Thursday Movie Picks: Femme Fatale

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 we’re gonna cover some super badass femmes fatales!

#1 Kill Bill

The ultimate badass bitch in my opinion is the Bride from Kill Bill. Was there ever anybody more fatal?

#2 Gone Girl

While I didn’t particularly love neither the book nor the movie, Gone Girl is a perfect match for this topic. Definite femme fatale!

#3 Promising Young Woman

Finally, let’s talk about a very recent one. I enjoyed Promising Young Woman a lot as it gives the whole femme fatale thing a new spin.

What’s your favorite film featuring a femme fatale? Let me know in the comments!

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14 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Femme Fatale

    • It’s one of the books where I think if I gave it another shot now that a few years have passed I might enjoy it more – but there are so many books already on my tbr-pile, I’ll never get around to it 😅

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  1. Interesting choices even if I didn’t particularly care for the two I’ve seen.

    I put off Kill Bill for years because I heard how violent it was but finally gave it a try. I didn’t like it very much (never bothered with Kill Bill 2) but it had an intriguing perspective, it just wasn’t for me.

    I love Rosemond Pike and had hoped to love Gone Girl but ended up thinking it was just okay. I’m not sorry I watched it but can think when I’d want to again.

    Promising Young Woman is on my too see list but I haven’t gotten there yet. I am a big fan of Carey Mulligan so I’m hoping I like it.

    Love this theme and for me the only way to go was into classic film noir territory where the best vixens live.

    Murder, My Sweet (1944)-Private dick Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) is hired by lumbering Moose Malloy (Mike Mazurki) fresh from the slammer to track down his former girlfriend Velma. Simultaneously he’s commissioned to accompany flashy playboy Lindsay Marriott (Douglas Walton) to buy back a stolen necklace. When the exchange goes wrong and the playboy is murdered Marlowe can’t leave the case alone, and soon discovers it’s related to Malloy’s. As he pursues answers he is drawn deeper into a complex web of intrigue by the sweet Ann Grayle (Anne Shirley in her final film) and her detested stepmother, the mysterious and potentially lethal Helen (Claire Trevor). Suddenly the detective finds his own life in increasing jeopardy. A seminal film in the noir canon which turned the already famous Claire Trevor into the acknowledged Queen of Noir.

    Hangover Square (1945)-In Victorian London composer George Bone (Laird Cregar) is struggling to complete his concerto, the stress of which is causing periods of blackouts where he fears he is committing unspeakable acts. Instructed by his doctor (George Sanders) to relax Bone begins to frequent a dance hall and becomes obsessed with the beautiful but duplicitous saloon singer Netta (Linda Darnell). Netta leeches onto the hapless musician manipulating him with false promises to extract songs to further her career. When George realizes he’s being played for a fool destruction is eminent for all. This was famed villain Cregar’s shot at leading man stardom which he desperately craved. A big man who tipped the scale at over 300 lbs. he went on a crash diet to lose 100 of those before production began leading to a heart attack and his death at 29 shortly after the film’s completion.

    Too Late for Tears (1949)-With the cops in hot pursuit fleeing robber Danny Fuller (Dan Duryea) frantically tosses a valise full of cash from his car with it fortuitously landing in the passing car of Jane and Alan Palmer (Lizabeth Scott & Arthur Kennedy). The Palmers at first plan to return the money but then Jane realizes she can escape her humdrum life and transforms into a rapacious and ruthless schemer who will do whatever is necessary to keep the loot no matter the cost or who will have to pay.

    Human Desire (1954)-After instigating a fight brutish Carl Buckley (Broderick Crawford) is canned from his railroad job. Bitter and frenzied he coerces his young wife Vicki (Gloria Grahame) to use her wiles on her former paramour Mr. Owens (Grandon Rhodes) now Carl’s boss to try to gain his job back. It works, but Carl in a jealous rage convinces himself that Vicki and Owens are involved romantically and murders the man, forcing Vicki to become his accomplice. Sick of her husband’s violent ways, Vicki seduces Jeff (Glenn Ford), one of Carl’s coworkers, and ensnares him in a plot to murder her husband but that path may lead to doom for them all.

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