Friday, May 10, 2013

Pick O' the Week - May 10

Mother's Day weekend is upon us, but my mother happens to be frolicking in another part of the world!

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers!

In cinematic news, the first trailer for Gavin Hood's adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game was released this week. I doubt the trailer needed to make mention of all the Academy Award nominations previously awarded to the cast members.

The first photo of Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past was released via Twitter by director Bryan Singer.

If that fails to excite you, how about a behind-the-scenes video discussing the sexuality of violence in Only God Forgives?

In exciting casting news, the deliciously handsome Andrew Garfield has been cast in Martin Scorsese's Silence, based on the Japanese novel by Shusaku Endo.

And finally onto my picks!

In Theatres: After what feels like a decade of trailers, Baz Luhrmann's newest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby enters theatres in 3D, complete with a booming modern soundtrack featuring Jay-Z, BeyoncĂ©, and Florence + the Machine. Currently hovering around 40% at Rotten Tomatoes, The Great Gatsby looks lush and stylish, but will the story suffer?

At Home: Ai Weiwei is an interesting contemporary artist born in China. He is very politically and socially active, which led to an arrest in 2011. Alison Klayman's 2012 documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a completely captivating and engrossing look at one of the world' most interesting modern artists. Ai Weiwei's newest installation will be arriving at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto in August! Until then, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is available on Netflix.

On TV: Back before watching cable shows was the norm, I never really had an interest in Alan Ball's HBO creation Six Feet Under. The series ran for five seasons between 2001 and 2005 and featured Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Lauren Amrbose, Rachel Griffiths and Frances Conroy. It is a delectable black comedy about the Fisher family and their funeral home in Los Angeles. I am completely in awe of these crazy characters!

Retro Re-watch: It may be a stretch to consider this a retro pick, but Sophia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides (released in 2000) is a subtle and beautifully shot film. It tells the story of five sisters who commit suicide in the mid 1970s. The film stars Kirsten Dunst, James Woods and Kathleen Turner. The film is based on author Jeffrey Eugenides' 1993 novel, though Eugenides is most well known for his 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex.

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