Friday, July 5, 2013

Pick O' the Week - July 5

It has not been the most exciting week cinematically speaking. Canada Day and Independence Day have made for a very quiet week.

It is a mere 62 days until the Toronto International Film Festival and the first title has been announced.Visitors, directed by Godfrey Reggion, with no dialogue, "finds the full spectrum of emotion in human faces, gorgeous landscapes and even the behaviour of an especially expressive gorilla." Interesting?  

My most interesting read this week was the Film School Rejects take on Oscars in July. Some intriguing (and disturbing) suggestions!

In Theatres: Plagued by inconsistent reviews, Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited is advertised as a campy return to the auteur director's early films. He has found worldwide success with his melodramas, such as Hable con ella (Talk to Her, 2002) and Volver (2002), but his newest film looks like light-hearted fluff perfect for a hot summer day. And there is a cameo appearance by Penélope Cruz!

At Home: John Hawkes was robbed of an Oscar nomination for his brilliant performance in The Sessions (review). He plays a man suffering from polio who turns to a sex surrogate to experience sex. Helen Hunt offers an equally brave performance as his surrogate. The Sessions is available on Netflix.

On TV: I have recently begun devouring the ABC crime dramedy Castle, which stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. I think we can blame my recent viewing of Much Ado About Nothing for my fascination with Fillion. Speaking of binge-watching, Entertainment Weekly recently posted about the ever-growing trend!

Retro Re-watch: Diane Keaton will forever be remembered for her involvement with Woody Allen, which spanned eight films. But 1987's Baby Boom is one of her most memorable roles. Keaton plays J.C. Wiatt, a career-obsessed New Yorker who inherits a toddler from a cousin. Her life and her attitude are forced to change when a baby comes into her life. Are we ready?

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