That is hell of a title for this week’s Thursday Movie Picks and to be completely honest, I’m leaving this to the last minute possible. I literally have an hour (in my time zone) to get this up on the blog so you should be certain that these three movies are the first ones to pop into my head in regards to this week’s theme. By the way, all of them are in my all time sequel wishlist movies, which is a list I didn’t know I had but apparently I do, so here it is.
1. LAGGIES, 2014
This is one of those movies that just stays with you because the main character, Megan (Keira Knightley) is flawed but in a healthy way. Plus, this movie has that kind of an ending which leaves you wanting more and more from these characters and you don’t want to have their story so unfinished. I would definitely see Megan with other struggles, for instance being pregnant and those sorts of things. So yes, I’m greedy and I want more for Megan and Craig, who is played by the always lovely Sam Rockwell. But what I really want is to see more Sam Rockwell doing some sexy stuff.
2. THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E, 2015
What happened with Man From UNCLE was a weird little thing.. the critics attacked it and many of us ended up loving it instead. Apparently it lacked of substance or something but honestly, I can’t see it! It was fun and entertaining, it had a lead character that was mysterious, and then it had a slightly gay lead main character. It was so promising as a franchise as well, which makes it ever so harder to wish for its sequel. Funnily enough though, The Man From UNCLE itself is a reboot.. so technically I’m wishing for a sequel to a reboot and Cavill and Hammer revisiting their roles, yes, thank you!
3. THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, 2009
So I think I’ve mentioned this documentary like a million times now but here I go again. There’s just something so interesting about the behind the curtain world of fashion and since Vogue is such a big part of that industry, I would love to see more of its world. And frankly, The September Issue had Sienna Miller on the cover and she’s boring as f*ck so I would like to see Another September Issue with a more intriguing cover star. Plus, it would be interesting to see how the current state of American politics affects the magazine and how the representation of all women is still problematic etc. There is just so much to show and share and I’m a nosy person so I need to know these things!
THIS SERIES IS CREATED BY WANDERING THROUGH THE SHELVES
I haven’t seen Laggies yet so I can’t comment on it and The September Issue is in my queue but similarly unwatched though I’ll get there one day. I did just watch the Bill Cunningham doc you recommended and enjoyed it.
Most surprisingly we match!! I hadn’t expected that this week but I also would love to see a continuation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Such a fun movie.
I thought this week was a good one since it gives a glimpse into the different films everyone wants to see continued or rethought. Since we had multiple choice on the theme I went with the remake & sequel options.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)-Sequels are tricky affairs usually a lesser shadow of the original but occasionally as with Aliens it works out well so I’m usually hopeful. Man from U.N.C.L.E. was a stylish, fast paced affair with a terrific vintage look and relaxed, enjoyable performances from the three leads and Hugh Grant as their wry boss. It didn’t perform as well as expected so this probably won’t happen which is too bad since it was a more realistic adventure with less reliance on CGI than most current actioners.
And two remakes:
I’m not much for remakes of classics, what’s the point? You can’t improve on perfection so unless a new perspective or element can be added leave well enough alone. My first is an example of adding a different element. However sometimes a good idea receives faulty execution, occasionally even the best filmmakers stumble and then I say have at it. That would be my second.
8 Women (2002)-This French musical mystery farce is a one of a kind concoction, wonderfully entertaining with a cast full of the best feminine Gallic cast of the day (Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant and Isabelle Huppert among them). It would have been hard for it to turn out better. But since women’s films and musicals are thin on the ground despite the abundance of talent available an American remake would be great to see especially since the cast runs across all adult age brackets, hell it even has a custom made role for Angela Lansbury as the matriarch.
Topaz (1969)-Every great director has a lemon in their filmography, this exercise in boredom is Alfred Hitchcock’s. Sluggish to the point of ennui and indifferently acted it was difficult to get through even once. The thing is the basic story, a Russian agent defects and during his interview tells of another supposedly friendly country’s spy ring that is selling high risk secrets to the highest bidder, is a good one and has great potential to be made into an excellent film. If the studios feel the need to remake the Master’s work than start with this fumble and not one of his successes.
Oh my god, well, it was going to happen at some point right? Matching.. but matching during a theme with such a wide theme… oh my, this is some great minds think alike moments right here. But having you state UNCLE needing a sequel makes me more confident about it being in my sequel wishlist, it means it’s so worth one that it might happen someday… hopefully someday soon.
The only one I have seen is The Man From UNCLE which I thought was great. I thought the critics liked the movie but oh well, what do they know.
They know nothing! 😀
The Man from UNCLE definitely warrants a sequel.
I know right!! It deserves one!
Definitely we want a sequel of U.N.C.L.E. to actually fix what’s wrong with the first film, right?
I know there are flaws in the first but I think the fun of it needs to be repeated and if they aim to fix, they might make it worse.
That’s the 2nd time I’ve seen A Man From U.N.C.L.E, I didn’t think we’d get any repeats this week. I know I saw Laggies, but I’ve completely forgotten it. lol
Oh, really? That’s great, so there are others out there who wish for a sequel for UNCLE… I wish two wishes together would make it real. 😀
Sorry but I haven’t seen any of these, so I don’t really know what to think about those potential sequels.
Oh man, you need to see UNCLE at least, for Armie Hammer.. he is a sight for sore eyes.
I want to see The September Issue, that sounds good.
It is amazing, I love it!
Nice picks! I’ve rewatched The Man From U.N.C.L.E. so many times, and it always gets me at the end that there won’t be a sequel. I’ll still hold out for one ’cause who knows – Guy Ritchie might be able to make it work. *crossing my fingers*
Maybe yes, I have a feeling that it will be a very tiny hope though because he has King Arthur now. 😀
Never heard of Laggies, but I’m wary of anything with Keira Knightley barring Bend It Like Beckham and Love Actually. I’d love to see a Matrix remake with Will Smith, the way it should have been in the first place.