am most looking forward to seeing this weekend is French director Michael Hazanavicius' The Artist, a black and white silent film. The film's star, Jean Dujarin, won the prestigious Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival this spring.

In Theatres: I was extremely skeptical at first, but Martin Scorsese's Hugo is (so-far) the best film I have seen this year. The film is perfectly cast, and the story about the joys of film is a pleasure to watch. I have even bought Brian Selznick's children's book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, in English and French! You can read my extended take on the film in my review.

At Home: Hugo is set in Paris, a city I love and have visited many times. In 2006 an anthology film, Paris, je t'aime, featuring short films directed by the likes of Gus Van Sant, Isabel Coixet, Joel and Ethan Coen, Alfonso CuarĂ³n and Alexander Payne was released. Each of the 20 stories represents a different arrondissement (district) of Paris.

On TV: Talking about television with a colleague at a staff party last night, I can only continue to recommend The Wire, one of television's best and most underrated series. Set in Baltimore, another city I have visited, each season focuses on the Baltimore police department dealing with another facet of crime (be it drugs, the port, or the city's politicians).

Retro Re-watch: With Uma Thurman recently being announced as a guest star on the upcoming season of Smash, a series I am eagerly anticipating, I must revisit Uma's classic film role: Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction. Quentin Tarantino's fantastic 1994 film has been parodied and copied many times, but the film that revitalized John Travolta's film career is a perfect example of great screenwriting and editing. And let's not forget Tarantino's fantastic use of music!

1 comment:

  1. Pulp Fiction is the best. I'm going to go watch that now :)