Thursday, February 07, 2019
Thursday Movie Picks: Revenge
For the sixth week of 2019 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We delve into the simple subject of revenge. A loved one is killed or humiliated and nothing is being done forcing someone to fight back. It’s a popular subject in film as my picks are more based on its themes told through film series. Here are my three picks:
1. Revenge of the Nerds series (Revenge of the Nerds - Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise – Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation – Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love)
From the 1980s is the story of a bunch of nerds who go to college hoping to do good and get girls only to get bullied, ridiculed, and humiliated by a bunch of asshole jocks. That didn’t stop this band of misfits that include a perverted stoner, a fashionable gay man, a 12-year old genius, and a bunch of nerds from trying to find a house and live their own lives. They still fought back with their brains by finding ways to humiliate the Alpha Betas. The original film remains the best while its 1987 sequel is still an enjoyable romp that shows the Nerds going to Ft. Lauderdale for a college conference. The subsequent made-for-TV sequels weren’t that great as it tended to latch on some un-needed moments of sentimentality.
2. Kill Bill
From Quentin Tarantino is his two-part film series about a bride who goes after the assassins who killed her wedding party and beat the shit out of her while she was late in her pregnancy and the man who is the father of her baby shot her in the head. After surviving all of that and being in a coma for four years, the Bride just got herself up and went after the four who tried to kill her and then go find Bill and kill him for good. It’s a wild and sprawling two-part film series that definitely stands as a high point for Tarantino as well as giving Uma Thurman and David Carradine career-defining performances.
3. Chan-wook Park’s Vengeance Trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance - Oldboy - Sympathy for Lady Vengeance)
Chan-wook Park’s trilogy of revenge is definitely a landmark moment for South Korean cinema as it play into this theme in its fallacies and impact. 2002’s Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is about its fallacy where a deaf-mute young man and his radical girlfriend kidnap the former’s boss’s daughter for money only for the kidnapping to go wrong and it leads to the boss seeking revenge. 2003’s Oldboy is about a man who is kidnapped and tortured where he’s been captive for 15 years until he is released as he goes after those that took his life away. 2005’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is about a woman going after the man that put her in prison for a crime she didn’t commit as it would play into its themes but also the fallacy of personal justice as it relates to the crime she didn’t commit as well as the people who were affected by this crime.
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