Philips Electronic’s newest marketing push consists of a project in which five different directors created five different films, each in their own genre, that use the same piece of dialogue – a scant six lines:
What is that?
It’s a unicorn
Never seen one up close before
Get away, get away
Without a doubt, the best of the five is The Gift by Carl Eric Rinsch
What’s the difference between scary and disturbing. Can a film be one and not the other? Which movies really make you go home from the theater in fear or cower into your couch considering some awful truth, squirming uncomfortably at some hideous sight or sound? We here at IGN Movies have put together a list of the 15 Most Disturbing Movies, looking back over the last few decades of cinema to find the films that made us feel dirty or voyeuristic or ashamed to be human, offered to you here in no particular order.
Its a mediocre collection of films, but quite frankly either the author has no clue about ‘disturbing’ or he’s lived a rather sheltered life. Yes, some are gory and touch on uncomfortable situation (i.e. rape), but the ‘most disturbing?’ — we beg to differ. Here is their list with summaries by IMBD. Afterwards we take it up a few notches and introduce you to the really vile experiences. (more…)
“Wait a minute. You aren’t seriously suggesting that if I get through the wire… and case everything out there… and don’t get picked up… to turn myself in and get thrown back in the cooler for a couple of months so you can get the information you need?”
– Steve McQueen, The Great Escape
Most guys enjoy a good prison break film. The stories capture the notions of freedom and the indomitable human spirit. One of my favorites is The Great Escape starring the uber-cool Steve McQueen. That said, few movies are set entirely in prisons, so I, like others, are kind of curious what the criteria were when Gunaxin assembled their list of The 15 Best Prison Movies. Was The Rock not included simply because it takes place at a decommissioned prison? And does not enough of Malcolm X take place in a prison? And what about Assault on Precinct 13, is it because it has more to do with holding cells than prisons? (more…)
Movie Cynics (dead link) has listed their favorite tough guys from movies. They explain the criteria for inclusion:
The list is about characters, not actors.
No older movie, because the fights didn’t look as realistic back then.
Pulling a trigger just isn’t enough, which is why there is no entry for Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Here’s the list:
Walker played by Lee Marvin, Point Blank (1967) – Based on the theme of the individual pitted against the large, impersonal organization. Here the central character is an old-fashioned loner of a gunman embroiled with a large-scale, corporate criminal operation behind a respectable-looking ‘front’. Without delving into psychology or motivation, the film places emphasis on action and surface appearances, superbly capturing the glossy, depersonalized feel of a 1967 Los Angeles–a nightmare landscape of concrete, glass and coiling freeways.
Luke Jackson played by Paul Newman, Cool Hand Luke (1967) – Luke Jackson is a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who, while refusing to buckle under to authority, keeps escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because, as Dragline explains it, “You’re an original, that’s what you are!” Nevertheless, the camp staff actively works to crush Luke until he finally breaks.
Marvplayed by Mickey Rourke, Sin City (2005) – Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller’s popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who’s looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City’s corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash.
John McClane played by Bruce Willis, Die Hard (1988) – New York City Detective John McClane has just arrived in Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his wife. Unfortunatly, it is not going to be a Merry Christmas for everyone. A group of terrorists, led by Hans Gruber is holding everyone in the Nakatomi Plaza building hostage. With no way of anyone getting in or out, it’s up to McClane to stop them all.
Tyler Durden played by Brad Pitt, Fight Club (1999) – lonely, isolated thirty-something young professional seeks an escape from his mundane existence with the help of a devious soap salesman. They find their release from the prison of reality through underground fight clubs, where men can be what the world now denies them. Their boxing matches and harmless pranks soon lead to an out-of-control spiral towards oblivion.
‘Mad’ Max Rockatansky played by Mel Gibson, Mad Max (1979) – A vision of an apocalyptic future set in the wastelands of Australia. Total social decay is just around the corner in this spectacular cheap budget gang orientated road movie. Where the cops do their best to lay down the law and the outlaw gangs try their hardest to defy the system. Leather clad Max Rockatansky husband, father and cop turns judge, juror and executioner after his best friend, wife and baby are killed. Here we see the final days of normality of a man who had everything to live for, and his slip into the abyss of madness. Mad Max is the antihero on the road to vengeance and oblivion. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) – A former police officer is now a lone wanderer, travelling through a devasted Australia after a nuclear war looking for the now-priceless fuel of petrol. He lives to survive and is none too pleased when he finds himself the only hope of a small group of honest people running a remote oil refinery. He must protect them from the bike gang that is terrorising them whilst transporting their entire fuel supply to safety.
John J. Rambo played by Sylvester Stallone, First Blood (1982)
Rocky Balboa played by Sylvester Stallone, Rocky (1976)
Paul Kersey played by Charles Bronson, Death Wish (1974)
George Taylor played by Charlton Heston, Planet of the Apes (1968)
William Wallace played by Mel Gibson, Braveheart (1995)
Big Chris played by Vinnie Jones; Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Snake Plissken played by Kurt Russell, Escape from New York (1981)
Ajax played by James Remar, The Warriors (1979)
Perry played by Tony Ganios, The Wanderers (1979)
Michael Vronsky played by Robert De Niro, The Deer Hunter (1978)
Dae-su Oh played by Min-sik Choi, Oldboy (2003)
Taylor Reese played by Vin Diesel, Knockaround Guys (2001)
Sergeant Mike Horvath played by Tom Sizemore, Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Doc Holliday played by Val Kilmer, Tombstone (1993)