Friday, June 7, 2013

Pick O' the Week - June 7


It has not been the most exciting week, cinematically speaking. The onslaught of pre-summer blockbusters is easing off in anticipation of next week's (hardly?) anticipated Man of Steel (which I have ZERO interest in seeing!).

This week the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) released a list of what it considers the 101 best written television shows in history. David Chase's The Sopranos tops the list, with Seinfeld and The Twilight Zone second and third. Mad Men is ranked seventh, but my personal favourite, The Wire, is ranked ninth, one ahead of The West Wing. Other notable mentions include Arrested Development (16), 30 Rock (21), Curb Your Enthusiasm (30), Game of Thrones (40), and Will and Grace (94).

Speaking of Game of Thrones, after this week's Red Wedding, Michelle Fairley (Lady Catelyn Stark) has snagged a role on Suits, appearing in the third season premiere on July 16. Let's hope this new season gets rid of the bad taste in my mouth that has not gone away from season two.

Opening in limited release is Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, the third installment in the Before... series. 1995's Before Sunrise was an indie darling, premiering at Sundance and earning Linklater a Silver Bear for Best Director from the Berlin International Film Festival. Linklater, along with stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, were awarded with an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Before Sunset in 2004. Check out the PSA the duo filmed, complete with a great Woody Allen reference!

In Theatres: Obviously Before Midnight is my top choice. I have spoken at large about my love of this film series, and its star, Julie Delpy. It received great advanced press from its premiere at Sundance in the winter. If you would rather, the TIFF Bell Lightbox is screening Sightseers, which I saw and loved at TIFF. 

At Home: Starring Rosemarie DeWitt and Emily Blunt alongside Mark Duplass, Your Sister's Sister is a quirky take on a frequent theme: unrequited love. The two actresses give some under-appreciated performances, as sisters who are forced to deal with their relationship with each other and with themselves. It is available for viewing on Netflix.

On TV: I have recently become obsessed with BBC Two's The Fall. The crime drama stars Gillian Anderson as a senior officer investigating a murder in Belfast. Told from the perspective of the officer and from the perspective of the killer, it is a thrilling (and downright chilling!) drama that has left me with nightmares. I was sold with Gillian Anderson, but the series also features The Good Wife's Archie Panjabi. It streams on America Netflix, but not in Canada. The only downside is that the first series only lasts five episodes (though it has been renewed for a second series).

Retro Re-watch: Inspired by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke's movie etiquette PSA, I am recommending Woody Allen's ingenious and charming The Purple Rose of Cairo. Set during the Great Depression, Cecilia (Mia Farrow) stars as a depressed and abused housewife who escapes her life by obsessively going to the movies. During a screening of The Purple Rose of Cairo, the main character (played by Jeff Daniels) notices that she is seeing the film again. He emerges from the screen and enters into her world, sending her life into a tailspin. One of the most magical of Allen's films, it is complementary viewing to his more recent Midnight in Paris (this one is on Netflix!).

Bon weekend!

1 comment:

  1. As the resident Comics nerd here I too have no interest in watching Man of Steel. Though I'll probably see it I can already predict the issues, most glaring of which is that they're trying to replicate the dark thriller tone of Batman, with a character whose whole purpose is to be the shining example of humanity. But the main reason I'm feeling lackluster about this presently is that there have been so many trailers for the film I feel like I've already seen the movie.

    Bummer.

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