Friday, March 1, 2013

Pick O' the Week - March 1

Welcome to March! March is coming in like a lamb, does that mean it will go out like a lion? Two snowstorms in February have me tired of the snow!

This past Sunday people across the globe watched the Academy Awards, now officially branded as The Oscars. Seth MacFarlane was much more tame than his Family Guy persona, which left us all feeling just a little underwhelmed and somewhat cheated. The telecast, which would do better without a host at all, featured very few great moments. Even the acceptances speeches were forgettable!

Winners included Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress, Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor, Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress and Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor. Argo won Best Picture and will go down as one of the weakest winners in the history of the Academy Awards. The big winner, with four awards, was Life of Pi, while Lincoln only earned two awards despite twelve nominations.

If you felt underwhelmed by Oscar, watch Jennifer Lawrence's press conference. Guaranteed to make you smile.

A rather up and down awards season with some great shifts in momentum. Let's hope 2013 is more exciting.

In Theatres: Opening this week is Korean director Park Chan-wook's English-language debut. Starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, Stoker is the story of an girl coping with the death of her father and trying to deal with her emotionally unstable mother. To further complicate the plot, the young girl's uncle moves in. The trailer is purposefully vague, and I am sure it is best to go see it with very little knowledge.

At Home: Not his best work by any means, Midnight in Paris brought Woody Allen make into the mainstream. Nominated for Best Picture at last year's Academy Awards, the film did win for Best Original Screenplay. He has made better films in the past decade (most certainly Vicky Cristina Barcelona), but the city of Paris is beautifully shot in this film about a man nostalgic for the past. Luckily, it is available on Netflix.

On TV: I am feeling less than inspired by the shows I am currently watching. Maybe this is called Game of Thrones syndrome (as I count the days before season three returns!). I look at my shelf, filled with DVDs, and I am drawn to an old favourite, Veronica Mars. Before Kristin Bell became crass and over-sexed on House of Lies, she was the teenage detective of Neptune, California. Part noir, part teenage-angst, Veronica Mars managed to work, at least until season three.

Retro Re-watch: Despite the fact that I recommend this title far too often, I have to celebrate my mother's 60th birthday yesterday by picking The Princess Bride. I have seen Rob Reiner's 1987 film countless times in my life, and all I can say is that my family would win any quote-off competition! And if you have been watching House of Cards on Netflix, seeing Robin Wright as Princess Buttercup would be an incredible contrast.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

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