Friday, October 26, 2012

Pick O' the Week - October 26

I have been a terrible blogger these days. I have seen so many movies, but I have not written any reviews. Work has been chaotic and I have been mentally exhausted.

Here are a few thoughts from reviews I am working on: Richard Gere is fantastic in Nicholas Jarecki's Arbitrage; The Perks of Being a Wallflower is overwrought and too angsty; Seven Psychopaths is hilariously and bloody, but comes up short when compared to In Bruges; Argo is great entertainment, but I cannot say it will be the year's best film; and finally The Paperboy is incredibly well-acted, but the pulpy-trashy vibe falls more than a bit flat.

Personally, it has not been a very newsworthy week. Oscar pundits are stuck between Argo and the could-be terrible Les Misérables. And many are already anointing Daniel Day-Lewis as the Best Actor winner for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln.

Anyways, here are my picks!

In Theatres: Yes, Tom Twyker co-helmed Cloud Atlas, but Tom Hanks is in it. Two interesting films are opening in limited release: John Hawkes and Helen Hunt in the sex surrogate true story The Sessions and Mary Elizabeth Wanstead in Smashed, a drama about a woman dealing with her own alcoholism. With a busy weekend already planned, I hope to find time to catch at least one.

At Home: Teaching government to my students and hearing endless news bites about the American presidential debate, I am opting for a politically-charged drama. Sean Penn won a well deserved Oscar for his portrayal of Harvey Milk, an openly gay activist and politician murdered for his stand on equality, in Gus Van Sant's beautifully filmed Milk. Catch it on Netflix.

On TV: I have returned to a recent-but-canceled favourite, Better Off Ted. The former ABC series starred  Jay Harrington and Portia de Rossi in an offbeat satirical ffice comedy set at Viridian Dynamics, a self-serving company that thinks only of itself. Jonathan Slavin and Malcolm Barrett steal scenes as a pair of laboratory scientists who spend more time fighting and whining than working. Watch Better Off Ted on Netflix.

Retro Re-watch: October brings in cold air and I am in need of an old favourite. Curl up on the couch with a warm sweater and a comfy blanket and enjoy Rob Reiner's classic The Princess Bride. The cast recently reunited to celebrate the film's 25th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than to have a Quote-Along Princess Bride Party!

Week done, let's have fun.
(No more rhymes now, I mean it!)

1 comment:

  1. Anybody want a peanut?

    (Well not me cause I'm allergic).

    Also, whenever I see the poster Arbitrage always make me read "Arbit-Rage" and then I get the distinct impression that I've read "Gere-Rage" and the movie appears to be two hours of Richard Gere being angry. Which I know is not the case but y'know...it's weird.

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