Friday, February 10, 2012

Pick O the Week - February 10

Well believe it or not it's already February!  Fittingly--as it's the month everyone goes weak kneed for the mushy stuff--we shone the spotlight on Michael Fassbender, took a look at a film that has some festival buzz, and shared new trailers for series two of Game of Thrones & the upcoming Spiderman.

This weekend, movie theatres see George Lucas try to squeeze blood from a stone (Star Wars: Episode I is released in 3D) and Channing Tatum vows to make Rachel McAdams fall for him by acting (good luck).  You'll also see Denzel Washington face off against Ryan Reynolds as both play their requisite stock characters: 'crazy' Denzel meet 'funny' Ryan.

In Theatres: Many of the films we've urged you to see over the past few weeks are still in theatres, so that'll give you an alternative to the releases above.  The Descendents is enjoyable and surprisingly touching, The Artist is absolutely mesmerizing and terribly clever, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is perfectly paced and incredibly well acted.  I would advise you to seek these out, as much of what is being released this week is not worth your time. If you're desperate for a little action, you can also check out Haywire.

At Home:  Now available to rent or buy is the quietly masterful Drive, which has garnered attention with the proposed snub of its star by the Oscars.  While Ryan Gosling does an impeccable job as always in this thriller it is the direction and pacing that causes the film to shine.  Also keep an eye out for the ever subtle and sadly overlooked Bryan Cranston as Gosling's mentor.  Check out Matt's full review here.

On TV:  These days it's getting harder and harder to find quality television but we've recently (with the release of the second season) decided to delve fully into the world of Downton Abbey.  This one has all the period goodness of Pride and Prejudice with a dash of gossip and a splash of intrigue.  Add an ensemble cast of unscrupulous characters and some of the most decadent locations on television and you've got a recipe for my attention.

Retro Re-watch:  In celebration of a happy event this weekend (another member is moving into the CineCritical homestead) the film I'm picking this week has to do with movin' on up and setting out to make your fortune.  The Outsiders (1983) is a coming of age tale based on the S.E. Hinton novel of the same name and stars all the people we grew to love in our youth.  Delightful.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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