Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks: Meet Cute

In the seventh week of 2020 for Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We go into the subject of meet cute. It’s the moment where characters meet something or someone that is so cute and adorable as it might lead into something good or the cute thing turned out to be something really bad. Here are my three picks:

1. Gremlins

It’s the Christmas holidays as a man meets a Chinese man who gives a Mogwai as gift for his teenage son but with three specific rules. Don’t pour water on it. Don’t feed it after midnight. Don’t expose it to bright light. Well, that cute little Mogwai named Gizmo gets wet and sprouts other little furry Mogwais who eat after midnight as they turn green and ugly and wreak havoc on the city. Yet, they did the town a favor by killing that evil old lady while enjoying old Disney movies. They weren’t so bad.

2. Child’s Play

A dying serial killer does a voodoo ritual to transfer himself into the body of a Good Guy doll named Chucky as a woman buys the doll as a gift for her little boy. Yet, this doll is fucking insane as he scares the crap out of the kid as well as kill a bunch of people. It’s crazy as fuck but it’s so fun to watch just to see a doll kill a bunch of people and find a human body to transfer his soul onto that body. Alas, the film would spawn several sequels including a recent remake/re-boot that didn’t do well. A few of the sequels were good while others were just fucking shit but the original can’t be topped.

3. Problem Child

A kid that just wants to be loved yet is neglected and mistreated by several foster parents and treated like shit at an orphanage is finally adopted by a couple who can’t conceive. Yet, the kid still gets treated like shit by neighbors, his adoptive grandfather, and other people while he idolizes a criminal who wears a bow tie. It’s a silly film yet the kid named Junior does manage to find a positive father figure in John Ritter’s character who was at least patient and reasonable with him. Unfairly panned in its initial release, it at least seemed to have some love from Martin Scorsese and Robert de Niro who both chose to feature the film in their remake of Cape Fear while it also lead to an underrated and enjoyable sequel while the straight-to-video third film is total shit.

© thevoid99 2020


Sonia Cerca said...

I absolutely love what you did here. I would have never thought of it. Nice picks!

Big Screen Small Words said...

What a unique take on this week's theme, never would have thought of going in this direction. Haven't seen any of the movies though I'd want to give Gremlins a shot.

Birgit said...

I never had an interest in Gremlins. I did see Child's Play and it is so stupid. That is one ugly doll

ThePunkTheory said...

Gizmo is definitely my favorite of all the picks I saw this week!

Brittani Burnham said...

Ha! I love what you did here. I've seen all three of your picks. Gremlins is my favorite. I love that movie.

Ruth said...

Ahahahaha! I love that you deliberately went with un-romantic 'meet cute' for this, awesome!! I haven't seen any of these however, but Gremlins?? The lead actor on my short owns a theater company he named Gremlin Theater and I always made fun of him for that :-D

thevoid99 said...

@Sonia-I just wanted to do something un-romantic.

@Big Screen Small Words-Watch Gremlins!

@Birgit-Go see Gremlins. They're not so bad.

@ThePunkTheory-Aw, you love Gizmo too!

@Brittani-How can anyone not cheer for the Gremlins? Yeah, they do bad things but how can you hate them for killing off that old bitch Mrs. Deagle?

@Ruth-Gremlins is a great movie. It's fucking nuts but it's so fun and it has a rare sequel that is the better than the first mainly because of how fucking insane it is.

VinnieH said...

I really like what you did here, very unique twist.