Best Game Movies

See post here for more detail. This is a continuing work in progress. I’m looking for more suggestions of classic movies showing a thrilling dynamic between man and woman. I want old style men. Inner strength and resiliance: not muscles and guns. Men who needed and pursued women, yet could tame them. I want movies showing women as they should be: charm, a razor sharp social grace and intelligence and a desire to find a man whose reality they can live within. Women with deep femininity and strength, yet female strength: not male, and no attempt to compete with men in the male domain. Suggestions welcome.

1)Mystery Method at work

1.1)The Tao Of Steve

Great demonstration of irreverent guy with a good aura and without looks or money (e.g. Burto) pulling women left right and centre. Wimps out with him giving up his erroneous ways.

1.2)When Harry Met Sally

Gratuitous displays of pre-selection (“I fucked the Ethiopian”) and bastardism taking their natural effect.

1.3)Rodger Dodger

Dweeb meets player. Never watched the end, probably some bullshit wimp-out where the player realises the error of his ways or something..

2)Masculinity

2.1)In the Heat of the Night (1967).

Sidney Poitier projects a masculine aura of such unbelievable intensity I remember me and my friend, Herbs at the time, watching it with our mouths hanging open and saying it gave us goosebumps. Women are likely to faint watching it. Small animals may die if they stray in front of the TV.

2.2) Star Wars (any IV-VI)

For Han Solo and his cocky attitude. Who can forget the lines:

Leia: “I love you!”

Han: (descending into carbonite ready to be frozen, completely unconcerned)……. pause…….. “I know”.

2.3) American Beauty

Half-man incapable of arousing his own wife or garnering the respect of his children has a mid-life crisis and acts like a teenager, smoking pot and lifting weights in the garage, then creepily seduces his daughter’s friend. Mercifully shot in the head by a homosexual soldier. Worth watching to see how not do the “going your own way” phase and to see how Hollywood tries to market to frustrated middle class white males. This guy should have read Athol Kay.

2.4) Anything with Clint Eastwood in it

A study in non-reactivity.

3)Feminism

3.1)Aliens

James Cameron/Sigourney Weaver manage the spectacularly rare success of portraying a woman who is strong yet feminine and not strong in a ‘sassy Hollywood way’. You can totally imagine Ripley dropping the kids off at swimming and being fun to hang out with as well as fighting a 20 foot high Queen Alien to death to protect her child. It’s also a fascinating film to watch as it marks the end of an era when men and women were portrayed on screen as relatively normal in their characters and gender dynamics, unlike the grotesque parodies of nothingness they are now.

3.2) The Abyss

Brilliant portrayal of a woman torn from her genetic path to a life of cold-hearted career bitch until her final tumultuous breakdown and supplication to her need for her man (admittedly brought on by him almost dying).

4) Philosophy/Destiny

4.1) The Incredibles

The most subersive cartoon of the last few decades.

To be watched and assessed…

Brando

  1. “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951)
  2. “The Wild One”
Newman
  1. “Hud”(1963)
  2. “Towering Inferno”
  3. “Cool Hand Luke”
  4. “The Hustler”
Bogey
  1. The Big Sleep
  2. Casablanca
  3. Sahara
  4. The African Queen
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  1. 50flags
    July 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Hud is amazing…. anything with paul newman
    Towering Inferno for leading,
    Cool hand luke, for sigma qualities
    the Hustler for drive and direction

  2. vitor
    July 28, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    The Wild One – Marlon Brando in one of his best.
    Leaving Las Vegas – despite the self destructive way, Nicholas cage is totally alpha.
    Roger Dodger
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    Star Wars – Any Han Solo/Leia encounter

    These are the ones that just popped in my mind.

  3. EC
    August 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
    Gone With the Wind
    Public Enemies
    Heat – Clash of two titan alphas
    Mongol – one of the greatest alphas to ever live
    Thomas Crown Affair – Steve Mcqueen
    There will be Blood
    Gangs of New York
    Last of the Mohicans
    Blow
    Godfather I&II

  4. jimmyjambone
    September 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    How you haven’t got CG in this list…. is beyond me.

    http://jimmyjambone.com/2011/09/02/the-grantster/

  5. Aamir
    March 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    George Clooney in From Dusk Till Dawn.

  6. rivertrader
    September 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Bogie in “To Have and Have Not” Is classic alpha.

  1. July 28, 2011 at 12:33 am

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