Friday, August 17, 2012

Pick O' the Week - August 17

This post is being drafted at the beginning of the week, so I hope that our dear readers will forgive me if I omit anything newsworthy. I am travelling to Cincinnati this week to catch the Western & Southern Open. Let's all cheer on Novak Djokovic as he tries to rebound after disappointing losses at Wimbledon and the Olympics - even though he did defend his Masters crown in Toronto last weekend!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

In Theatres: This weekend sees the opening of The Expendables 2 (with a cameo from Novak Djokovic), ParaNorman and Sparkle. Exciting. But since I am going to Cincinnati, I offer a film that is set in Ohio: Compliance. As I say in my review, the film will infuriate you and cause you to seethe in your seat. The acting is top notch, especially Ann Down, but I was most impressed with Craig Zobel's vision and honesty as a director. Go see it if it is showing in your area.

At Home: Made even more topical by the impending American election in November, George Clooney's fourth effort as director, The Ides of March, is gripping and tremendously well acted. And it takes place during the Ohio primary election! Clooney and Evan Rachel Wood are fantastic, but the film really belongs to Ryan Gosling. He is quickly becoming one of my favourite actors - and not just for his looks. Check out the review here.

On TV: Set in the fictional town of Rutherford, Ohio (said to be near Cleveland), 3rd Rock from the Sun is one of the best sitcoms from the mid-1990s. It stars John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a group of aliens who infiltrate the United States to gain knowledge and to explore. It is often laugh out loud funny and features an amazing costarring turn from Jane Curtin.

Retro Re-watch: Set in around Cincinnati, Ohio, Little Man Tate is the directorial debut of Jodie Foster. She stars as a working-class single mother whose son is a seven year old child prodigy who has trouble fitting in and socializing with his peers. Dianne Wiest (a personal favourite) plays a former music prodigy turned psychologist who runs a school for gifted children. A great, if somewhat even, story about a mother and child.

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