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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

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

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.

8. Goodfellas

Goodfellas

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

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.

6. Scarface

Scarface

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

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

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.

Epic Line:

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

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

LOTR

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”

Epic Lines:

 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

The godfather

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.

Epic line:

[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.

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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

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9 responses

  1. WOW…I actually approve of all these movies. Pretty cool.

    March 3, 2012 at 4:11 am

    • gachagua

      *Thumbs up*

      March 3, 2012 at 7:57 am

  2. Aggrey

    At one point, I was bent on learning that (fictional) verse.

    Also, Star Wars should never be that high up on the list. Never!

    WHERE IS 300!??? Your list is invalidated!!!

    March 3, 2012 at 7:43 am

    • gachagua

      What verse, pulp fiction?

      The masses spoke, plus one of the categories was impact and few of these movies have more of a lasting impact than star wars, so the best installment in the series (which was actually pretty epic) had to make it really high.

      To my shock 300 got a lot of hate. I think it doesn’t benefit from second watching. Although its supposed to be an honor mention…oops[corrected].

      March 3, 2012 at 7:56 am

      • Aggrey

        “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.” Ezekiel 25:17
        Samuel Jackson quotes this fictional verse.

        Unless your pals watched them when they 1st came out, there is no reason to hold Star Wars in such high esteem.

        And they are without souls for hating 300. But I’ll wait for the honorable mentions.

        March 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

  3. Infinitepyro

    HOW THE HOLY BLEEPING, FLYING, PUNCHING, EFFIN’ FLIP IS FIGHT CLUB *NOT* THE BEST. MOVIE. EVER?!?!?! I refuse! Zi! Nimekata kata kata!!! The sheer truth and brilliance of this movie, not to mention its timeless relevance! “We are the middle children of history; no purpose nor place. We have no great war, no great depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised by television to believe that we’d be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars, but we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” That was typed out from memory to emphasize the fact.

    But I’m glad Matrix and LOTR made it on here. Saving Private Ryan’s was meh, Shaving Ryan’s Privates was a better thought-out spoof IMO 😀 and ofcourse no discourse of epic movies should go without mentioning Sin City. And while I’m at it Network was a brilliant movie.

    Hats off for the post though, given opinions and assholes it must be tough going through comments shouting at your laptop “This is MY FUCKIN’ OPINION FUCK-FACE!” 😀

    March 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    • gachagua

      It didnt win the vote and come on, you really think fight club is better than LOTR, Matrix, Dark Knight and the godfather ? Blasphemy!

      I’ll pretend you didn’t say that about saving private ryan and that’s the only reason i wont send my ninjas to get you. Sin city to me wasn’t that amazing. i mean, it was ok and the color scheme was cool but since id already read the comic there were no surprises there and it doesn’t benefit from a second watching. But enough people voted for it to get into the honor mentions.

      Haha, not really. It was many peoples combined opinions and as a result i have some gripes with it too.

      March 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      • Infinitepyro

        Dark Knight shouldn’t be in the same sentence as The Godfather unless its used in an English class teaching kids how to use comparatives and superlatives in which case “Dark Knight was good, The Godfather 1 was better but Fight Club is THE BEST MOVIE. OF. ALL. TIME!”

        Sin City and Watchmen and V 4 Vendetta were tests of how vivid an imagination one has. I loved Sucker Punch as well (with its Paedo Bear stamp of approval) cz despite knowing the plot, the sheer epicicity of the cinematics was bordering on orgasmic, and isn’t that the end game of all men? 😀

        March 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

  4. Erm, is it appropriate to add the Avengers on here?

    April 29, 2012 at 5:33 am

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