It's another Thursday (these come so quickly) and so that means it's time for Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks again! If you aren't playing along you, yet you need to be. Check out the schedule and get to picking movies, because this is just a lot of fun to be a part of. So, this week was fun, albeit really challenging! Challenging in a good way though, since there was a bounty of films to choose from. The reason for that is the theme.
And the theme for this week is:
EEK! There are so many films to chose from (I personally can't wait to see what Ruth over at Flixchatter has to say, since this theme is SO UP HER ALLEY), and so because of the many different ways this could go, I decided to color outside the lines a little bit. I decided to stray away from the traditional 'classic' adaptations and select films that gave us more modern or stylized retelling of a classic tale.
So, here we have it!
|The Phantom of the Paradise|
Adapted (loosely, but quite noticeably) from Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera, this insanely bizarre rock opera is brilliantly composed and directed by Brian De Palma. Part musical, part horror story, part macabre black comedy, this film is 100% incredible and a work of cinematic art.
Many didn't care for this one, but I loved how well the modern setting worked with this particular story, and how the liberties taken never took away from the core themes presented. It also contains a stunning performance from Paltrow and some of the most sensually captivating cinematography of the year. Sweaty, steamy and intoxicating.
|A.I. Artificial Intelligence|
This almost works as a two-fold edition. First, it's quite deliberately adapted from Brian Aldiss's Super-toys Last All Summer, which was originally published in 1969. But, many would probably contest that that is not actually a 'classic'. Well, you know what is a classic? Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio, and this film is clearly a reinterpretation of that classic story. This film, almost more than any other from the aughts, has completely transcended my initial reaction to it. It's beautiful and so special. A one of a kind movie experience, for sure!