Friday, May 11, 2012

Pick O' the Week - May 11

This has been the week from hell. Cheers to the freakin' weekend!

It has not been the most newsworthy week, but American president Barack Obama has finally come out... in support of gay marriage. An election tactic, I am sure!

I am also in desperate need of summer to arrive. When is Suits finally going to begin its second season? That was a rhetorical question. Hot men in suits are back next month. And can Game of Thrones never end? And can Mad Men realize Megan is best left as a supporting, peripheral character? I need more Joan.

Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful and loving mothers out there!

In Theatres: Yes, The Avengers broke lots of records. And yes, Siobhan loved it. And yes, I will probably be seeing it. But this weekend, go spend time with your mother instead of heading into the movie theatre. Ignore the lackluster selections!

At Home: Pedro Almodóvar has long been one of my favourite directors. I fell in love with Penélope Cruz watching Volver, a film about mothers. It is beautifully shot and terrifically acted with bright and bold colours. Cruz' performance, nominated for an Academy Award (losing to Helen Mirren), is breathtaking and flawless. If you have not seen it, I urge you to do so.

On TV: Brenda Blethyn wowed me as a teenager in Mike Leigh's Secrets & Lies. It is one of very few films guaranteed to make me cry. She is currently starring in a British procedural drama akin to Prime Suspect. In Vera, Blethyn stars as Vera Stanhope, a Detective Chief Inspector in northeast England. Her character, an aging and cranky woman with an awful lot of demons, is as good at her good as she is at making people dislike her. Credit must be given to her costar, David Leon, who brings a terrific amount of humanity to the series. Vera is currently airing its second season on ITV in Britain.

Retro Re-watch: As a young child, my mother was heavily involved in community theatre. She starred as Clairee in Steel Magnolias, a role made famous by Olympia Dukakis in the film. Steel Magnolias is a film about women (and mothers), and stars Sally Field, Darryl Hannah, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts and Shirley MacLaine. It is a film about true southern belles, and it is available on Netlflix.

Have a great weekend, y'all!

And a special Happy Mother's Day to my own mummers!

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