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Men’s Health Network Directory:
Men’s Movie Perimeters…
Generally from DVD Format with a focus on stories that highlight men in general. Please note, the Ratings do vary according to different Movies so your own discretion is still required. No X rated, Supernatural or Gore themes available ( Sad? – consider your own viewings!).
[ RATINGS: Not set by M.E.N. these are the standard commercial settings. ]
M.E.N. – Fences:
2016. rating PG13, running time – 133 minutes.
This drama starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis & Jovan Adepo Movie set in the earlier years of the 19th century is about a Husband called Troy, an African-American man who once longed to be a baseball player but missed an opportunity due to racism. A dejected man, he takes out his frustration on his loved ones and ruins his son’s home life and almost his future.
M.E.N. -The Virginian:
2013, rating NR, running time – 95 minutes;
The Virginian Movie, Starring George Canyon, Trace Adkins & Ron Perlman.
South is the foreman of Sunk Creek Ranch and a feared enforcer for the cattle baron Judge Henry, who took him in after his parents were killed by rustlers. As part of his duties he is to look after a writer from the big city, Owen, who has come out West to research a novel. As South tells him, rustling cattle in Wyoming is worse than shooting a man in the back. There’s a rash of rustling that is decimating Judge Henry’s operation and South is trying to get to the bottom of it and find the rustlers. As South seeks clues as to who is doing the rustling he finds answers he wishes he hadn’t…
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS:
2006 Drama, Running time: 1H 58 min
Will Smith stars in this moving tale inspired by the true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman struggling to build a future for himself and his 5-year-old son Christopher (Jaden Smith).
Chris and his son are evicted from their apartment and are forced to sleep on the streets, in homeless shelters and even behind the locked doors of a metro station bathroom. With self-confidence and the love and trust of his son, Chris Gardner rises above his obstacles…
M.E.N. – Oddball:
2015 Rating “Family” Adventure 1H 35min
The heart-warming true story about an eccentric chicken farmer (Shane Jacobson) who, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks and in the process tries to reunite his family and save their seaside town…
M.E.N. – The Railway Man:
2014 Rating: “M” Drama 1H 56min
Tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax and his beautiful love interest Patti (Nicole Kidman) discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and set out to confront him, and his haunting past, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love.
M.E.N. – The straight Story:
1999 Rating: G 1H 52 min
The movie is slow… but steady, based on fact, and focuses on old Alvin Straight’s odyssey to see his dying brother 300 km away – on a ride-on lawnmower, with a trailer in tow. The people he meets along the way with their kindness (and frustrations) are testament to the ventures of making the trip a success…Straight (Richard Farnsworth) is a 73-year-old man from in Laurens, Iowa, who learns that his brother is dying and wants to see him one last time.
M.E.N. – LONESOME DOVE CHURCH:
2014 Rating: “R” (restricted) 1H 30 min.
Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones star as Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call, a pair of Longtime friends and former Texas Rangers who crave one last adventure before hanging up their spurs. After stealing over a thousand head of cattle from rustlers south of the border, they recruit an unlikely crew of hands to drive the herd, 3000 miles north to the grasslands of Montana.
M.E.N. – GLORY:
1989 – Drama – 2 hrs,
A Colonel sets up a Black Regiment that makes its mark during the American civil war… Following the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is offered command of the United States’ first all-African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. With junior officer Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes), Shaw puts together a strong and proud unit, including the escaped slave Trip (Denzel Washington) and the wise gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman). At first limited to menial manual tasks, the regiment fights to be placed in the heat of battle…
M.E.N. – Nate and the Colonel:
2003 ‧ rating PG13 Western ‧ 1h 35m
The Best Feature Film winner at the 2004 American Indian L.A. Film and Television Awards. Winters is Civil War veteran Ben Loftin, a colonel whose wife is killed by a Union fighter. On a voyage of vengeance, Loftin enlists the help of Nate (Rico Ross), a former slave and childhood cohort. Along the way, they save the life of the leader (Al Harrington) of a Chippewa tribe, who pledges his help…
M.E.N. – Saints & Soldiers-Battle of the Tanks:
2000 ‧ Rating PG13 Drama film/Action ‧ 1h 47m
After Nazis ambush a brigade of Allied soldiers in Belgium, the few remaining survivors, including the sniper, Deacon (Corbin Allred), and Pvt. Kendrick (Lawrence Bagby), take cover in a nearby forest. There, they meet stranded British intelligence officer Oberon (Kirby Heyborne), who has time-sensitive information of vital importance to the Allied effort. Despite the various inner conflicts each of the soldiers carry, they band together to get Oberon safely back into Allied territory.
M.E.N. – Million Dollar arm:
2014 – Rating PG Drama/sport film – 2h
In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) plans to find baseball’s next star pitcher. He heads to India to find a cricket player whom he can nurture into a major league star. With the help of a scout (Alan Arkin), J.B. finds teens Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) and Rinku (Suraj Sharma), who haven’t a clue about baseball but throw powerful pitches. As the boys adjust to American life, J.B. learns valuable lessons about teamwork and family.
M.E.N. – The Grand Seduction:
2013 Rating = M 2Hrs
Residents of a small fishing community in Newfoundland charm a doctor into becoming the town’s full-time physician in order to secure a vital factory contract. A light humourous movie for the whole family.
10 Great Male Movie Characters:
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight (Batman )
Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump
Johnny Depp – Pirates of the Caribbean series
James Jones – Darth Vader in the Star wars series
Sean Connery – James Bond
Harrison Ford (x2) – Indiana Jones series
AND – Han Solo, Star Wars
Marlon Brando – The well acclaimed The Godfather
Sylvester Stallone – Rocky Balboa – Rocky series
Daniel Radcliffe – The Harry Potter series
Men in Movies – a case study of masculinity in some of the more popular films…
Consider a talk by Colin Stokes – How Movies Teach Manhood. I was excited about this lecture, hoping this man’s research on the portrayal of men in movie media would shed some light into the messages various forms of entertainment are teaching men. To my disappointment, this lecture had been mistitled and should have been called: What we’re teaching Our Boys about Womanhood. Sadly, this talk echoed many of the same old feminist theories that have been popular in academia since the early 1970’s. The information was correct, but there seemed to be nothing new discussed in his analysis. This got me thinking…
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Top Ten movies that portray Men in a positive light…
1) – The Return of the King (2003)
2) – Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
3) – Jurassic Park (1993)
4) – The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
5) – The Patriot (2000)
6) – The Ten Commandments (1956)
7) – Hunt for the Red October (1990)
8) – Capt America: first Avenger (2011)
9) – The Great Escape (1963)
10) – Sully (2016)