Friday, October 11, 2013

Pick O' the Week - October 11

Happy Thanksgiving!

Forgive my late update, but I have been busy celebrating Thanksgiving with my family.

This week brings us the official trailer of Stephen Frears' new drama Philomena, which critics are saying will bring Judi Dench yet another Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

You can also check out the posters for David O. Russell's American Hustle, which will be released on Christmas Day. After Silver Linings Playbook last year, the director has reunited with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

And if you enjoyed The Queen of Versailles as much as I did, check out the progress Jackie Siegel has made on their monstrosity.

In Theatres: Gravity has been earning mass amounts of money despite being a rather artistic space film. When I saw the film in theatres, there were only about fifteen other people in the huge AVX theatre. Nonetheless, it is an incredibly made film that is best watched on the big screen. Check out my review here.

At Home: As we prepare for the limited release of Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave on October 18, I suggest checking out the visionary director's previous features: 2011's Shame and 2008's Hunger, both of which received numerous accolades. Hunger was named the best film of 2009 by the Toronto Film Critics Association.  Both film star Michael Fassbender, who has a small role in 12 Years a Slave. All three films are hard to watch at times, yet they are exquisitely made and tremendously acted.

On TV: Carrie Mathison returned to television at the end of September as Homeland returned for its third season. Claire Danes may be the face of the series, but it is Mandy Patinkin who really gives the series its heart. The third season opens with Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) missing and wanted for a terrorist attack. Carrie is the centrepiece of the Senate Select Committee's investigation into the attack.

Retro Re-watch: After reading the San Francisco Gate's article on How to Spot a Future Classic - which outlines six tendencies that can be attributed to a classic film (from Inglorious Basterds to Duck Soup) - I am opting for Bette Davis' iconic performance in All About Eve (1950). The film has been emulated many times, but only Davis and Anne Baxter, as the aging actress and the young ingenue, can truly stand the test of time.

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