I get Esquire magazine and i have to say that i really like it. The Sports Guy has a rule that he judges how good a magazine is by how long it takes him to read and i have to say that i end up reading Esquire longer than any other mag i get. I probably spend a good hour to 90 minutes on it every month.
This month’s issue has an area where it has 75 movies that every man should watch. I have seen most of them (Godfather, Sling Blade, The Good The Bad The Ugly) but there were 14 in there that i haven’t yet seen. I wrote the list down and what Esquire said about them. I couldn’t be more excited to crack into them. Here’s the list:
- In The Heat of the Night. Never before has a man been in more wrong places at the wrong time.
- Save The Tiger. The nominations for 1973 Best Actor: Brando, Nicholson, Redford, Pacino, and Lemmon. Lemmon got it.
- Runaway Train. Existential action flicks are tough to pull off. But this is the way to do it: just get 2 escaped cons, a chick, an evil warden, and in a helicopter chase in Alaska.
- Rosemary’s Baby. You learn there ate bad people in the world
- Shakes The Clown. A reviewer called it “the Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies.” Faint praise. For every man or woman who ever hugged a toilet all night long
- Dirty Harry. Sometimes a man has gotta break the rules and hunt the bastard down himself, even if it’s only a metaphor for the next sales call
- Straw Dogs. Three words: Sam. Peckinpah. Revenge.
- Giant. The history of Texas in the 20th century, as seen through the anguished lonesome eyes of James Dean
- Down By Law. Weirdest prison escape movie ever
- The Verdict. Watch the foray scene, in which Paul Newman is silhouetted against a barroom window, playing pinball: the man is acting with his shoulders.
- The Warriors. Bloodthirsty mimes, clown-faced baseballers, ad bare-chested men in leather vests. Kind of makes you miss pre-giulliani NYC
- Stalag 17. Because it inspired a sitcom. With Nazi’s
- The Misfits. Two drunks and a blonde walk into a Reno bar, get hammered, and embark on a scheme to wrangle mustangs. Starting Clark Gable (who died before it was released), Marilyn Monroe (died 18 months later) and Montgomery Cliff (who died within 4 years)
- HUD. “nobody gets out of life alive”