Friday, May 25, 2012

Pick O' the Week - May 25

It is the last weekend of May and it is finally starting to get hot outside. And that is not such a great thing when you work in a school without air conditioning.

It has not been a newsworthy week at all. I can barely think of anything that has gone on. Sunday will mark the beginning of the 2012 French Open at Roland Garros. That is the only exciting thing going on. Even the stories from Cannes have lacked excitement and controversy!

And we have to wait another week for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, which opens in select markets (not Toronto) today.

In Theatres: Back in 1997 Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones wowed audiences with Men in Black. Fifteen years later they are back on the big screen with its second sequel, MIB3, which has a vastly better rating than the first sequel. Will Smith, and his penchant for baiting Oscar with overly heart-wrenching film roles, is not my favourite actor, but Men in Black is only one of two films I can stand to watch him in - the other being Six Degrees of Separation (1993). And as always, try not to waste your money on 3D.

At Home: My love of Wes Anderson is well established and readers of CineCritical are well aware that the man can do no wrong in my eyes. Even weak Wes Anderson, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, is better than 99% of the trash Hollywood produces. Available for streaming on Netflix is Anderson's first feature film, Bottle Rocket. The 1996 film stars Luke and Owen Wilson in a story about a trio who decide to rob a bookstore.

On TV: Very recently I have become addicted to Revenge, a series airing on ABC which just finished its debut season this week. The story involves Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) as a mysterious woman who heads to the Hamptons for the summer. She takes up residence in a beachfront home next to the Graysons, the Hamptons' most affluent and influential family. Emily (born Amanda Clarke) has returned to her childhood home with a new identity intent on getting revenge on those who sent her father to prison, including the frightening and powerful Victoria Grayson (Madeline Stowe).

Retro Re-watch: Jackie Brown is the least well known and the least acclaimed of Quentin Tarantino's films. Tarantino is another of my favourite directors and Jackie Brown is absolutely one of my favourite films. More so than the quotable Pulp Fiction. Pam Grier is flawless, while Robert De Niro, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and Bridget Fonda give great performances. And the dialogue... It is perfect! And available on Netflix!

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