Movies list #2 – Action loaded stuff from France! (some more cold beers are recommended!)

Winter is near and long, dark, cold, boring weekends getting closer. It`s time to continue my Movies List series and continue with part #2 – “French Flicks”! (This category is not about mainstream blockbusters that everybody has seen already, e.g. Transformers or Battle Los Angles, it`s about flicks that might get overlooked in the past.)

1. NID DE GUEPES (2002 / Director: Florent Emilio Siri)

Here you`ll need beers! This is a “no brainer” and more like a “party movie”! Not serious, filled with crazy characters and a “frenzy-face-ending for Mr. Samy Naceri! Nothing really special but entertaining and with an good amount of alcohol a winner.

2. 36 QUAI DES ORFEVRES (2004 / Oliver Marchal)

Another police/detectives flick that rules. More of a drama (reminds me of typical 90ies HongKong movies) and with nice casted actors that look real and not like nonstop plastic surgery teen models that try to kick butt. This movie offers one of the most dynamic security van raids ever banned on celluloid (to mention in the same breath as HEAT or THE TOWN shootouts!).
At the end i watched the extras on the DVD/ Blue-Ray and i was really stunned: here you experience THE MOST nerdy gun-nuts actors and directors choosing weapons for a movie. Unbelievable funny and a real Geardo party. If you`ll watch this, i bet you are more than jealous not being one of these guys!

3. LA HORDE (2009 / Yannick Dahan, Benjamin Rocher)

This is bloody! Very entertaining zombie-gore-CQB-shootout-hardcore-flick with an amazing background to this movie (check DVD/Blue-Ray extras – very cool!). If you are drawn to the Undead and love strong ghetto “bad boy” characters – this one is for you!
Surprisingly “hardcore” fresh!

4. LE SAMURAI (1967 / Jean-Pierre Melville)

And now for something completely different and for cineasts that like to be “in the know”.
Hong Kong director John Woo’s 1989 film, The Killer, was heavily influenced by Le Samouraï’s plot. Chow Yun-fat’s character Jeffrey Chow was obviously inspired by Alain Delon’s character.
Jim Jarmusch paid homage to Le Samouraï with the 1999 crime-drama, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, starring Forest Whitaker as a meditative, loner assassin who lives by the bushido code.
Ranked #39 in Empire magazines “The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema” in 2010.
A true classic!

Have fun!


~ by geardoshit on October 7, 2011.

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