Friday, January 13, 2012

Pick O' the Week - January 13

It's Friday the 13th! In honour of this much abused psuedo-holiday I've tried to make a few picks that give me a fright! Hope you all enjoy your weekend and look out for The Iron Lady, which will be opening in North America on Jan 20th.

In Theatres: There isn't anything scary in theatres right now (unless you count That-which-will-not-be-named). So, this weeks pick is The Muppets, co-starring everyone's favourite frog. While a little slow at times, the film manages to deliver the nostalgic as well as the heartwarming in equal parts.

At Home: Not a huge fan of the "Scary" movie, I prefer a good thriller. Add a dash of humour and I'm all set. Shaun of the Dead re-teams the majority of the players behind the fabulous Chanel 4 series Spaced for a raucous jaunt through zombie infested London. If you haven't yet had the pleasure, take a few moments to check it out. Starring Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Misson Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and Nick Frost (Paul, The Adventures of Tin Tin) you can catch this one on DVD or Netflix.

On TV: "The phrase "Hell on Wheels" was originally used to describe the itinerant collection of flimsily assembled gambling houses, dance halls, saloons, and brothels that followed the army of Union Pacific railroad workers as they constructed the American transcontinental railroad in the 1860's" (Wikipedia). It's no surprise then that AMC's gritty drama, which uses this assortment of amorality as its anchor and its namesake, is surprisingly visceral and violent. That said, it's also surprisingly good. A full review will follow but thus far (two episodes in) I'm hooked. Hell on Wheels airs 10pm Sundays on AMC.

Retro Re-Watch: Certainly there have been quite a few films that scared me in my youth but none more than IT...which is not the pick this week. This week, I'm choosing a film that is far more enjoyable and more unsettling than anything else: Hitchcock's surprisingly thrilling Strangers on a Train. A chance meeting between two strangers, an off-hand comment to the wrong person. Murder and mayhem abound in this black and white classic (available on DVD).

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