Thursday, June 13, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #5: Undercover

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: Undercover!

I will admit that there were a lot of undercover movies out there that were a hit or miss for me, but here are a couple of undercover movies that I had seen over the years.

I remembered having so much fun with this movie!  Seeing Sandra Bullock as a tough as nails cop disguising herself as a contestant in a beauty pageant was just so hilarious and entertaining to see! 

I will admit that even though this movie was ridiculous and has so many stereotypes, I just had so much fun with this movie!  This is honestly one of the most hilarious and over the top undercover movies I have ever seen and Eddie Griffin was a barrel of laughs here!

This was an absolute classic!  I didn't watch this movie that much when I was little, but seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger going undercover as a kindergarten teacher was just so hilarious and awesome to see!


  1. I've only seen pieces of Undercover Brother but absolutely LOVE both of your other picks!

    Kindergarten Cop is Arnie's most accessible film with some terrific side performances-Linda Hunt as the principal is a small gem.

    Despite its absurdity Sandra Bullock (and Michael Caine) make Miss Congeniality such a pleasure.

    I picked a comedy as well and two noirs.

    Spy (2015)-CIA agent Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is the eyes and ears for dashing agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) keeping him safe in dangerous situations. But when Bradley is assassinated by Bulgarian arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) Susan convinces agency head Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney) to let her go out into the field to try and basically save the world! McCarthy kicks some serious butt in this ripper of a comic spoof with able help from Miranda Hart as Susan’s goofy friend and a hilarious performance by Jason Statham as a fellow agent who thinks he’s the greatest but is in reality a buffoon.

    The Street with No Name (1948)-FBI Agent Gene Cordell (Mark Stevens) goes undercover to investigate the seedy underworld of Skid Row. Gene joins a gang of vicious thugs who are responsible for recent murders and helps them plan a heist; unbeknownst to the criminals, they'll be playing right into a police set-up. Unfortunately, manic crime boss Alec Stiles (Richard Widmark) knows that one of his underlings is an informer, and it's only a matter of time until he figures out which of his men is the undercover cop. Gritty noir with a fantastic Widmark.

    House of Bamboo (1955)-A reworking of The Street with No Name. US undercover agent Eddie Kenner (Robert Stack) arrives in postwar Tokyo to infiltrate a violent crime ring run by former GI Sandy Dawson (Robert Ryan) and falling into a relationship with Mariko (Shirley Yamaguchi) the widow of one of the gang members. As he gets closer to exposing the organization he risks being exposed himself. Once again it’s the villain this time enacted by the great Ryan who stands out.

    1. Awesome picks! I agree that Kindergarten Cop is probably Arnold's most accessible film!

  2. Oh, we share a pick with Undercover Brother. I love that film. I also enjoyed your other 2 picks.

  3. I can't believe I've never seen Kindergarten Cop! I love Arnie's older movies <3

  4. So cool to see so many people chose Miss Congeniality, that is such an enjoyable movie

  5. Miss Congeniality is the only I've seen and I picked it too. I love that movie.

  6. I haven't seen the first two, but Arnold's film I have and it's great fun. Your second choice made me think about Watermelon Man in which a racist white guy wakes up to find himself black. It's a hilarious film that I doubt could be made today without some huge backlash. And from a surrealistic perspective it's really weird at many points.

    So happy to have discovered your blog as surrealism is a favorite genre of mine.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  7. Miss Congeniality is popular this week. We match on 21 Jump Street! I completely forgot about Undercover Brother, it's been ages since I've seen that.

  8. I have t seen Undercover Brother but it looks like it would be funny. Love Miss Congeniality and can rematch it every time it’s on TV even in the edited form...which sucks. Kindergarten Cop is so funny especially when he has to deal with these kids.