Friday, January 11, 2013

Pick O' the Week - January 11

My apologies for the delay in posting the picks this week.  This week in entertainment, the Oscars were announced with quite a few obvious oversights and the first trailer for Danny Boyle's Trance was released.  News also came down the wire that the new episodes of Arrested Development that are being shot for Netflix may not be reunion you were expecting and the latest teaser for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones has been released.

In Theatres:  With the Oscar nominations and Matt's review, the release of the Oscar nominations, Zero Dark Thirty makes it tops on my list of nominated films to see.  If you're not in the military thriller there are certainly some other good films both on and off the list to consider.  Amour, Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Les Misérables, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty are all worth checking out if you have not already seen them.

At Home:  I would suggest checking out Beasts of the Southern Wild which features an inspired performance by little Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis.  Now available on DVD and on demand the film follows the imagination of a little girl dealing with the worsening health of her father and only caregiver.  The full review can be found here.

On TV:  I've been working my way through the a few series of late what with the break in the television schedule.  There's something terribly satisfying about being able to simply continue watching the next episode of a series immediately rather than having to wait a whole week.  Recently I was cajoled into starting to watch Raising Hope (now available on Netflix) and have worked my way through a season and a half quite quickly.  With characters who are offside just enough to still be loveable and ridiculous, the show follows the exploits of the Chance family.  As the series begins, son Jimmy has a one night stand with a woman who turns out to be a serial killer and nine-months later ends up with a baby when her mother is put to death.  While the series does begin on that dark note it's handled with such humour that you can't help but fall in love with Jimmy and the rest of the Chance family.

Retro Re-Watch: Having watched Django Unchained this week it reminded me just how much I enjoy a well crafted, Quentin Tarantino movie.  While a lot as been made of Django and its subject matter (and I do agree that this is a period in American history that is too often overlooked) I can quite honestly say I don't believe it's his best work.  That's not to say that it's not very good, in fact it's quite clever in many parts but I feel that his best film is still his first full length feature: Reservoir Dogs.  And for that reason it's my pick for retro re-watch this week.

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