Thursday, July 19, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Bad Parents
For the 29th week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. We focus on the subject of parents. Not the ones who bring love and guide the children but the ones who are bad and do horrible things to their kids like Joe Jackson to his kids including Michael and Janet. The fucker just died and honestly, good fucking riddance. Here are three picks:
1. Mommie Dearest
Joan Crawford is unquestionably Hollywood royalty who gave us great performances in all sorts of films. Yet, behind the scenes. She was an evil bitch to her two adopted children and when she died, she left them nothing but that didn’t stop her adopted daughter Christina to write a tell-all that became one of the most over-the-top and campiest films ever made. With Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford and Diana Scarwid as the teenage/adult Christina, the film is fucking nuts from start to finish. What Al Pacino did in Scarface for aspiring actors is exactly what Dunaway has done for aspiring actresses with this film. NO WIRE HANGERS EVER!!!!!!!
2. This Boy’s Life
Based on Tobias Wolff’s memoir, the film that would give the film world a proper introduction to Leonardo DiCaprio as Wolff is this compelling film about a mother and her son being part of a new family with Robert de Niro playing the insecure and vicious Dwight Hansen who is essentially the stepfather from Hell. Hansen would often beat Wolff and try to toughen him up every way he can but still remains a fucking asshole. One notable scene involving an empty jar of mustard as it was brutal to see de Niro press that jar of mustard on DiCaprio as there’s mustard stains on his face. It is a tough film to watch but certainly powerful.
3. Natural Born Killers
From Oliver Stone comes a film that is definitely insane in every sense of the word from a story by Quentin Tarantino as it would feature Rodney Dangerfield in one of the most shocking performances of his career. Playing Juliette Lewis’ dad, Dangerfield is darkly-comical in the way he presents himself and berates Lewis by calling her a stupid bitch as well as showing that he doesn’t just verbally abuses her. He is also cruel to his wife who doesn’t even stop the abuse as their fate would eventually come as it help add to the legend of Mickey and Mallory Knox in the film which remains notorious but also unlike anything since its 1994 release.
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