Friday, July 18, 2014

Pick O' the Week - July 18

This week in entertainment news Keira Knightly & Chloe Moritz' comedy has a trailer. There are new screenshots from Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Michael Gondry's Mood Indigo also has a trailer.  Oh, and the Marvel/Disney property Big Hero 6 has a trailer and looks adorable.

With summer in full swing and NOTHING TO WATCH Underwire has a suggestion for binge watching: The West Wing
Finally, after botching his hosting of the Oscars, and the travesty that was A Million Ways to Die in the West, Seth MacFarlane is being sued for copyright infringement. Sounds like a rough year.  Oh yeah, and don't watch Hemlock Grove, it's terrible.

In Theatres: There's not much out this week--I'm still waiting for Step Up: All In (it's going to be so bad) and Lucy to premier on the 25th-- but in the mean time there are a bunch of films still in theatres: How To Train Your Dragon 2, Boyhood, or The Fault in Our Stars would all be decent choices as you wait the next round of summer offerings.

At Home: 20 Feet From Stardom is a documentary that focuses on the difficult careers of some of the music industry's biggest unsung heros: the background singers.  With absolutely incredible careers that span the length and breadth of the history of popular music, these women are powerhouse vocalists whose names are known mostly to each other and who often experienced the sting of recording music only to have it attributed to other artists.  It is an incredible and interesting look at the little known history of music, from those who lived it.

On TV: Oh.  My. God. Orphan Black.  I know I'm getting repetitive but go back and watch it again from the beginning (or for the first time).  Just give in already, it is a very good show.  If that's not really your speed then maybe you might try one of the web properties that are out there, such as the adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma currently winding up from Pemberly Digital (the Emmy award winning team behind the Lizzie Bennett Diaries).

Retro Re-Watch: Ghostbusters.  Because it's coming back to theatres over labour day weekend and you need to get prepared.  Also: because I said so :)

Oh yeah and in honour of a very good friend of CineCritical's Birthday tomorrow I offer you a bonus pick:

Korean Drama O' The Week: Lie To Me, is available on Netflix and manages to encompass all the conventions and tropes that make a good drama what it is, while maintaining a strong female lead in Yoon Eun-hye (Princess Hours, Coffee Prince).  It's quite enjoyable so if you've never had the pleasure of a solid Korean Drama, check it out.

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