Weekly Watch List

Even though I was all over the city for Canadian Screen Week, I still managed to catch some films (there has to be a trophy for that or something)

  • Room (2015)

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson.  Starring Brie Larson (who I loved in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Jacob Tremblay (who I saw at the Canadian Screen Awards and can confirm he is as adorable in real life as he is in every internet video of him you’ve seen), and the very talented Joan Allen.  Won the People’s Choice Award at TIFF 2015.  Brie Larson took home the Golden Globe AND the Oscar for her performance.  Jacob Tremblay took home a Canadian Screen Award for his performance as well.  Canada – Ireland co-production.

I had read Room back in 2010 when it was released. I could not put it down (to the chagrin of my textbooks). Nor could I stop thinking about it long after I had finished the last page.  I was a little worried about the film adaptation but, after watching it, I have to say I was very impressed with the direction.  I was also relieved that the author of the novel, Emma Donoghue, wrote the screenplay.

  • The Intouchables  (2011).

Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. Starring Omar Sy and Francois Cluzet.  Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Film Not in the English Language Awards at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs respectively.  Omar Sy received numerous nominations and wins for his performance.  French with English subtitles.

My Mom (a cinephile herself) and I had been meaning to watch this film since we saw the trailer for it eons ago.  It was gratifying to have the opportunity to watch it with her and my Dad last week.

  • Clueless  (1995)

Directed by Amy Heckerling.  Starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, and Paul Rudd.

Believe it or not this bodacious 1990s babe had never seen Clueless beginning to end. Now that I have, I have SO much more respect for it and it’s existence in the 1990s Shakespearean-inspired, subtly socially subversive, teen flick pantheon.

What did you watch this week?  Any recommendations?

5 thoughts on “Weekly Watch List

  1. Samurai Cop (1991) – A wonderful “so bad it’s hilarious” movie. Just sheer incompetence in filmmaking… Like one fight scene changing locations 4 times between cuts. Or just got a sequel last year through crowd funding too! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0130236/?ref_=nv_sr_2

    7 Days in Hell (2015) – A mockumentary that aired on HBO starring Andy Samberg, Kit Harrington, Mary Steenburgen and a whole host of others. About a fictional tennis match in 2001 that lasts a week between a former wild child tennis star from the 90s and the current up and comer. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3895884/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    Brazil (1985) – Think a 1984 satire (with a fucus on bureaucracy) through the mind of director Terry Gilliam. Says it all, don’t it? Make sure to watch the director’s cut. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088846/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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