Friday, April 26, 2013

Pick O' the Week - April 26

This week a second trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives appeared online. The Ryan Gosling film might be my most anticipated film of the year, as of right now.

I am also very excited to see Emma Watson in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring. A second trailer also popped up this week!

I have been reading Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing with my class, and now her 1981 novel Tiger Eyes has been made into a movie. A trailer for Tiger Eyes, co-starring one-time Lindsay Lohan mom Glenne Headley is available.

Lastly, ahead of its Cannes premiere, Asghar Farhadi's Le Passé has an English-subtitled trailer.

Speaking of Cannes, Steven Speilberg will head the jury, which will also feature Nicole Kidman! Christoph Waltz! And Ang Lee! The Bling Ring, Only God Forgives and Le Passé will all be screened in the south of France.

But to make it easier for me to stomach my absence from Cannes, Deadline is reporting that Emma Stone is in talks to join Woody Allen for his next feature, set to be filmed in... the south of France!

In Theatres: Not at all what I expected, Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines is an engrossing two and a half hour saga split into three distinct acts. It is a male-driven story with tremendous acting from Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. (And yes, I am hoping to have a review ready soon!)

At Home: Springtime has finally arrived and with it comes a smile... and a little quirkiness. Nothing is more quirky than Sally Hawkins' turn as Poppy in Mike Leigh's incredible Happy-Go-Lucky. Light on the surface, but profoundly deep under the skin, Leigh (my favourite British director) offers a charming story about a bubbly school teacher's relationship with her very sour driving instructor. Watch it on Netflix.

On TV: Four weeks in and Game of Thrones has me hooked! For me, there is nothing better on television. This episode-ending scene is just icing on the cake!

Retro Re-watch: Woody Allen and springtime? Everyone Says I Love You. Allen's 1996 musical comedy is one of my favourites. It tells the story of an upper class New York blended family told through the eyes of the second oldest daughter, Natasha Lyonne. The film also stars Alan Alda, Drew Barrymore, Goldie Hawn, Edward Norton, Julia Robets and a young Natalie Portman. 

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