Thursday Movie Picks: Rivalry

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week's theme is about rivalry. There's a lot to choose from for this week, so I'm going with rivalries that produce hilarious results. Here are my picks for the week. 

Blades of Glory - Will Ferrell and Jon Heder play rival skaters who eventually have to team up when they get kicked out of the singles skater category. Both actor compliment each other onscreen and produced a really funny movie out of it. I wonder why they haven't worked together since. 

Pirates of the Caribbean franchise - Jack Sparrow and Barbosa have always been in a love-hate relationship with each other. They do team up when the situation needs it but they still try to outsmart each other. 

7 Days in Hell - Who knew Kit Harrington can do comedy? This was a bit over the top but still so funny. Andy Samberg knows what to do when he's given good material. 


  1. 7 Days in Hell.... oh man. That shit is fucking hilarious. The scenes with Kit Harrington and Michael Sheen were gold.

  2. I love a good Pirates of the Caribbean film but Kit Harrington doing comedy sounds fascinating and I LOVE Andy Samberg so 7 Days in Hell is one I'll definitely need to check out!

  3. Oh my God 7 Days in Hell is a brilliant pick. I loved that so much, I wish it was longer.

  4. Blades of Glory is such an underrated film. Glad to see it get some love. PotC has certainly built up the rivalry between Sparrow and Barbosa. I only like the first two, but it definitely fits the category. I've never heard of 7 Days in Hell. I'll have to check it out.

  5. I'm not much of a Ferrell fan so I've avoided Blades of Glory, by the way I've heard that he's an insufferable jerk in real life so that may provide a hint as to why he hasn't reteamed with Heder. I enjoyed the first Pirates movie but not the second and stopped watching them after that but a good choice for the theme. Haven't seen 7 Days in Hell yet but it's on my list.

    Loads of films to pick from this week since rivalry is a common theme so coming up with three was a snap.

    The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)-Lavish version of the Dumas story of rivalry over a woman, one friend’s betrayal of another leading to an island imprisonment and the revenge extracted upon escape by the Count of Monte Cristo. Excitingly directed with beautiful production design and two robust lead performances by Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce. A just starting out Henry Cavill has a prominent role in the latter half of the film.

    Happy Gilmore (1996)-Temperamental and frustrated hockey player Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) discovers he needs to find some way to save his grandmother’s house. As he’s mocking someone for liking golf he finds he has a powerful swing and on a lark enters the PGA tour where he quickly incurs the enmity of a star of the circuit, Shooter McGavin (Christopher MacDonald). They become rivals for the prize with Shooter resorting to ever more drastic measures. Not a classic but from the period when Sandler was at least trying to make an effort to turn out entertaining films.

    The War of the Roses (1989)-Oliver and Barbara Rose (Michael Douglas & Kathleen Turner) were once a happily married couple and through the years have acquired a couple of kids, a comfortable life and a beautiful home. But those days are over and while the two freely admit they want out of their commitment to each other what neither wants is out of their house. So begins a fierce combative rivalry for sole ownership with the lengths each will go to escalating to fearsome heights to emerge the victor as their divorce attorney D’Amato (Danny DeVito) takes it all in from the sidelines.

  6. I really need to see 7 Days in Hell! I was supposed to long ago and forgot :/