Friday, November 8, 2013

Pick O' the Week - November 8


I get to boast about myself and pick my favourite films for my birthday weekend!

A teaser for Lars von Trier's bound-to-be controversial Nymphomaniac has appeared. I doubt there are words.

The international trailer for Jim Jarmusch dazzling Only Lovers Left Alive has surfaced. I saw it at TIFF and Tilda Swinton is delicious as always.

And if that was not enough, go check out Kate Winslet in Jason Reitman's Labor Day (not Labour?).

Finally, if in need of a winter vacation, head to Germany! Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel will open the Berlin International Film Festival on February 6.

In Theatres: After months of speculation and mini controversies, Abdellatif Kechiche's Palme d'Or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour (La Vie d'Adèle - Chapitres 1 & 2) opens in limited release in Toronto. Is the film as sexually controversial as reviews and articles have claimed? Is Adèle Exarchopoulos bound for an Oscar nomination? All shall be revealed this weekend!

At Home: I was recently forced to reveal my five favourite films. Three came easily, and the fifth was later changed. That fifth film stars one of my favourite actresses in a beautifully haunting French film. It is also the most recently released of my top five. Kristin Scott Thomas is flawless and I feel ashamed of how long it took me to truly discover her charm. I've Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t'aime) is a mesmerizing and heartbreaking film about one woman's release from prison. Luckily, it is available on Netflix.

On TV: It is no secret that CineCritical loves Game of Thrones. And our shared love of Veronica Mars once cemented our friendship. But did you know that Kristen Bell herself is a die-hard fan of the battle of Westeros? Season four's release date has not been confirmed, but most of us will be watching and re-watching the past three seasons repeatedly until the early spring. I, for one, am still scarred by the Red Wedding.

Retro Re-watch: My favourite director is Woody Allen and his 1986 masterpiece Hannah and Her Sisters is my favourite film. Coincidentally, Siobhan sent me a link to the script of one of the film's best scenes. Dianne Wiest's Holly is the best part of the film and the role won Wiest her first of two Best Supporting Actress Oscars (the second coming in 1994 for Bullets Over Broadway). Hannah and Her Sisters has often been my pick of the week, but now it is my birthday. So if you have not listened yet, I urge you to do it now!

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