Friday, October 12, 2012

Pick O' the Week - October 12

It is now October. The cold air has moved in and the leaves have turned colour and are falling to the ground. Almost all our fall television favourites have returned, and one newcomer has been cancelled already.

This is the first great weekend (I hope!) of the fall film season. Ben Affleck's Argo and Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths (both screened at TIFF) open in Toronto. Hopefully there will be time for me to catch both of them.

The best news of the week? The Season 8 premiere of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Candace Cameron, where have you been?!). A welcome return of the gang!

And now onto the picks!

In Theatres: Yes, Ben Affleck's Argo is generating huge buzz and earned a raving four-star review from Roger Ebert, but I am much more excited to see Seven Psycopaths. Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, and Tom Waits (the man responsible for the theme song for The Wire). It is sure to be bloody and funny. I can't wait.

At Home: Starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, Martin McDonagh's first feature film, In Bruges, is a hilarious black comedy about a pair of hit men who are ordered to hide in Belgium after a kill gone wrong. Farrell and Gleeson are terrifically funny, but Ralph Fiennes steals the show in a supporting role. Catch it on Netflix.

On TV: Siobhan kind of stole my thunder choosing Luther (a series I urged her to watch). And I am saving It's Always Sunny for after I have seen the season premiere. Luckily we are left with one of the absolute best shows currently on television: Homeland. The newly crowned Emmy-winner has returned for Season 2 with Claire Danes' Carrie Mathison fighting her bi-polar disorder. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), now a U.S. Congressman, is still up to the same terrifying tricks.

Retro Re-watch: Gena Rowlands may be best remembered by younger generations as the older Rachel McAdams in The Notebook, but long before that she was nominated for Best Actress in husband John Cassavetes' 1980 mob drama Gloria. Starring in the title role, Rowlands plays a gangster's girlfriend who goes on the run with a young boy after his family is killed. Luc Besson's Léon is reminiscent of Cassavetes' earlier film. Gloria is available on Netflix.

1 comment:

  1. No thunder stealing here! You know a recommendation is good when it is followed by not only a pick of the week but an elusive "Quick Look" as well!

    YES! re: Homeland, it continues to be incredible will plotted and superbly acted.