Friday, May 23, 2014

Pick O' the Week - May 23

I apologize. I had very little motivation to make my picks of the week earlier. It has been ages since I have even stepped foot inside a movie theatre!

My cinematic heartbeat has found a steadier rhythm with the start of the Cannes Film Festival with the opening of Nicole Kidman's Grace of Monaco... which is being boycotted by the royal family and has received a lukewarm reception from critics.

Speaking of Cannes, here are some highlights:
1. Steve Carell has earned some early Oscar buzz for his performance as John Eleuthère du Pont who killed an Olympic wrestler in Foxcatcher.

2. Mike Leigh - who directed by second favourite film of all-time, Secrets and Lies - premiered his newest film, Mr. Turner, at Cannes. The period film tells the story of British painter J.M.W. Turner, played by Timothy Spall, who has starred in nearly all of Leigh's most recent films - and also portrayed Wormtail in the Harry Potter series! It has also received races at Cannes. And here is the trailer.

3.  Atom Egoyan, a true Toronto director, earned boos at his screening of Captives. Ryan Reynolds and Rosario Dawson? Yikes.

4. Even more exciting? Mélanie Laurent's Respire premiered at the festival. When will I get to see it?!

In non-Cannes news, the trailer for Woody Allen's newest film, Magic in the Moonlight (July 25), has been released! It stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone.

In Theatres: It has been said that bringing back Bryan Singer to the X-Men franchise has given new life to the film series. Signer directed the first two installments X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003), and the planned-trilogy exploded into what is now seven films. The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011) and The Wolverine (2013) are not exactly the best films in the franchise. Here's hoping that Singer is able to work with his all-star cast, including James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

At Home: Jennifer Lawrence may be all that these days - have you seen her play Box of Lies?!?! - but it was way back in 2010 when she was first nominated for an Oscar. I did not care very much for Debra Granik's Winter's Bone when I first saw it. I really did not even care for Lawrence. Can one's opinion of an actor really change one's opinion of a film so disliked? Try it this weekend. It's on Netflix!

On TV: At the insistence of a friend, I started watching Broadchurch. The ITV series stars David Tennant (Dr. Who!) and Olivia Colman as detectives searching for the murderer of a young boy on the Dorset coast (that would be along the English Channel!). The first series, lasting eight episodes, is deliberately paced and tremendously acted. Watch the British version before it is butchered by Fox's remake, Gracepoint (starring Tennant and Anna Gunn).

Retro Re-watch: I watched Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito stumble through The Jewel of the Nile the other day. It only reminded me how much I loved Robert Zemeckis' Romancing the Stone (1984). Kathleen Turner is simply fantastic (a polar opposite to her role in Body Heat!) as romance novelist Joan Wilder. A wonderfully witty adventure.

1 comment:

  1. I see your Foxcatcher, and raise you 40-year-old Pyschopath: