Friday, June 28, 2013

Pick O' the Week - June 28

It's Canada Day!!!!  For those of you south of the border I'm very sorry that you have to go to work on Monday.  I do not.  It is exciting for me.

In casting news, Philip Seymour Hoffman has joined the cast of Child 44, which already stars Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy and Cameron Diaz has apparently signed on to mistreat Quvenzhané Wallis in the remake of Annie.  The first pictures from the set of the Veronica Mars movie set have been released and there is now a trailer for Escape Plan starring Sly Stalone and Arnold.  So yeah, there's that.

The teaser trailer for Ridley Scott's The Counselor has been released and it both intrigues and confuses me, and Jim Carey has suddenly (conveniently) decided that Kick-Ass 2 is too violent for him to support.  Seems like convenient timing Carey...a little too convenient.

And so, on to the picks!

In Theatres: The Heat.  I so badly want this to be a good movie and I really wish that one of them was Canadian.  Sandra Bullock played a Canadian in The Proposal, does that count?  Well anyway, this film is opening this weekend and it is my pick (honestly there aren't any Canadian movies at the theatre presently that I would suggest going to see.

At Home: The Life and Times of Guy Terrifico continues to be one of my favourite Canadian films.  A mockumentary, told through a series of interviews with famous musicians such as Kris Kristofferson, Phil Kaufman, Ronnie Hawkins, even George Stroumboulopoulos (whom Canadian audiences will know from Much Music and the CBC).  The story was created by having the interviewees discuss their own (or in the case of Stroumboulopoulos, other musicians' antics) as if they were the work of fictional country star Guy Terrifico.  By including what purports to be old footage of Terrifico with these interviews, the film tells the story of country music at the height of its popularity.  While being quite raucously funny at times, and the story of a fictional character, the film's interviews are something to behold.  By having famous men talk about their own younger selves as if they were another person, Director/Writer Michael Mabbott discovers a stunning truth just below the surface.

On TV:  The new CTV comedy Satisfaction has been getting decent reviews and while it IS a CTV show (which means that producers will be pushed to appeal to audiences over the border) it has been touted as 'distinctly Canadian'.  As with most fledgling shows it may take them a little time to get traction but the foundation seems like it could be fairly strong in an area Canadian shows have generally had trouble grabbing a foothold (we do much better with cop shows).

Retro Re-watch: It's a little recent but Ginger Snaps is a Canadian indie horror film that follows two sisters living in a small town.  Their obsession with the macabre finds them in a darkened playground one night which leads to them being attacked by a wolf.  Soon enough, however, Ginger's transformation over the next few days leads to one inescapable conclusion: they were attacked by a werewolf.  With good pacing and solid performances by both Katharine Isabelle as Ginger and Emily Perkins (Supernatural, She's the Man) as Brigitte the film is engaging and surprising throughout.

Happy long weekend everyone!

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