[Blogparade] Thursday Movie Picks #78 & #79


Wanderer von Wandering through the Shelves hat vor längerer Zeit diese kleine Parade namens "Thursday Movie Picks" ins Leben gerufen und ich möchte 2016 nun mit einsteigen. Es geht darum, jeden Donnerstag eine Liste mit drei Filmen zu einem Thema zu posten. Da ich letzten Donnerstag erst davon erfahren habe, hole ich die letzte Aufgabe diese Woche noch nach.

Da es sich ausserdem um eine englische Challenge handelt, werde ich die Liste zweisprachig machen. So kann ich auch gleich mein Englisch trainieren ;)

Includes English version :)
Because I missed last weeks topic I'm going to post two lists today.

#78 Downstairs people

Mit dem Ausdruck "downstairs people" hatte ich erst einige Probleme, bis ich erfuhr, dass damit Diener, Angestellte, Küchenmädchen etc. gemeint sind. Was mich schon zum nächsten Problem führt, denn nun muss ich dazu ein paar passende Filme finden :D

I've had some troubles with the expression of "downstairs people" until I heard that it means "servant". Which was a problem as well because I had to find fitting movies :D

  1. Der verbotene Schlüssel/The Skeleton Key
    Carol arbeitet als Pflegerin für einen gelähmten Mann, bald schon merkt die junge Frau, dass etwas nicht mit rechten Dingen vor sich geht... Ein sehr spannender Horrorfilm, der einem zu denken gibt. Es gibt auch einen ziemlichen Twist in der ganze Sache, in den auch ein Dienstmädchen verwickelt ist - aber davon möchte ich nicht zu viel verraten ;)

    Carol works as a caretaker for a paralyzed man. Soon, the young woman realises that something's wrong... A thrilling horror movie that makes you rethink some things. There's also a great twist in the story that includes a housemaid - but I am not going to tell you more about that ;)

  2. Chihiros Reise ins Zauberland/Spirited Away
    Auch Chihiro muss für ihr Essen im Zauberland arbeiten und das unter nicht geraden angenehmen Umständen. Im Badehaus der Götter gehen  merkwürdige Dinge vor sich und die kleine Chihiro muss sich jeden Tag aufs Neue behaupten. Ein wundervoller Anime, gefüllt mit mythischen Wesen und schönen Bildern.

    Chihiro has to work for her food as well, the circumstances aren't nice either. There are strange things going on in the bathhouse of the Gods und Chihiro has to stand her ground. An enchanting anime filled with mythic creatures and beautiful pictures.
  3. Arthur/Arthur
    Arthur hat eine ganze Armee von Angestellten um sich. Vor allem aber hat er noch immer seine Nanny um sich, die sich hart, aber liebevoll um Arthur kümmert. Und Bitterman ist natürlich auch noch da ;)

    Arthur has a whole bunch of people to look out for him. But most of all he's still depending on his nanny, who is always around to get Arthur out of bed. And of course there's Bitterman as well ;)

 #78 Post-Apocalyptic world

Dieses Thema liegt mir da schon mehr und mir fallen gleich mal mehr als drei Filme ein.

This topic suits me better and I came up with even more than three movies.

  1. I am Legend/I am Legend
    Einer meiner liebsten Filme überhaupt. Die Szenen, in denen die von Menschen verlassene Welt gezeigt wird, sind wirklich eindrücklich. Spannend auch, wie sich Robert davor schützt, den Verstand zu verlieren - wobei  ihm natürlich auch Sam hilft.

    One of my all-time favourite movies. The scenes that show the desertet world a very impressive. I also liked the way how Robert keeps himself from getting insane - of course with the help of Sam.

  2. The Colony/The Colony
    Eine Welt aus Eis und Schnee, die Menschen haben sich in unterirdische Kolonien geflüchtet. Doch das Grauen wartet da draussen und es ist schon ganz nah. Das wär ja keine Welt für mich - viel zu kalt...

    A cold and icy world, human kind had to flee into underground colonies. But the horror is out there and it is getting closer. I wouldn't like to live in this world - way to cold for me...

  3. The Stand/The Stand
    Wenn Stephen King etwas schreibt, wird es meistens gut. Bei Verfilmungen kann man sich ja nicht so sicher sein, aber "The Stand" ist ein imposantes Filmwerk mit Tiefe und eindrücklichen Figuren.

    Stephen King's books are great most of the time. Which I cannot say about movies made from books. But "The Stand" is an imposing cinematographic work with depth and impressive characters.

    Welche Filme fallen euch noch so ein?
    What other movies come to your mind?

Kommentare :

  1. A twofer how great! I'll respond in kind.

    Downstairs people:

    Haven't seen Spirited Away but what a great offbeat pick. I didn't care for the Arthur remake but Skeleton Key is a brilliant pick, that would never have occurred to me but it's a good suspenseful movie.

    I don't have a blog so I usually just share my in the comments. These are my three.

