Friday, July 20, 2012

Pick O' the Week - July 20

CineCritical celebrated a very dear friend's birthday last night by attending the midnight opening of The Dark Knight Rises. Midnight screenings bring out an interesting breed of moviegoer, as evidenced by my only other previous midnight experience, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (it's still a mouthful! (handful?)). So either Batman brings out a much tamer crowd, or the theatre we went to just had a lamer audience!

And if the world isn't violent enough, a midnight screening last night in Denver, Colorado left twelve people dead. This has prompted Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. to cancel its Paris premiere.

This is a horrific situation and unfortunately we are constantly hearing about senseless acts of violence in the world. We should never need to be afraid of going to the movies. Three years ago, while watching the worst movie of 2009, Nine, there was a shooting at the theatre. We were left unaware, as it happened during the screening, but it was still scary to know that it happened.

In Theatres: The Dark Knight Rises is the third and final chapter in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy. The film has HUGE expectations after The Dark Knight (2008), and while it is unable to achieve the same success, it is a thrilling ride. Anne Hathaway makes a valiant attempt at Catwoman, but it is Tom Hardy's Bane who is absolutely frightening, though neither are able to rival Heath Ledger's Joker. If you are looking for something completely different, go check out Beasts of the Southern Wild, which is open in major cities. Quvenzhan√© Wallis is absolutely breathtaking as a six year old girl living with her father in the southern Delta.

At Home: Catalina Saavedra's performance in La Nana (The Maid) was one of the best performances of 2009. The film, from Chile, centres on Raquel (Saavedra), who has been the maid for the Valdes family for over 20 years. When Raquel's work begins to suffer, due to increasingly frequent dizzy spells, the family tries to compensate by hiring another maid to help her. Raquel resents this, and makes life difficult for the other maids. Check it out on Netflix.

On TV: Walter White returned this past Sunday in Breaking Bad's fifth and final season. The series, which centres on Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) decision to cook meth to support his family, has split its final season in two parts: eight episodes this summer and eight in 2013. Walter White returned crazier than ever and audiences can expect a lot of violence to come!

Retro Re-watch: In honour of her birthday, I pick a film that I, pathetically, have never seen: Terminator 2: Judgment Day. My only excuse is that I was 8 and I never got around to it. Check it out on Netflix, surprisingly!

Happy Birthday, Kathy!

1 comment:

  1. T2 is TIMELESS!!! Awesome retro re-watch pick, Matt! Again, partially self-serving, as you, too, have now seen the best movie of Anthony Yau's childhood.