Thursday, March 21, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #245: Private Eye

Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share your 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 Private Eye


When I came up with this theme, I thought I had a few choices to choose from, I was wrong. I really haven't seen that many, but here are the ones I like.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
I have not seen this in a long time, so I can't remember much other than it's is a murder mystery set against the showbiz world. I do remember liking it and finding it funny and would like to rewatch this again some time.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
This is one of my more recent watches. I totally did not guess the turn the story took.

The Nice Guys (2016)
I really enjoyed this. The banter between the characters are funny. I think that this could actually make a good TV series if they can cast decent actors to fill the roles played by Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in the movie.


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  1. I have not seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in so long that I need to see it again. I haven’t seen your second choice but love Tough Guys and it would be a great series but, I agree, they have to find the right men for the role.

  2. I liked but didn't love all three of your picks. Crowe and Gosling's chemistry in The Nice Guys definitely elevated that film above what it would have otherwise been.

    I'm a big fan of these type of films so I had the reverse problem of yours, too many choices so I picked four favorites.

    The Maltese Falcon (1941)-Private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) takes on the case of the beautiful, secretive Ruth Wonderly (Mary Astor). When Miss Wonderly is revealed to be Brigid O’Shaughnessy trouble begins. Sam's partner is murdered and he is accosted by Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre) who demands he locate a valuable statuette which is being pursued by others including the Fat Man (Sydney Greenstreet). Entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue Sam soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon. This fourth version of the story is proof that remakes aren’t necessarily bad things but you should stop once you get it right.

    Murder, My Sweet (1944)-P.I. Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) is working what he thinks are two minor cases but suddenly someone is dead and he discovers they are dangerously connected. As he is drawn deeper into a complex web of machinations by the mysterious Helen Grayle (Claire Trevor), Marlowe finds his own life in increasing jeopardy.

    Harper (1966)-Struggling private eye Lew Harper (Paul Newman) takes a simple missing-person case that quickly spirals into something much more convoluted. Elaine Sampson (Lauren Bacall), recently paralyzed in a horse-riding accident, wants Harper to find her missing oil baron husband, but her stormy teenage stepdaughter Miranda (Pamela Tiffin) thinks Mrs. Sampson knows more than she's letting on. Fun detective film with Newman at his coolest and a loaded supporting cast-beside Bacall it includes Julie Harris, Shelley Winters, Janet Leigh and Robert Wagner.

    Chinatown (1974)-When Los Angeles private eye J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband's activities he believes it's a routine infidelity case. Jake's investigation soon becomes anything but routine when he meets the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and realizes he was hired by an imposter. Mr. Mulwray's sudden death sets Gittes on a tangled trail of corruption, deceit and sinister family secrets as Evelyn's father (John Huston) becomes a suspect in the case. Dark, complex and twisted with amazing performances and flawless direction by Roman Polanski this is a great film.

    1. I knew you were going to find this an easy theme. I just don't really watch the oldy noir sort of movies which is why my choices were pretty limited.

  3. Great minds thinks alike with the Shane Black duos. And yes! Gone Baby Gone, excellent film.


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