Last week I was busy wrapping up the Acting Black Blogathon and missed out on Thursday Movie Picks. This week I'm back and putting my stamp on things. Just a quick rundown, if you don't know what's going on with this Thursday Movie Picks thing click the link, go to Wanderer's site, Wandering Through the Shelves and see how you can be down.
And I'm always down to talk about love.
Love, in some form or fashion, has been the topic every week this month for TMP. Today's topic is Love Triangles. By now, you know me. I'm not going to suggest that movie that popped into your head when you read that sentence. If you don't know me, well, that was your hint at what might lie ahead. Here's the love triangles I want to talk about...
The Human Tornado
(1976)No, this movie is not about the love triangle in question, but this triangle does set the events of the movie into motion. Dolemite is a successful comedian throwing a party to celebrate the big tour he's just finished up. The local sheriff and his badged goons decide to break up the party because, well, black folks having a party. What does the sheriff see when he gets upstairs after running everyone else out the house? Dolemite laying something on the sheriff's wife that don't qualify as jokes. Sheriff shoots and kills his wife and intends to do the same to Dolemite who manages a butt-ass-nekkid escape. There is a lot more zaniness to follow, but that's all you need to know. Well, that, and if you didn't know, Dolemite often talks in rhyme. Oh, and I'll admit calling this a "love" triangle is a bit of a stretch since the sheriff's wife was paying Dolemite for his services.
(1995)A small town girl journeys to Las Vegas in hopes of making it big in this heartfelt exploration of the soul. Hahahahahahaha...phew...sorry, I couldn't keep a straight face after that. Anyhoo, Nomi (Elizabeth Berkley) is a small town girl in Vegas and soon finds herself as the hottest thing in the topless showgirl business. To get there, she not only steals the job from Cristal (Gina Gershon), the aging star of the show, Nomi also steals her man Zack (Kyle MacLachlan). Well, Cristal has a thing for her, too. So, there's that.
(2000)It's that same old story. A young married couple, Jermaine (Gary Dourdan) and Jasmine (former Miss USA, current reality star Kenya Moore) gets bored with each other...or at least the hubby does. He is obviously a lot more convincing than I am because he manages to talk his lady into bringing in another lady, Jade (Gretchen Palmer), for a threesome. Aaaaannnndddd...complications and feelings. It doesn't help that the woman they brought in for this little excursion is a little on the loony side. OhThere were a couple of sequels with completely different casts. Sadly, I haven't watched either of those yet. Sigh.
Oh, you thought it was over?
The party ain't over.
I actually do want to weigh in on last week's topics - Movies with Memorable Declarations of Love. Hell, I know memorable declarations of love. I once chased down the train my future wife was on heading for her new life in a far away city as it was departing the station. I was running as fast as I possibly could while shouting her name, yelling "You complete me!" and simultaneously playing "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel on a boombox I held over my head.
Okay, so I'm bullshitting.
let's go there...
(1987)Because nothing says love like rabbit stew. Sorry 'bout that. I'll let the one and only Alex Forrest share her heartfelt declaration with you...
This is what you force me to do. I guess you thought you'd get away with it. Well... you can't. 'Cause part of you is growing inside of me, and that's a fact, Dan. You'd better start... Learning how to deal with it. Just so you know... I feel you. I taste you. I think you. I touch you. Can you understand? Can you? I'm just... asking you... to acknowledge your responsibilities. I... Is that so bad? I-I don't think so. I don't think it's unreasonable. And... you know, another thing... And it's that you thought you could just walk into my life, and turn it upside down, without a thought for anyone but yourself. You know what you are, Dan? You are a cocksucking son of a bitch. I hate you. I bet you don't even like real girls, do you? Ha! You disappoint me, you fucking faggot!
Sounds like love to me.
(1990)You got me. I've used this one before. I had to go back to it, though. It's such a tender portrait of the relationship that develops between a best-selling author and his biggest fan. They're both simple people. So Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) keeps it simple in her declaration and just says "God, I love you." Of course, this is after she takes a sledgehammer to his ankle to keep him from escaping her house.
The Boy Next Door
(2015)A young boy's harmless crush on his teacher, who happens to be his next door neighbor, leads him to make the following declaration - "You see that video, and the proof of our love, as a threat to this life. But, but... I see it, as promise of a better one." Wait, what? Video? Oh yeah, I forgot to mention he got in her pants, secretly recorded it when he did, and is now stalking her entire family. Teehee, sometimes we do the craziest things for love.