Saturday, July 7, 2012

Pick O' the Week - July 6

I apologize for the tardiness of this week's post! It has been a crazy few days. And this heat has made it hard for my brain to function long enough to come up with my picks of the week.

This week we have the opening of Woody Allen's To Rome with Love (his 42nd feature film - not including Oedipus Wrecks (1989) or Don't Drink the Water, a 1994 television film). And we also have Oliver Stone's Savages, a drug-fueled attempt at redemption for the once-celebrated director.

In Theatres: How am I to resist the charms of To Rome with Love? Ellen Page, Judy Davis, Penélope Cruz, and the first Woody Allen appearance since 2006's Scoop. Woody Allen has had two big commercial hits since 2008 (Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris). Let's hope that To Rome with Love is on that level, and not its bastard stepchild.

At Home: If you are unaware, I also love Pedro Almodóvar. He creates such beautifully-coloured films that leave you feeling like you have had a life-changing experience. The Skin I Live In, Almodóvar's 2011 reunion with Antonio Banderas, does just that. It is beautiful and disturbing all at once. And it is available on Netflix!

On TV: Lifetime is not a network known for its scripted series, but Drop Dead Diva is just campy enough to be worth watching. Brooke Elliott brings the right amount of charm to the role of a beautiful blond model who died and came back to life in the body of a plus-size lawyer. The concept sounds far-fetched, but the series is definitely worth your time. Season four is currently airing, but the first two seasons are available on Netflix.

Retro Re-watch: Thinking about Savages and gangsters and drugs, I was drawn to one of my favourite Martin Scorsese film: Casino. The film, starring Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci, is almost three hours long - but it is fourth on the list of most fucks in a feature film. It is the story of New Jersey gangsters who oversee a Las Vegas casino. It is a fantastic film, and one of Scorsese's most underrated, and you can also find it on Netflix.

Have a great weekend!

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