I'm starting a new series today, 100% inspired by Jessica Prescott. She's decided she's willing to try watching "old movies," but she doesn't know what she might like. And that made me think that, hey, she might not be the only blogging friend I have who's interested in broadening their movie-watching horizons. Plus, I love comparing things.
And so, I proudly present the first edition of "Like This? Try These!" For each post (and I make no claims of planning to post them on any kind of dependable schedule), I'll pair one modern or famous movie with several classic or lesser-known movies that remind me of it in some way. And I'll elaborate on them a bit. Sound fun? I hope so!
If you like Tangled (2010), with its spunky heroine forming an unlikely alliance with someone of dubious intent, and the two of them having various adventures, then you might like any of these:
+ Roman Holiday (1953) -- Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) makes a royal visit to Rome. She's tired of boring royal receptions and visits with dignitaries. She longs to find out what life is like for regular folks that aren't princesses! And she finds out, with the help of a newspaperman named Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck). He at first plans to secretly write an expose of what sorts of mischief the princess got into while running around Rome incognito, but then... well, let's say Flynn Ryder doesn't have the monopoly on changes of heart. (This one is family friendly! Unless your family doesn't approve of characters drinking wine and champagne, getting into mild and humorous fistfights, and I think we see a freshly bathed woman wearing nothing but a towel at one point. Still, I consider it clean.)
+ Cat Ballou (1965) -- A young woman (Jane Fonda) whose father has been murdered by wild west baddies seeks to revenge his death, so she enlists the help of ne'er-do-well gunfighter Kid Shelleen (Lee Marvin). Quite a bit of western silliness ensues, but also a pretty heartwarming story of two outcasts helping each other out. (This one has some mild profanity, western-style violence, drunkenness, and a bit of low-level innuendo.)
+ Romancing the Stone (1984) -- Famous romance novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) sets out to rescue her kidnapped sister from the clutches of Colombian criminals who want to exchange said sister for a treasure map. Joan teams up with snarky adventurer Jack Colton (Michael Douglas), who agrees to help her if he can share in the treasure, that sort of thing. (This one has quite a bit of profanity, an implied sexual encounter, some violence, and innuendo here and there.)
So... have you seen any of these? Do you have other recommendations of similar movies about adventurous heroines and their unlikely helpers? What do you think of this idea? And do you have any movies you'd like to see me try to match up for another edition of this series?