Monday, June 17, 2013

Pick O' the Week - June 14

So these are obviously some post-weekend picks.  I've been getting a little lax lately and though I try desperately I often miss the mark.  All I can say is I'm sorry, I'll try to do better.

In entertainment this week, Veronica Mars the movie has MORE casting news (this is going to continue for awhile we think), Arnold is back, baby and the trailer for Bong Joon-ho's English language debut Snowpiercer has premiered.  Not gonna lie, it's a great concept but I'm a little confused as to merit from this trailer.

In Theatres: Much Ado About Nothing, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (unbeknownst to me) is finally released in Canada!  Fresh off the grueling shoot that was Avengers Assemble, Joss Whedon began a labour of love.  Shot over twelve days in his own home, the much touted man behind the biggest superhero movie of all time has crafted a quiet, Shakespearean film about love.  The film is getting decent reviews and I for one have been anticipating it for some time.  Starring many of Whedon's favourite actors from projects passed, word is there's something for everyone here.

At Home:  It's A Disaster was a surprise.  And I fully intend to write a full review of it later this week however in the mean time let me just say it's worth it.  The premise is a couples brunch which traditionally has been held at one couples house and where four couples can catch up, and in the case of one couple, get to know the new addition to the group.  David Cross is brilliant as always when playing the straight guy and the film keeps pace at a reasonably good clip throughout.  Of course the real kicker is that this isn't just's a disaster!  Now available on iTunes.

On TV: Orphan Black!  Honestly, this is one that NEEDS to be seen, especially given Tatiana Maslany's recent win for best actress at the Critics Choice Awards and rumours that she may indeed get an Emmy nod for this captivating show.  Sara Manning is a wrong-side-of-the-tracks girl who decides she's going to make a change in her life, mostly to regain custody of her daughter.  When she returns home however, fate intervenes with other plans and she steps into the middle of a nightmare.  While not all of the twists are inspired, Maslany handles herself with such grace, that you can't help but sit up and take notice.

Retro Re-Watch: In honour of Man of Steel (actually so I could avoid going to see it) this weekend I started watching the little known Batman: The Movie.  This of course being the film that was made following the 1960's television series of the same name and also starring Adam West.  It's a beautiful example of the William Shatner school of acting and I continue to marvel at how they're able to keep straight faces while reciting their lines.  It doesn't hurt that it's so 60's bublegum that your teeth will hurt from all the sugary sweetness.  Now available on Netflix.

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