Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Road Trip Movies


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!

Il Sorpasso
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. 

Borat
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. 

BONUS
Crossroads
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.

44 comments:

  1. I loved The Adventures of Priscilla and Borat; I loved the performances in Priscilla and Borat was hilarious! I don't remember much from Crossroads, is there a baby involved? I think everyone was putting the Spears song on repeat when the movie came out.

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    1. LOL, yeah, there's a baby involved.

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  2. Borat. Is. The. Road. Trip. Movie. Not a, THE. One of the best comedie, EVER!

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    1. I'm with you on that. I have rarely laughed that hard at anything before in my life.

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    2. Also as much as I love Borat, I would say Bruno is a bit better, it's a lot more cruel, but a lot funnier.
      Oh, and my top 3 road trip movies: Thelma & Louise, Wild Strawberries, Borat. BONUS: Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, About Schmidt.

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    3. Great picks. I almost went with Five Easy Pieces, to be honest. Love that movie.

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  3. Excellent post. Thanks.

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  4. Another Adventures of Pricilla! I really want to see that now, why Netflix, why don't you have it?! I haven't heard of your first and, but I freaking love Borat. That film is hysterical. Crossroads is hilariously cliche. I kind of wouldn't mind watching that and laughing again.

    Taryn Manning is killing it on OITNB at least.

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    1. I didn't realize Manning was on OITNB! God, I need to watch more TV.

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  5. Oh I LOVE Adventures of Priscilla! Wonderful performances, beautiful scenery AMAZING costume design and some great quotable dialogue "Bernadette has left her cake out in the rain." gives me a chuckle every time I watch.

    I'm not a fan of Borat, it had a moment here and there but just wasn't for me and to be honest I've avoided Crossroads like a plague of Egypt because I detest Spears, but if you say it's silly fun I might give it a look.

    Il Sorpasso is new to me but it sounds good and looking it up I find that I like both the leads so I'll be checking that out.

    I love those silly, mindless movies like Road Trip, Rat Race and others like them, they aren't usually "good" but they are good for a couple of giggles, however I figured they'd pop up somewhere else so here are the three I came up with instead:

    The Trip (2002)-The multi decade story of Alan and Tommy, soulmates that are drawn together and pulled apart by love, differing beliefs, fears, secrets and the machinations of others over the turbulent 70’s and 80’s. Low budget (some of the period wigs are beyond terrible), moving comedy/drama, with a better than average cast for something this small-one-time Bond girl Jill St. John is a hoot as Alan’s former showgirl mom, looks at the rise of the gay rights movement, the shame inflicted by Anita Bryant’s hate crusade and the beginnings of the AIDS crisis. The road trip in the film only comprises the final act of the picture but all that comes before is a lead up to that journey.

    The Daytrippers (1996)-A young suburban wife, Eliza (Hope Davis), discovers what seems to be a love note shortly after her husband Louis (Stanley Tucci) leaves for work one morning. Unsure what to do she turns to her mother (the recently departed Anne Meara) for advice who encourages her to drive into the city and get an explanation from her husband. So Eliza, both her parents, her sister and her sister's boyfriend (Parker Posey & Liev Schreiber) pile into the station wagon and hit the road to the city and so starts an odyssey as they travel from place to place trying to find him and discovering far more than they bargained for. Quirky and engaging.

    The Sure Thing (1985)-Walter “Gib” Gibson is a freshman at a Northern college whose sole desire over his Christmas break is to somehow get to his friend Lance’s college in L.A. where a “sure thing” awaits, a tan, blonde and very young Nicolette Sheridan. Short on cash he answers an ad to share the ride out West which is also being taken by Alison, a classmate who can’t stand him. Once they’re on the road many adventures and calamities come between him and his goal, among them show tune loving drivers, money troubles and unexpected feelings. Engaging comedy made a star out of John Cusack who is quite brilliant in the lead.

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    1. I haven't seen any of your picks! I need to check them out, for sure.

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    2. I'm not too surprised you haven't seen the first two since they are very indie and flew beneath the radar even when they were in theatres but I'm a little more so about The Sure Thing just because it used to be on TV all the time, especially when Rob Reiner was on his hot directing streak.

      The Trip is a particular favorite of mine. I can't even tell you how many times I saw it in the theatre-I recommended it like crazy to everyone I knew and would go back to watch it with them! How bitter was I when I found out after I saw if that I missed the cast and director of the picture having a panel discussion in that theatre the day before!! To make up for it a little my sister surprised me that Christmas with a framed full sized poster signed by the entire cast and some of the crew including the director as well as a press kit which filled me with glee.

      I feel I have to warn you since you've said you are prone to ugly cry face many of the people I've watched it with have been reduced to a mess by the end of the film, the top of one particular friend's T-shirt was soaking wet when it was over. She went into the bathroom and used the hand dryer to get herself together and then we sat through the film a second time at which point she was done in again!

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    3. Wow...I really, really need to see that one, ASAP!

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    4. Would LOVE to hear what you think of it once you've caught it.

