Friday, May 3, 2013

Pick O The Week - May 3

This week in entertainment news Colin Firth's agents are hard at work, potentially securing him roles not only in Woody Allen's next feature (co-starring Emma Stone) but also in the follow up from the team that brought you Kick Ass called The Secret Service.  We're also hearing that Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman have been tapped to star in an upcoming adaptation of 'The Scottish Play'  and a new clip of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pine facing off has been released from the people at Star Trek into Darkness.

In other news it seems that Girls actress Allison Williams has been confirmed as the lead in Rosaline, a revisionist take on the Romeo & Juliette story that centres on the titular love interest, and has been shortlisted for the remake of Marvel's Fantastic Four.  And finally, IBM has made the world's smallest stop motion film (as confirmed by the Guiness Book of World Records).

And now, on to the picks!

In Theatres: With Pain & Gain taking the box office at a paltry $20M (on its opening weekend) the stage is set for the final of the 3 Iron Man installments to be released this weekend.  While I can't say that I'm really all that excited (Iron Man 2 was a disappointing dud), I can say that given the other offerings that are out there, my choice will be Iron Man 3 or possibly 42 (which has been getting decent but not rave reviews).

At Home: Lately I've found that I'm not really in the move for powerful films about emotional subjects but I stumbled upon Hitler's Children the other day and was powerfully affected (as am I always) but the stories that were discussed in the doc.  Hitler's Children interviews and follows the lives of five descendants of some of Hitler's closest allies.  It is an affecting and sometimes incredible portrait of the difficulty that surrounds a child's desire to love their family, and an adult's need to reconcile who their parents and grandparents were and what they stood for.  While much less emotional than I was expecting, you should definitely keep some kleenex handy for the historical stuff as it can get pretty disconcerting (it is, after all, about the Nazis regime). 

On TV: I have yet to watch the second episode but surprisingly Orphan Black, starring Tatiana Maslany as one of (so far) 6 clones who discover they're copies and begin having to fight for their lives, all while trying to unravel the mystery of their lives.  Produced by BBC America, starring Canadian actress Maslany and shot in Toronto, the series seems poised to make the best of its mysterious underpinnings.  The real question here will be whether they can deliver the goods while keeping some secrets to themselves... certainly one to watch it is currently airing on Space and BBC America.

Retro Re-watch:  With the release of the lastest trailer for Fast and the Furious 6 I thought, "surely it's been fifteen years since that first movie and I can choose it as my retro re-watch?"  Alas, twas not to be.  But instead it got me thinking: there have been a huge number of truly incredible car chase scenes in films over years certainly the 70's had quite a few bad ass car chases (for the time) but my pick goes to the sometimes overlooked film Ronin starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno (The Professional), Natascha McElhone (Californication), Stellan Skarsgard, Sean Bean and Jonathan Pryce.

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