    The Maids (1975)-Sisters Solange and Claire (Glenda Jackson & Susannah York) work as maids for a woman they detest, known only as Madame. Whenever she’s out they take turns dressing in her clothes and demeaning each other as Madame does to them. An adaptation of a Jean Genet play that was itself based on a famous pair of murders committed by the Papin sisters in 30’s France. Produced as part of the American Film Theatre but released theatrically this is very much a filmed play that features two award caliber performances from its lead actresses.

    The Servant (1963)-Tony, a wealthy young man moves to London and hires the seemingly docile Barrett to be his all-around servant. Barrett at first seems quite competent and yielding but Tony’s girlfriend Susan is made uneasy by him and advises Tony to send him away. Once Barrett brings his sister Vera to work there too the situation spirals downward and ultimately the question is who the servant is and who’s the master?

    The Fallen Idol (1948)-A young British boy, Phillippe, worships his father’s butler, Baines (Ralph Richardson) and Baines spins stories of his great adventures to amuse the boy. However Baines is stuck in a loveless marriage and when an accident occurs which Phillippe misconstrues his attempts to protect his hero only lead to bigger troubles for Baines. Directed by Carol Reed and winner of a slew of awards this is a great film.

    1. Thank you for your comment and kind words :)
      I haven't seen any of your movies, mbut they all sound very interesting. Especially "The Fallen Idol".

  2. Post-Apocalyptic World:

    I didn't care much for I Am Legend, Will Smith has really started to annoy me and I haven't heard of The Colony though it sound worth checking out.

    The Stand!! Wonderful choice! Love both the book, one of the few I've read more than once, and they did an excellent job with the adaptation. Doing it for TV was the right choice too the story is too vast for a standard film.

    Here's what I came up with for this one:

    The Planet of the Apes (1968)-The original story of a crew of astronauts who crash land in a world where a society of intelligent talking apes reign supreme. They are quickly taken prisoner and discover that humans are now subservient. Both cheesy and impressive at the same time with hambone Charlton Heston the exactly right actor in the lead.

    The Time Machine (1960)-At the turn of the 20th century H.G. Wells tells a group of friends of his time machine to their disbelief and one’s warning not to tempt the laws of providence. Wells ignores the advice and travels far into the future to find a sobering world populated by recessive humans called Eloi and strange creatures called Morlocks. This won an Oscar for its revolutionary time lapse photography.

    The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)-Miner Ralph Burton (Harry Belafonte) trapped for a number of days in a cave-in, emerges to find himself the seemingly lone survivor of a nuclear holocaust. Traveling to the closest large city, New York, he finds it deserted at first but eventually meets Sarah Crandall (Inger Stevens) who has also managed to survive. They form a close friendship until the appearance of a third survivor (Mel Ferrer) and tensions flair. A three person chamber piece.

    1. "I am Legend" was the last of Will Smith's movies I liked. I fully understand your annoyance. But "The Colony" is an interesting movie I highly recommend.

      I am happy to hear that you know "The Stand", most of my friends haven't heard about this one. Absolutely, the team did an awesome job and one can feel this in every minute of the film.

      Again, I don't know any of your movies, though I of course have heard about "The Planet of the Apes" and "The Time Machine". The last one has been on my "To Watch" list for a long time and I guess I finally should give it a try.

      "The World, the Flesh and the Devil" sounds fascinating as well. But I'm not sure if I would like "The Planet of the Apes" - I might try it someday.

  3. A 2 for one! I have wanted to see The Skeleton Key and forgot about it so I will make a note to see it. I Would like to see Arthur which is a remake of the same film done with Dudley Moore and Sir John Gielgud. I have seen I am Legend and always feel bad for the doggie...not the people as much as the dog:) The other 2 sound good but The Colony sounds depressing.

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment :)
      I hope you will enjoy "The Skeleton Key"!
      I heared that "arthur" was a remake but now I would also like to see the original.
      The scene in which Sam dies always makes my cry. Always. When I watched this film in the theater I had to leave the room :D

  4. I love Stephen King, I can't believe I missed "The Stand". Gotta fix that as soon as I can

    1. Thank you for commenting :)
      If you love Stephen King you defenitely should watch "The Stand"! Have fun :)

  5. Interessantes Listen-Thema.

    So ganz, glaube ich, habe ich es noch nicht überrissen, aber ich denke, spätestens nächsten Donnerstag habe ich es dann. :-)


    1. Die Themen find ich auch spannend :)
      Und natürlich bin ich auch gespannt auf deine Ideen :D

    2. Kann ich sehr gerne und werde ich sehr gerne machen, aber aufgrund des für mich viel zu großen Arbeitsaufwands wirst du keine richtig ausgearbeitete Liste, so wie deine tolle, von mir bekommen, stattdessen werde ich meine Vorschläge/Ideen einfach in den Kommentaren kurz niederschreiben.


    3. Das klingt doch wunderbar :)

  6. The Skelton Key...intresting...that's a film I haven't seen mentioned for a long time. Quite liked it when I last saw it.

    The Stand sounds good so I may check that out.

  7. Thank you for your comment :)
    I also liked "The Skeleton Key", mostly because of it's twist. Have fun with "The Stand" if you're going to watch it :)