Friday, April 11, 2014

Pick O' the Week - April 11

It has not been the most cinematically exciting week. Maybe I have been trapped under a massive rock of nausea and educational bullshit, or maybe I have just been consumed inside the Game of Thrones bubble. Were you aware that GoT season four began airing on Sunday? It was HBO's most watched television episode since The Sopranos finale seven years ago.

I lied. I was also consumed with basketball fever. March Madness has come and gone. It was a repeat of a decade ago with the University of Connecticut winning the men's and women's titles - the women ending the season 40-0!

In trailer news, the trailer for David Fincher's Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, will be unveiled on Monday. But if you are insistent, check out this Entertainment Weekly promo.

In Theatres: If you have been lucky - or living under a rock - ycu must go and immediately watch Wes Anderson's brilliant The Grand Budapest Hotel. The more it sits with me, the more I desperately need to watch it again. Check out my review here.

At Home: If, like me, you love Community on television, you should love The Way, Way Back - co-directed by everyone's favourite dean! The film stars Liam James (who stars as Linden's son on The Killing) as a shy teenager whose mother (Toni Collette) forces him to spend the summer at her less-than-kind boyfriend's (Steve Carell) beach house. It is a coming-of-age story with a great supporting performance from the always dependable Sam Rockwell. Check it out on Netflix.

On TV: In the span of 5 days I devoured the entire first season of the BBC America/Space series Orphan Black. It stars Tatiana Maslany as one of an increasing number of clones. Maslany is brilliant in every incarnation. It is amazing how well the costume and make-up team - as well as Maslany's talent - help make every character feel unique. It truly seems like each clone is unique. Interestingly, the series is set in Toronto, with consistent shout-outs to Scarborough. For those that do not know, Scarborough is definitely not as it appears on TV! Scarberia is a valid nickname.

Retro re-watch: Michael Bay's career may now be a joke with his involvement in the Transformers franchise, but eighteen years ago he directed Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage and Ed Harris in the San Francisco-set action thriller The Rock. With an impending trip to San Francisco this summer - and an expected visit to Alcatraz - The Rock is certainly mandatory viewing. And let's not forget that incredible chase scene!

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