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DNFTB lists: Movies Every Guy Should Watch part 1

Several hours were wasted between the college cafeteria and the hostels coming up with this list. There were 5 main judges and about 20 other guys contributing. All of this is of course combined opinion and you’re free to disagree or throw in your suggestions or objections down at the comments but I think it turned out rather well actually. Dnftb presents, part 1 of movies every guy needs to watch in their life time

20. Robocop

Robocop

Not the greatest story or acting in the world but dammit, it’s Robocop! We all watched it and for some inexplicable reason we loved it. There’s something strangely captivating about the absurdity and simplicity of a murdered cop coming back as a robotic force to bring his killers to justice.

19. Enter the dragon

Enter the Dragon

Why enter the dragon? Because any movie list for guys that doesn’t include a Bruce Lee movie is a sad state of affairs. Also, we were afraid he’d rise from his grave and beat us all if we left him out. Besides, it had secret islands, avenging dead sisters and some bad ass Kung Fu; what more do you want.  (Except plot but really who goes to a Bruce Lee film for the story line)

Epic line:  Never take your eyes off your opponent, even when you bow.

18. Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

Do you need any more reason than the catchphrases “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.”? It stands as one of the funniest movies ever made and age hasnt dulled its edge one bit.

Epic lines:

Gozer: Are you a god?

Dr. Raymond Stantz[looks at Venkman, who nods] No.

Gozer: Then… DIIIIIIIIE! [sends the Ghostbusters sprawling with lightning bolts]

Winston Zeddmore: Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say “Yes!”

17. Gladiator

Gladiator

This kind of movie usually fails in some way but somehow, Gladiator managed to cover all the bases. The action was superb, we cared about the story and a main character we were rooting for in his quest for payback. Throughout the movie you can almost hear Maximus yelling at you “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?!” The answer is, yes. Yes we are.

Epic Lines: My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius. Commander of the Armies of the North. General of the Felix Legions. Loyal servant to the true Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife – and I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.

 

16. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

I’m going to be honest with you, none of the people involved in this study even remember what this movie was about. What we do remember is people whizzing through the air sword fighting in what has got be some of the greatest battle choreography ever done. Havent watched it yet? Get It and sit through one epic adrenaline ride

15. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2

This movie hasn’t aged very well but when it came out it had some of the most amazing visuals we had ever seen. And who didn’t spend countless hours talking about that last battle? Or going “Hasta La vista baby!”

Epic lines:

John: Now, you gotta promise me you’re not gonna kill anyone, right?

Terminator: Right.

John: Swear?

Terminator: What?

John: Just put up your hand and say, ‘I swear I won’t kill anyone.’

Terminator[Raises hand] I swear I will not kill anyone. [stands up and shoots the guard in both knees] He’ll live.

 

14. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the black pearl

Curse of the Black Pearl

We all knew that a movie about pirates had potential but no had ever done it right. That’s until we had Jack Sparrow’s swash buckling and a host of cursed pirates and a mystery ship to change all that. The sequels were great, but they never did capture the essence of the first. This movie brought pirates back to the list of guyhood icons along with ninjas and robots (vampires would later have their manhood card revoked so I won’t involve them here)

Epic lines: When you marooned me on that god forsaken spit of land, you forgot one very important thing, mate; I’m Captain Jack Sparrow.

13. The Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs

It’s hard to top this as a thriller or as a horror film. It’s captivating and absolutely creepy. You can’t really go wrong when following an FBI agent trying to outwit one of the greatest and smartest psychopath serial killers film has to offer (Hannibal Lecter) into giving her information that will lead to catching yet another killer. The acting gives it that extra edge that makes it a masterpiece, a very unsettling and disturbing one.

Epic line: Tell me, Clarice – have the lambs stopped screaming?

 

12. Die Hard

Die Hard

Off duty cop gets tangled in a crisis which should be way out of his depth and picks off the enemies one by one staring the terrible odds in the face and letting out a hearty laugh as he proceeds to ignore them. Sounds like a cliché now, but Die hard did it first and did it best.  Things were blown up, bad guys were beaten and somehow it managed to be genuinely funny all the while with some epic one liners. Possibly the greatest pure action flick of all time

Epic line:

Marco: Next time you have a chance to kill someone, don’t hesitate.

(McClane, knowing where Marco is from his taunting, shoots through the table, killing Marco)

John McClane: Thanks for the advice!

11. Shawshank Redemption

Shawshank redemption

If i had my way this movie would have ranked way higher but thats democracy for you. Drama movies are usually boring because they mistake obvious and heavy handed for “deep” and “meaningful.” Shawshank redemption is one of the rare few that understands subtlety and what makes a great movie

Epic line: The funny thing is, on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook

Honour mentions considered for this list: (The original) Karate Kid, Casino Royale, Mission Impossible, Rush Hour

UPDATE: Part 2 here: 1-10

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12 responses

  1. marcellus wallace

    You always had a problem with the way Ridley Scott directed gladiator

    February 29, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    • gachagua

      No, i had a problem with what he did to Robin Hood. Seriously, what was that

      March 1, 2012 at 6:34 am

  2. Aggrey

    If you think Terminator 2 hasn’t aged well, what about the first installment. All the big, puffy hair obscures everything else!

    February 29, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    • gachagua

      Haven’t seen the first in ages so i can barely remember anything about it. … CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

      March 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm

  3. Infinite Pyro

    I was doing a list of the twenty most epic lines from movies a while ago (Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men: YOU CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!) It is currently masquerading as a draft on my WP dashboard. I guess ya’llz found an even craftier way to do it. (“Comments, objections and opinions” start here) I’m surprised Pirates made it in but then again Gladiator not making it into the top ten….

    If LOTR, Fight Club, American History X, Wanted, 300, Pulp Fiction, The Godfather Trilogy, Dune, Dangerous Liasons, Schizopolis and Trainspotting are not numbers ten to zero…!
    Just Kidding.

    Cool post though.

    March 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    • gachagua

      A lot of different considerations went into the list, like impact, “epicness” as well as story, directing and acting and just plain “dude you should watch this…i don’t know why” type things. Pirates is really a must watch for guys for at least two of those (and so we can have all those drunken jack sparrow imitation moments :D). If i had my way Gladiator would have been higher than pirates though

      All those movies were considered for the top 10 (except wanted because it just isn’t at the same league as those others). I cant say they all made it, you’ll see soon

      March 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      • Aggrey

        I can’t get behind Pirates. Never really liked any of the movies, so all the Jack Sparrow love is beyond me.

        March 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm

  4. dattebayo

    i really think shawshank should be 8th..and die hard 2nd..:)

    March 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    • gachagua

      Shawshank i agree, but wait till you see the top 10 before giving Die hard such status

      March 2, 2012 at 7:34 am

  5. Robocop, Ghostbusters and Gladiator. I approve.

    March 3, 2012 at 4:06 am

    • gachagua

      The implication you don’t approve of Die hard has just sanctioned the hiring of an assasin

      March 3, 2012 at 7:58 am

      • You sure he’s good? I’m a ninja-assassin.

        March 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

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