Friday, August 2, 2013

Pick O' the Week - August 2

Thanks to Matt I haven't had the POTW responsibility for a couple weeks now and I thought I would ease back into things with a little news.  There was a short teaser clip for Nymphomaniac (the new Lars Von Trier film which claims to feature real sex), and the writers behind one of Matt's favourites (Ed Wood) have just signed on to pen the life story of John McAfee (yup, like the antivirus program).

In other news, the trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has been released.  And finally, the trailer for American Hustle has been released in all its 70's glory and starring many of our favourites from Oscar ceremonies passed. 

And now for the picks!

In Theatres: Out this week (in Toronto and Vancouver) is Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen's latest offering.  Early reviews are positive, with The New Yorker even suggesting this may be the strongest of Allen's latest offerings.  The film stars the incomparable Cate Blanchett and the always enjoyable Sally Hawkins as sisters with a troubled relationship.  Jasmine (Blanchett), a desperately selfish New York Socialite, tries to pull herself together by moving back in with sister Ginger (Hawkins) in San Francisco.  I for one am excited to see this one.

At Home: While I was away this past week, we caught an interview with Gordon Pinsent in which he and George Stroumboulopoulis discussed his varied and extensive career in Canadian television (and the fact that he taught Marlon Brando how to sing).  It reminded me of a film that gained acclaim at the Oscars several years ago but for which Pinsent (while he won the Genie) was passed over for a nomination.  Away from Her is smartly adapted screenplay which showcases talent that Director/Screenwriter and Canadian Darling Poley would flex later on when making films such as her recent critically successful, The Stories We Tell.  While it's a difficult subject, it's handled with such care and grace that I urge you to watch, you won't be disappointed.

On TV: In our house we've been watching The Wire for the better part of the month, and recently started hate-watching The Newsroom again (I have to say there's been less hate and more indifference this season).  All that aside, Covert Affairs has also returned and this season has presented as noticeably darker than previous outings.  It's actually starting to remind me more and more of our beloved Alias, but without some of the stranger turns that occurred in later seasons.  If you have a chance, check it out.  I've linked the season 4 promo trailer here (which obviously has spoilers) so if you really want the full experience, start with season 1.

Retro Re-Watch: Having visited a Titanic memorial exhibit in St. John's this weekend I have discovered a renewed interest in the events of the tragedy.  And while the movie may not be the most accurate representation of the events, it's certainly an epic tale (even if Jack really could have fit on the board with Rose).  It was the movie that moved a nation and the biggest of its time.  Titanic, now on Netflix.

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