1. Away We Go
Sam Mendes’ latest effort was too low-key for summer blockbuster season but this sweet little film may be more endearing on your home theatre. Starring John Krasinski (of The Office) and Maya Rudolph, the film centres around a couple’s search for the perfect place to raise their kids.
It may sound like any other sci-fi series but here’s the Canuck twist — the ABC drama is based on celebrated Mississauga, Ont., author Robert J. Sawyer’s novel of the same name. FlashForward, which premiered yesterday, stars Joseph Fiennes as FBI agent Mark Benford, a man who finds himself desperately trying to piece together the cause of a mysterious global event that makes everyone pass out for two minutes and 17 seconds.
3. Margaret Atwood
She may be 70 but she shows no signs of stopping. The doyenne of Canadian fiction is not only picking up rave reviews for her new novel The Year of the Flood, but also made it to the Giller Prize long list. Her inventiveness marks the book tour too — she has created a short musical play based on the novel to be performed in each city she visits.
4. Xavier Dolan
Roll over, Atom Egoyan. The new poster boy of Canadian cinema is only 20, and his wrenching family drama I Killed My Mother has been chosen as the nation’s official entry for the Oscars.
5. The Boy Who Knew Too Much: Mika
He conquered the pop world three years back with his debut Life in Cartoon Motion. Now the British singer is ready to keep the crown with another edition of his Elton John-meets-Freddy Mercury over-the-top melodies. The album’s first single We Are Golden is proof enough that Mika’s here to stay.
6. Juliet, Naked: Nick Hornby
Surprise, surprise! The pre-eminent “lad lit” author’s new novel is not about a boy, but about a girl. Thirtysomething museum curator Annie strikes up an online relationship with Tucker Crowe, a reclusive American singer-songwriter who’s the stuff of myths. An essential Hornby read.
7. It Might Get Loud
If you believe in guitar gods, consider your prayers answered. Master axemen Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White gather around to exchange notes on how they create their fretboard magic. It’s a treat to watch these legends explain the chemistry behind some of rock’s best-loved songs. Enjoy without earplugs.
Metro’s 7th Heaven
1. Away We Go