Monday, June 20, 2011
F These F'ing Awesome Movies 3
It's been a while since we talked about f'ing awesome movies (which we did here and here), so in lieu of a better idea let's f some more f'ing awesome movies. They just made your list of things to do today.
1. Point Blank (1967) - Fractured, existentialist revenge thriller featuring Lee Marvin as one of the baddest ass baddasses in movie history. The Mel Gibson remake, Payback, isn't terrible, but there's no substitute for the original Porter.
2. Before Sunrise (1995) - Captures what it feels like to fall in love in a single night. Julie Delpy is good enough to make us overlook that Ethan Hawke is playing kind of a douche. Yes. "Playing."
3. Head (1968) - Hey, hey we are the Monkees. You've heard it all before. The money's in, we're made of tin, we're here to give you more.
4. John Grisham's The Rainmaker (1997) - There's no way that a) a late-period Francis Ford Coppola movie or b) a movie based on a fucking Grisham novel should be on this list. But great dialogue (and narration, by Coppola), great direction and an awesome cast make for a really watchable movie that I have to stop and watch until the end every single time it comes on TV.
5. The Killing (1956) - It's taken me several years and repeat viewings to come around on a lot of Stanley Kubrick movies, but not this one. It's f'ing awesome from the first time you see it. So many modern crime movies have ripped this off that Kubrick could be collecting royalties if he wasn't very, very dead.
6. Wet Hot American Summer (2001) - When I was at camp, my favorite activity was always arts and crafts. Or, as we used to call it: arts and farts and crafts. We used to make drawings... cave drawings! Which is my way of saying we were cave men. I went to camp so long ago that I can remember saying "sticks and stones may break my bones" and meaning it! I went to camp so long ago that fucking Jesus Christ was my counselor! And my best friend hadn't fully evolved yet! His name was Ug, and he walked on all fours! There were two epidemics when I went to camp: head lice, and the plague -- the bubonic plague!
7. The Thin Man (1934) - No one made excessive drinking funnier or more fun than Nick and Nora Charles. Except maybe Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas.
8. The Road Warrior (1982) - Insane.
9. The Street Fighter (1974) - Maybe it's blasphemy to say, but I'll take this movie over Enter the Dragon any day.
10. Superbad (2007) - I underestimated this movie in 2007, because it's gotten better every time I've seen it since. A few more viewings and I'll be calling it one of the best movies of the first decade of the aughts. A very funny movie, but also a great study of male friendship.