Monday, April 9, 2012

Pick O' the Week - April 6

(first of all, my apologies for the delay in posting this. My brain has become a bit of a sieve lately).

It's back! Yes that's right, this week saw the return of one of CineCritical's most anticipated shows: Game of Thrones on Sunday, and with the promise of more guts and gusto than last year I'm certainly enthralled. This was also the third week in a row of the Hunger Games winning the box office scramble (review to follow) as well as the trailer for the re-imagining of 90's Schwarzenegger vehicle, Total Recall (starring Colin Farrel, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel). That last one is only intriguing because it has a Blade Runner feel to it and I LOVE me some Blade Runner.

In Theatres: Well, I've now see two of the top box office films this week (an aborted trip to see Mirror Mirror with my parents ended in a ill fated viewing of Wrath of the Titans) I can honestly say the only thing up there worth watching is Hunger Games. Now if you're in the Toronto area you do have the opportunity to see a beautiful film called Jiro Dreams of Sushi at the Bell Lightbox. With limited engagements all over the country I have yet to make it to this one since every time we head to the lightbox it's sold out. If you can make it, this looks like a gem.

On TV: This week's on TV pick is a little out of the ordinary in that it involves a show I've not yet seen. Out this week is Magic City. The show is being billed as "Mad Men in Miami" and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural) as Ike Evans, the hotel owner whose dreams wouldn't have become a reality without a little help from some Made Men. This show has all the elements to make it a big hit but time will tell if it can hold up to its aspirational pitch. Let's call it, the one with potential. Catch it Fridays on STARZ.

At Home: One of the nice things about picking a movie to watch at home is that you have the choice of all the decent films which have been released, rather than having to pick from the dismal offerings available in theatres. To that end, a film which was not released widely in theatres (if at all actually) but which is available to rent or buy is Being Elmo. The film follows the journey of a young Kevin Clash as he works his way up from kid with a dream to the current Executive Producer of Sesame Street. It's an inspiring and sometimes heart wrenching tale of a man who wanted to become a puppeteer and the specific conditions (and sacrifices) which have to be made to accomplish that. This one is definitely worth watching.

Retro re-watch: BLADE RUNNER! Ever since seeing the trailer for the new Total Recall earlier this week I have been itching to re-watch the director's cut of this film. If you haven't had the pleasure, go rent this NOW. It's an absolutely fabulous example of what happens when a film goes right. Now mind, you should be looking for the "director's cut" and not simply the original theatrical release but these days that's the more popular copy so it shouldn't be too hard to find.

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