As with virtually any list I’ve put together for this blog, there were more than a few entries I regret not having found a place for.
I suppose I could’ve changed the list from a “Top 10” to a “Top 15,” however I think we can all agree that Top 15 just doesn’t have the same ring to it; hence my reasoning for cutting things down to 10.
Anyway, finishing the Top 10 Manliest Man Moments last night really whooped my ass something fierce, so in the interest of sparing my brain cells; I’m gonna’ try to keep this short.
That being said, without further ado I give you the Top 5 Runner-Up Man Moments:
#5. Tremors – The Wrong Goddamn Rec Room…
Few would deny that Tremors was an awesome movie.
While the franchise that would follow in it’s wake would ultimately be hit and miss at best, the original Tremors succeeded largely on the shoulders of it’s colorful cast of characters; not the least of which being Burt Gummer and his wife.
While Burt’s survivalist shtick never really made him out to be as MANLY a MANLY-MAN as some of the other characters on this list, his vast arsenal of weapons; and the child-like glee he exhibits at the thought of getting a chance to use them, are qualities that made him perhaps the MANLIEST MAN in the Tremors series.
In short, watching Burt and the missus put several hundred rounds into an extraordinarily ballsy Graboid as it tears it’s way into their underground bunker was a thrill that brought me great joy in my youth.
#4. The Killer – Mickey Mouse and Dumbo Have… A “Moment.”
The Killer is John Woo’s best film, bar none.
The gunplay, while not as over-the-top and explosive as Hard-Boiled; is staged with a beauty and grace that few films can rival, not to mention the story and writing are probably the best Woo has ever had to work with.
While the action component of The Killer is ultimately what made it come to mind while compiling this MANLY list, in truth; the moment in the film that puts it among the runner-ups involves no violence whatsoever.
Basically, some over-the-top and totally out of place MAN music starts blaring as our heroes strut through the doors in slow motion.
If that wasn’t MANLY enough, we then cut to close-ups of the 2 MEN cracking goofy-ass smiles, at which point we are treated to back-to-back awkward freeze frames of the 2 men.
It’s a weird sequence, and is indeed very much out of place given the circumstances; but in some mysterious way it just seems utterly MANLY to me…
#3. Independence Day – Russell Puts A Plane Up The Alien’s Assholes
This one’s a no-brainer.
Randy Quaid saved the world from the aliens by giving his life.
I would’ve put this one on the Top 10 proper, but the Whitmore Speech just seemed so much bigger to me.
In the interest of restricting myself to a “one moment per movie” rule, I felt it was wise to put Russell in with the runner-ups.
Apollo died, whereas Ogre only got a concussion.
The actual fight in Rocky IV was both choreographed and shot better.
Rocky Balboa fought for AMERIKUH and ENDED COMMUNISM, while Frank Dux won “honor” and a toy sword.
In my book, the finale of Rocky IV is definitely the MANLIER moment, though I love both films with about the same passion
#1. Yojimbo – 5 Seconds of Mayhem
(Note: The clip above isn’t the actual moment in question, rather it’s simply a compilation of awesome Mifune moments.)
As mentioned elsewhere on this list, Toshiro Mifune is pretty much the most awesome human being.
The man was pretty much a modern day samurai, not to mention the living embodiment of the MANLY ideal of Japanese MAN-DOM.
That being said, of all the awesome moments he had in his illustrious film career; I can think of no MANLIER a sequence than when he cut down virtually every major villain in Yojimbo in the space of a few seconds.
Utterly devoid of flash, and about as no-nonsense as you can get, this sequence stands as a testament to the SAVAGERY of advanced iaido techniques, and the paragon of pimp that is Toshiro Mifune.
Anyway, that’s all for the Azn Badger’s list of the Manliest Man Moments in movies.
Check back tomorrow for something not related to MANLINESS!