Friday, June 8, 2012

Pick O' the Week - June 8

Luckily, the first full week of June has brought us something orgasm worthy: the release of the first teaser for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (which unfortunately will not be released until Christmas). But it did calm my nerves after being somewhat appalled by Jamie Foxx's leading role.

Another trailer released this past week was the first official trailer for Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of Les Misérables. Tom Hooper kind of fucked up The King's Speech (am I the only one who thought it was boring?) and casting real actors in demanding singing roles worries me. Russell Crowe? Anne Hathaway? Sacha Baron Cohen as Thénardier???

Also put on the web was a fun animated take on the books in Suzy's suitcase in Moonrise Kingdom. Check it out if you have seen the film! Who doesn't love Bob Babalan?

Want something more exciting? How about Michael Kenneth Williams reprising his role as Omar Little in The Wire: The Musical?!

Enjoy the weekend!

And let's cheer on Novak Djokovic as he vies to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam singles titles.

In Theatres: Sure, Prometheus hits theatres this weekend. So does David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis (which unfortunately stars Robert Pattinson). But the real treasure at the cinema is Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (review coming this weekend). It is the most stylistic of all Anderson's films, but it is beautiful and touching. Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward are perfect as the film's lead characters, Sam and Suzy. Go see it.

At Home: With the release of the trailer for Django Unchained, I offer Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. The film, nominated for a handful of Academy Awards, introduced the world to super villain Christoph Waltz and showcased one again why Quentin is the master of dialogue. And let's not forget about Mélanie Laurent! See it on Netflix.

On TV: Game of Thrones ended last Sunday with a creepy glimpse of the White Walkers. This Sunday marks the return of HBO's other cult craze, True Blood. Need a reason to watch? Veronica Mars' best friend Mac (Tina Majorino) has been cast in a pivotal role starting in the third episode! And the men are hot.

Retro Re-watch: In 1994 Robert Redford released his fourth film as director, the Oscar-nominated Quiz Show, about the Twenty One game show scandal in the 1950s. It is a great film, with superior acting from John Turturro, Rob Morrow and Ralph Fiennes. Redford may get the glory for his first directorial effort (Ordinary People won Best Picture and Best Director), but this is my favourite. And he has not come close since.

Did I save the best news for last? Woody Allen's next film, set in New York and San Francisco, will star Cate Blanchett!!!!!

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