DNFTB lists: Movies Every Guy Should Watch part 2
The second part, cheated a little bit by piling some series together, but there were some good reasons for it/
Part one here: 11-20
10. Fight Club
Fight club tries to do a lot of conflicting things and succeeds against all odds. It has no right to be such a good movie, but it is. Is it mainly about a bunch of dudes beating the crap out of each other? Yes. Does it manage to take that rather shaky premise and weave a masterful examination of the problems and issues of morden masculinity, somehow, yes. Is it dark and gritty and cynical. Definitely. Is it also funny and rather light hearted, don’t ask me how but yes. Id try explain but it’d be giving so much away and besides. The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.
Epic line: On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.
9. Pulp Fiction
One great thing about this movie? The dialogue. Rarely have so many cool scenes of absolute randomness and sheer wit been seen in the same film. If you haven’t seen this yet you have to. I guarantee you’ll find yourself rehashing the “What does Marsellus Wallus look like?” scene every time you get the chance
Epic line: Just because you are a character doesn’t mean you have character.
One of the greatest crime movies ever to grace the silver screen. With Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci in it and Martin Scorcese directing how couldn’t it be? The whole “Do I amuse you” scene probably ranks as one of my favorite. It’s a great story and it pulls no punches when drawing you into the brutal world of crime. Great writing, great acting masterful directing. A cinema classic.
Epic line: If you’re part of a crew, nobody ever tells you that they’re going to kill you. It doesn’t happen that way. There weren’t any arguments or curses like in the movies. So your murderers come with smiles. They come as your friends, the people who have cared for you all of your life, and they always seem to come at a time when you’re at your weakest and most in need of their help.
7. The Matrix
Do I even need to explain this one? Even if you hated it (haha, as if such people exist) you cant deny its impact on movies and culture ever since and the sheer quality of its production. Its hard to believe it was made in 1999. I’ve seen people who haven’t watched it do the “neo bullet dodge.”
Epic Line: Welcome…to the real world.
I’m about to spoil the ending so if you haven’t watched it and plan to you should probably skip this one. The most memorable thing about Scarface was that while it seemed to be glorifying violence and drug use it was something of a morality tale. After tony rises to obscene levels of power with mountains of cocaine around him the final shot shows him falling in his fountain, dead, with the words “the world is yours” on his statue hanging over him. One of the most powerful juxtapositions seen in film.
Epic Line: You little cockroaches… come on. You wanna play games? Okay, I’ll play with you. You wanna play rough? Okay! Say hello to my little friend!
5. Saving Private Ryan
No doubt the greatest war movie ever made. With war scenes so vivid real Vietnam and D-Day War vets left the theatre rather than finish the opening battle scene. But great as the action is (and it’s brilliant) the underlying themes of the movie are what make it such a timeless classic. Gives you a newfound respect for the soldiers that risked their lives in WW2, the sacrifices made and highlights real dilemmas in a way many movies try to but few ever achieve
Epic Line: Like finding a needle in a stack of needles.
4. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
The best of the star wars movies and the one that has most permeated culture. Who doesn’t recognize the “I am your father” line, even if they don’t know where it’s from? Darth Vader is at his prime and everything good about star wars is present in this movie.
C-3PO: Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating through an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to one!
Han Solo: Never tell me the odds.
3. The Dark Knight
Batman was always one of the best heroes, partly because he didn’t have powers and had to rely on brains and training (and vast wealth but hey) and partly because he had such amazing villains to fight. The Dark Knight was the batman movie we always wanted and then some. A moral labyrinth, a flurry of action and stunt and the Joker’s brand of chaos. What’s not to love about this movie.
Epic Line: Because some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.
2. Lord of the rings Trilogy
This was a milestone in film history, taking a story most thought was unfilmable and creating a masterpiece. Fans of the books have a few complaints but none of them would argue that these films were not brilliant and captured Tolkien’s vision. I would argue Peter Jackson even managed to improve some parts of the book (blasphemy, I know, but its true). Even if you’ve never read the book, this was still a spectacular series of movies. You cant really argue with the 11 oscars the third installment managed to win. We included this as a single entry even if they are three movies because it works best as one cohesive tale and it should be viewed that way. (In theory anyway, unless you have over 9 straight hours of course)
Also, you probably won’t survive well on the internet if you cant recognize LOTR references like “My precious!” Or “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” And the newly popular “one does not simply walk into Mordor”
Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times; but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.
1. Godfather Part 1 and 2
There was some controversy about not including the third but we left it out for two reasons. First, it’s the weakest in the series and does a lot to hurt the franchise. Second, these two work as a single story in their own strange way. The tale of the father in power dominates the first movie as well as his son’s rise to power. The second centres on the son in power with a side story of how his father rose to it.
The godfather is the ultimate guy film, it took everything we love in a film and cranked it up to level 10. Action. A truly amazing story. The anti hero. A perfect look at the complexity of morality, loyalty and family.
[Kay in reference to her “miscarriage” and her view on the Mafia succession of the family]
Oh, Michael. Michael, you are blind. It wasn’t a miscarriage. It was an abortion. An abortion, Michael! Just like our marriage is an abortion. Something that’s unholy and evil. I didn’t want your son, Michael! I wouldn’t bring another one of you sons into this world! It was an abortion, Michael! It was a son, Michael! A son! And I had it killed because this must all end! I know now that it’s over.
Seeing as this is my post i’m allowed to insert what i wish had somehow made it into the list.
2001: A Space Odyssey, Heat, American History X, V for Vendetta, Reservoir Dogs, The Usual Suspects, Inception, Dog Day Afternoon, Dirty Harry, The Untouchables and Brave Heart
Honour mentions: Top Gun, Face Off, Sword Fish, XXX, Indiana Jones, The One, Training Day, Sin City, Transporter, Lock Stock and two smoking barrels, Men in black, 300