Sunday, July 23, 2006

Kick Ass!

I was pooping today and thought of a good post. What movies are cool, kick-ass movies? Then I got to thinking and made a small list. Please add to it. "Kick-ass" can mean a few different things. The way it was shot, it's "Fuck you" attitude, the characters, etc. Kick-ass movies might not always be great movies, but you'll watch them when they're on. Why? 'Cause the kick ass!

Some examples:

The Hitcher - This movie grabs you by the balls and yanks. Good plot twists, and surprisngly unpredictable.

Near Dark - Kicks the shit out of The Lost Boys.

Aliens - James Cameron owns this. He took the series to a whole other level. It's a shame David Fincher came in and pissed all over it with Alien 3, but what can you do.

Run Lola Run - See it.

Reservoir Dogs - Pulp Fction doesn't kick ass in my book, although it's a superior movie to Dogs. But this movie shambles along, quickly, to it's awesome, bloody finale. And no, Kill Bill doesn't kick ass in my book because I didn't like Kill Bill at all. Although I did like...

From Dusk Til Dawn, written by QT and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It's a throwaway movie, but it has some balls.

The Bourne Supremacy - Bourne literally kicks ass, but the filmmaking here is also notable. Awesome car chase.

The Thing - "Maybe we shouldn't." Great characters. Perfect ending.

Danny Boyle's Trainspotting & 28 Days Later. Amazing stuff. But NOT The Beach, although that could have been a great movie. It wasn't.

Jaws - "Show me the way to go home........"

70s thrillers - The French Connection, Marathon Man, Three Days of the Condor

Dawn Of The Dead - This movie pulled me right in from it's amazing opening sequence to its tragic finale. Can't wait to see what he does with 300, coming in 2007.

Your turn - what kicks your ass?


aaron said...

French Connection
Medium Cool
The Hired Hand
Dirty Harry
Bonnie and Clyde
Dr. Strangelove

wcdixon said...

Still feel the first Matrix movie kicked butt, and how could we leave out 'The Road Warrior'("Greetings from The Humungus!")

Enzio Pesta said...

Not quite sure if these fit your definition of kick-ass, but they are definitely KICK ASS in my book...on a different level of course.

1. Breakfast at Tiffany's
2. Barefoot in the Park
3. My Fair Lady
4. The Sound of Music
5. Great Expectations
6. La Dolce Vita
7. Funny Girl
8. The Notebook
9. Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang
10. BenHur
11. Memento
12. Goodfellas
13. Casino
14. Mean Streets
15. Gangs of New York
16. New York, New York
17. Godfather 1
18. Godfather 2
19. The Valachi Papers
20. I Spit on Your Grave
21. The Odd Couple
22. Cotton Comes to Harlem
23. Shaft
24. Foxy Brown
25. For Whom the Bell Tolls

Yes, I am a somewhat complex individual, but I'm not gay nor am I a gangster. I do have BPD however and have been known to stalk beautiful actresses.

Anonymous said...

Something Wild
Uncommon Valor
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

Reel Fanatic said...

I have one word, and one word only ... Roadhouse

DDog said...

Die Hard
A Tale of Two Sisters
Leon: The Professional
Fight Club
City of God
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Patrick J. Rodio said...

The Road Warrior, good call. Uncommon Valor - I used to love that flick! Reb Brown rocked!! Leon, Fight Club, City Of God, all great picks. Lot of good picks here.

Eddie said...

Die Hard
Lethal Weapon
Good Will Hunting
Dead Poets Society

Scribe LA said...

Con Air and The Rock... almost all Michael Bay/Bruckheimer productions. Of course I don't mean Pearl Harbor.

Thomas Crymes said...

Hard Boiled - That movie kicks unholy ass.

I second the Road Warrior

The Last Boyscout


Thomas Crymes said...

So you are sitting through Dead Poets Society, and when the credits start you jump up and yell, "That movie kicks ass!"?

Same goes for Good Will Hunting and many other movies listed here.

This has no reflection on their respective greatness. If I'm making the rules I say that in order for a movie to qualify as "kick ass," you would have to be able to see yourself proudly and audibly proclaim a movie's kick-ass-ness in a crowded theater.

aaron said...

Rocky IV.

Patrick J. Rodio said...

Yes, Crymelord, maybe some people might jump up and yell that Dead Poet's kicks ass at the end of it. Not all kick-ass movies have to be action/suspense.

Although, yes, most on my list are.

Optimistic_Reader said...

The Posiedon Adventure has been a guilty pleasure of mine for years. I haven't seen the remake and not sure I will, though I've heard good things about it. It's all about Gene Hackman and Shelly Winters for me. I don't know how many times I've seen it but I'll always watch it if it's on, even if I catch it half way through.

Other kick ass films for me are Face Off, Heathers, Dazed and Confused, The Goonies, 10 Things I Hate About You and I have a huge affection for the beauty pageant mockumentary, Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Thomas Crymes said...

Well, as per my rules, if you would jump up and proclaim Dead Poets Society to be a kick ass movie then it belongs on your list. "You" meaning a general person.

I'd just like to meet that person (because there is only one).

I suspect, people are confusing kick-ass with excellent or great or poignant. A kick-ass movie, ala Rocky IV, doesn't have to be a great movie. It just has to be kick-ass.

Aaron said...

For the record, everything I've listed I actually said, "Holy shit, this kicks ass," while watching the film for the first time.

Patrick J. Rodio said...

Yes, Crymes you are correct about that.

Wait, are you saying Rocky 4 ain't no good?

Thomas Crymes said...

I'd never say that, lest I catch a beatin' from Ivan Drago. I wouldn't want that. His roided out body, technology enhanced physique, and sharp blonde hair make him rather intimidating. I'd go far as to say that Rocky IV is better than Citizen Kane.

L.R. Williams said...

I've got a bone to pick with you & Alien 3. Look, no one expected it to measure up to the 1st 2 movies, but it's underrated as far as I'm concerned.

Not A Winner said...

Dead Alive (a.k.a. Braindead), Evil Dead 2 - to represent the kick-ass slasher comedy genre.