Thursday Movie Picks: Globetrotting Movies

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.
Today, I’ll talk about movies that take you around the world!

#1 Into the Wild

Into the Wild takes you to the great outdoors somewhere in Alaska. Although the book was much better than the film, it’s still pretty good!

#2 Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

This comedy-drama takes us all the way around the world to colorful India!

#3 The Beach

And from India, we to Thailand, following Leonardo DiCaprio to The Beach!

What’s your favorite globetrotting movie? Let me know in the comments!

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9 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Globetrotting Movies

  1. Outside of Hal Holbrook’s lovely little vignette I really didn’t like Into the Wild. The reason is that the main character is a selfish, foolish jackass that I couldn’t have cared less about.

    I liked but didn’t love Exotic Hotel. The cast couldn’t have been better and the scenery was lush and pretty but I never return to it.

    I wasn’t wild about The Beach. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it so my recall is sketchy but what I do remember is a great deal of sweaty melodramatics.

    My three all feature actual continent hopping and are interrelated by either characters or actors.

    The Great Race (1965)-Spoof of old time serials with the hero-The Great Leslie (Tony Curtis) all dressed in gleaming white and his sidekick Hezekiah (Keenan Wynn) going head to head with snidely Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon chewing on every piece of scenery in sight) all in black and his faithful assistant Max (Peter Falk) in a continent spanning motor race from New York to Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. Complicating matters is fellow racer, journalist and suffragette Maggie DuBois (Natalie Wood-never lovelier) who butts heads with Leslie as they head over land and sea to their goal. Shootouts, duels, pie fights and all manner of complications ensue!

    Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965)-In 1910 a wealthy British newspaper publisher Lord Rawnsley (Robert Morley) offers 10,000 pounds (about a million today) to the winner of an air race between London and Paris, a great distance at the time. The contest draws an eclectic and eccentric gaggle of fliers and amateurs including Rawnsley’s rebellious daughter Patricia (Sarah Miles) who compete in all forms of airborne crates including hot air balloons!

    Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (1969)-The 1,500 mile Monte Carlo rally passing through England, Paris, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monte Gelato Falls, the Treja River, Italy, Åre, Jämtlands and län, Sweden in the 20’s is the setting for this wacky sequel to Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines with some of the characters returning plus Tony Curtis from The Great Race as a brash American.

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    • The thing with Into the Wild is, the movie made me pretty angry. I agree with your perception of the main character as that is how he came across in the film. However, in the book he gives off a rather different vibe and it annoyed me so much that they changed him a bit for the adaptation. I guess they were afraid that to many people would otherwise decide to go into the wild themselves and the movie company didn’t want to get sued.


  2. I liked Into The Wild! I never did see Marigold Hotel. As for The Beach, that’s one I need to rewatch because I think I’d appreciate it more now, then when I originally watched it and didn’t care for it at all.

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  3. I love The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I found it so refreshing that all the main characters were older plus they have Bill Nighy. I have not seen Into The Wild but I believe it is based on a true story?? I had no desire to see The Beach but I know it was Leo’s first film after Titanic.

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