Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Twins

It's Thursday AND it's really close to the end of the month. That means that it's time for Thursday Movie Picks and the theme is going to be family related. This time around the theme is Twins. You know me, I'm aiming to suggest movies you may not have seen before. So that's what I'm gonna do. Oh yeah, don't forget to swing by Wandering Through the Shelves to find out how you can be down. Now let's get on with it...


Double Impact
The Twins: Chad and Alex Wagner
(1991)
One day, a guy with a pair of twin boys is followed home from a business event and killed by a Triad hit squad. Hate when that happens. Of course, the only thing that could follow this is the boys growing up, becoming martial arts experts, and trying to exact their revenge on dad's killer 25 years later. Like any good set of twins, these two don't always see eye-to-eye. That means, in one of the most memorable scene of a mostly cheesy career, we get Jean-Claude Van Damme fighting Jean-Claude Van Damme. This is the reason motion pictures were invented, folks.


Stuck on You
The Twins: Bob and Walt Tenor
(2003)
Some movies are just stupid and funny all at the same time. Such is the case with this offering from the Farrelly brothers. It follows a pair of conjoined twins just trying to live life. It gets a little difficult because one is an extrovert and the other, an introvert. Lots of silly sight gags highlighting their physical condition ensues. And I had a ball with just about each and every one of them.


I Know Who Killed Me
The Twins: Aubrey Fleming and Dakota Moss
(2007)
Lindsay Lohan is best known for playing twins in a movie. I fully expect that in my travels around the blogosphere today, I will come across The Parent Trap at least a few times. The far more intriguing compelling interesting ridiculous performance comes in this piece of bad cinema gold, right here. The fact that I've told you she plays twins is a bit of a spoiler, but it really matters not. You still have to see this to understand how terrible it is. Let's start with this little nugget of info: Aubrey Fleming is an aspiring pianist and writer. As far as she knows she's an only child. There also happens to be a serial killer on the loose. Said killer abducts Aubrey. She manages to escape, but is now claiming to be a stripper named Dakota. What follows is a bonkers tale that's so bad it's awesome!


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22 comments:

  1. Double Impact.... awesome film. Come on, 2 Van Dammes for the price of one. Stuck on You.... that was OK though it was part of the Farrelly Brothers go into decline and they've never recovered from the atrocity that is Shallow Hal.

    And then there's I Know Who Killed Me which is horrible. Yes, it is an extremely bad film but quite entertaining in its badness as well as being a strange rip-off of sorts of Krzysztof Kieslowski's The Double Life of Veronique.

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    1. I guess I'll continue to be one of the few who enjoys Shallow Hal. And "entertaining in its badness" perfectly sums up I Know Who Killed Me.

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  2. Well, I only know the last movie there although I thought the movie was a bit ridiculous lol. Anyway, I suck at finding movies with twins, you're way better

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    1. Oh, it's more than a bit ridiculous...it's a lot ridiculous. That's basically why it's here.

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  3. I hated I Know Who Killed Me. That sounded really interesting on paper, then I just thought it was shit. And the whole trick one dressing one twin in red, the other in blue, then gasp! She wears purple at the end. Come on.

    Stuck On You was stupid funny. I had a good time with it, though I haven't seen it since it was in theaters. I have not seen Double Impact.

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    1. Most people hated I Know Who Killed Me. To me, it was a slice of terrible too delicious to pass up.

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  4. Loving the inclusion of Double Impact! Jean-Claude's movies are uniformly terrible as any kind of cinematic experience but you know what you're going to get walking in, lots of action and at least one shot of his bare ass. This one is on form and a great pick. I've always meant to catch up with Stuck on You since I love both actors but its obvious dumbness has held me at bay, that can be fun sometimes so I'll make a point to catch it soon. I Know Who Killed Me's rep as being somewhere south of the lowest rung that Lohan could hit likewise kept me away.

    So many choice to pick from this week that it was hard to narrow so I picked one from each from different genres-one comedy, one musical, and one that has elements of both noir and horror.

    Big Business (1988)-Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin play two sets of twins, one born into wealth the other to a poor farm family in a town the moneyed couple are passing through. Complications set in when one of each of the pairs are unknowingly switched at birth. Years later things come to a head when they all converge on the Plaza Hotel at the same time. Silly bit of fluff that rests almost entirely on the talents of its two leading ladies but they do a great job of making each twin a distinct personality.

    The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)-French musical co-starring real life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac as twin sisters Delphine and Solange who live in the small town of Rochefort but dream about traveling to Paris and finding romance. A singing and dance duo, Gene Kelly and George Chakiris blow into town and they find they don't have to leave home to find love. Charming and light as the air. Sadly Francoise Dorleac was killed in a car crash before this opened.

    Among the Living (1941)-Sharp, hard to categorize film has noirish tendencies as well as elements of old style horror with Albert Dekker excellent in the dual roles of very different twin brothers. An insane young man breaks free and creates havoc in a small town for which his identical twin, who thinks he died years before, is being blamed and pursued. Also in the cast are Susan Hayward on her way up and the ill-fated Frances Farmer most definitely on the downward slide. This was her second to last picture before descending into a decades long hell of mental illness and involuntary confinement.

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    1. i have completely forgotten about Big Business and have never seen it but remember when it came out. Great pick for Young Girls-It was so very sad that Francoise died so young-great movie. I have to look up the last one-I have not heard of this film! i am aghast that I haven't! I was thinking you would pick Dark Mirror. I actually joined this fest:)

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    2. Like Birgit, I remember when Big Business came out, but never watched it. Haven't seen your others, either. Great picks. Save Stuck on You for you're in a silly mood and not looking to think.

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    3. Big Business is good silly fun and dig those 80's fashions! Shoulder pads are everywhere! What separates it from the pack is the subtle work by those two master comediennes, especially Lily, to make each twin a clearly unique creation.

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    4. No surprise, there. They are both excellent in most things.

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  5. DOUBLE IMPACT! YESSSSSSSSSSSSS! JCVD is the hotness - frankly, I always liked him more than Arnie.

    I almost bookended my picks this week with Lohan, but in truth I haven't been able to bring myself to actually watch I Know Who Killed Me. I might one day, if I really need some terrible awfulness, but probably not.

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    1. I've actually never been a big JCVD fan. I always have him behind Arnie, Sly, and Seagal. This is one of my faves of his, though.

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  6. I have not seen any of those films. Van Damme flick sounds bad that it will probably be good. Stuck on you I have not seen but I know it would be silly and i will pass on the last one since it stars that train wreck called Lohan

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    1. Not only is she a train wreck, the movie is, too.

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  7. More Stuck on You love!!! LOL, that movie is awfully great (see what I did there).

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  8. Stuck on You! Boom! And hot Lindsay Lohan. Even better.

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  9. I don't remember much of IKWKM just that it was terrible.

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    1. Not just terrible...awesomely terrible!!!

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