It's Thursday! Time for more Thursday Movie Picks, and this week is a fun one and so appropriate, but I'll get to that in a second.
First, the theme:
So, why is this appropriate? Well, next week the wife and I are going on a road trip, so this is all too hilariously timed. Anyways, there are a lot of road trip movies, but in looking over the list...there just aren't a lot of good ones. There are so many tacky, cheesy, teen coming-of-age (read: SEX) comedies that happen to take place...on the road. And then there was that movie, you know, called On the Road, but I didn't like that one much (despite raving the novel).
So, here are three road trip flicks I totally dig, and then one that is a total guilty pleasure!
I've talked this one up already, and it landed on my 1962 Fisti Awards (even winning an award) so you know I love this one. It's such a fine tuned character study, and such a well written (that dialog) buddy flick, fleshing out two very different men that learn so much from their journey alongside each other.
|The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert|
This movie is so much fun, but more than that, it carries a really deep message that is presented in such a delightfully comedic and full-hearted way. The performances have such depth, and the tacky style of filmmaking here is so fresh and so memorable.
This movie is genius. Say what you will about what Sasha's antics have been reduced to, but when he pulled off this worldwide con, it was absolute GENIUS! His performance is the stuff comedy legends are made of, and the range of laughs here (I die every time I think about that Pamela Anderson kidnapping) are just off the charts.
Yes, I know. This movie is deemed trash by MANY people, but, like...it's actually not that bad? I mean, it's wholly entertaining, Spears holds her own and, like, it has a trashy Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning (I hate that she doesn't have a career), who is always worth watching. Yes, this was made solely to capitalize on Spears' fame and sex appeal (I never really got that), but in a sea of teen pandering coming of age flicks, this one is unfairly maligned and kind of fun.