Thursday, June 11, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #35: Prequels

Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!



This week's theme is: Prequels!


Now to be honest, I rarely watch prequels of various films since they tend to come out after the first movie and I often wondered to myself about why release a prequel of a film after the first movie, when you could have just explained the characters' backstories in the very first movie?  Oh well.  Anyway, here are some of my favorite prequels that I've seen.











X-Men: First Class (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes


In the 1960s, superpowered humans Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr work together to find others like them, but Erik's vengeful pursuit of an ambitious mutant who ruined his life causes a schism to divide them.

This was actually one of the few prequels that I actually enjoyed.  Heck, this movie was way better than the previous two X-Men movies that came out before it (X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: The Last Stand).  I really liked how they portrayed Xavier and Magneto in this film and how their rivalry got started. I'm glad the second film "Days of Future Past" was as good as the first movie!





Amazon.com: Movie Posters Rise of The Planet of The Apes - 27 x 40 ...

A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives advanced intelligence to a chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.

Honestly, I have never seen the original "Planet of the Apes" films, so I wasn't 100% sure if this was a prequel to all the "Planet of the Apes" films.  But, I really did enjoyed this film and the sequels after this movie were just as good!






Puss In Boots Continues To Charm In New Poster - HeyUGuys


An outlaw cat, his childhood egg-friend and a seductive thief kitty set out in search for the eggs of the fabled Golden Goose to clear his name, restore his lost honor and regain the trust of his mother and town.

I really liked Puss in Boots' appearance in "Shrek 2" and I wanted to know more about this character.  So, I was beyond excited to see a prequel film made about him and I really enjoyed this movie!  It had lots of action and great characterization of Puss in Boots as a character!






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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #34: Great Final Films of Actors/Actresses

Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!



This week's theme is: Great Final Films of Actors/Actresses!


It's sad that so many talented actors and actresses pass away and it's even worse when you look back at some of the last films that they had acted in before they passed away.  So, here are some films that ended up being that actor's final film.  





1. The Thief and the Cobbler - Vincent Price





A lonely princess and a shy cobbler fall in love while trying to retrieve two magical orbs that were stolen, all while outwitting a powerful sorcerer as adventure and comedic pop culture references abound.

I've actually seen a couple of films that featured Vincent Price and I really enjoyed most of his performances, especially his voicing of Ratigan in "The Great Mouse Detective!"  But, "The Thief and the Cobbler" would end up being his final film as he passed away in 1993.  He provided the voice for the movie's villain Zig-Zag and he did a fantastic job with it!  You can actually check out my review of the movie on this site!



2. All Dogs Go to Heaven - Judith Barsi




A canine angel, Charlie, sneaks back to earth from heaven but ends up befriending an orphan girl who can speak to animals.  In the process, Charlie learns that friendship is the most heavenly gift of all.


I've always enjoyed watching "All Dogs go to Heaven" for tackling the issue of death in such a blunt yet tearjerking way.  But what always haunted me about this film was how the orphan girl Anne Marie's voice actress Judith Barsi was murdered in real life and this ended up being her final film.  It just breaks my heart that such an innocent child's life was taken away from her at such a young age.








A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.

It would be way easier to say that Heath Ledger's final film was "The Dark Knight" since his role as the Joker really cemented his status in Hollywood.  But, his actual final film was "Doctor Parnassus," which he was filming until he passed away midway through the film's production.  He played one of the characters named Tony and after he passed away, the role was played by several different actors.  I actually watched this film and it was okay.  Not one of Terry Gilliam's best films, but it was pretty imaginative.






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