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Thursday Movie Picks: Character Name in Title

It's the first Thursday of the year, and it marks the start of Thursday Movie Picks! This is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves; head over to her site to see this year's themes and join in! This week's theme is movies with the character name in the title. There's a lot of choices for this so here are my picks for the week:

Moana - Moana tells the story of the titular character, and how she saves her tribe when their livelihood was threatened, even if it means charting out beyond what she knows. I really liked this Disney movie. The songs are amazing, the camaraderie between Moana and Maui was hilarious.

Heathers - If one was to make a must-view teen flicks list, Heathers is a mainstay at that. This is a dark comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, two actors who are making comebacks in television (Stranger Things, Mr Robot) and surrounds this group of popular girls that Ryder belongs to. 

Hello, My Name is Doris - I don't remember much about this movie, but it stars Sally Field and it's about her attraction to a younger co-worker. I do remember rooting for her character though.

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  1. I saw Hello, My Name is Doris last year and that was such a fun movie as I also rooted for Sally Field.

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    1. Sally Field was why I watched it, and while I don’t remember a lot of it I hoped it turned out well for her character.

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  2. Heathers is still an amazing film. Love that choice. And Moana is also awesome. Haven't seen your other pick.

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    1. I don’t know why Winona Ryder isn’t a bigger star than she is. She had a fantastic career then.

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  3. I love that you went with Moana! That's an excellent film. I didn't care for Hello My Name is Doris, and I really need to re-watch Heathers. I've only seen that once and years ago.

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  4. Haven't seen, nor honestly probably will ever see, Moana but love your other two choices.

    Heathers is so dark without turning ghoulish and it is one of the best uses of Christian Slater's strange onscreen energy in the actor's career.

    Hello, My Name is Doris is an inspired pick. The movie is good if not great but Sally certainly is. I think she's turned her attention more towards the stage now which is great for the Broadway crowd but a loss to film viewers, though she's probably not being offered anything worthy of her talent.

    I went with a mini theme within the theme for mine this week.

    Mary, Mary (1963)-Struggling New York book publisher Bob McKellaway (Barry Nelson-who is fine but his role has Jack Lemmon’s name all over it) is getting ready to marry his socialite fiancée Tiffany (a knockout Diane McBain) as soon as his divorce from first wife Mary (Debbie Reynolds) comes though. However his accountant Oscar (a delightful Hiram Sherman) requests Mary come up from Philadelphia for the day to straighten out some tax issues before the decree becomes final. Once together Bob and Mary start to jab wittily at each other and before you know it their attraction starts to resurface aided by the attentions to Mary of movie star and prospective author Dirk Winsten (Michael Rennie) and an inconvenient snowstorm. Betrays its stage origins (the play ran for over 1500 performances) but is often clever and witty. Both Rennie and Nelson repeat their Broadway roles.

    Rachel, Rachel (1968)-Rachel Cameron (Joanne Woodward) is a lonely middle-aged schoolteacher. Never married and still a virgin she lives a life of quiet desperation with her widowed mother over the funeral home left to them by her father. Over summer vacation she goes to a revival meeting with her best friend fellow teacher Calla (Estelle Parsons) during which she has an epiphany and begins to emerge from her shell taking her life in unexpected directions. Directed by Paul Newman as a vehicle for his wife this received four Oscar nominations including ones for Woodward, Parsons and Best Picture.

    Corrina, Corrina (1994)-Widower Manny Singer (Ray Liotta) is frustrated in his search for a nanny for his young daughter who has withdrawn into herself since her mother’s death and stopped speaking. When Corrina Washington (Whoopi Goldberg) applies she is able to break through the child’s reserve and is hired. As time passes she and Manny discover an attraction and grow closer but all does not go smoothly.

    And to show this is not strictly a female happenstance:

    Buddy Buddy (1981)-Trabucco (Walter Matthau) a hitman on a job to rub out a Mob informant before he testifies is waylaid by Victor Clooney (Jack Lemmon), the suicidal guy in the hotel room next door. Once he talks him off the ledge he plans to jump from their lives become intertwined and nothing goes as planned. Billy Wilder’s final film as director would seem to have everything needed to succeed, a reteaming of Lemmon and Matthau, a quality supporting cast and the great man himself behind the camera but even he admitted that it was more or less a miss.

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    1. Awesome theme within a theme! I haven’t seen any of your picks but will seek them out.

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