Going to the movies has been a pastime for over a hundred years, as heroes of the big screen become household names. Recent years have led to technology providing the same entertainment delivered to the home by video, superseded by the digital age, as downloading a film and watching it conveniently is the modern way.
All sorts of genres capture the attention of those wanting to be entertained whether it be action, romance, comedy, or thrillers among others. Here we concentrate on 6 classic blokes’ movies that are highly recommended that will capture the imagination.
- The Italian Job. Forget the 2003 remake, a poor imitation of an absolute classic. Michael Caine and the boys in an all-star cast plan a gold heist from in front of the noses of the mafia and authorities in Turin, as mayhem ensues including the best car chases ever filmed. Chuck in music from Quincy Jones and appearances from Noël Coward and Benny Hill plus plenty of added sex appeal and you’ve got the lot.
- The Shawshank Redemption. High up on the lists of all-time favourites of many shrewd observers, this drama set in prison sees Tim Robbins play the part of someone wrongly jailed for murder. He cleverly plans his escape while befriending a fellow felon played by Morgan Freeman and using his jail work before dropping the baddy governor right in it as justice is done.
- Slap Shot. An American backwater industrial city and its no-hope ice hockey team feature in this laugh-along movie as Paul Newman tries to stop the owners from selling the club to another franchise. It’s a story of human struggle and relationships, beefed up by the signing of three crazy violent brothers who prefer Scalextric to sex toys back in their room.
- Trainspotting. A movie directed by Danny Boyle, based on the book by Irvine Welsh, following a group of friends and heroin addicts in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh and the struggles that then ensue, with more than a little black comedy and a superb soundtrack. Clinically acclaimed as one of the best movies of the 90s.
- The Great Escape. Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough are among the stars in this tale of Allied prisoners in a German Prisoner of War Camp who wants to escape and draw the Nazi forces away from their battle as well to search for them. They force their escape by digging a tunnel before the story intensifies.
- Pulp Fiction. The work of director Quentin Tarantino at his best as this movie charts the stories of a couple of mob hitmen, a gangster and wife, and a boxer as tales of violence and redemption take place. Featuring John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth, Bruce Willis, and Uma Thurman.
Many more classics could have been included with Snatch, Escape to Victory, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, among them. In the meantime, catch up with these 6 classics and enjoy a nice night in.