Friday, September 28, 2012

Pick O' the Week - September 28

The last weekend of September has arrived as Monday brings up October 1. October also brings us better film offerings! The first full month of fall brings us Ben Affleck's Argo, Seven Psychopaths, Lee Daniels' Precious follow-up The Paperboy starring Nicole Kidman, anda lot of naked Helen Hunt in The Sessions.

This week brought us the trailer for Stoker, the Park Chan-wook horror-thriller starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode. The trailer looks a little too much like a terrible horror film, but I hope Kidman continues her trend of choosing to work with great directors in interesting films.

Also, Bill Murray has announced that he will be starring in Wes Anderson's upcoming film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The film will also star Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Angela Landsbury. Quite an eclectic cast!

In Theatres: Opening this week is the first theatrical feature from Nicholas Jarecki. Arbitrage stars Richard Gere as a hedge fund manager who use creative accounting to avoid being arrested for fraud. Gere has been receiving accolades for his performance. I am excited to see it this weekend, along with The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

At Home:  Fans of the blog know that I love Quentin Tarantino. And I love Uma Thurman (can she please find a good script soon!?). Tarantino announced plans for Kill Bill 3 to an Italian magazine. The story will focus on Nikki Green's attempt to gain revenge on The Bride, who killed Nicki's mother in this perfectly shot scene. It is probably my favourite movie moment with my favourite movie quote, "I should have been motherfucking Black Mamba." Go watch Kill Bill, or go watch that scene over and over again. 

On TV: New Girl returned this week with two new episodes. The second was definitely better than the first, but the season premiere featured Parker Posey. Posey is an incredible comedic actress. From her turns in Christopher Guest's mockumentaries, to her scene-stealing appearances on Will & Grace, and her dramatic efforts on The Good Wife, Posey is a favourite of mine, but she is also criminally under-appreciated. Please go watch the viral video Posey made to promote the Emmy Awards! I wish my name could be Ja,n.

Retro Re-watch: Saturday night marks a dear friend's champagne birthday. To celebrate the last year of her 20s, she is having a 1920s-themed event at a modern speakeasy. To honour her birthday and the roaring 20s, I am opting for the best 1920s-inspired film in my eyes: Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway. Dianne Wiest won her second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her incredible performance as an aging Broadway star. "Don't speak!" Go watch.

And I am still working on my TIFF recap. Life has been getting in the way.

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