Saturday, July 16, 2011

Top 5 flicks for chicks who hate chick flicks

List by Annie

"That Sergeant Angel's coming into your shop. Get a look at his arse."
- Hot fuzz [DVD] directed by Edgar Wright

I don’t do chick flicks – or chick lit. So, when I’m with friends and we want to break out an all-girls DVD night...these are the movies I’d pick. And the quote explains the appeal of some of these...

The full monty [DVD videorecording] / directed by Peter Cattaneo
Six unemployed men, inspired by a touring group of male strippers, decide they can make a small fortune by putting on a striptease show of their own - but going the "full monty". A hilarious, heartfelt comedy in which six friends discover the inner strength to overcome the problems in their personal lives. Starring Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy. Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Contains low level offensive language.

Annie's comment: A nod to traditional chick-flick. Just a great feel-good movie. Oh, and there’s one scene that sticks in my brain – between Mark Addy’s character, Dave, and his wife. Makes me tear up each time.

Armageddon [DVD videorecording] / directed by Michael Bay
When NASA discovers a doomsday asteroid that is on a collision course with Earth, a crew of roughneck oil drillers is sent in to plant a nuclear warhead that should destroy it. Starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck. M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Contains low-level offensive language.

Annie's comment: Come on – how could you not love this? Bruce Willis. Ben Affleck. Romance. Sacrifice. And spaceships. What’s not to love? And get all weepy over.

Independence day [DVD videorecording] / Roland Emmerich
Spaceships appear and wonder turns to terror as they attack cities all over earth. Starring Will Smith, Bill Pulman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell. M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Contains low level violence.

Annie's comment: Just ignore the American-hype and revel in the gloriousness that is Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum and, a guy known in my circle as ‘Major Babe’…really know as Major Mitchell, played by Adam Baldwin.

Mr. Holland's opus [DVD videorecording] / directed by Stephen Herek
The story of a music teacher who puts his own dreams on hold while helping his students reach their own goals. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis. Rated PG - Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers. Note: Contains coarse language.

Annie's comment: I’ll never get the marching band’s version of ‘Louie Louie’ out of my head. Oh, and the performance of 'Beautiful boy' – tissues for that one.

Hot fuzz [DVD videorecording] / directed by Edgar Wright
Nicholas Angel is the finest cop London has to offer. He has an arrest record that is higher than any other officer on the force. As a result, Angel's superiors send him to a place where his talents won't be quite so obvious. They send him to the sleepy and seemingly crime-free village of Sandford. He is partnered with the well-meaning but overeager police officer Danny Butterman, who is the son of the police chief. Danny is a huge action movie fan and believes this may be his chance to experience the life of gunfights and car chases. However, as a series of grisly accidents rocks the village, Angel is convinced that Sandford is not what it seems and as the intrigue deepens, Danny's dreams of explosive, high-octane, car-chasing, gunfighting, all-out action seem more and more like a reality. Starring Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy. R13 - Restricted to persons 13 years and over. Note: Violence, horror scenes and offensive language.

Annie's comment: Every single person I know who has watched this, loves it. Even when they were really confused as to why I recommended it. Fun. Violent. And so very British.

PS: I used to include True lies but most girls I know these days are boycotting Arnie flicks. But when they rekindle their love, it’s so beautiful.

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