Friday, September 14, 2012

Pick O' the Week - September 14

After a week's absence, CineCritical is back with our (delayed) picks of the week. Personally, I have had a challenge getting back into the swing of work while also dealing with TIFF. By the end of the festival I will have managed to see eight films, the best of which is Fran├žois Ozon's deliciously melodramatic Dans la maison, which co-stars Kristin Scott Thomas.

Other TIFF news includes more raves for Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, even bigger accolades for Ben Affleck's Argo, which Roger Ebert has anointed the surefire winner of TIFF's People's Choice Award and the eventual Oscar winner for Best Picture, and some pretty harsh criticism for Lee Daniels' post-Precious return, The Paperboy, the Nicole Kidman film I tried desperately to see. Other films earning high praise after TIFF include The Sessions with John Hawkes and Helen Hunt and Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina.

In some exciting news unrelated to TIFF, reports that Adele will be performing the theme song for Skyfall, the James Bond film due out in early November, are gaining more traction as the release date creeps closer!

In Theatures: This is a hard choice. Summer is over and TIFF is still going strong. This is a wasteland for movies, with Finding Nemo 3D, Inescapable and Resident Evil: Retribution all opening in wide release. I saw a movie in the summer, Queen of Versailles (review) that is incredibly well done and well worth seeing. It is the story of a fabulously rich family that is planning to build a private resident larger than any other in the United States... and then the stock market crashes. The film has a lot of humour and humility.

At Home: I have resumed teacher after summer vacation and of all the films about teachers, Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky is an absolute treasure. Unlike his other films, including my personal favourite Secrets & Lies (1995), Happy-Go-Lucky is wondrously joyful (and sometimes tearfully heartbreaking). Sally Hawkins is an absolute genius in this film -- Woody Allen must have noticed, as he cast her in his newest film! You can watch Happy-Go-Lucky on Netflix.

On TV: I was a little bit late on the bandwagon, but Sunday marks the return of the third season of Downton Abbey on ITV in the UK (it will air in the United States on PBS in January). Shirley MacLaine has joined the cast as Lady Cora's American mother. Watch a brief sneak peek here.

Retro Re-watch: I was 8 years old when My Girl was released in 1991. Set in the summer of 1972, it is the story of Vada (Anna Chlumsky), the daughter of a funeral director and widower, who has struggled since the death of her mother. It is not a great film, but it is full of memories and great to watch on the last weekend of summer. Both My Girl, and its sequel, My Girl 2, are available on Netflix.

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