ALL ABOARD, the movie train!
I'm your conductor for this week's Thursday Movie Picks. It's a great weekly meme in which our host, the wonderful Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves, gives us a topic and we bloggers suggest three movies that fit. These can either be what we deem to be the best, the worst, or just hidden gems. This week, the theme is train movies. I tend to go for hidden gems. This week, we're only sorta going that route. We'll start with one that is the absolute greatest of them all. No, I don't care if you agree with that. You're wrong if you don't. We'll then move on to one that might be the worst...but in a good way. And we'll finish up with one something you may or may not have heard of. Let's get this train rolling.
(1926)The story is about a man who loves two things: his train and his woman. When his train his stolen with his woman on board he must leap into action to save both. All of this is just framework on which to hang some of the most amazing stunt work ever committed to film. All of it is done by the star of the show, the incomparable Buster Keaton. And just about all of it was done in one take. Think about it. This was made in the 1920s, so there was no cgi and Keaton could only afford one train to use. He did some of the craziest things imaginable...and didn't die. This is the greatest train movie of all-time.
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
(1995)Let's go to the other end of the spectrum. The first Under Siege was set aboard a naval ship. For the sequel, we move things to a train. Casey Ryback, our hero, is taking his niece Sarah on vacation. By the way, she's played by a young Katherine Heigl. Morris Chestnut shows up in the sidekick role. Anyhoo, an ex-CIA nutjob and his crew hijacks the plane leaving the highly skilled Ryback to try and save the train. I'll say nothing further except that the good guy is played by Steven Seagal. In other words, this is ridiculous to the point of being sublime. In other words, it's so bad it's awesome!
The Midnight Meat Train
(2008)Now, we can settle somewhere in the middle. I'll call this a hidden gem if you don't mind for horror fans who don't mind blood and guts. Some psycho is literally bashing people to death in the subway and we get to see every bit of it. It is low-budget scary flick stuff, but there are some amazing shots in this one. It just so happens they are all soaked in bodily fluids and death. My favorite is from the point of view of person while, and even after, they get decapitated. The story is that a photo-journalist who is drawn to morbid content wants to get some pics and a story on this guy. So he enters into a cat-and-mouse with said psycho. The photog is played by Bradley Cooper before he blew up and the always awesome Vinnie Jones plays the bad guy. I would post a gif of this one, but they're all a bit much, showing you exactly what that pic above suggest.
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