Not sure how everyone else goes into making Thursday Movie Picks lists but I do it by heart. I don’t look through any sort of online lists, exceptions being those period-themes which I suck at, and only rarely do I look at my own Letterboxd list. So most of my movie recommendations are listed from memory and so here are three completely different desert movies I thought of.
Before the Tom Cruise remake hits the cinemas this summer I wanted to praise the original remake (there isn’t anything that isn’t a remake, it seems) with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. I love that movie! It’s fun, quick, witty and for a 10 year old, scary as hell! It’s been years since I last saw it but I remember scenes from this movie, I remember the bugs, I remember the laughs – it’s just one of those nostalgic movies from my childhood that I will always praise, no matter how many remakes they make.
I didn’t realise both movies were from the same year but here you go, two desert movies released in 1999 and recommended in my list. Do I remember it as well as I remember The Mummy? No. But I remember it was fun and funny, and George Clooney looked hella good! And honestly, I think that despite his good career after Three Kings, this is probably my favourite David O. Russell film out there, because it is rewatchable and it doesn’t feature Jennifer Lawrence.
I thought I had recommended Mad Max: Fury Road before but when I looked at all my TMPs, I discovered that it seems I haven’t. So here we go, the latest, the most awesomest, the coolest movie ever to take place in the desert – Fury Road. Would any action movie ever come close to the sophistication and thrill behind Fury Road? Well, they can try, but I think nobody can go against George Miller’s beloved hit from 2 years ago – this movie is just high above the rest. And I’ll never forget how I dragged my flatmate to see it, despite her not really wanting to see it, and her literally gasping for air 10 minutes into the film – she loved it!
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