Thursday, 15 November 2018

Thursday Movie Picks - Museums

Museums tend to have a lot important stuff that’s of great value. Thus they are often target of a heist and two of my picks are heist movies.

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How to Steal a Million stars Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole and that’s all you need to know. However, if you are in need of more conceiving the film is about a con artist who forages rare paintings and sells them on for profit. However, when one of his paintings ends up in a Paris museum he needs to get it back before experts find out it’s a fake. In comes his daughter Nicola (Hepburn) who hires a cat burglar (Toole) to steal it back.

The Relic is a horror film set in the natural history museum of Chicago and is about a homicide cop’s quest to stop a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum. It’s fun…ish.

A remake, and it a semi rare instance and decent remake. Pierce Brosnan has swathe and charm in this slick and efficient remake.


  1. I've only seen The Relic, and it's been a while since. I remember thinking it was decent, but don't recall much else. I really need to watch The Thomas Crown Affair already.

  2. I haven't seen any of your picks, but I just randomly thought of a short film about a museum that I could've used. Damn it. lol

  3. We share How to Steal a Million. That is such a fun film!

  4. I haven't seen any of them. I've heard of THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, though.

  5. We match on How to Steal a Million! It's very popular this week which both surprises me (I didn't realize it was so well known) and pleases me. Such a pleasant concoction with those charm machines Audrey and O"Toole work at top speed.

    I've seen Thomas Crown and it was fine though I prefer the original Steve McQueen/Faye Dunaway version.

    The Relic sounds outside of my regular viewing range but I'll read a bit more about it to see for sure. It sounds like a great fit for the week though.

    I love museums so it turned out to be easier than I thought to come up with choices and aside from our match I came up with three others I'm a fan of.

    Mysteries of the Wax Museum (1933)-Sculptor Ivan Igor (Lionel Atwill) and his partner, Joe Worth (Edwin Maxwell), run a famous wax museum in London. Joe burns down the place down for the insurance money leaving Igor trapped inside. Though terribly burned he survives. Decades pass and Ivan surfaces in New York as the curator of a new wax museum, boasting incredibly lifelike statues. When model Joan Gale (Monica Bannister) goes missing reporter Florence Dempsey (Glenda Farrell) follows the clues to Igor's museum, where she discovers a terrible secret. Remade with Vincent Price as House of Wax.

    One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975)-Lord Southmere (Derek Nimmo) is being chased by a ring of Chinese spies pursuing him to gain possession of a secret microfilm he holding which reveals the formula for the mysterious Lotus X. While being chased through London’s Natural History Museum, Southmere hides the film in the bones of a Brontosaurus skeleton. When he’s captured it's up to his old nanny Hettie (Helen Hayes) and her hardy band of fellow nannies to find the film and keep it from the clutches of the evil Hnup Wan (Peter Ustinov). Pleasant Disney fare.

    The Hot Rock (1972)-Fresh out of the slammer John Dortmunder (Robert Redford) is approached by his brother-in-law Andy Kelp (George Segal) to steal a priceless diamond from the Brooklyn Museum and return it to the African nation it was originally taken from. Helped by an expert getaway man and an explosives wizard, they steal the gem with a little assistance from bombs, a faked car crash and dressing up as uniformed guards and doctors. However, almost as soon as they get their hands on the loot and prepare to transfer it to an African diplomat, they lose it. Breezy caper film with a light touch.

    How to Steal a Million (1966)-Cat burglar Simon Dermott (Peter O'Toole) is hired by the chic Nicole Bonnet (Audrey Hepburn) to steal the reproduction of a priceless sculpture made by her father Charles (Hugh Griffith) a master forger from to the Kléber-Lafayette Museum in Paris before it is examined and found to be a fake and ruins père Bonnet’s reputation. Complications and romance ensue.

  6. How to Steal a Million is very popular today and one I have tried 3 times to watch and just never got into it but I have to give it a chance. I don’t think I will see the horror flick but I’d like to see both the original and the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair

  7. How to Steal a Million is very popular this week, I haven't heard much about it before this.