It's Thursday! Time for another edition of Thursday Movie Picks, and this one was...significantly harder to do than the previous two. I guess I just don't watch a lot of movies that center around an airplane. I did have this nostalgic memory of watching some crazy movie as a kid that had the top of an airplane rip off and I vaguely remember a passenger losing his scalp or something, but I think that was a TV movie and I have no idea what it was called.
But I was petrified of flying for a long while after that.
ANYWAYS, here's what I got for you today!
|Fearless (Peter Weir, 1993)|
This touching character portrait deals with the survivors of a tragic plane crash and how they emotionally handle the personal wreckage left behind. Some very strong performances anchor this film, including an Oscar snubbed Isabella Rossellini (yes, she was better than her Oscar nominated co-star). Fearless tackles some very weighty topics and it does so with a finesse we come to expect from it's director.
|Red Eye (Wes Craven, 2005)|
Sure, it's tacky fun, but Red Eye is FUN, and that's what counts with these kinds of guilty pleasures. What ever happened to Cillian Murphy? I thought for sure he was going to break out in the best possible way after his string of mid-aughts success, and I figured by now he'd have an Oscar. But...such is the movie world. One day you're harassing Rachel McAdams on a plane, the next you're popping up in popular movies as some random guy we think we know but can't place.
|United 93 (Paul Greengrass, 2006)|
Arguably the most important film of the three chosen by me this week, there are few films that can match the balancing act put on by United 93, a film that takes a very tragic and almost 'too soon' real life event and treats it with equal parts respect, exploration and entertainment to create a film that cements itself as a benchmark in this form of filmmaking. I don't think I ever want to watch it again, but it's a film that needs to be seen at least once.