Thursday, September 23, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #59: Femme Fatale

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: Femme Fatale! 

Well, this week's theme is pretty interesting!  While I do watch a lot of films that feature strong female characters. I rarely watched films that has a femme fatale, so here are some movies that I considered to be femme fatale!

Oh, and here's a definitely of "femme fatale" for those of you who are curious: 

An attractive and seductive woman, especially one who is likely to cause distress or disaster to a man who becomes involved with her.

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

Love this movie!  Anyway, I considered Chris' girlfriend Rose to be a femme fatale as what she does in this movie towards Chris is quite nightmarish and something that really defined femme fatale in the horror movie genre! 

An exploration of the dark and miserable Basin City and three of its residents, all of whom are caught up in violent corruption.


A movie that I watched years ago and I loved it!  Anyway, there are a lot of femme fatale characters in this movie, but the one character who stood out the most was Rosario Dawson's character as she plays a prostitute who's trying to protect a town from corrupted law enforcements.

3. Batman Returns

While Batman deals with a deformed man calling himself the Penguin wreaking havoc across Gotham with the help of a cruel businessman, a female employee of the latter becomes the Catwoman with her own vendetta.

No, not the Catwoman movie starring Halle Berry, but the Catwoman movie that stars Michelle Pfeiffer.  Catwoman was quite a crazy femme fatale in this movie as she's seen playing games with Batman every chance she got!




  1. I just saw Get Out about two weeks ago after putting it off because it didn't seem like my kind of flick. I was pleased to discover it was much more suspense than horror so more in the vein I'd enjoy. It was quite tense and a good fit for this but unfortunately I thought the actress playing Rose was rather colorless. She's a weak link in a part that could have really been a showcase for the right actress.

    Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman is a great choice. It never occurred to me but it's a terrific fit!

    Outside of the impressive visuals I hated Sin City.

    I'm a huge noir fan and femme fatales are synonymous with that genre. I went full out into post-war noir for my picks. I could have done 20 without breaking a sweat but limited myself to four.

    Murder, My Sweet (1944)-Private dick Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) is hired by lumbering Moose Malloy (Mike Mazurki) fresh from the slammer to track down his former girlfriend Velma. Simultaneously he's commissioned to accompany flashy playboy Lindsay Marriott (Douglas Walton) to buy back a stolen necklace. When the exchange goes wrong and the playboy is murdered Marlowe can't leave the case alone, and soon discovers it's related to Malloy's. As he pursues answers he is drawn deeper into a complex web of intrigue by the sweet Ann Grayle (Anne Shirley in her final film) and her detested stepmother, the mysterious and potentially lethal Helen (Claire Trevor). Suddenly the detective finds his own life in increasing jeopardy. A seminal film in the noir canon which turned the already famous Claire Trevor into the acknowledged Queen of Noir.

    Hangover Square (1945)-In Victorian London composer George Bone (Laird Cregar) is struggling to complete his concerto, the stress of which is causing periods of blackouts where he fears he is committing unspeakable acts. Instructed by his doctor (George Sanders) to relax Bone begins to frequent a dance hall and becomes obsessed with the beautiful but duplicitous saloon singer Netta (Linda Darnell). Netta leeches onto the hapless musician manipulating him with false promises to extract songs to further her career. When George realizes he’s being played for a fool destruction is eminent for all. This was famed villain Cregar’s shot at leading man stardom which he desperately craved. A big man who tipped the scale at over 300 lbs. he went on a crash diet to lose 100 of those before production began leading to a heart attack and his death at 29 shortly after the film’s completion.

    Too Late for Tears (1949)-With the cops in hot pursuit fleeing robber Danny Fuller (Dan Duryea) frantically tosses a valise full of cash from his car with it fortuitously landing in the passing car of Jane and Alan Palmer (Lizabeth Scott & Arthur Kennedy). The Palmers at first plan to return the money but then Jane realizes she can escape her humdrum life and transforms into a rapacious and ruthless schemer who will do whatever is necessary to keep the loot no matter the cost or who will have to pay.

    Human Desire (1954)-After instigating a fight brutish Carl Buckley (Broderick Crawford) is canned from his railroad job. Bitter and frenzied he coerces his young wife Vicki (Gloria Grahame) to use her wiles on her former paramour Mr. Owens (Grandon Rhodes) now Carl’s boss to try to gain his job back. It works, but Carl in a jealous rage convinces himself that Vicki and Owens are involved romantically and murders the man, forcing Vicki to become his accomplice. Sick of her husband's violent ways, Vicki seduces Jeff (Glenn Ford), one of Carl’s coworkers, and ensnares him in a plot to murder her husband but that path may lead to doom for them all.

    1. Oooh! Those sound like interesting films! I need to check those out!