Friday, July 25, 2014

Pick O' the Week - July 25

Happy July 25, everyone!

A lot of interesting things have happened this week, including TIFF's announcement of the lineup for this year's festival.

Here is an interesting article on Harvey Weinstein and the choice to release Snowpiercer on VOD while still screening in theatres.

I am interested in this Andy Samberg/Kit Harrington HBO mockumentary about tennis. It is apparently going to be about a seven-day match at Wimbledon.

Parker Posey has FINALLY been cast in a Woody Allen film. She joins Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone.

In trailer news, I have two offerings. The first is Miss Julie, which stars Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell in a film directed by Liv Ullmann. The second is Before I Go to Sleep starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.

In Theatres: Scarlett Johansson is an interesting actress. She has explored some very unique characters. She stars in Luc Besson's scifi thriller Lucy, which seems eerily similar in plot to the Bradley Cooper film Limitless (2011). I have more hope for Lucy because I have more trust in Besson. I hope the film is more like Léon (1994) than The Family (2013).

At Home: For someone special, I offer you any of the four current films (preferably not the second!) in the Step Up franchise. If you take the first, you will enjoy Channing Tatum. The dancing definitely gets better with each installment.

On TV: Summertime TV doldrums have led me back to The Wire. Just watch it. Again, if necessary.

"Retro" Re-watch: I was reminded this week of how much I love Guillaume Canet's 2006 film Ne le dis à personne (Tell No One) starring François Cluzet and Kristin Scott Thomas. Based on American author Harlan Coben's novel, the film tells the story of a doctor who learns that his deceased wife may actually be alive.

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