Thursday Movie Picks: Movies with the Character's Name in the Title

Wanderer is continuing her wonderful blogathon for a FIFTH year in a row! That's such an amazing achievement. We're kicking off 2018 with movies that have a character's name in the title. Here are a few of my favorites.

1) Amelie 

This beautiful French film just makes me so happy. It's like a hug in movie form. I always seems to notice something different about it every time I re-watch too. 

2) Carrie

Creepy Carrie, Creepy Carrie. This is one of my favorites horror films. I don't even blame Carrie for going ape shit at the end, I would have too. 

3) Jackie Brown

I finally got around to watching this thanks to another blogathon, the Blind Spot Series last year and I'm so thankful. This film was fun. 

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  1. I haven't seen Carrie but I'm planning on watching it this year. I loved the other two.

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  2. Yay, Pam Grier! Jackie Brown is an awesome movie, too. Carrie is just amazing. I wasn't too fond of Amelie but that was long ago. I think I need to revisit.

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    1. Amelie isn't the most exciting movie, I can admit But it's so pretty.

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  3. Everyone seems to love Amelie more than I did. It was fine and pleasant but perhaps I went in with expectations that were too high because of all the praise. I didn't dislike it but I won't be running back to watch again.

    I'm not much for horror but the quality performances from Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie in Carrie put it in a whole other class from most fright films.

    I took a long time to watch Jackie Brown as well but really did like it when I finally got around to it.

    I was inspired to do a mini theme within the theme by my first pick, something I was so excited to receive for Christmas since its a long time favorite. If saying the name once was good twice must be better!

    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 fiancĂ©e 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. I love your theme within a theme! I adore Corrina, Corrina. I watched that all the time when I was a kid. It was actually on HBO a few months ago too and I found myself watching it again.

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  4. Love all 3 pics, all in my top 100 :)

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  5. All of these are great picks! And all crossed my mind at one point. Then, I just decided to go with the first three that popped in my head. I LOVE Jackie Brown so much.

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    1. Jackie Brown is great. I can't believe it took me so long to watch it.

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  6. Amelie is one film that has escaped my viewing for years and I need to rectify that this year. Jackie Brown is also on my short list. I love Carrie because the poor girl just wanted to be accepted. Her mother with bats and you feel so bad for her but the final ending scared the hell out of me.

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    1. It took me a ridiculous amount of time to watch Jackie Brown so I feel you there. It's worth the wait.

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  7. I can picture the poster for Amelie in a heartbeat but I've never actually seen it, I really ought to!

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  8. 3 movies I just absolutely love. That is all I can say.

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  9. Love all three of these, but Amelie is one of my all-time favorites. You are so right about it being like a hug in movie form.

    And I don't blame Carrie either.

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