Friday, August 8, 2014

Pick O' the Week - August 8

At the end of the weekend, CineCritical+ will be off to the City by the Bay. Classic San Francisco films include Hitchcock's masterpiece Vertigo (1958), Whoopi Goldberg's Sister Act (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and Milk, the 2008 film which won Sean Penn his second Academy Award.

And if this trip was twenty years ago, I would be dying to re-enact scenes from Full House!

In Theatres: I really wanted to recommend Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man, but I just was not as captivated by Philip Seymour Hoffman as some other reviewers. If you were one of the few who did not see Guardians of the Galaxy yet, it is definitely worth your money. And if Siobhan and I were in town, we would be in a dark theatre watching the has-to-be-better-than-number-four Step Up: All In.

At Home: Woody Allen Manhattan may have been a love letter to his hometown, but he has consistently made films that make me want to explore different cities. Take for example Match Point (2005), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Midnight in Paris (2011) and Magic in the Moonlight (2014). Cate Blanchett won a much deserved Oscar for Blue Jasmine, and even though the city is not presented as majestically as London, Paris or Barcelona, it makes me want to discover the northern California gem. And lucky for you, it is available on Netflix.

On TV: I grew up loving Full House. Then I moved onto Suddenly Susan, Brooke Shields' Must-See-TV effort. In between, I was in love with the Salinger siblings. Party of Five told the story of five siblings (led by Matthew Fox) forced to make it on their own after their parents were killed by a drunk driver. The show launched the careers of Neve Campbell, Scott Wolf, Lacey Chabert, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. My favourite character will always be Paula Devicq's Kirsten... All six seasons are available on Netflix.

Retro Re-watch: I may be currently obsessed with Australian films from the 90s - Strictly Ballroom (1992) and Muriel's Wedding (1994) - but what movie made me want to visit San Francisco when I was a kid? No, it was not Tony Scott's 1996 clunker The Fan, but another 1996 film, The Rock. Can you believe Michael Bay was capable of making a decent action film? Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris star in a film about a FBI/Navy SEAL attempt to save the world after Alcatraz Island is taken hostage by renegade marines intent on destroying San Francisco. Check it out on Netflix.

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