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Men’s Movies. Film trailers of a broad nature that surround men in various roles with a variety of subject matter, some family viewing.
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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. ]
- A Fathers choice
- Blood Diamond
- Jimmy’s Hall
- Lonesome Dove Church
- Nate & the Colonel
- Saints & Soldiers
- The Grand seduction
- The Million dollar arm
- The pursuit of happiness
- The Railway man
- The Straight Story
- The Virginian
- The Worlds Fastest Indian
- War Pigs
- We bought a zoo
A Fathers choice
2013 Rating = M 2H 46m
Following the death of their Mom, Kelly (13) and her younger sister Chris (10) must leave the city to live with their estranged father, a free-spirited, ex-rodeo champ who lives in a tiny Ranch bunkhouse located precisely in the middle of nowhere. Unprepared for fatherhood, Mac gives the situation his best shot is spite of intense hostility from the girls, with some help from a court-appointed counselor.
2006. rating R, running time – 2 Hours 23 minutes.
A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer’s life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him.
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.
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…
2012 – Comedy/Drama, Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 1H 40 mine:
Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but 32 years of marriage have left Kay wanting to reignite and reconnect with her husband with the help of a renowned couple’s specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs.
She gives an ultimatum to her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy.
Convinced that its a private matter stubborn Arnold makes it hard work for Kay until…
Contrary to this movie surrounding a wife’s hope it actually inspires a husband that there actually is hope…
2014 Rating: “PG” (restricted) 1H 46 min.
Jimmy’s Hall is a 2014 Irish-French-British drama film directed by Ken Loach. The film purports to tell the story of the deportation to the United States in 1921 of Irish Communist and Stalinist Jimmy Gralton, who led the Revolutionary Workers’ Group, a precursor of the Irish Communist Party, in Leitrim.
In 1932, after ten years in the United States, Jimmy Gralton returns to his native Ireland to help his mother run the family farm. A new government is in power in Ireland ten years after the end of the Civil War. Jimmy reopens the local hall… a centre for the local young people to dance, study or talk, drawing on his experience with jazz music during his exile in America. The hall becomes popular and Jimmy uses it to disseminate his Communist ideas, which arouses opposition in the local community, particularly the Church…
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.
Nate & 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…
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…
Saints & Soldiers
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.
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.
The 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.
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…
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.
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.
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 Worlds Fastest Indian
2005 – biographical Sports Drama, Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2H 7 min:
For 25 years Burt Munro (1899-1978) has been living in Invercargill, New Zealand, while working on his motorcycle,
a 1920 Indian with which he dreams of taking to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA. When in his 60’s heart disease threatens his dream to race the bike but contrary to medical advice he mortgages the house and sails off (with his bike in a crate) to Los Angeles (as a cook) on a ship. Having arrived he scrapes through customs, interconnects with various people that afford him to eventually arrive at the Salt lakes to race his bike… unannounced! The ensuring record is within grasp – but not without help from some of the locals….
2012 – Comedy/Drama, Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 1H 40 min:
It’s 1944 A Disgraced World War II army captain Jack Wosick (Goss) is given the opportunity for redemption…
to lead a rag-tag misfit unit known as the War Pigs on a secret mission behind enemy lines.
We bought a zoo
2011 – Comedy/Drama, Rating: PG Running Time: 2H
Following his wife’s untimely death, Los Angeles journalist Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) decides to make a fresh start by quitting his job and moving his children (Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones) to an 18-acre property containing the Rosemoor Wildlife Park. Though closed for years, Rosemoor is still home to many animals, cared for by Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson) and her small staff. Mee opens his heart and his checkbook as he, Kelly and the others work to renovate and reopen the zoo.
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)