Friday, March 3, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #138: On the Run

Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them. For further details and the schedule visit the series main page here.


This week's Thursday Movie Picks is On the Run


Ok another late one so I'm going to make this quick.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Three escape convicts look for treasure while trying to not get caught by the law. It's sort of odd, but fun and funny and I really enjoyed the music in this.
The Bourne Series (2002 - )
An amnesiac tries to rebuild his memory and is constantly on the run from assassins. I haven't checked out the latest one but the first three were excellent.

Road to Perdition (2002)
When the young son of a hitman witnesses him doing a hit, they both become targets of the hitman's employers and go on the run. Just a really good film with great performances all around.


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  1. I've only seen the Bourne series and picked the first movie, but the other two sound very interesting.

  2. O' Brother Where Art Thou is a hilarious movie. George Clooney does a fabulous job in it. The Bourne movies is an excellent series. I'm anxious to see the newest flick. The Road to Perdition I saw but can't remember much about it. I reckon it was just an ok film since I can't recall the movie. lol Thanks for hosting the fun. I'm going to set out the rest of this month and April since I'm getting geared up for the A-Z Challenge but hopefully I'll be back to playing TMP in June. Have a good afternoon!

  3. O Brother Where Art Thou is such a great pick for this week, which is why I also picked it! :D And I didn't even think abotu The Bourne Identity though it suits the theme perfectly.. oh well. I haven't seen the third pick.

  4. Love all 3! Oh Brother is based on Ulysses which is quite unique. The Bourne series are all excellent and love those car chases. Road to perdition is an excellent pick! My hubby and I love that film and my hubby has the soundtrack which he loves to listen to

  5. Great choices, I can't believe I forgot about Road to Perdition, that was a great film.

  6. Love The Bourne Identity, all of the subsequent films, with the exception of Jason Bourne which I found flat, have been entertaining but the first is the best with the added bonus of Franka Potente as the female lead.

    Road to Perdition is on the grim side but a good film which provided a nice close out for Paul Newman's big screen career.

    I finally caught up with O Brother within the last few months. I didn't love it but did like it. Clooney was having a good time and it had a nice period feel but went on too long.

    This is a genre I really like with many choices to pick from. I reached back a ways since all the more current films on the subject I was pretty sure would be popular today which they have been.

    The Clouded Yellow (1950)-Fired and seeking tranquility after a case goes wrong British Secret Service agent David Somers (Trevor Howard) retreats to the Fenton country estate and a quiet job cataloging butterflies. Upon his arrival he meets and becomes enamored with the Fenton's niece, the fragile Sophie (Jean Simmons). His peace is short-lived though when Sophie is framed for the murder of menacing handyman Hick. Escaping to London he uses his skills and a network of old friends to evade capture as both the police and the real murderer chase them across Britain as they attempt to flee to safety. Tidy thriller that benefits from location filming throughout England and a superior cast.

    Dust Be My Destiny (1939)-Down on his luck but honest Joe Bell (John Garfield) gets into a fight with a crook and is sentenced to a work farm for 90 days. There he falls for Mabel Alden (Priscilla Lane), much to the displeasure of her stepfather Charles Garreth (Stanley Ridges) the farm's foreman. Goaded into a fight Joe knocks Garreth out and the panicked pair flee. To avoid suspicion and hard up for cash the couple endure an audience wedding then learn Garreth has died and Joe is wanted for his murder. Moving from town to town to elude capture they try to build a new life when Joe get a job as a photographer on a newspaper after capturing pictures of fleeing bank robbers but destiny is still on their trail. Solid Warner Bros. social issue drama with two excellent lead performances.

    You Only Live Once (1937)-Ex-con Eddie Taylor (Henry Fonda), recently released due to the influence of his fiancĂ©e Joan (Sylvia Sidney) the public defender’s secretary, attempts to stay to the straight and narrow after they marry. Things go wrong however when he’s accused and convicted for a bank robbery he didn’t commit in which six people were killed. Sentenced to fry in the electric chair he escapes on the eve of execution with the aid of a smuggled gun, accidentally killing the prison chaplain while fleeing. Taking Joan with him they go on the lam but only tragedy lays ahead. Bleak Fritz Lang directed film, an amalgam of the Bonnie & Clyde legend and Lang’s reaction to his first wife’s embrace of Nazism, is considered the precursor to film noir.

    Lighthearted Extra-Midnight Run (1988)-Fun adventure comedy/buddy film of bounty hunter Robert DeNiro taking fugitive mob accountant Charles Grodin cross country to collect his reward and dogged every step of the way by the FBI, Mafia and other bounty hunters all of whom want Grodin for reasons of their own. DeNiro & Grodin have a spiky exasperated chemistry with each other that adds greatly to the comedy of the situation.

  7. The Bourne movies are great. I haven't seen all of Oh Brother Where Art Thou? Or any of Road to Perdition though.

  8. Ah man - my comment disappeared!

    O brother is my fav Coen bros film - so much love that film. Not a Bourne fan and I'm yet to see Perdition.


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