Friday, May 4, 2012

Pick O the Week - May 4

It's Avengers week!  It's Avengers week!  Yes, that's right, I'm excited.  But that's not the only comic book news as The Dark Knight Rises began its viral campaign this week and Mark Ruffalo signed onto a six-picture deal with Marvel.  There was an interesting article from IndieWire.com on the kick-ass women in Game of Thrones (thanks Matt) and closer to home The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced that the Genies and Geminis will be combined into one show come 2013.

This week also brought the announcement that Tom Cruise will be starring in a Van Helsing remake (wait-- that Hugh Jackman movie with she-whose-onscreen-death-is-always-followed-by-high-fives?) and Daniel Craig's admission that the Skyfall Bond will be a more comedic Bond.  Oh dear.  And if you haven't seen it, check out Toronto's starring role in David Cronenberg's new film Cosmopolis (which unfortunately stars Robert Pattinson but makes up for it with Juliette Binoche).

Have a great weekend!


In Theatres:  Well, it's no secret (in fact it's on the side banner of the page) that I am excited about The Avengers, which opens this week.  With Joss Whedon at the helm (Firefly, Buffy, Angel & Dollhouse as well as the very well reviewed Cabin in the Woods) I think we just may have a winner.  Not only had Joss penned some very successful story arcs in the pages of Marvel comics but he is at his finest when working with an ensemble cast.  Now all of that aside (and since I haven't seen the film) if you're unsure then you may want to check out The Hunger Games which is still performing very well and is certainly worth a watch.

At Home:  While it wasn't my favourite from the Coen brothers, 2009's A Serious Man certainly was a thought provoking journey through the intricacies of a man's life in the 1960's and is definitely worth a watch.  Larry Gopnik is faced with a "rough patch" in his middle age as his wife asks for a "get" (divorce) and people around him seem to keep dropping dead.  Michael Stuhlbarg does a very good job of anchoring things and keeping the story moving forward.

On TV:  When I first started watching it, Hart of Dixie was just something to fill time but I've found myself oddly charmed by the over the top and predictable antics of the citizens of Bluebell.  I still don't buy Rachel Bilson as a doctor but at this point it doesn't matter because the story has become more about the people around her than Bilson's Dr. Zoe Hart.  With loveable secondary characters like Mayor Levon Hayes (Cress Williams) this one is the kind of silly thing to watch on a rainy night in with tea.

Retro Re-Watch: Recently I was having a quiet evening in with some friends and we decided to rock out to some tunes from our youth.  A few glasses later, I realized that R Kelly has some very strange lyrics, one of which reminded me of Murder, She Wrote starring the lovely Ms. Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher, the charming mystery writer who seemed to always find herself in mysterious situations.  The series (which started in 1984) ran for 12 year and landed Lansbury a nomination for every season.

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