Thursday, December 12, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #283: Super Long Titles

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 Super Long Titles


There are plenty of movies with super long titles. Many because they are part of some franchise with the franchise name included in the title. So I'm doing the opposite; my picks are strictly movies that are not part of any franchises.

P.S. I'll be posting the preliminary 2020 schedule on Sunday, so come and check it out.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
It has been a really long time since I've seen this but I remember the movie had a very somber tone, looked great visually and that I liked it. 

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
This was just an ok watch. I was actually quite disappointed. I thought it would be more quirkier and darkly funny but it was more on the duller side.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) 
This movie has such a low rating on IMDB and I actually don't think it is that bad. I like the ghost story; it was creepy and tragic and the scares are quite good. The one thing I did found annoying was the voice that Ruth Wilson used especially when her character spoke to herself.

The Only Living Boy in New York (2017)
I've picked this before for TMP #234. I rather like it. It's basically about a recent college graduate who goes about trying to breakup his father's affair and ends up learning more about his family in the process.


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  1. The Assassination of Jesse James is the only I’ve seen and I loved it!

  2. Jesse James is popular today. I like that one. I didn't care for Seeking a Friend, I remember strongly disliking that. I haven't seen your other two, but Pretty Thing has me curious.

    1. Seeking a Friend - I know was such a disappointment for me.

  3. I am the Pretty thing looks super interesting. Will make sure to check that one out.

  4. We match up on Jesse James. I really dug Seeking a Friend... Haven't seen the other two. I remember hearing some mixed things on The Only Living Boy..., so I stayed away. Maybe should check it out though now.

    1. I didn't really see any reviews on The Only Living Boy before...I thought it was a decent movie.

  5. The only one I haven't heard of is your last but the only one I've seen is the first which surprised me as the title of the week. I had expected that to be Dr. Strangelove.

    Assassination of Jesse James is paced far too leisurely for its own good but thanks to the performances it manages to hold the audience's interest throughout, at least those engaged by the story.

    All mine come from the sixties when long titles (and odd cinema) seemed to have a bit of a run.

    “Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad” (1967)-Madame Rosepettle (Rosalind Russell) arrives at a Caribbean resort for a vacation with quite a menagerie, her 24 year old son (Robert Morse) who acts like a 5 year old, his stamp collection and telescope, a pair of Venus Flytraps, her tank of pet piranhas and her dead husband (Jonathan Winters-who serves as narrator) who she’s had stuffed and travels with them in his coffin that she keeps in the closet. While they are there the hotel’s babysitter Rosalie (Barbara Harris) falls for the infantile young man while Madame is pursued by a crazy ship captain, Commodore Roseabove. Got that? Its theatre of the absurd and the kind of whack-a-doodle thing that could only be produced in the 60’s.

    “Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?” (1969)-Superstar Heironymus Merkin (Anthony Newley) is filming a movie of his life surrounded by piles of junk and a bed on a ribbon of beach as his mother and children bear witness. While the Greek chorus of devil’s advocate Goodtime Eddie Filth (Milton Berle) and The Presence (Georgie Jessel) battle for his soul Merkin works his way to the top of show biz becoming a drug loving sex addict along the way. Yet he longs for his lost true love, Mercy Humppe (Connie Kreski) despite his marriage to Polyester Poontang (Joan Collins-Newley’s wife at the time, their real life children play their kids in the film-Thaxted and Thumbelina!). Watching the uncompleted footage in a parallel time the producers of this opus scream for him to come up with an ending. Merkin shuffles through his memories to find some value in his life while singing a couple songs and screwing like a rabbit.

    Confused? What with a title like that you were expecting coherence? Watching the film won’t clear anything up for you! Newley directed, produced, wrote & composed the music (all badly) for this exercise in vanity which was originally rated X.

    “The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?” (1964)-I really can’t better this IMDB description: "Jerry falls in love with a stripper he meets at a carnival. Little does he know that she is the sister of a gypsy fortune teller whose predictions he had scoffed at earlier. The gypsy turns him into a zombie and he goes on a killing spree."

    Or the tagline:
    SEE: the dancing girls of the carnival murdered by the incredible night creatures of the midway! SEE: the hunchback of the midway fight a duel of death with the mixed up zombies! SEE: the world's first monster musical!

    It’s not good but it’s unique!

  6. Oh look we match with Jesse James. It does have a somber tone but it is so beautiful!


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