Friday, June 2, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #151: Tall Buildings

Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share movie picks each Thursday. The rules are 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 Tall Buildings


Does this theme seem odd? Anyway it was the movie The Walk, which I haven't seen, that made me think of other movies that had tall buildings that were like an important aspect of the movie, almost like another character. So here are my picks.

Dredd (2012)
I've picked this one a couple of times before, but it's so perfect for this week so here it is. The gist, in a dystopian future, two cops are trapped in a fortified building filled with gangsters. The only way to get out is to go all the way to the top of the tower and defeat the big boss.
Attack the Block (2011)
Inhabitants of a city tower block try to defend it against an alien invasion. It's quite a fun urban Brit comedy.

Man on a Ledge (2012)
A man stands on a ledge threatening to jump, just as a diamond heist is also happening. I don't remember this as much, but I do remember enjoying it.


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  1. Love Dredd, wsn't keen on Man on a Ledge despite the fact that Jamie Bell was it. Honestly surprised to see Attack the Block - thought it was little know movie. I also picked it as I do love the humour.

  2. I haven't seen the first 2 but loved the 3 Rd film. It was quite hair rising even though you know all will be ok. Freaked me out

  3. The only one I've seen is Man on a Ledge which bears more than a passing resemblance to my last pick, except for the subplot it seemed like a remake in all but name. I thought it was okay but the original was better.

    Of my other two my first is one of the classics of the disaster movie genre and the other a witty Neil Simon trio.

    The Towering Inferno (1974)-It’s the grand dedication ceremony for the world’s tallest building, The Glass Tower a 138 story skyscraper in San Francisco and the party is being held on the top floor loaded with movie stars, politicians and the building team in attendance. But trouble’s abrewing when architect Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) arrives back in town to find that corners have cut and the wiring for the building is substandard. He’s right to be worried since when a small fire breaks out on the 81st floor it spreads quickly trapping the guests while the fire department works feverishly to save them. One of the big three Irwin Allen disaster films of the 70’s, along with Airport and The Poseidon Adventure, this was an enormous hit on release with an amazing cast of some of the biggest stars of the time-Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Fred Astaire, Robert Wagner, Robert Vaughn and Jennifer Jones (in her final film) plus dozens of recognizable performers in smaller roles.

    Plaza Suite (1971)-Three act Neil Simon comedy based on his stage success all takes place in Suite 719 of New York’s Plaza Hotel. Each vignette stars Walter Matthau in different roles with three different leading ladies, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris and Lee Grant in tales of a marriage in crisis, an assignation and a long married couple whose daughter has locked herself in the bathroom moments before her wedding downstairs. None are bad but the first and third are the strongest.

    Fourteen Hours (1951)-Robert Cosick (Richard Basehart) is at the end of his rope and has decided to commit suicide by jumping from the ledge of the 15th floor of the Roosevelt Hotel high above the city. As police officer Charlie Dunnigan (Paul Douglas) tries to reason with him calling in both his girlfriend (Barbara Bel Geddes) and his mother (Agnes Moorehead) the event turns into a sideshow lasting 14 hours. Quite similar to the recent Man on a Ledge but a better film this was Grace Kelly’s screen debut in a small role.

  4. Dredd was very good and Attack the Block was even better. Glad to see them get some love. Didn't care for Man on a Ledge

  5. Dredd was great. I never would've thought of that one.

  6. Oh, look, Attack the Block! I also picked that one and thought it was such a clever choice because I haven't seen it mentioned a lot around the blogsphere. :D

    I thought about picking On the Ledge as well but the movie wasn't memorable enough for me, maybe I enjoyed, maybe I didn't. It's the same with Dredd though I remember it a lot better.

  7. Haven't seen any of these, but I always though Attack the Block looked great.


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