Thursday, February 18, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #345: Romance Tropes Edition - Forbidden Love



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.

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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Romance Tropes Edition - Forbidden Love

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Hey it's February and it's time for the Romance Tropes Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the month. 
 
February 18 - Romance Tropes Edition: Forbidden Love
February 25 - Romance Tropes / TMP Television Edition: Love Triangles
 

Well when something is forbidden the more the heart wants. Here are my three picks:

Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Heir of feuding families fall in love. I really like this one. It has the whole period setting and the leads were actual teenagers who had great chemistry. They exude the very youthfulness, flirtatiousness and naivety of the characters.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
A writer falls for a courtesan who belongs to a duke. I love this movie. It's so spectacular and lively and they work in the contemporary love songs so wonderfully well.
 
Underworld (2003) & Underworld: Evolution (2006)
A vampire falls for a werewolf. My very short synopsis makes it seem these movies are romance flicks...when they're more like urban action horror with some romance. Anyway I love the first two Underworld movies. They're fun action movies and have great world building.

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12 comments:

  1. We match with Romeo & Juliet! Moulin Rouge is ok but I immediately thought of the Garbo classic, Camille and could have used that film this week. The Underworld films are fun and a unique one to use this week.

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  2. Nice picks, Wanderer! I was tempted to use Moulin Rouge! and Underworld but decided to go for a theme within a theme.

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    1. Curious what theme within a theme you're doing.

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  3. I love Moulin Rouge! I only saw the first underworld movie but it was a lot better than I expected it to be.

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    1. You should watch the second Underworld movie. I think it's on par with the first.

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  4. I don't think I've seen Underworld.. like really seen it. Romeo & Juliet made a lot of sense for this theme so I took a different route. Moulin Rouge is a fav tho!

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    1. You haven't seen Underworld? You should really check it out. Really fun dark futuristic urban vampire action movie.

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  5. I'm not a fan of Kidman but Moulin Rouge is a beautiful looking film.

    While Romeo & Juliet isn't one of Shakespeare's plays that I have much affection for this Zeffirelli version is the best adaptation of it.

    I've only seen bits of Underworld, it's just not my thing.

    My three look at the theme from different aspects.

    Broken Blossoms (1919)-Chinese immigrant Cheng Huan’s (Richard Barthelmess) dream of spreading Buddhism to London has dissipated and he has sunken into aimless opium addiction until he finds young English waif Lucy Burrows (Lillian Gish) battered on his doorstep. Renewed by their emotional connection he cares for her as she recovers, but their forbidden love across ethnic boundaries is riven when they are discovered by Lucy’s abusive father (Donald Crisp).

    Death Takes a Holiday (1934)-Unable to comprehend why people cling so tenaciously to life Death (Fredric March) assumes human form as Prince Sirki at Duke Lambert’s Italian villa. Mixing with his guests in an attempt to gain insight he meets the beautiful Grazia (Evelyn Venable). Instantly attracted to each other Sirki and she wrestle with the impossibility and the forbidden nature of their love.

    Dirty Dancing (1987)-Teenager Baby (Jennifer Grey) is vacationing with her family at a Catskills resort in the 60’s when she meets dance instructor Johnny (Patrick Swayze). Through a series of events they become involved but the lovers face several obstacles including the dual facts that Johnny is forbidden to fraternize with the guests and Baby is likewise forbidden from seeing the older Johnny by her father (Jerry Orbach).

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    1. Oh yes, Moulin Rouse is a beautiful looking film.

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  6. Great topic this week. I've seen all of your picks and Moulin Rouge! is one of my all time favorite musicals, I remember being obsessed w/ it for a while.

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    1. I was obsessed with it for a while too. Had listen to the soundtrack a lot.

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