Friday, April 4, 2014

Pick O' the Week - April 4

This week in entertainment news, George Lucas talks about The Birth of The Lightsaber, and while it's been out for awhile, sci-fi short Prospect is available to view on Vimeo and is beautiful.  I continue to be terribly excited about the prospect of Queen and Country becoming a film so any news coming out of that camp is good news for me.

In other news, this week marks more exciting (albeit weird) cast pairings for Benicio del Toro and Emily Blunt, and How I Met Your Mother finally ended (thank goodness).  Finally, the trailer for Luc Besson's new thriller Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson has been released and I have to say, it looks pretty good.

And now, on to the picks!

In Theatres: Captain America is out today and it looks to be simultaneously everything that Matt has often remarked on hating about comic book movies and everything I LOVE about them.  I've found over time, as the actors become more comfortable with their roles, the interactions and the story continue to become more and more compelling.  If that's not your style I'd suggest checking out The Muppets or The Grand Budapest Hotel (which I completely loved).

At Home:  Anchorman 2 is out and while the film itself isn't great, it's almost worth watching for the showdown scene in central park.  That said, this week I'll be recommending Frozen (it's been out since the 18th but is quite good, especially if you have any love for musicals.  Then again, with the new Fargo tv series being developed, why not take the opportunity to watch the original Fargo film?

On TV: Game of Thrones is out this weekend and with that in mind let's all take a moment of silence for the pillows that will die from excessive squeezing this season.  Winter is coming people.  But with that in mind I wholeheartedly recommend re-watching season one, or enjoying it for the first time if you've not yet seen it.  I can certainly understand the cultural fatigue around this show but it really, truly is (I believe) one of the best shows on television today. Oh yeah and there's also this slightly humourous intro, in the style of an 80's sitcom.

Retro Re-Watch: In honour of a little trip CineCritical is taking this weekend as well as the return of GoT, I propose The Princess Bride.  Also, because I just finished reading the book, which is QUITE hilarious.

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