There’s a lot of buzz out there that the big-bucks success of “Sex and the City” will open the Hollywood floodgates for a torrent of new chick flicks.
Men, if we’re going to get booted from the multiplex and back to our caves, we should prepare by stockpiling guy-friendly films. Here’s a short list to get you started.
My main criteria was to think of some movies that, if randomly encountered while channel-surfing, I’ll stop and watch the picture to its conclusion. Here are a few picks:
WORLD WAR II
Where Eagles Dare 1968 Richard Burton and Clinton Eastwood are allied agents who infiltrate a Nazi castle. Lots of plot twists and turns, gun play and Frauleins.
Also: The Dirty Dozen (1967), The Guns of Navarone (1961) and Kelly’s Heroes (1970)
Fort Apache 1948 John Ford directs John Wayne and Henry Fonda in this western epic about a by-the-book commanding officer (Fonda) who overcharges. Final scene includes clueless newspaper reporters. Just saw it last Saturday night in a double feature with “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,” another Ford-Wayne classic.
Also: They Died With Their Boots On (1941) Errol Flynn as George A. Custer.
Caddyshack (1980); Animal House (1978 ; Slap Shot (1977) Watch all three in a row, you pick the sequence.
DETERMINED MEN DOING HARD STUFF
Apollo 13 (1995) Ron Howard directs Tom Hanks etc. in what I consider to be one of the most patriotic movies ever made. Watching those tenacious can-do NASA technicians figure out how to get the astronauts home is about as American as it gets.
The Searchers (1956) OK, I know, another John Ford-John Wayne movie, perhaps the best. Its plot, the quest by Etan Edwards (Wayne) to find a niece kidnapped by Comanches, and its camera work are still influencing American movies.
Also: Die Hard (1988 …The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and just about any Bond movie.
The Big Sleep (1946)Howard Hawks directs Humphrey Bogart in a Phillip Marlowe gumshoe saga with a twisted plot that will lose you if you run to the fridge for a beer without pausing.
Also: The Untouchables (1987)…The Maltese Falcon (1941)…Chinatown (1974)
Remember, this is a short list designed to leave plenty of room for your picks.