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And in case you were wondering, here is the original Lincoln Commercial I chose to parody.
American Sniper, the true story of the “deadliest sniper in U.S. military history,” starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, is setting box office records, and at the same time, causing controversy in Hollywood. People seem to be having a hard time distinguishing whether or not the man Cooper portrays in the film, Chris Kyle, is an American hero or not. Let me lay my feelings on the table for you straight away; he is.
I saw American Sniper, and it didn’t hit me the way I thought it would. I didn’t “enjoy” it, and you probably won’t either.
As guys, we are programmed genetically to despise most of the movies that women love, and vice versa. I get that. My buddies and I are not going to hop in a car on a Friday, and go see if Hugh Grant or Patrick Dempsey or Channing Tatum or Ryan Gosling can get the girl.
But you know what? You know who women go to the movies to see? Hugh Grant or Patrick Dempsey or Channing Tatum or Ryan Gosling, that’s who.
So I started asking myself, why am I trying so hard to avoid learning from the men that women so desperately want?
Women aren’t programmed like men. They aren’t wanting these guys because they are sweaty, shirtless towers of man meat with dreamy eyes. Oh, they may think they do, but they don’t. Often times, there are other men in the movie who pass the eye test too, but the women don’t line up to see them.
The real reasons they fall for these mythical movie mountains of masculinity, are the 7 lessons chick flicks taught me about relationships. (SPOILER ALERT: I refer to the endings of some movies in this blog. If you see “Spoiler Alert,” you may want to skip that part. Most movies are older, and you should have seen them by now anyway!!)
Its been two years since I put my list together, and admittedly, I made some mistakes on the first list, I apologize. You try making a list of 100 movies, then talk to me if you nail it. More importantly, there have been some really quality movies released in the last 2 years, that are worthy of mentioning on this list. So, without any further ado, I present you, the 2012 version of my Top 100 Favorite Movies of All Time.
Ok people, if you know me at all, you know that my 2 biggest entertainment passions are Sports, and Movies. You would think that a natural euphoria would ooze all over me at the thought of seeing a sports movie, or, when a movie decides to include some sport. Well, you’re wrong. And here’s why. You see, typically, and if you think back to your school days, you’ll know this to be true, but typically, the jocks aren’t interested in the arts, and the artsy folks aren’t interested in sports. As a result, the kings and queens of the artsy folks, make their living in Hollywood, and this much we know for sure, Hollywood doesn’t know a flying flip about sports.
It’s quite amazing really.
Now, I know a lot of you reading this are not sports fans either, and this diatribe isn’t a knock against the non sports fan, so don’t go running off. In fact, this is something that should bother you too, especially if you’re a fan of people getting paid to do a job, and do it well.
I’ve come up with a list of 10 things that Hollywood consistently does wrong when in comes to sports in movies, and as you’ll see, it’s not always the sport that they screw up, it’s the art, which ironically, is what they should know best.
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Ok look, if you’ve seen my Top 100 Favorite Movies List, then you know I’m not afraid of the Romantic Comedy. I’m all for guys and gals meeting and falling in love. I’m all for the simple movie concept of boy meets girl/boy loses girl/boy gets girl back. I get it. It’s been the Hollywood standard since we entered the realm of talkies, and probably even before. Heck, I’m not a Shakespearean by any means, but I’m sure that dude had it down pat also.
I come to you today with a beef. I’m speaking today on behalf of the forgotten soul in the romantic comedy. You’ve seen the movies, you know how it works, the hero has to win the girl from the guy who is not right for her, or so he says. He then proceeds to spend 87 minutes of screen time, wooing this damsel into his domain.
My criteria is simple. I’m not looking for the most critically acclaimed, or the most visually brilliant pieces of art. I’m looking for movies that made me laugh, cry, yell, scream, feel, reflect, etc. These are the movies that mean the most to me.
We all have our lists, this is mine. I do want to know what you think though.