Happy New Year, everyone! Let's get this year started off right, and this seems like a great way to start! I've seen these Thursday Movie Picks posts floating around from blog to blog all year, and while I was intrigued, I didn't make the time to really investigate what was going on, until yesterday. I finally tracked this series down and found that it was started by Wandering Through the Shelves. Well, the list of themes for 2015 is up, and so I decided to make a real conscious effort to play along this year. I may miss a week or two, but I'm going to try really hard not to.
Here's today's theme:
Now, I was on a tight leash to get this first one done, and since I'm new to this I didn't want to think too far outside the box, for fear of breaking the rules, so these three picks may not be all that inspiring, but I'm going to push harder for next week (I have time to stew over that one).
|Fun with Dick and Jane|
The first movie I thought of was Fun with Dick and Jane, not because it's a great movie but because, well, just watch:
The shot afterwards, on the News, of Poehler getting tackled into the bushes, is life giving. The movie is actually pretty funny, with Carrey and Leoni sparring off one another rather beautifully, and while the eventual bank robbery isn't super clever or anything, it's entertaining for sure!
Now, this is a great movie, and what makes it so great is that, while the actual bank robbery is exciting and well thought out, the character development that takes place leading up to that robbery is so richly rewarding. This is such a smart thriller, a film that understands the building of themes and how important it is to create a tone that permeates, a tone that can establish itself within the plot of a film (a bank robbery) and the characters that dwell within it.
And, while this may seem like an obvious choice, like, this should probably be on every list, right? I mean, this is just an incredible movie, from start to finish. Such depth, such remarkable character development filling every single frame of this film! One of the greatest films of the 70's, Pacino's finest performance to date and one of the most authentic portrayals of desperation I've ever seen put to film.