Internet List of the Day: Guy Flicks
We all know that there are chick flicks out there, godawful pieces of crap movies (Sex and the City 2, anyone?) that
specialize in the female fetishes of love never dying, men always trying to win their lady’s heart, ripped abdominal muscles, gay best friends and sex scenes that show absolutely no penetration. Guy flicks, on the other hand, are a bit harder to pin down. Are they explosive action movies like Cliffhanger? Sure. But they’re also mob dramas like The Godfather and hilarious high-brow-meets-low-brow comedies like The Big Lebowski. Really, there’s no rhyme or reason to choosing what a “guy flick” is. It just is, or it isn’t.
The great folks over at Instash.com created a list of the top 100 movies that guys must see in order to, well, be complete guys. Their reasoning of what a “guy movie” is:
Guy movies look and feel a certain kind of way. Revenge, action, comedy, and yes, even a little romance, is what it takes to please us. We’re not even above embracing a kids’ movie once in a while. The qualities that we look for vary.
Sometimes we want mindless action and heavy fireworks. Sometimes we want down and dirty combat, whether on the streets of a city or the beaches of Normandy. Other times we want things that appeal to who we are and what goes on inside of us as we get older and grow further away from what it was we wanted out of life as children. Still other times, it never hurts to have a heavy dose of nostalgia: films that remind us of who we were before our first kiss, before the first hairs sprouted under our arms, before we welcomed our own kids into the world. A time when we used to dream, and there were no limits to where those dreams took us.
Works for me. And, actually, the cool thing is I’ve pretty much seen all of these movies. Out of the list, I just have to see the following: The Cowboys, Carlito’s Way, Rambo, Cinderella Man, The Searchers, A Knight’s Tale, American Wedding, Hard Times, Death Wish, Man on Fire and Rolling Thunder. Only missing 11 out of 100 is pretty good, right? I think this is how I’ll spend my weekend. (Although I’m still not sold I need to watch American Wedding to be considered a man.)
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