Thursday Movie Picks: Private Eye

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
For this week, I’m going to do a theme within the theme once more. There are so many great Private Eye flicks out there I have yet to see. So today, I’ll share the Private Eye films that are waiting on my to-watch-list!

#1 Angel Heart:

This neo-noir flick has been sitting on my list for ages. Somehow I always missed it when Angel Heart was on TV but it seemed sooo intriguing!

#2 Chinatown:

Chinatown is, of course, a very well-known classic but I still haven’t seen it. Jack Nicholson is a brilliant actor, so I’m always excited to see his films. This is one of his most famous and iconic movies, so it’s a must watch!

#3 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes:

I’ve read my share of Sherlock Holmes books and really enjoy Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance and Robert Downey Jr. take on the role. However, the 1970’s version is supposed to be fantastic as well. So I hope to get to see it soon!

What’s your favorite Private Eye film? Let me know in the comments!

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9 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Private Eye

  1. We have a match! Chinatown is a stone cold classic, you have a fantastic viewing experience ahead! It’s from the period when Nicholson was doing his best work, same with Faye Dunaway.

    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is an interesting take on that character seeing him as flawed and troubled. It helps that Billy Wilder is in the director’s chair.

    I hated Angel Heart with a white hot passion.

    I LOVE this type of movie so I had much pruning to do just to get down to four but I’m a big fan of the entire quartet.

    The Maltese Falcon (1941)-Private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) takes on the case of the beautiful, secretive Ruth Wonderly (Mary Astor). When Miss Wonderly is revealed to be Brigid O’Shaughnessy trouble begins. Sam’s partner is murdered and he is accosted by Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre) who demands he locate a valuable statuette which is being pursued by others including the Fat Man (Sydney Greenstreet). Entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue Sam soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon. This fourth version of the story is proof that remakes aren’t necessarily bad things but you should stop once you get it right.

    Murder, My Sweet (1944)-P.I. Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) is working what he thinks are two minor cases but suddenly someone is dead and he discovers they are dangerously connected. As he is drawn deeper into a complex web of machinations by the mysterious Helen Grayle (Claire Trevor), Marlowe finds his own life in increasing jeopardy.

    Harper (1966)-Struggling private eye Lew Harper (Paul Newman) takes a simple missing-person case that quickly spirals into something much more convoluted. Elaine Sampson (Lauren Bacall), recently paralyzed in a horse-riding accident, wants Harper to find her missing oil baron husband, but her stormy teenage stepdaughter Miranda (Pamela Tiffin) thinks Mrs. Sampson knows more than she’s letting on. Fun detective film with Newman at his coolest and a loaded supporting cast-beside Bacall it includes Julie Harris, Shelley Winters, Janet Leigh and Robert Wagner.

    Chinatown (1974)-When Los Angeles private eye J.J. “Jake” Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband’s activities he believes it’s a routine infidelity case. Jake’s investigation soon becomes anything but routine when he meets the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and realizes he was hired by an imposter. Mr. Mulwray’s sudden death sets Gittes on a tangled trail of corruption, deceit and sinister family secrets as Evelyn’s father (John Huston) becomes a suspect in the case. Dark, complex and twisted with amazing performances and flawless direction by Roman Polanski this is a great film.

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  2. Great choices! I almost picked Angelheart but went mother direction. This is an under-rated movie and poor Lisa Bonet did a great job in this movie and was fired by Bill Cosby stating her scenes especially with the chicken was too much for his family show. I always thought he was an asshole. Chinatown is brilliant, disturbed and shows the seedy side to great effect. I saw this Sherlock Holmes many years ago and should revisit it since I remember little of it.

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  3. I still can’t believe I didn’t think of Sherlock at all when writing my own and now he seems the obvious choice. I watched Chinatown for a Blind Spot a few years ago and really liked it, but again, didn’t think of it here. I’ll have to check out your first pick.

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