Friday, June 13, 2014

Pick O' the Week - June 13

My sincerest apologies for not submitting my picks last week. I am suffering from cinematic dysphoria. I have just been scouring Netflix for old 80s and 90s movies and watching early season episodes of Rizzoli and Isles.

This week we are treated to the beginning of the World Cup. For me, I am not the biggest soccer (football?) fan, and I have no patriotic affiliation to any team.

If you are interested, you can get a double dose of my least favourite Oscar-nominated actor - Jonah Hill - as he stars in How To Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street. That is, if you can get over this homophobic comments and his please-go-watch-my-movies-because-I-apologized-on Jimmy-Fallon bullshit. I think he's still an asshole.

In Theatres: It may be a little too campy and juvenile for its own good, but The Fault in Our Stars is worth seeing simply for Shailene Woodley's performance as a young cancer victim trying not to fall in love with her cancer group suitor. I have a few issues with some plot points, but I fully appreciate Laura Dern's appearance as Woodley's supportive mother! If you can accept the film for what it is, you will be better able to enjoy it.

At Home: I swear, this is the last time I choose this film! If you have been able to ignore by advice for the past ten months, now is the perfect opportunity to catch Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. She is one of forty actors to have won two or more Academy Awards (though she should have four!), this being her most deserving. And most exciting, it is available on Netflix!

On TV: This weekend marks the season four finale of HBO's most-successful series of all time, Game of Thrones. The episode, entitled The Children, is being proclaimed as the series' best episode by the show's creators. If you are not a fan of fantasy, go binge-watch season two of Orange is the New Black. I was able to make it last over four days, but I was hooked even more than season 1!

Retro Re-watch: After watching half of The Princess Bride last weekend, I remembered how much I love Carey Elwes' other cult success, Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Directed by Mel Brooks, the film is a parody of the classic Robin Hood story. It is also available on Netflix.

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