Friday, March 29, 2013

Pick O' the Week - March 29

It has been an exciting and hectic week in my world.

We are really just waiting for the Season 3 premiere of Games of Thrones on HBO Sunday night. The newest trailer left me speechless! There is also a somewhat cheesy/somewhat clever video on MTV featuring various cast members trying to sing the hum-worthy theme song.

An interesting watch, if you have forty five minutes to spare, is the Huffington Post's mash-up of every Woody Allen stammer from every Woody Allen movie.

In very exciting movie news, the trailer for Richard Linklater's Before Midnight has finally arrived. The third film in the saga of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) premiered to positive reviews at Sundance in January.

And not to be outdone, the trailer for Season 6 of Mad Men has finally arrived!

Finally, FX has announced that the cable network is planning to turn Joel and Ethan Coen's Oscar-winning Fargo into a ten episode television series. The series will focus on a new crime and new characters set in the same world, with the Coen brothers serving as executive producers.

In Theatres: As Siobhan complained last week, there are too few options playing in theatres. Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers finally opens in theatres this week. A strong R-rating and the presence of Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hugdens might make some younger viewers eager to see the film. There has been a lot of positive reaction to James Franco's performance as a drug dealing rapper.

At Home: This week The Film Experience blog has a feature on Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. Pam Grier is electric as a down-on-her-luck flight attendant who turns to drug smuggling to make ends meet. When the ATF and LAPD both try to corner her, she chooses a way to survive on her own. Jackie Brown features performances from Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton and Robert Forster (who received an Academy Award nomination). A great film to catch on Netflix.

On TV: Obviously, we should all be prepared for Game of Thrones on Sunday. But it has still been a lousy TV period in my life. I have reverted to watch old episodes of ER. Back when Carol Hathaway (Juliana Margulies) and Doug Ross (George Clooney) were too stubborn to be in love. ER may have lost its footing along the way (due in part to the many actors who left (or arrived)), the early days were quite exciting.

Retro Re-watch: As I write this, I am currently watching an Indiana Jones marathon on television. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) is my least favourite (even more so than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)), but Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) more than make up for it.

Happy Easter!

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