torsdag 3. august 2017

Thursday Movie Picks; Crime Family

It's the first Thursday of the month and time for a new post in regards of Thursday Movie Picks, thanks to the blogger behind Wandering Through the Shelves. The theme of the week is crime families and here are my picks.

Gangs of New York; A movie with an historical feel.

Kill Bill (both); Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Pulp Fiction; A classic movie.

The Godfather; Yet another classic movie.

6 kommentarer:

  1. I love Pulp Fiction and that is a great pick. I still have to see Kill Bill and have the DVD! Gangs of New York is a good film and I love Day Lewis but Cameron Diaz was not that great in it. Glad you included the Godfather in this as I think, most people stayed away form this on purpose today.

    1. Thanks for the comment. You have something to look forward to in Kill Bill, if you like Tarantino movies that is. :-)

  2. Kill Bill is such a brilliant pick! I can't believe I didn't think of it.

    1. It's not that easy to remember all movies, when there's so may to choose from. :-)

  3. Nice variety of choices.

    Gangs of New York is a terrific catch, didn't occur to me. DDL was his usual awesome self but I thought both DiCaprio and Diaz were miscast both playing their roles in far too contemporary a manner. They didn't spoil the film but did weak it.

    Sorry to say I detested Pulp Fiction and wasn't much fonder of Kill Bill though it didn't frustrate me to the same degree.

    I expected The Godfather to be everywhere today and it certainly has been which makes sense it fits the theme like a glove.

    I went back a few years before Godfather for mine.

    Bonnie & Clyde (1967)-Seminal, trend-setting drama of the criminal pair who terrorized the heartland during the depression with Clyde’s brother and his wife. Stylish and ultra-violent this made Warren Beatty a major player in Hollywood, a star of Faye Dunaway, moved Gene Hackman considerably up the ladder as Buck Barrow and won Estelle Parsons a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as Buck’s screeching wife Blanche.

    White Heat (1949)-James Cagney stars as Cody Jarrett a psychotic gangster with a mother fixation in one of the best crime noirs of the 40’s. An utterly ruthless man who thinks nothing of gunning down an unarmed man he is prone to violent headaches, an incipient signal of total madness, that can only be soothed by sitting on Ma Jarrett’s (a chilling Margaret Wycherly) knee as she strokes his head. Sent to prison after being caught during their last job Cody is a targeted man both by the undercover agent (Edmund O’Brien) who has been planted to befriend him and one of his henchmen (Steven Cochran) and Cody’s grasping wife Verna (Virginia Mayo) who want to take over the gang. Breaking out he sets out to reassert his dominance during the robbery of a chemical plant payroll but things spiral out of control leading to a fiery climax. Classic Cagney.

    Ma Barker’s Killer Brood (1960)-Exploitation version of the Barker clan headed by the ruthlessly murderous Ma (Lurene Tuttle). Revisionist in the extreme showing the gang working with John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson though there’s no proof that they knew any of them in reality. Still it’s a trim little crime caper with Lurene Tuttle, who usually played sweet best friends and sensible mothers, having a grand old time tearing into the merciless and deranged mastermind. She rules her boys with an iron fist mocking any sign of weakness and not sparing the corporeal punishment to all if she thinks it necessary.

    1. Thanks for your long comment. Even though we might have a few different picks, I can't argue against Bonnie & Clyde as a good movie. :-)