Friday, November 2, 2012

Pick O' the Week - November 2

So this week we saw a new trailer for Bruce Willis' A Good Day to Die Hard, Matt reviewed a crapload of movies (9 posts & 14 movies in one week) and Tarantino has suggested that there may be a third film of a potential trilogy that so far includes Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained. 

In other news paralympian and public figure Josh Sundquist had the best Halloween Costume ever and Christoph Waltz is now in talks to co-star in a new Muppets film.  And finally, Chris Kohler has an interesting suggestion about what Disney can do with Tomorrowland, y'now now that Star Wars belongs to the mouse (doesn't George Lucas look like he's being held hostage?).

And now on to the picks!

In Theatres: Well this past week Cloud Atlas-- the much touted new film from the team behind the Matrix-- opened in theatres to mediocre reviews while the new bond film Skyfall was released in the UK to the biggest opening weekend since the last Harry Potter film.   We in North America will have to wait another week to see Bond do his thing but in the mean time we have the current box office champion Argo, Denzel Washington as a druken pilot and the computer animated Wreck It Ralph starring John C Reilly and a host of other people. My pick?  If you're in the GTA this weekend check out the 50 years of Bond at the Bell Lightbox and if not?  I vote for Wreck It Ralph since it's about vintage video games and includes the fabulous Sarah Silverman.

At Home: Well last week we saw the release of Magic Mike on DVD so if you're feeling saucy (or just want to have an uncomfortable movie night with your roommate) check out this strange offering from Steven Soderbergh, starring Channing Tatum as an up and coming, heart o' gold stripper.  Awww.  Also out on DVD and Blu Ray (and lightly more promising) is Safety Not Guaranteed starring Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and Mark Duplass (The League) about a young man advertising for a partner to go back in time with and the young reporter who does.

On TV:  So I've check out a few of the ludicrous new offerings available for the television viewer and I have to say haven't been very impressed.  I'm looking forward to Emily Owens MD but that's mostly because it looks like an upbeat Grey's Anatomy circa 2005 with a much less whiny protagonist.  I'm not expecting great things here, just mindless entertainment.  But maybe that's the problem, maybe I should expect more of my television programming.  Maybe I should stop letting myself be disappointed and resorting to series from the 90's to curb my hunger.  Either way, my disillusionment this week means that the pick is something I just keep coming back to like a warm blanket: Firefly.

Retro Re-watch:  In honour of Halloween (which has just passed) I have two retro re-watches.  The first is my favourite film to watch on All Hallows Eve, starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and a pre-Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker: Hocus Pocus (special mention to the hilariously upbeat trialer).  I remember watching this film on VHS every year while we waited for the trick or treaters to come (or after we'd been out trick or treating ourselves).  There's something wonderfully homey about it.  Plus, Bette Midler, I mean-- Come on!  If you're looking for something a little scarier to watch, why not check out the original slasher film: Black Christmas.  Be sure you get the 1974 original (yes, there WAS a remake).  As Sarah Marshall from The Hairpin writes, "Black Christmas is one of the great proto-slashers, coming equipped with countless touches that would someday become hallmarks of the genre: the killer’s-eye-view camera, complete with breathe-o-vision; the faceless, inscrutable killer; the group of happy, wholesome young people who can’t imagine harm befalling them; and, of course, the final girl."  And because they're doing it for the first time, it's just different enough from the conventions that you're used to to make it ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING.

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