Five more movies for men

A while back I wrote a post listing five movies for men. This new list focuses more on topics of interest to men because of their technical content; not so much on movies focussing on relationships.

1. Thief (1981) with James Caan and directed by Michael Mann. (Fascinating sequences showing the technical side of safecracking. A man under pressure.)


2. Miami Vice (2006) also directed by Michael Mann. (Beautiful sequences. Exciting score. However the love interest is Chinese actress Gong Li who just seems icy.)


3. The Dogs of War (1981) with Christopher Walken. (Lots of technical detail. Walken is good in the role of a mercenary.)


4. Miami Blues (1990). (Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh are two lowlife lovers.  Surprisingly powerful romantic moments in a police procedural of sorts.)


5. Smart Money (1986). (A British film which is probably not well-known but held my attention. Actress Alexandra Pigg [really] is fascinating to watch as she glams up during the movie. The computer hacking sequences are more accurately portrayed than usual.)


These films mostly date from when I watched a lot of movies during the “VCR revolution”.

Incidentally, men’s movies have a distinct feel to them. One thing that marks them out is that although they may include women, the women are not the focus of the film. In my experience, you can tell pretty quickly what kind of film you are watching,


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on April 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    “The Dogs of War” is a very good film, but the book it is derived from by Frederick Forsythe is outstanding. It’s on Youtube.


  2. Posted by Anonymous Reader on April 16, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Other movies for men:

    The Outlaw Josie Wales 1976, Clint Eastwood. There are multiple layers to the story. A knowledge of US history helps but is not necessary. Fairly faithful to the original book, with unneeded stuff added in the early part and an extension at the end that works for dramatic purposes.

    Death Hunt, 1981, Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin. Loosely based on an actual event in the 1930’s Yukon. Angie Dickenson is gratuitous.

    Quigley Down Under or just Quigley in Oz, 1990, Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, Alan Rickman. Photography is lush in places, he music score is excellent, it was made into a suite by the composer.

    Possible candidate: I have not yet viewed The Last King 2016 but it looks promising. Jakob Oftebro as Skjervald, Kristofer Hivju as Torstein.

    One more:

    The Maltese Falcon. Because of Miss Bridget O’Shaunessy.


  3. Posted by Ofelas on April 17, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    The technical focus of this movie selection just reminded me of a beautiful serie of documentary films made by RTE in late 1970ies – ‘Hands’ series, each part focusing on certain craft – weaving, stone-cutting, etc. Some of them can be found in youtube too.


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