Thursday Movie Picks: New to the City


This week's theme from Wandering Through the Shelves is about those folks who are new to the city. They're mostly from a small town with big dreams. Truthfully, I know this should've come easy to me, but I struggled a bit. Here's who we're talking about this week. 

1) Downsizing -
Paul shrinks himself down to 5 inches for an economic and environmental benefit, so he's very new to his tiny city. This wasn't great, but it was very creative and Hong Chau gave a stand out performance.  

2) Jetsons: The Movie -
This is a favorite from my childhood. Judy's story was my favorite, and also best fits with the theme. Her being to a new city, finding a new boyfriend, and of course the space malls. I loved it. 

3) An American Tail -
The ultimate "New to New York City" movie. I stand by that this one is better than Fievel Goes West. 


  1. An American Tail!! Oh man, I loved that movie so much as a kid.

    1. I did too! I actually prefer it to Fievel Goes West, which I feel like most people like better.

  2. Oooh, I love your picks! I didn't even consider animated movies, but those both work really well. I never know if I've just seen a lot of clips of Downsizing or the actual movie. If I did, I'm afraid it didn't make much of an impression haha

  3. I have not seen your picks but love The Jetsons and Feival Goes West because Jimmy Stewart is in it...I think.

  4. I had intended to see Downsizing when it was released but it came and went rather quickly and the word of mouth I heard was not very positive so I've never gotten around to it.

    I know I really should have watched An American Tale by now too but it being animated I've never made a point of it despite everyone saying how pleasant it is.

    I was a fan of the Jetsons when I was a kid, loved their space cars! I was even Elroy one year for Halloween when my group of friends all dressed up as the various characters and went bar hopping. The movie wasn't as much fun as the show but had its nostalgic charms.

    I also struggled a bit with this too after my first pick, which came to me easily.

    Baby Face (1933)-Lily Powers (Barbara Stanwyck) is being pimped out by her scumbag father (Robert Barrat) in his grimy small time Pennsylvania speakeasy. When he’s killed by a still explosion Lily, along with friend Chico (Theresa Harris), jumps on a freight train to New York City. Espying a woman emerging from a tall office building in furs Lily decides that’s where opportunity lies and gets a secretarial job by screwing the hiring manager. She proceeds to work her way up (illustrated by the camera panning up several floors of the building at intervals) using her horizontal skills until she’s the mistress of the head of the company. But there’s a price to pay! Originally there was no price, but the film was considered so salacious that along with several other (The Story of Temple Drake, Convention City (which was deemed so scandalous the studio destroyed ALL copies of the film) She Done Him Wrong, etc.) it caused a major clampdown of the Production Code and an alteration of this film’s finale.

    Footloose (1984)-Moving from Chicago to the small town of Beaumont teen Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) comes up against a real culture shock when he discovers that dancing and rock music are illegal thanks to the town’s close-minded preacher Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow). But with the help of his newfound friends Willard Hewitt (Christopher Penn), and the rev’s daughter Ariel (Lori Singer) Ren is determined to rock this town back to life!

    Coyote Ugly (2000)-Having just turned 21 Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo) moves to New York with hopes of becoming a songwriter. To get by she takes a job as a barmaid at the happening watering hole of the moment, Coyote Ugly. The "Coyotes" as the media refers to them perform outrageous antics while serving up drinks and Violet finds her dreams sidelined as she gets caught up in the whirl. Foolishly undemanding.

    1. Coyote Ugly is popular this week! That movie is so bad, but I loved it as a tween.

      I love that you went as Elroy!

  5. I thought Downsizing was alright but it never really went head on with its concept and kind of got preachy in the end about overpopulation though Hong Chau was incredible in that film. The Jetson Movie was a film I liked as a kid but I started to dislike it a lot as I got older with its lame environmental message which I thought was too heavy-handed. An American Tail is a film that I do love as I own that film and its sequel on DVD for my niece and nephew to watch in the future.

    I would consider yesterday's episode of Hawkeye as fitting to that theme as... oh... Yelena... I'm so in love with her. Dammit, if Nat was alive. I would've love to see her, Yelena, Wanda, Carol, Hope, Sylvie, Nebula, Mantis, Gamora, Okoye, Monica, and Darcy walk around NYC in style like Sex & the City.

    1. That message must have went over my head as a kid because I don't remember it. I'll have to re-watch that. Maybe my son will like it. I need to start watching Hawkeye lol.

  6. I love The Jetsons. I grew up watching The TV series but I don't think I've seen the movie.


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