Friday, November 1, 2013

Pick O' the Week - November 1

Remember, remember the 5th of November.... The British are so entertaining with their weird holidays.  Anyway with strange holidays in mind (and birthdays, BIG BIRTHDAYS), I propose this week's theme as holidays.  We'll see how that works out for me.

This week in entertainment news,  there's more info from the studio of the Veronica Mars movie, SNL made a trailer for a horror movie as imagined by Wes Anderson (apologies, as I can't seem to find any content that's not blocked outside the US but it was too good not to share), and a terrible trailer for X-Men Days of Future Past was released so I'm not even going to bother sharing it.  Let's hope they do better soon cause that's a movie I want to be excited about.

In other news, it seems that having control of Star Trek, Star Wars AND several television shows just isn't enough for JJ Abrams: he's written a book

Okay, on to the picks!

In Theatres:  With Bad Grandpa at the top of the heap of movies this past weekend I'm not really hopeful that we'll start seeing anything better coming to theatres but there are still a few good offerings hanging about in select areas.  12 Years a Slave, Enough Said, and Gravity are all continuing to hang in there with reasonable returns and respectable earnings.  Any of these would be well worth your time with Prisoners also still kicking about in select theatres.

Are any of these holiday movies?  Well, no.  So this round goes to the universe....

At Home:  Before Midnight reunites director Richard Linklater with the impeccable pairing of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy for one last go round the world of Jesse and Celine.  For those who haven't seen the original two films Before Sunrise and Before Sunset I urge you to do so as the three separate movements of a beautiful cinematic symphony should not be missed.  Matt discussed his views on the film after seeing it at TIFF but ultimately the power of having the same cast reunite and continue to tell this story that's been building over twenty years cannot be underestimated.  Seriously, get a copy and watch it.

This may be a little shakey but the film takes place while they're on 'holiday' in Greece....get it?  Shhhhh, that's a point for me.

On TV: With news trickling out about the much anticipated Veronica Mars movie (slated for release this summer), it's about time to pull out your DVDs and start re-watching this classic.  One part noir, one part teen comedy, the show (which followed the adventures of a teenaged PI trying to solve the murder of her best friend) had a thoroughly developed sense of pacing that I've found lacking in other shows in the years since.  With certain arcs that paid off nearly two seasons later, the risk was well worth it for a show constantly under the threat of being cancelled.  With a touching father/daughter relationship as played by Kristen Bell and Enrico Colatoni, this one is one to re-watch (or watch for the first time).  Now available on DVD (with Seasons 2 and 3 available for streaming on Amazon Prime).

Throughout its run the show had several 'holiday' themed episodes but this (again) is a tenuous connection. I think this round's a draw.

Retro Re-Watch:  Hocus Pocus!  This was (when I was a child) the quintessential Halloween movie.  Between Sarah Jessica Parker's unhinged youngest sister, an immortal cat (that you kind had a crush on?), a very young Ms. Thora Birch and Bette Midler as the eldest sorceress sister Winifred, this movie had all the makings of a classic Disney adventure.  Add in a little 90's flair in the personage Jay and "Ice", the film manages to remind me of a simpler time when all I wanted to do on a school night was harass my neighbours for candy.  If you can overlook the fact that the film has less diversity than Casablanca, it's a fun romp through an inconsequential fantasy land.  Available pretty much everywhere, including on your cable box on Halloween.

Halloween!  I totally go that one, point to me!

So what's the final tally?  Two points me, one point universe!  I win!
(seriously, how could you not know I was going to win that?  For shame)

Have a great weekend everyone.

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