So, it's Thursday, a mild one for June here in East Tennessee with 85 as the high, and it's time for another entry in Wandering through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. This week's theme: Immortals.
Here are my picks:
Dr. Lester in
Being John Malkovich
dir. Spike Jonze, 1999
When Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) gets that crummy job as a LesterCorp file clerk on floor 7 1/2 of the Mertin-Flemmer building, he is greeted by his new boss, Dr. Lester (Orson Bean), an odd but nice old dude with an even stranger secretary (Mary Kay Place)..."Have a seat...Mr. Juarez?" Then, that small door, a portal, becomes his life and livelihood. Then, we see things as John Malkovich (John Malkovich) does. And through him, we throw away love for infatuation and that infatuation turns to another within another and thus becomes love. Then, we find out why this is even a thing. All of this mind-bending brilliance for the sake of one man's quest to live forever. And he's not even a principle character and immortality is just another of an abundance of themes to be found here, like love and infatuation, for example. And I've hardly scratched the surface. And I've spoiled nothing, just in case somebody reading this hasn't seen this hilarious piece of genius.
Viago, Vladislav, Deacon, and Petyr in
What We Do in the Shadows
dir. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, 2015
Viago (Taika Waititi) is 379 years old, a real neat freak. Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) is 862, a former torture artist. Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) is 183, the young "cool" guy. And then there's Petyr (Ben Fransham), who is around 8,000, a Nosferatu type. He stays in the basement, for the most part. Together, they form the cast of a documentary about the day-to-day lives of vampire men just trying to make it in the modern world. That should be enough. This is the best (and funniest) take on the immortal lives of vampires ever made.
X-Men (film series)
dir. Bryan Singer, some others, and Bryan Singer, 2000 - Present
I'm pretty sure Wolverine can be killed. I'm just not sure how. He has metal for bones and can extend razor-sharp claws from his hands and he can heal from any injury. And now, thanks to Days of Future Past, he is a time-traveling indestructible weapon. I think his odds are good, though he didn't turn up in Apocalypse it seems (haven't seen it yet). But he is played by Hugh Jackman to perfection. Easily the most simultaneously likable and badass of the X-Men. I can't get his story straight there have been so many of these movies now, including two just about him, but it doesn't matter. He is badass and most likely can't die, even though he almost did a couple times. Plus, he's got a soft spot, which one wouldn't expect. Too bad his lady bit it.
The Man in Black, His Brother, and His Puppet in
LOST (TV series)
Written by Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof, et al.
Dir. Jack Bender, et al., 2004 - 2010
Everybody should see this show, so I won't explain myself. You have to go all the way to the last season for this one.