Thursday, April 13, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: Rivalries
For the second week of April of 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We go into the world of rivalries. A subject that breeds all sorts of things whether it’s sports or for a man or for a woman. It’s always a fun subject to delve into as it always have so much at stake to see who is better.
1. Grumpy Old Men
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as a duo is gold though there’s a few films they’ve been in together that aren’t very good. Fortunately, this is one of their best collaborations about two old childhood friends/rivals who reignite a decade-long feud over the new neighbor played by Ann-Margaret. It’s a very funny comedy where Lemmon and Matthau both provided performances that isn’t just funny but also full of life showing two legends who not only still got it. It’s also a testament to two men showing everyone how it’s done.
2. Battle for Tobacco Road: Duke vs. North Carolina
If there’s one major rivalry in college basketball that still looms to this day and it hasn’t gotten any softer. It’s the one between the University of North Carolina and Duke University who are separated by eight miles of road known as Tobacco Road. From HBO Sports that is narrated by Liev Schreiber is about this storied rivalry that began in the 1920s and reached its apex in the 1980s where UNC was coached by Dean Smith and featured a young player named Michael Jordan while Duke would come back to prominence under the coaching of Mike Krzyzewski. The film shows the intensity of these games as well as the devotion from its students where Duke has the most lewd and obnoxious fans that is called the Cameron Crazies.
3. The Prestige
From Christopher Nolan comes a story of dueling magicians who both try to outdo each other in creating the greatest magic trick in the world. Starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as these dueling magicians, it’s a film that really captures the art of magic and what some will do to create something extraordinary. Add a fantastic ensemble cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Michael Caine, Andy Serkis, and David Bowie. Nolan creates one of his finest films as it reminds people what he could do with a smaller story without the grandness of large budgets and visual effects.
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