This week’s theme of Wandering through the Shelves weekly blogathon is ‘affairs’. An affair can, and most likely will; tear a family apart; drive one (or all) member(s) of the affair to extreme lengths to enact love or revenge or create the right amount of drama and tension to make for an exciting watch. So let’s kick off this week’s Thursday Movie Picks.
American Beauty (1999): Sam Mendes’ drama follows Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) in his struggle with depression/mid-life crisis. The film documents his unhappy marriage, with his wife, Carolyn, having an affair with her business rival and Lester fantasising about his 16 year old daughter’s friend, Angela, the film explores how Lester’s state of mind pushes his family away and leaves him longing for a piece of his youth through wanting sex with Angela. A number of themes fly around the infidelity and lying and as one of Mendes’ best, this film certainly shows the effect that cheating and suspicion can have on a family.
Double Idemnity (1944): When insurance salesman Walter Neff falls for femme fatale, Phyllis Dietrichson, the two come hatch a plan to kill her husband and make it look like freak accident to activate the Double Indemnity Clause and inherit his money. This classic film noir has all the wonderful things about the genre that made me fall in love with it in the first place; a femme fatale, a sorted affair and a cunning twist. This film shows how an affair can turn deadly.
Alfie (1966): Michael Cain stars as the womanising, wheeler dealer who doesn’t fancy the life settling down. With affair after affair, Alfie doesn’t much care for the trouble he leaves behind. The novelty of his first born child doesn’t last long, causing his girlfriend to leave him and raise the child with another man. However, this doesn’t matter much to Alfie who quickly moves on to the next woman. However, as Alfie ages he soon realises that his charm and looks aren’t as powerful as when he was younger. Alfie’s unfaithful ways have him in a number of situations that range from mildly comedic to completely disastrous, however, none of them compare to a quite harrowing back room abortion scene that shows the horrors of Alfie’s lustful lifestyle.
That wraps up this weeks Thursday Movie Picks, once again, I’ve loved taking part and can’t wait to read everyone else’s picks.
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