Friday, July 11, 2014

Pick O' the Week - July 11

A major release in other markets this week is Richard Linklater's twelve-years-in-the-making coming-of-age story (a lot of dashes!) Boyhood. Unfortunately, it's not opening in Toronto... but the TIFF Bell Lightbox is hosting a screening for members! The film is already being called the year's best and even best of the decade.

There has not been a lot of interesting movie news this week. The major release is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - but I have not seen any films in the series. Its 91% rating at Rotten Tomatoes is only nine behind Boyhood.

The big announcement this week concerned the Emmy nominations. A lot of so-called snubs this year - I can gripe about Tatiana Maslany on Orphan Black - but Game of Thrones received nineteen nominations, including one for Cersei Lannister! I told my mom, it pays to be a bitch!

And onto the picks!

In Theatres: Life Itself, a documentary about Roger Ebert, comes to Toronto theatres today. I have always admired Roger Ebert, even as a kid watching Siskel & Ebert on TV, and his reviews were always my first read. Nothing could better celebrate Ebert's life than a film.

At Home: With our trip to San Francisco in just over a month, let's find some Northern California-themed films! My first choice was The Rock (Netflix), but for the sake of complexity, I offer Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station. Set in the Bay Area, it tells the real-life story of a man who was shot by transit police in the early hours of New Year's Day. Check it out on Netflix.

On TV: Summertime TV habits are much different than the regular season. Network TV is littered with failed mid-season replacements and reality shows (like one-time CineCritical favourite So You Think You Can Dance). I have become obsessed with Devious Maids. The second season finale airs Sunday and I am ready for whatever happens! I love the maids (Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez and Judy Reyes), but Rebecca Wisocky as Evelyn Powell is my reason for watching!

Retro Re-watch: I am halfway through a math course this summer and no film makes me think about math more than Darren Aronofsky's Pi (1998). His first film screened at Sundance and won an Independent Spirit and a Gotham award. The thriller stars Sean Gullette as a number theorist capable of large multi-digit computations in his head, but he also suffers from a number of disorders.

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