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Preliminary Note: I am rarely deep. As such, my favorite movies are your regular guy films. I’m gonna try to give you a couple that you may not immediately think of, but these aren’t tear-jerkers, deep-thinkers or art house flicks. They’re just movies that I like that are less popular than The Godfather, Scarface and/or anything with Will Ferrell.

1. Green Street Hooligans. This is a movie about a college kid who gets expelled from Harvard and decides to go to England to live with his sister for a bit of a break. While there, he falls into friendship with a rowdy bunch of guys who are part of a football firm. A football firm is kinda like a soccer gang. It’s what it would be like if a bunch of Ohio State fans decided to get together and cause a bunch of shenanigans that ended up a bloody mess all the time. Then the Michigan fans would get together and we’d all brawl. It’s not something that would actually be a good thing, but damn, can you imagine how much fun this would be in real life?!?

2. 50 Dead Men Walking. My friend Todd turned me on to this movie. This one is about the conflict over Northern Ireland. One of the things that I liked about it is that it explains the complexity of the conflict in a manner that was clear, but I never felt like I was in a lecture. This was helpful since I knew very little about it before I saw the movie. There’s a gritty feel to it that helps convey the horror of the life of the main character. And the best part is that the movie is real (as in it’s based on a true story). If you’ve never heard of it before, see this movie.

3. Platoon. I remember when I was about 10 years old and this movie was shown on T.V. for the first time, my old man told me it was the truest depiction of life in Vietnam that he had seen in fiction. He was there for a year and a half and thus, I take his word for it. Anyway, it’s really gritty. It’s really dark. It highlights the blackest aspects of human nature and it’s even a little disturbing. It’s also about the hardening of the human spirit in adversity and the triumph of the individual in the midst of a losing effort of the collective.

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Written by ryanandjocelyn

February 19, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Posted in Films, Ryan