Friday, May 16, 2014

Pick O' the Week - May 16

Well it's been another busy week at Cinecritical and certainly as always in entertainment news.  This week saw the full trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar released and it looks good,  Next week will see the release of Fox's new X-Men juggernaut Days of Future Past so it will be interesting to see how it performs next to other genre properties like Captain America and The Amazing Spiderman.

This weekend CineCritical will be attending the Game of Thrones exhibit as it stops in Toronto for a visit so look out for a post on that (we'll try to have it up relatively soon since this thing travels and you may have an opportunity to see it).

Okay, on to the picks.

In Theatres: There are plenty of iffy properties in theatres, The Amazing Spiderman 2 hasn't been performing as well as hoped and The Other Woman and Neighbours round out the top three at the box office.  Unfortunately none of these is enough to tickle my fancy and Godzilla is about to knock them down the list by all accounts.  But The Grand Budapest Hotel is still playing in select theatres and if you haven't already, I urge you to go see it, you won't be disappointed.

At Home: Recently I watched Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was actually quite interesting.  One of the issues I've had with a lot of the framework surrounding the feminist movement is that whenever there's an opportunity to educate and inform, things seem to go wrong.  Filmmakers and authors seem to lose the plot a little and get so pushy that the only people who could possibly stand to hear their story are already on their side of the argument.  But where most films try to show the horror of what has been done to women, this film managed to examine the successes and the progression of that fight.  And of course it starts by examining Wonder Woman herself!


On TV: I've been away from this for awhile but in addition to Orphan Black (which I CANNOT get enough of), a show comes to mind where the performance really made the plot possible.  The United States of Tara follows Tara Gregson (Toni Collette) who, as it turns out, has multiple personalities.  Focusing not only on Tara's personalities but their relationship to her family is where this show excels and while I can't see I've seen the whole series to the end, season 1 was very well made.  Available on Nerflix.

Retro Re-Watch: After accidentally watching the first two minutes of New Year's Eve, I realized that it's been awhile since Robert Deniro played anything but an grumpy older man.  Having never seen the film, I stumbled across Taxi Driver while clicking through the cast links and decided that I'm going to sit down and watch this one.  With countless awards nominations (including four academy awards) and a BAFTA for a then very young Jodi Foster, this film comes up again and again as one of Deniro's best performances so I'll be taking a look.

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