In one of the two prior articles in the Film Quest 12 series, I told you what I’m doing. I established why the movies on my list aren’t necessarily all “guy movies”, so if you wonder what you’re reading, go check it out (the link earlier in this run-on sentence).
Let’s get down to business with the Vampire-Slaying Outlaw Crow Bosses
13. DIRTY HARRY
I’m a guy, and it’s slightly embarrassing to tell you how FEW Clint Eastwood flicks I’ve seen, despite being a self-proclaimed movie buff. I’m fixing that this year, and so this movie HAD to be on the list.
For a guy in my age group, it’s almost as embarrassing that I’d never seen BLADE as it was that I hadn’t seen Dirty Harry. The action scenes were as good as I expected them to be. The plot was interesting enough to keep me from start to finish, but not good enough to warrant a second viewing without someone else requesting it. Even then, I’d probably look for something else.
15. FROM DUSK ‘TIL DAWN
I expected way better from this flick. It was slower than it should’ve been for the first half of the film, then the final third was not only disappointing, but it was so bad that it made me laugh a few times when it probably shouldn’t have. Of the redeeming qualities, Harvey Keitel gave a great performance as a man of conviction. It also had one of the sexier strip-teases I’ve seen on film – a surprise because I’m not usually a fan of Salma Hayek, and she didn’t get naked in the tease. For people who are familiar with the violent ways of Quentin Tarantino, you know what to expect from the film, and if you’re a fan of his, you’ve probably seen it already. If you’re not a fan of some of his better flicks like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol 2 and True Romance, then don’t bother here.
16. HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU
I saw it so you don’t have to. This film had a crazy cast of fine actors and a complex script that was easy to follow. If you’re hoping for any eye candy in this film, you’ll be disappointed. If you do alright with chick flicks, you don’t have to fret much if your lady says she wants to watch this one, because there are so many storylines going on that you have an easy excuse to not be able to follow everything that’s going on, and if one or two of the characters annoy you, there’s a likelihood that it won’t take long before you move on to a scene that doesn’t involve them. If you do pay attention, however, you’ll get a decent look into the psyche of the fairer sex and how they think about relationships.
17. HORRIBLE BOSSES
I expected a lot more from this modern day take on a classic tale. That’s not to say there weren’t good performances, or that the plot was too contrived, because it was a perfectly fine film. There weren’t as many laughs as there could have been, and the hype lead me to believe I was stepping into a potential classic. Jason Bateman did a good job in his role, as did Jason Sudeikis and Kevin Spacey. Stand-out performances were given by Colin Farrell, Charlie Day and a very surprising job by Jennifer Aniston, whose character was unlike anything I’d ever seen from her.
18. THE CROW
For almost two decades I’ve known that I should see The Crow, but the desire never struck me strong enough to track down a copy of the goth classic. When it appeared at my disposal for free (Netflix Instant or Cable TV, I can’t recall which), I finally delved in. Had I seen it 15 years ago, I would’ve been more impressed with it, though it’s not the type of film that’s ever going to make it into my Top 50. The action was slighly above average. The plot was decent, but not great. The cinematography was artistic at times, but I didn’t always enjoy the presentation. While it’s a film that I’d put on a list of movies that guys should see, it’s not something that most viewers are going to love.
Best Supporting Actress – Jennifer Aniston (HORRIBLE BOSSES)
Best Supporting Actor – Harvey Keitel (From Dusk Till Dawn)