      Wanted to mention a little background on one of the locations in the film. The mansion where quite a bit of the action takes place is Falcon's Lair, which was Rudolph Valentino's retreat, at the time tucked away in the exclusive Benedict Canyon. After his sudden death it was auctioned off and eventually bought by Doris Duke who lived there until the end of her days. As with Pickfair it has sadly since been demolished. The production company for the film is called Falcon Lair Films as a tribute to it.

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    5. Interesting tid-bit! I'll be sure to check it out when I revisit my personal awards for 2002...and I'll let you know what I think!

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  6. I love Priscilla so much I also picked it! Iconic for so many reasons.

    I guess I really need to see Il Sorpasso now. YAY for Criterion Collection 50% off sale at Barnes & Noble this month!!!

    I very nearly picked Borat actually. Seeing that in a packed theater with my sister is one of my favorite movie-going experiences ever - the way people reacted to things definitely enhanced the experience. I've never watched it again actually, because I just know it won't live up to that experience. But I do think Baron Cohen gave a GENIUS performance in it.

    I will not discuss that terrible bonus pick of yours except to say how glad I am that Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning have solid careers. Now if Zoe would do something, anything other than sci-fi...

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    1. LOL, Cohen really was genius there!

      I'm regretting this Crossroads pick. I thought it would be funny...and I haven't seen it since I was, like, 16, but I don't remember it being...awful (I mean, I'm sure it's awful, but I remember it being fun at least).

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  7. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert sounds like a hoot! Gotta add that to my watch list!

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  8. Il Sorpasso is a masterpiece of cinema and Italy has never looked so enchanting. It's easy to see why this film is so adored by the masses in its native country.

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  9. I have not seen Il Sorpasso but now it is on my list. I love Pricilla! I actually have the movie soundtrack. It is so delightful even though I can never look at golf balls quite the same way again. My picks? I would go with "Sullivan's Travels"-Superb Preston Sturges film starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake where a comedic film director decides to go out on the road to get a feel for the men who are struggling. he finds out comedy is more important than he realized. My next is "The Long, Long Trailer" starring Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnaz in a great film about young (well not really young) newlyweds who decide to buy a trailer and go from one end of the country to the other. The scene with the rocks cracks me up because this happened, exactly, to my former in-laws. Let's just say dad was not happy when mom did not get rid of her collected rocks when he had to climb a mountain in B.C. Of course the 3 pick is Panes. Trains and Automobiles. I consider this a road trip even though the main characters were not wanting to take one. The music is priceless and just helps the film especially the morning they both wake up in the motel room.

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    1. Sullivan's Travels is SO GOOD! I love that movie. Great pick there!

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    2. Love your picks! Sullivan's Travels is such a terrific pick, I mad at myself for not thinking of it! McCrea is at his best but it's also one of Veronica Lake's best showcases. Don't love Long, Long Trailer quite as much but it is a fun little romp.

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    3. Yeah, I'm mad at myself for not picking to, too!

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    4. heheheeeee-I picked one that you guys forgot to:) OK bit smug but I LOVE that film. The Long, Long Trailer I love because it could almost be the trip my in-laws made when they went out to B.C. in the 70's.

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    5. LOL, I love those personal connections!

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  10. I've only seen Borat and it had some funny parts, but I was underwhelmed. I'm fairly certain you're the first person I've ever come across with anything good to say about Crossroads, lol. I do need to see Priscilla, though.

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    1. LOL, I'm not sure I should have said anything about Crossroads :-P

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  11. All great choices (except for Crossroads which was lame as fuck).

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  12. The only movie I've seen here is Borat, and really didn't care for it. It had it's ups and downs, but not something I would consider rating very high.

    Mike's Cinema

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    1. :-( I really loved Borat...like...a lot.

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  13. Have a great road trip dude! I'm so happy to see Borat make an appearance this week, I so very nearly put it in my own list! It's one of my Dad's favourite films, and we still quote it on a far-too-regular basis.
    - Allie

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    1. Something about this being one of your dad's favorite films is making me really happy inside!

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  14. I almost want to start doing this series because I glanced at the choices people went with and no one chose Fear and Loathing in LV! But let's face it I'll never have the time to do it :/

    Love the inclusion of Borat. This, Bruno and Dictator - love them all.

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    1. You should do it!

      I haven't seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, although I keep meaning to.

      I haven't seen Bruno or The Dictator...I've always feared that they would tarnish my feelings on Borat.

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  15. I have never been able to watch Borat since the first time. It was hilarious and pretty genius, but I just can't watch that dude irritate the shit out of people again. Il Sorpasso is one I'd like to see. I'm trying to broaden my horizons and try some Italian cinema again. I've had trouble with that country's movies the most. Priscilla is something I want to check out as well after seeing Daniel's post. I won't be watching Crossroads. I'll take your word for it. But that's not happening.

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    1. Oh, I could recommend some great Italian cinema for you!

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    2. Ok, man. I need some recommendations. Where do I start on Italian cinema? I have practically none under my belt. I have been unable to make it through 8 1/2 as of yet and I barely made my way through La Dolce Vita. I plan to try both again.

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    3. Let me get my head straight now that I'm back home, and I'll e-mail you a list :-D

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  16. Love these! Ha, I haven't seen Crossroads though. Maybe I should give it a look. I'm all for a guilty pleasure.

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    1. LOL...I have a feeling I shouldn't have seen Crossroads, now.

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