A few weeks ago, Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves, sent me scurrying to Google when the topic for Thursday Movie Picks was "downstairs people." She's done it again for this week's topic.
To be clear, I've heard the term "star-crossed lovers" about a million times in my life. I was just never completely clear on what that meant. Now, I know that it means lovers for whom external forces seem to conspire against them. Their love seems doomed from the start. There are a lot of great movies about that. Can't promise I'll get to any of those. Let's see what I do get to, shall we?
Tromeo and Juliet
(1996)There are no more star-crossed lovers than Shakespeare's most famed couple. As such, adaptations of Romeo and Juliet are a dime a dozen, hell, a dime a hundred if we add all of those that just use the basic framework of the plot and slap its own title on it. Even this one came out the same year as another much more popular version. That one stars a young, future Oscar winner (hopefully) Leonardo DiCaprio. Still, no matter how many of versons you've seen, I'll bet you haven't come across anything like this one. That is, unless you've seen this one. Like the DiCaprio flick, the action is moved to the modern day. Manhattan, in this case. Like that movie, this is a fairly faithful adaptation. That's where the similarities end. Yes,
Romeo Must Die
(2000)Sigh. I've picked this before. I try not to repeat myself for these TMPs, but I couldn't resist it this week. After all, it's another variation on the Bard's classic tale of undying love. Well, they
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
(2010)One of my go-tos for guilty pleasures is slasher flicks. I grew up on them and still love them to this day. Jason Voorhees is my friend. Over time, I've come to also appreciate the well done spoof of slasher flicks. This is most certainly that. The setup is pretty typical. A group of co-eds show up at a cabin in the woods for some fornication and drug abuse over Memorial Day weekend. As they should in a slasher flick, they sit around the campfire and tell the story of what happened in this very location 20 years earlier - the infamous "Memorial Day Massacre" which was perpetrated by some local hillbillies. If you guessed that there are a pair of hillbillies living in a rundown cabin nearby, you'd be correct. That would be Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine). Through a misunderstanding, Allison (Katrina Bowden) is injured, so Dale takes her back to his cabin to heal up and the two begin forming a bond. Naturally, Allison's friends assume that Tucker and Dale are psycho hillbillies in the mold of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and set out to rescue her. That's where the star-crossing comes in because damn if they aren't determined to get her away from Dale. Trust me, hilarity ensues.
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