Thursday, January 2, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #24: Escape

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: Escape!


HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVERYONE!



Now, I have a confession to make.  I don't watch a lot of movies that dealt with the characters escaping from a prison or some other unpleasant place.  But there are a couple of movies that dealt with the escape theme that I wanted to check out.  So, here are the movies about escaping that I wanted to watch!












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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.





What?  You haven't seen this movie yet, you ask?  I know, I know, I really need to watch this movie, especially since I've been hearing that it's one of the GREATEST MOVIES ever made!  And Morgan Freeman being in this movie definitely interests me!










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A man living in a futuristic sterile colony begins to question his circumscribed existence when his friend is chosen to go to the Island, the last uncontaminated place on earth.

I know that this is a Michael Bay movie and his movies are kind of a hit or miss for me, but I am interested in checking out Michael Bay's earlier movies and "The Island" seems like an interesting movie to check out!












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Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.




I've been seeing this movie appear on many people's "BEST MOVIES" list and even though I'm not a huge fan of war movies, this movie definitely has an interesting premise that I got to check out!

14 comments:

  1. The Island is a piece of shit movie that is really nothing more than a bloated and nonsensical rip-off of Logan's Run.

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    1. Yeah, I've been hearing lots of bad things about this movie, mostly towards the end.

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  2. I haven't seen The Great Escape either. I'm more surprised you've avoided Shawshank because it's on TV ALL the time lol. I picked that one too. I remember seeing The Island in theaters and not caring for it. Now I cannot recall a single detail about the movie lol

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    1. Yeah, let's hope that the Great Escape is a good movie like everyone says it is!

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  3. I can't fault you for not seeing Shawshank. I had little interest in it when it came out and it took me years before a friend convinced me it was worth checking out. She was right it was much better than I expected and worth the investment of time.

    Can't say the same for The Island which starts promisingly then falls apart.

    The Great Escape is another one that is completely worth checking out. Great cast, sharp direction and an involving story.

    I decided to go as simply as possible and use the theme as my keyword.

    Escape (1940) American Mark Preysing (Robert Taylor) arrives in Nazi Germany searching for his mother, one time stage star Emmy Ritter (Nazimova) a German native who has gone missing. Discovering she has been arrested, interned in a concentration camp and scheduled for execution on trumped up charges he turns to a sympathetic American expatriate Countess Ruby von Treck (Norma Shearer) to formulate a plan and attempt an escape.

    Escape (1948) Matt Denant (Rex Harrison), newly released from the Air Corps after the war’s end, is wrongly convicted of a crime and sentenced to be imprisoned for three years. Managing to escape he takes flight, at times literally, and with the help of local girl Dora Winton (Peggy Cummins) he attempts to flee his unjust punishment. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

    Escape (aka The McKenzie Break) (1970) In a remote northern Scotland POW camp German submarine Capitan Willi Schlüter (Helmut Griem) challenges the authority of the camp’s Commanding Officer, Major Perry (Ian Hendry) leading to major conflicts. British Army Captain Jack Connor (Brian Keith) arrives to investigate what he believes to be escape attempts. While he looks into matters Schlüter leads an escape party through a hidden tunnel and the chase is on!

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    1. Wow! So many movies that have Escape in the title! I need to check those out!

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  4. i can only think of one movie i've personally seen with this theme but it IS my favorite live action movie (...not a lot of competition though, i usually stick to animation).
    the truman show!!!! i just really really enjoy that movie for a lot of reasons (...including some kind of personal ones). i'm not sure i view it in the way it's intended, though, considering i was surprised to find out it was considered a comedy ._.

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    1. Oh yeah! I heard about the Truman Show! I wonder if that film is actually funny or not.

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    2. your mileage may vary, but i actually didn't laugh because i was watching it under the impression that it was a psychological horror/drama. it's interesting how thin the line between comedy and horror can be sometimes...
      i also just got really emotional during it, but that's just because i ended up personally relating to it (not in a literal way!!! my life isn't a tv show!!!!! it's hard to explain what i found relatable about it ^^;; whoops)

      however... from my understanding the way i feel about the movie is NOT the normal way to feel about it, so you may see it completely differently!

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  5. I haven’t seen The Island but I love Shawshank Redemption which is. Great film and Tim Robbins totally deserved the Oscar over Tom hanks. I love The Great Escape and I love War Films but this 8s different from the typical war films. It’s a character study as much as an adventure and it is based on a true story!

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  6. I've seen The Island...it was forgettable.

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    1. Yeah, I've been hearing lots of bad things about that film.

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