Friday, May 12, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #148: Deserts (Hot or Cold)



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Deserts (Hot or Cold)

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Today's post is really late because I nearly forgot all about it, so it's going to be a quick short one.

Collision (2013)
Also goes by Intersections. This one has a pretty low IMDB rating but I rather like it. The gist is a couple honeymooning in Morocco gets into a car collision in the middle of the desert and we soon learn nothing is as it seems.

Aladdin (1992)
Grew up with this movie but haven't seen it in a long time, I wonder how well it's aged. It's also getting a live action version which I'm not too optimistic about after the casting choices in recent flicks like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Gods of Egypt (2016) and Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
 
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Too lazy to think of anything more obscure, so picking this again. I'm sure it's going to be a popular pick this week. I didn't love love this, but I enjoyed it enough, and certainly can see that it has great action scenes.

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12 comments:

  1. I haven't seen Aladdin in such a long time!

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  2. Aladdin is still fun, if aged. The live-action Jungle Book gives me hope for this one. Love Fury Road. I'm sure it'll turn up a time or two this week.

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    1. I haven't seen The Jungle Book, but didn't it had like one Indian boy as the main character and the other main characters were animals and thus were mostly CGI characters? Aladdin would be different, it would be a movie populated only by persons of color and Hollywood have yet to do that well.

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  3. I didn't even think of Aladdin, absolutely loved it when I was a child.

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  4. I can't believe I didn't think of Aladdin. I love that movie.

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  5. Missed this week again :( work is really just taking over

    Ah!!! Didn't think of Aladdin or Mad Max for this, I was going to pick Tracks and The Way Back

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    1. Ohhh...I haven't seen Tracks nor The Way Back.

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  6. I have only seen Mad Max which I thought was pretty good. Never heard of the first one but have wanted to see Aladdin for a long time especially Robin Williams as the genie

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    1. You haven't seen Aladdin? Get to it...it's a classic.

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  7. Haven't heard of Collision but it sounds worth checking out. Aladdin is animated so aside from catching a glimpse here and there when my nieces and nephew were watching it I've avoided it. Fury Road is without a doubt the title of the week. I liked it with loving it.

    I stuck my toe into a variety of genres set in the desert-musical, western and war-for the week.

    The Desert Song (1953)-Sometimes a movie is just so wildly miscast that you love it more for its faults than its strengths, that’s the case with this operetta. The basic story goes like so: There’s a civil war between Morocco’s Berber and Arab populations in the early 1900’s. French Foreign Legionnaire Gen. Birabeau arrives with daughter Margot (Kathryn Grayson) in tow to check the war’s progress while Arab Sheik Yousseff schemes to discredit the mysterious opposition leader El Khobar (Margot’s tutor in disguise) while Margot and El Khobar fall in love. Simple enough but what ratchets up the absurdity factor is that the Sheik is played by Raymond Massey, famous for playing Abraham Lincoln!, while El Khobar the Berber rebel leader is Gordon MacRae…that’s right Curley from Oklahoma!! If you can look beyond that the strapping Gordon and the lovely Kathryn are in great voice and the score is terrific but if you’re looking for realism look elsewhere.

    Rawhide (1951)-Feisty young Vinnie Holt (Susan Hayward) traveling with her orphaned niece Callie is stranded at the remote stagecoach stop “Rawhide Pass” in the acrid desert of the old West with stationmaster Sam Todd (Edgar Buchanan) and his assistant Tom Owens (Tyrone Power) when the cavalry won’t permit her to proceed through dangerous territory because of a stage robbery. After the soldiers leave, Jim Zimmerman (Hugh Marlowe) bluffs his way into the station saying he’s a guard but is actually one of the escaped convicts responsible for the robbery. His three fellow escapees quickly appear intent on stealing the gold shipment due in the next day. After killing Sam they must keep Tom and Vinnie, who they mistakenly believe is his wife, alive to carry out their plan. As the four men turn on each other Tom & Vinnie work together to try and escape. Tight suspenseful Western.

    Five Graves to Cairo (1943)-British Corporal John Bramble (Franchot Tone) is the lone survivor of a battle against Rommel’s army on the Egyptian border. Wandering through the desert he finds a remote hotel assuming a false identity to elude capture. Arriving shortly after is General Rommel himself (Erich von Stroheim) who takes Bramble for a German spy and lets slip hints of his secret strategy, the 'five graves' to Cairo-hidden excavations of supplies to enable survival across the desert. It’s up to Bramble to find a way to get word of the plan to the Allies and perhaps change the tide of the war.

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    1. Yep never heard of any of your picks. Unless they were like really really popular, I usually would not have seen these older flicks.

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