Thursday Movie Picks: Police Detectives

ThursdayMoviePicksHappy almost Friday! It’s TMP time! The Thursday Movie Picks blogathon was spearheaded by Wandering Through the Shelves Blog.

The rules are simple simple: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if you’re up to it one of each. This Thursday’s theme is… Police Detective.

Well, there are SO many to choose from as Hollywood loves procedural movies! But there are a few that stood out to me from movies as well as TV. In fact, I’ve rewatched most of these recently and they’re still fun to watch.

In any case, here are my picks:

HOT FUZZ

One of my favorite action comedy!! Edgar Wright is basically doing a spoof and homage to American buddy action movies like Bad Boys, in fact there’s a scene of them watching that movie! Seeing Simon Pegg as a goody two shoes policeman (hence his name is Nicholas Angel) is such a hoot!! Any movie w/ Pegg + his BFF Nick Frost is always fun. Plus there’s Timothy Dalton as the villain, so perfect!!

Fun Trivia:
Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright interviewed many real police officers while doing research for the film. Many lines in the film such as “I prefer to think my office is out on the street” came directly from those interviews. The stylized scenes of Nick doing paperwork were inspired by the officers noting that paperwork is a huge part of the job, but it is never depicted in cop shows and films.


SLEEPY HOLLOW

I just rewatched this a few months ago as I’ve forgotten quite a bit of it since I first saw this a while ago. I actually enjoyed it more than I did the first time, perhaps my fave Tim Burton film. Johnny Depp is fun to watch as the rather bumbling Ichabod, probably one of my fave roles of his.

Fun Trivia:
Historically, Ichabod Crane was a very unattractive man. Johnny Depp offered to add prosthetics to his face to make himself look ugly, but director Tim Burton wanted to base the character on Crane’s more unattractive personality traits, his reported squeamishness and eccentricity.


MINORITY REPORT

This is one of my all time fave sci-fi movies and somehow a lot of the technology doesn’t seem dated even though this movie is almost 2 decades old! I suppose self-driving cars, personalized ads, home voice automation and gesture controlled computers, most of those have become part of our every day lives now. Tom Cruise is in top form here, definitely one of his best roles.

Fun Trivia:
For the scene where Anderton holds his breath in the bathtub, Steven Spielberg was going to create the air bubble rising with CGI, but Tom Cruise took the time and learned how to do it himself. Both Spielberg and Cruise agreed to waive their usual salary to help keep the film’s budget under $100 million. They agreed to take 15% of the film’s gross instead.

BBC’s Sherlock

Ok so this one is not a movie, though I think they’re still planning on adapting this popular series as a feature. It’s Benedict Cumberbatch‘s huge breakout role (launching the Cumberbitches phenomenon) and he’s definitely fun to watch here. I love his friendship with his partner/assistant Watson, brilliantly played by Martin Freeman, which is one the strongest part about this series.

Fun Trivia:
Many of the crew in Sherlock (2010) are related. Sherlock’s parents are actually actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton; Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan) and Martin Freeman (John Watson) were real-life partners; producer Sue Vertue is writer Steven Moffat’s wife, and co-producer and writer Beryl Vertue is his mother-in-law; writer Mark Gatiss’ husband is the barrister in Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall (2012); Steven Moffat’s son plays Sherlock Holmes as a child in a few episodes.


So who are YOUR favorite movie/tv detectives?

Friday the 13th Birthday Tributes: Samanta Morton, Joe Johnston and Rob Pattinson

Happy Friday the 13th all!

A few of my upcoming posts are taking longer than usual, but no fret, in the meantime, we’ve got some film folks’ birthdays to celebrate. So to mark the occasion, I pick a scene from one of the films in their resume that I think are memorable.

Samantha Morton turns 34

Miss Morton might not be a household name, but chances are you’ve seen at least one or two of her stellar work. The English actress was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Woody Allen’s Sweet and Low Down and she was fantastic in Jim Sheridan’s In America, about an Irish immigrant family adjusting to life in the United States. But one of her most memorable roles to me was in Steven Spielberg’s neo-noir sci-fi thriller Minority Report as the precog Agatha who ends up helping Tom Cruise’s John Anderton escape the Precrime team. This mall chase scene, especially right as the balloons show up, is by far one of the coolest scenes from the movie:


Joe Johnston turns 61

The Texan-born director isn’t what you would call prolific as he’s only got 11 titles under his belt. But this year is a big one for him with the release of Captain America this July. The look of the Marvel superhero flick is a throwback to an action adventure flick he did in 1991, The Rocketeer. It’s such an under-appreciated film that just celebrated its 20th anniversary recently with a special re-release event in L.A. attended by the cast and crew! (see info on Hero Complex) I wish I had been able to attend that and see it on the big screen once again. I highly recommend it if you haven’t already. Check out the trailer below:


Robert Pattinson turns 25

The massively popular Twilight star now can legally rent a car on his own 😀 Now, don’t worry, I’m not gonna post a clip of him all pale and sparkly. To his credit, I think he’s a pretty talented guy if you’re willing to get past his emo-vampire character and actually watch him in something else. I did that with Remember Me and thought he did a decent job shedding his Edward persona, and proves to be quite a versatile actor. There’s not exactly a memorable clip from that movie though (well other than the ending but I don’t want to spoil the film for you), so I choose this one from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the only HP movie Pattinson’s character Cedric Diggory appears in. His character’s tragic demise at the hand of Voldemort is certainly one of the most memorable scenes in the whole franchise.



So happy happy birthday, Samantha, Joe and R-Patz!

Please feel free to add your own well-wishes to the b’day folks in the comments below.