We just realized that we never finished this series, which we started over a year ago. (Some of the links no longer work; we’ve updated them.)
7. The International by Tom Tykwer
Shootout at the Guggenheim New York. The movie stars Clive Owen and Naomi Watts and is about shenanigans in big finance. There’s also a big chase scene on the rooftops of–was it Istanbul, or are we confusing it with one of the Taken flicks? Anyway, good set pieces, timely plot, wish we could remember more.
8. Ghostbusters by Ivan Reitman
Photo from the Ghostbusters wikia.
Paranormal activity should emanate from museums, they’re only full of dead people’s things.
Our friend Chook has an interesting theory. According to the local superstition, you can’t go straight home from a wake because the dead person’s spirit will go with you. (How do the spirits know which person to go with? Or being dead do they now have the power to be in many places at once?) So coming from the wake, you’re supposed to drop by a restaurant to make “pagpag”. People usually go to wakes late at night, what’s still open at that time? Therefore Chook thinks all Starbucks are haunted.
9. Batman (1989) by Tim Burton
Photo from the Batman wikia.
“Gentlemen, let’s broaden our minds.” Hey, Michael Keaton might get an Oscar nomination for playing an actor who used to play a superhero in Birdman. We’re just happy to see Michael Keaton again.
10. The Wings of the Dove by Iain Softley
There’s the museum in London, then all of Venice is a museum. Pruned of his tendentious, exasperating prose, Henry James novels make wonderful movies.
11. A Room With A View by Merchant-Ivory
Photo from Slow Italy
All of Florence is a museum. There’s an excuse for the Italian economy: How to achieve progress when you live in a museum.
12. Dressed to Kill by Brian De Palma
In which the Philadelphia Museum of Art stands in for the Metropolitan Museum of New York. We love Brian De Palma, he’s the lewd Hitchcock. In this retread of Psycho, sexually frustrated mom Angie Dickinson (When we were kids she starred in a cop show called Policewoman and supposedly her legs were insured for a million bucks. Should’ve been more. We wonder how much Kim Kardashian’s ass is insured for.) goes to the museum and tries to pick up this guy, who gives her the runaround.
Dressed To Kill also has a great elevator scene, right up there with the fight scene in Captain America: Winter Soldier.