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After a three week hiatus or so, we continue with my top 12 list of my favorite replayable movies.
7} Crank: Jason Statham plays a hitman who becomes fatally poisoned, and the only way he can survice long enough to find the person who did it is become an andrenilane junkie. The action is non-stop with gun play, fights and car chases. Also features a very funny and very public sex scene in Chinatown, a b.j. during a car chase and a riveting helicopter fight. Forget the sequal, watch the original.
8} Layer Cake: Daniel Craig plays a mid-sized drug dealer who decided to get out of the business, but is foced to do one last job before he can leave. Lots of good solid twists and different plot threads, it definitely has its W.T.F moments, but they add more than they subtract to the movie. It remains the only Daniel Craig movie that I like.
9} Snatch: Another Jason Statham movie, this one also features Brad Pitt in a strong supporting role. The British underground fight scent is skillfully woven through a sub-plot featuring a stolen diamond, a dog and a robbery gone sour. Lots of action and the move never drags.
10} Kill Bill, Vol. 1: Of all the Quentin Tarrentino movies that I've seen in which he had directed, this one remains my favorite. Action and suspense, it also comes with enough pop culture kitsch to make a lasting impression in your head long after the movie has gone away. Uma Thurman is more than solid as an actress and as a former assassin bent on revenge, she became a one woman wrecking crew.
11} A History Of Violence: Viggo Mortensen plays a mobster who decided to undercover and live a normal life. Unfortunately, when he prevents a robbery of his restaurant, his cover is blown and people from his former life come gunning for him. Even though there's a distinct level of violence in the movie (the movie itself opens up with a rather disturbing implied murder at a motel), it pretty much makes you think all the way through to the end.
12} No Country For Old Men: I simply cannot get enough of this movie. A sheriff who finally realizes he's too old and too tired to deal with the violence and crime anymore, an amoral hitman looking to retrieve a suitcase of drug mony and the hunter who tries to getaway with a suitcase of drug money with tragic consequences. It took me until I actually borrowed the DVD from the library to see how this movie actually started. And the ending to this day still drives me bananas. An incredibly dark movie, it's the best thinking movie on the market today.
A bonus 12a} Coldblooded: A black comedy featuring Jason Priestly who plays a bookie who gets promoted to hitman. Click on the link for further details, but I compare this movie to John Cusack's movie "Grosse Pointe Blank". A great quirky movie that almost no one really knew about when it came out.
There are others that I do enjoy seeing over and over, but those are of the B&W variety. Someday I'll get a post up on those. In the meantime, feel free not only to offer an opinion on these, but suggest a few of your faves as well.