Friday, October 5, 2012

Pick O The Week - Oct 5

Well it's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and with that comes the mad dash for university kids to come home, Turkeys to be bought and family to gather and yell at each other in a comfortable setting.  With that in mind I give you this week's top news stories (as filtered through me):

This week Adele's new Bond single was released, it was announced that Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Oscars (?) and we got a trailer for Taken: Stalone Style, called Bullet to the Head.  In other news Sherlock and The Hobbit star Martin Freeman has now joined the ranks appearing in Edgar Wright and Simon Penn's The World's End and Homeland (starring Claire Danes) is BACK!!!!  Oh, and one more thing: against all logic Emily Blunt has agreed to co-star with Tom Cruise in this thing, which kinda sounds like Groundhog Day meets Battlefield Earth.

On to the picks!

In Theatres: Well last week's top prize was a surprise with kids movie Hotel Transylvania trouncing the competition and making TWICE as much over the weekend as action flick Looper starring Bruce Willis and current 'it-guy' Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Reviews of Looper have generally been fairly positive but fellow Batman alum Liam Neeson is returning to theatres this weekend with Taken 2 (the sequel to the film that inspired this thing and this other thing) so we'll have to wait and see how it all plays out.  In the mean time I suggest checking out either The Master or ParaNorman (both of which have been getting solid reviews).

At Home:  The Avengers!  Honestly.  How was I NOT going to pick this?  Out on DVD Blu Ray and  it's a fun ride through fantasy land with some good one liners, some thrilling action and a lot of heart.  I'm sure everyone's sick to death of hearing about this one but it's going in my "rain day" pile of movies to watch when I'm bored/sick/tired/it's Thursday.  Not your thing?  Check out Coriolanus instead and enjoy riveting performances by Vanessa Redgrave and Ralph Fiennes with strong support from Jessica Chastain and Gerard Butler.  This is Shakespeare done right.

On TV:  Luther-- now available on Netflix-- is the story of John Luther (played by The Wire alum Idris Elba), a Scotland Yard detective whose brilliance is only matched by his crazy. Sound familiar?  Yes, the show does bring more than a whiff of everyone's favourite detective but thus far, it excels on the grounds of its strong lead and fabulous second string performers in such a way that makes you forget you're watching a familiar story.  Because it's about the WAY you get there, isn't it?  With captivating performances by Ruth Wilson (as fellow genius and thus far nemesis Alice Morgan) and interesting mysteries, this is one to check out.

Retro Re-Watch: Watching The Mob Doctor this week had me thinking about how wonderful it is when a sleazy gangster movie comes together properly. Some people say that Goodfellas was the best mob flick, or The Untouchables, but while good, neither of these had the essential element that made me simply appreciate the swiftness and dexterity of a well plotted thriller.  Simply put: nothing will ever win out against the The Godfather.  Brando knocks it out of the park with this performance and the Al Pacino's slow fall into the life he was trying to avoid will forever be wonderfully handled, absolutely tragic moment of pathos that it takes the whole movie to build up to.  Stunning.  If you haven't seen this one, I'm telling you, sit down and watch it. 

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!  Happy Thanskgiving!

1 comment:

  1. "Down, ladies; Let us shame him with our knees."

    I heart Vanessa Redgrave