Friday, November 23, 2012

Pick O' the Week - November 23

It is American Thanksgiving (and as a Canadian, there is a difference) and the cinema gods are finally offering something delicious - two of which I have already seen this week! Silver Linings Playbook (the TIFF Audience Award winner) was definitely not the feel-good crowd-pleaser that I had expected. And Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is an overlong, self-indulgent film with a surprisingly low-key performance from Daniel Day-Lewis. Next week offers another treat, the Brad Pitt film Killing Them Softly.

Anyway, here are my picks are of the week!

In Theatres; With two buzz-worthy films already opening, I am opting for the star-filled Hitchcock. Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are getting raves for their performances as Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma. The film centres around Hitchcock's trouble with credibility and financing with the film Psycho. Scarlett Johansson costars as Janet Leigh, the actress made famous by her revealing shower scene in Psycho.

At Home: One of my favourite actresses, Patricia Clarkson, made a low-budget indie film with Canadian director Ruba Nadda in 2009. Cairo Time was released in very few theatres after winning Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. Clarkson plays Juliette, a woman visiting Egypt while her husband is abroad on business. Juliette's husband is unable to see her, and her arranges for his friend Tareq (Alexander Siddig) to show her around. Cairo Time is available on Netflix.

On TV: I am faced with a difficult decision: I cannot think of anything new to recommend. I am still watching White Collar, and I have watched the pilot of Nashville (starring Connie Britton and the grating Hayden Panettiere), but I must go with BBC's Sherlock. Benedict Cumberbatch (I wish I could be a Cumberbitch!) and Martin Freeman star as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in a modern retelling of Arthur Conal Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Witty and engrossing, Sherlock has produced six 90-minute episodes, with the first three available on Netflix.

Retro Re-watch: Roger Donaldson's 1987 film No Way Out is a great political thriller, even though it stars Kevin Costner (who can be included in my list of has-been Hollywood stars whose likability has diminished in the past decade). Featuring many twists and turns, and a great turn from Gene Hackman, No Way Out is available on Netflix

1 comment:

  1. Cairo Times was fabulous and I'm totally a "Cumberbabe" for CERTAIN. I am definitely excited about Hitchcock, seems like it could be good.