Thursday Movie Picks: Rivalry.

There’s nothing quite like rivalry. It can span decades, cause wars and make history. It can also create some terrific cinema that is adaptable to a multitude of genres. This week’s Thursday Movie Picks will look at some of the camp, funny and brutal rivalries to grace our screens over the decades. But before we begin, I should give thanks to our gracious host Wanderer Through the Shelves who week in, week out provides some terrific topics for us to delve into. SO, without further ado let’s dish the dirt on some of cinema’s best rivalries.

Bridesmaids (2011)

The rivals: Annie Walker vs Helen Harris III


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If you know me personally, you’ll know how much of a not-so-guilty pleasure Paul Fiege’s Bridesmaids is. At first it was explained to me as ‘The Hangover with women’ but when I watched it I realised it’s a lot better than The Hangover trilogy mainly because it’s actually funny. The film follows Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig), down on her luck feeling the sting of the recession, trying to plan a bachelorette party for her best friend, Lillian. However, when the seemingly perfect (and rich) Helen Harris (Rose Byrne) offers her help, it sparks a rivalry between the two as they fight for Lillian’s approval. The film provides a lot of laughs and is perfect to watch when you’re feeling glum.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

The rivals: Baby Jane Hudson vs Blanche Hudson.

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Confession: I’ve never seen iWhatever Happened to Baby Jane but it’s here for a good reason. Firstly, the film follows two sisters; the aging Child Star, Jane, played by Bette Davis who looks after her wheel chair bound sister, Blanche, played by Joan Crawford, who was also once a child actress. The film, as I’ve read, is filled with bitterness and bile as Blnache plots to get revenge on Jane for the car crash that left her crippled. Of course, this film takes the rivalry off screen as well; it’s well documented that Joan Crawford and Bette Davis hated one another which makes this film rivalry all the more juicy. Despite being a campy thriller, it’s still one of the classics (and will probably turn up in one of my reviews quite soon)

Kill Bill (2003)

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The rivals: The Bride vs The Deadly Viper Squad and Bill.

Quite possibly one of the bloodiest rivals in cinema, Kill Bill sees Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman) an ex-assassin seek revenge for the murder of her daughter by her old team. The Tarantino flick sees Beatrix go down her list and attempt to slay each member of the assassin squad to get its leader, Bill. The epic two parter is filled with incredible, but brutal, fight scenes and some terrific acting from the cast. It’s a bit of a phenomenon and certainly deserves a place on this list.

So there its, a few of the most classic and some of my favourite rivalries on the big screen. I’m looking forward to reading everyone elses picks and hope you enjoyed reading this.









16 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Rivalry.

  1. joelnox says:

    These all fit so well sorry to say I’m really only a fan of one. That would be What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? I won’t delve too much into the story since you haven’t seen it yet, do so it’s completely worth it, but it provides an acting field day for Davis aided by Crawford’s subtle character work, which doesn’t get enough recognition, as Blanche. It’s ghoulish and fascinating but also very sad.

    God I HATED Bridesmaids. I know several people who just loved it so maybe it just wasn’t for me. I just saw Kill Bill within the last couple of months after putting it off for years. It was okay, too bloody for me-though I know that was done for a purpose just not one I appreciated. I won’t be watching the sequel.

    This theme does apply to so many kinds of films and dynamics that coming up with three was easy this time out.

    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.

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    • actualandrew says:

      I know Bridemaids isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I can’t help but love it. I also like Happy Gilmore, I’m not Sandler’s biggest fan but I do like HG. Thanks for reading!


  2. livesinstone says:

    Good picks. 🙂 I have to say that Bette Davis is amazing (in pretty much everything)! So, I can’t wait to for you to watch and review what happened to Baby Jane! 🙂

    If I had to pick a favorite rivalry movie, I think I’d likely put The Prestige on the top of my list. It was pretty entertaining and had a fab cast. 🙂


  3. Birgit says:

    I still have to see both Kill Bills movie but I’ve seen the first 2. Bridesmaids is hilarious and the food poisoning scene is one of the funniest. Baby Jane is flat out nuts and so campy and fun. Those 2 hating each other must have helped the movie. I love that Betty Davis did her own makeup since the makeup person didn’t want to make her look so ugly but Davis thought this character needed that look and she was right. I have to say between the 2, I would rather chat with Davis than with Crawford who feigned ladylike manners but would skewer you in a second…..just ask Mercedes McAmbridge


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