Friday, April 14, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #144: Rivalry



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Rivalry

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Relying on some old previous picks that make perfect rivalry movies.

The Prestige (2006)
Two rival magicians continually try to put up the better show and sabotage each other. I think this is going to be a popular pick today, it is certainly one of my favorite movies.

Death Becomes Her (1992)
Two women try to outdo each other in love and beauty. Haven't seen this in ages, but remember it to be very funny.
 
Mean Girls (2004) 
Two girls sabotage each other as they vie for queen bee status. I think it's one of the best teen comedies. 

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11 comments:

  1. The Prestige is popular today and rightfully so. I love Mean Girls, it's one of my favorite movies. I haven't seen Death Becomes Her.

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    1. The Prestige - Yes it's so good and also quite accessible.

      You haven't seen Death Becomes Her...I thought it was an 80s classic. I do remember it airing on TV quite a bit when I was a child.

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  2. The Prestige is everything <3

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  3. I'm not ashamed to admit it, I love all of them. The Prestige is a masterpiece. The other two are so much fun!

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    1. Don't be ashamed...haha...they're all good.

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  4. The Prestige is getting a lot of run today. Good movie. Death Becomes Her is very underrated. Nice choice. I really enjoyed Mean Girls, too. Surprised it's not more popular today.

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    1. Mean Girls - I guess a high school set movie is not one that comes to mind often when you think of rivalry.

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  5. Good picks. I hardly expected The Prestige to be the pick of the week but it's an excellent film so glad to see it be so. Death Becomes Her has three fantastic performances at its core which keep it fresh. Mean Girls is a good pick, surprised it hasn't been more popular today but it's been used in several other theme weeks so that makes some sense.

    Tons of choices this week so coming up with three was a breeze, didn't even have to reach that far back.

    The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)-Lavish version of the Dumas story of rivalry over a woman, one friend’s betrayal of another leading to an island imprisonment and the revenge extracted upon escape by the Count of Monte Cristo. Excitingly directed with beautiful production design and two robust lead performances by Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce. A just starting out Henry Cavill has a prominent role in the latter half of the film.

    Happy Gilmore (1996)-Temperamental and frustrated hockey player Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) discovers he needs to find some way to save his grandmother’s house. As he’s mocking someone for liking golf he finds he has a powerful swing and on a lark enters the PGA tour where he quickly incurs the enmity of a star of the circuit, Shooter McGavin (Christopher MacDonald). They become rivals for the prize with Shooter resorting to ever more drastic measures. Not a classic but from the period when Sandler was at least trying to make an effort to turn out entertaining films.

    The War of the Roses (1989)-Oliver and Barbara Rose (Michael Douglas & Kathleen Turner) were once a happily married couple and through the years have acquired a couple of kids, a comfortable life and a beautiful home. But those days are over and while the two freely admit they want out of their commitment to each other what neither wants is out of their house. So begins a fierce combative rivalry for sole ownership with the lengths each will go to escalating to fearsome heights to emerge the victor as their divorce attorney D’Amato (Danny DeVito) takes it all in from the sidelines.

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    1. I don't see Count of Monte Cristo as a rivalry...maybe I just missed that aspect in the movie. I think I only saw it as envy and sabotage.

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  6. The Prestige should be popular because it's so good and I love that David Bowie is in it. I have only seen snippets of Death Becomes Her but I want to see it and hope to soon. I have not seen Mean Girls and never had an interest even though I heard good things about it.

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    1. Yes Bowie is in it, and I love how they weave a real life character into a fictitious narrative that worked so well.

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