Friday, June 22, 2012

Pick O' the Week - June 22

School is almost out for the summer, but we must first deal with this crazy heat wave. Today only has a high of 26 degrees... and 18 on Tuesday! Relief.

I have been so hot this week that my brain has been malfunctioning. It has not been a very interesting week in the news either. Are we all ready for summer to officially begin on June 29 (the last day of school!)?!

In Theatres: Opening this week is Pixar's first girl movie, Brave, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I am not sure if either are worthy of my time. My pick for the week is Your Sister's Sister, which stars Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt. It also stars Mark Duplass, who is also in theatres with the slightly disappointing Safety Not Guaranteed (review to come).

At Home: In 2009 Jacques Audiard's violent and powerful Un prophète took the international film circuit by storm. The story of an Algerian teenager who becomes a member of a Corsican mob in prison is thrilling and shocking. Tahir Rahim is spellbinding in the lead role. The film won nine César Awards in France, and it is available on Netflix.

On TV: Suits, the USA Network series about a college dropout with a photographic memory who becomes the protege of one of the top attorney's in New York, returned for its second season last week. The show can be both bitingly funny and intense. And it helps that Patrick J. Adams is about as delicious as they come! And Sarah Rafferty, as Donna, steals almost every scene she is in.

Retro Re-watch: I have been trying to find a copy of What's Love Got to Do with It for the longest time. And I just found it on sale for $5! The film chronicles the life of Tina Turner, through her difficult childhood in Tennessee into her tumultuous relationship with Ike. Laurence Fishburne is scary as Ike Turner, but it is Angela Bassett whose performance as Tina Turner commands the screen. Holly Hunter may have won the Oscar for The Piano, but everyone knows Bassett was robbed.

Have a great weekend!

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