It's Thursday, which means it's time for another entry in Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks! This is such a fun exercise, and I really encourage all of my readers to try and participate if you can. I know a few of you do, and I look forward to your entries every Thursday. This week was interesting, but I'll get to the reason for that in a second.
The theme of the week is:
So, this was tricky for me because I wasn't sure if this meant the actual word 'colour/color' in the title or if it meant 'a color', as in The Red Shoes or something like that. I chose to make this harder on myself, so I went with the word 'colour/color' itself, and to make things even more difficult, I only chose films that did NOT actually have a color in the title.
So, while my first thought was Blue is the Warmest Colour, it's not on my list.
Here it goes:
|Color of Night|
This movie is so bad, and yet I shamelessly love this. I had such a man-crush on Bruce Willis when I was a teenager and I would watch all of his shit, from this to Die Hard to The Sixth Sense to The Fifth Element; it was like every night as a Bruce Willis night in my bedroom. This is such a trashy sex film (and, like, so much sex), but it's fun and steamy and one of those bad films that everyone should see for the sheer hilarity of how bad it is (that ending, OMG). I applaud you Bruce for going full frontal in a film that, well, is pretty much porn (I mean, his co-star WAS a porn star).
I was really shocked at how much I dug this movie. I normally don't care much for political films and even political satires, mostly because I'm not a very political person and so a lot of it goes over my head, but this one felt so close to home because of the obvious inspiration that you couldn't help but 'get it', and the rich performances by everyone, including Travolta in a hammy yet sincere mimicry performance, make this an underrated gem, in my eyes.
Yeah, I kind of hated this. I know that it's all artsy and we're supposed to embrace artsy and encourage artsy, and I do, when artsy is done well, but this was such an empty void of WTF that I felt it was trying so hard to be artsy it forgot to tell a cohesive story; like at all. Still, many did love this, and it has it's merits (the cinematography is stunning, and the score is beautifully woven into every frame), but the scattered nature of the vignettes lead to an almost incomprehensible storyline that just left me wishing I'd taken a nap instead.