Friday, August 31, 2012

Pick O' the Week - August 31

I feel like I should be recommending Joachim Trier's Oslo, August 31st, but alas I have not seen it and it is no longer on the schedule at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

It is the Labour Day Weekend, and that can only mean one thing: my last weekend of freedom! I am back at work on Tuesday.

This week has been filled with news surrounding Dinesh D'Souza's documentary 2016: Obama's America. I am at a loss for words with some of the information.

More exciting news, on the other hand, is that Ryan Gosling has announced that he will be making his directorial debut! He will apparently be writing and directing th. e film How to Catch a Monster, which will star his Drive co-star and Mad Men redhead Christina Hendricks!

But I will not dwell on Hollywood news. Onto the picks!

In Theatres: It is a rather dead weekend. The only major opening is Lawless, a Depression-era period piece with a large cast (including Shia LaBeouf and Jessica Chastain). But with the summer season drawing to a close, I urge anyone who has not seen Moonrise Kingdom to go and see it right now! Wes Anderson's latest film, a teenage love story set during the 1960s in New England, is a must see for any cinephile this year. Check out my review here.

At Home: Before Downton Abbey (which returns for season 3 on BBC in September!), there was Robert Altman's Gosford Park. Set during the 1930s, the film focuses on the British class system, and the dependency of the wealthy on their servants. The film features phenomenal performances from Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith. Coincidentally, the film was written by Julian Fellowes, the man responsible for Downton Abbey.

On TV: Finally, after years of trying, I have convinced my very dear friend to start watching The Wire. David Simon's criminally under-appreciated essay on society is arguably one of the best series to ever air on television. Unfortunately, it aired at the same time as HBO's other ensemble series, The Sopranos. The writing, the acting, the story. It is all perfect.

Retro Re-watch: The film I am most anticipating at TIFF is Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, which costars Nicole Kidman. In 1995 Kidman emerged from the shadow of then-husband Tom Cruise in Gus van Sant's very dark comedy To Die For. The film, about a woman's lust for fame and the ensuing downfall, features Kidman's best ever performance. She sinks her teeth into the role of Suzanne Stone and mesmerizes from beginning to end.

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

1 comment:

  1. woOt! I got a shout out even though I'm a bad friend for just now reading this post and commenting. But at least I'm still a DEAR friend.

    So i totally want to watch Gosford Park again. I watched it once, but I don't think I fully appreciated it. I'm pretty sure I was just watching because of Ryan Phillipe (I know, right? Now it's KST all the way) (and Maggie Smith) (and basically everyone BUT RP).

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