I am writing this late and should be in bed but...I am not. So, this post I am behaving and will not be a cheeky monkey(see my last post if you are curious). We are dealing with the 7 Deadly Sins again and this one is all about Wrath which seems pretty on point given some of the angry people upset about having to wear face masks. Look, I am not much for having to wear a mask especially since I have asthma, but I am wearing one because I believe in not getting this virus. Besides, Doctors, Dentists, Nurses and many others wear them for their own protection and protection for the people they are helping. This is called common sense... not taking my freedom away.. it's not about you personally. OK enough of me spouting off here so on with the show. Wandering Through The Shelves is the brainchild of the weekly film fest so head on over to see what everyone else has chosen. Here are my 3...
I believe I chose this once before but, I had to choose it again because it was the first film that came into my head and I think it is a perfect example of mob mentality which is often run on anger, lack of control and intolerance. This film stars Spencer Tracy who is mistaken for a kidnapper and is almost lynched by a mob who set fire to the jail. Tracy is assumed dead and his grieving fiancee, played wondrously by Sylvia Sydney, comes to that town where the main perpetrators are on trial. No one is talking until newsreel footage shows the mob caught in the act. More evidence is sent to the courts proving that these men are guilty of Tracy's death but Sydney is not convinced the man she loves is dead. In fact, it seems his anger at what was done to him has consumed him. This is a powerful film that truly shows what a mob mentality can do believing themselves to be right but it also shows that revenge is equally repugnant.
2. HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER-1973
Man, do I love this Clint Eastwood film that is much more than just a western. I can't tell you but the ending made me gob-smacked as the English say. I was so not expecting that and yet, it all made sense. There is a dusty, sad little town that has the typical, saloon, hotel, barber, church etc... and the townsfolk seem typical but all take notice when a stranger comes riding into town. He quickly kills off 3 no good jerks before taking this slutty lass into the barn for some monkeying around(here I go again). Afterwards, he proceeds to get a shave and a bath before the townsmen request he save their little town from a group of bad men who are coming in 3 days. He takes them up on his offer but not before they do what he says. This film brings on a new meaning to painting the town red. Eastward is always great as the western anti-hero with no name and you are left wondering why he hates this town and the people so much until the ending. Another must see.
3. FATAL ATTRACTION-1987
Oh my, my, my....boys can get themselves into a sticky wicket. In this case, we have the horny Michael Douglas who is "happily" married with a daughter. When his wife goes away for the weekend with their daughter, he ends up having a very steamy weekend with a woman he met. Talk about monkeying around on the kitchen stove, counter...against the fridge! (Monkey again?)....they had a good time. Good ole Michael thinks it is done until the gal he cooked with, played so well by Glenn Close, starts showing up and calling. At first he feels it is nothing to worry about but she becomes more insistent to the point he becomes quite frightened (Beware of anyone saying "I will NOT be Ignored!" in an eye bulging freaky sort of way). He moves his family to their home in Connecticut hoping the nut will go away but, think again(Hasenpfeffer, anyone?). She is now very angry, scorned with hellfire in her eyes kind of gal. This was a huge film that created a lot of discussion about men who have roving eyes and, I think, there was some brief dip in infidelity at that time because of this film and some major stories that hit the news all around these years(Remember Bobbitt? I think that happened after this film came out-a couple of years, or so, later). This was a thriller/horror movie that made me think of that film Repulsion(a great movie as well). Anyway, A good film to see
Which 3 would you choose?