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Top Five: Manliest Movies Of 2014

2) Cold In July


Several times while watching this, especially towards the end and during the finale, I thought about rating this movie a 10/10.  But I think that such a rating should only be reserved for outright classics.  Too many sites and magazines throw around 5/5 and 10/10 ratings willy nilly, especially those with commercial sponsorships.  But man, Cold In July, it’s such a good movie and an even manlier movie.  It’s a raw, unsentimental and violent thriller with a peculiarly realist streak of black humor running up its back.  It’s part Out Of The Furnace,  part No Country For Old Men.  It’s even set in the early ’90s.

The finale of this movie in particular is a classic.  Take it from me, it’s ultra-manly.  And as the movie begins, it’s the last thing you’d think is going to happen.  It’s a violent shootout where brutality is indifferently and matter-of-factly meted out, redneck style, to pissants who are begging for it.  This is where manly actors Sam Shepherd and Don Johnson get in on the act, their performances during the violence where blood hits the ceiling are so subtle, like they were simply laying wallpaper.

See this movie, buy it, don’t miss it.

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  1. Jay Beezy

    January 17, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    I guess it was a long shot for Edge of Tomorrow to make the list. Didn’t pay much attention to the other movies held in high regard here this year outside of John Wick and Fury.

    If you had reviewed Edge of Tomorrow, what would you have given it?

    • Mucho Macho

      January 18, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      Edge of Tomorrow was cool.
      i thought it was awesome.
      at least it was cool to see something different.
      I have always been a Cruise fan..he got a lot of bad press for what i thought was really not that important shit.
      he always tries hard..which u cant say for every A lister in Hollywood

      • Jay Beezy

        January 19, 2015 at 4:25 am

        Pajiba once did a post on how Tom Cruise is actually a pretty boring person and how a star’s personality has an effect on his/her movie’s box office. Cruise was on the Nerdist with Chris Hardwick and Pajiba mentioned how the Nerdist is able to get their star guests to divulge more personal details, but Cruise seemed to continue to promote himself as a Hollywood star.

        I don’t really care about his personal life. When it comes to his movies, as a performer, he’s got balls of steel. So that earns a great deal of respect.

        • Mucho Macho

          January 19, 2015 at 4:42 am

          I always felt he got waayyy too much shit for jumping on Oprah’s couch.
          I know we men play it cool..but let’s be honest..we get some pussy , we do a victory jump..hahaha.
          Anyways, he makes mostly good movies. U see him hanging from planes like he is doing for M.I. #5 or hanging from a Skyscraper in #4.
          He puts in the work. I dont think Tom Cruise is the type of guy who would do a DTV movie for a few dollars for a few hours. He clearly still gives a fuck about his career.
          i am a fan of his.
          one more thing..i don’t know squad about scientology, & yes what i’ve heard is cooky… i’ve always said..why is it okay to trash some religions or politics , but for others they run u out of town.
          just sayin

      • The Night Rider

        January 19, 2015 at 4:57 pm

        Major props to Cruise for his practical and ballsy stunt work in a lot of his movies, even though they could easily have CGI’ed a lot of it.

        • Mucho Macho

          January 20, 2015 at 1:50 am

          *Agreed. I would never do half the shit he does. Man enough to admit that. I’ll be all like:” hang a dummy from the plane!” My movie would look like Super Dave!
          *i actually liked Jack Reacher a lot.
          think is a bit underrated .
          Brian Bosworth would have been great ( cause he looks like he is described in the books) but u know that never was going to happen.
          But Cruise was good. He is reliable.
          i think the movie was entertaining with the great Duvall of course

        • Jay Beezy

          January 24, 2015 at 5:12 pm

          Can’t wait to see how that plane scene in MI5 plays out onscreen. Does anyone know if they shot that in IMAX like they did Ghost Protocol and that Burj Khalifa scene?

    • The Night Rider

      January 19, 2015 at 4:56 pm


  2. TheOldMcClane

    January 18, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Interesting list. I still need to see a few of those.

  3. Mucho Macho

    January 18, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Wait ..what..?!?!
    No Selma….
    U racist motha fucka’s!!!

  4. Mucho Macho

    January 18, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I bet Ex3 & the RoboCop remake were #7 & #6 respectively

  5. Mucho Macho

    January 18, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I have only seen John Wick on the list.
    Damn..gotta go man up!

  6. N.m. Ash

    January 19, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    And how the Raid 2 was missed is beyond me.

    • The Night Rider

      January 19, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      The action frustrated me and the dramatic elements bored me and overstayed their welcome. The first movie shits all over it.

      • N.m. Ash

        January 20, 2015 at 6:04 am

        I understand the drama complaint, but you must be smoking some fierce shit if you were frustrated by the action. I don’t even know what that means, but it sounds ridiculous.

        The first movie was FULL of the drama you can’t stand, so I don’t get the hate.

      • GXFR4LIFE

        January 21, 2015 at 2:40 pm

        U need to stop watching action movies then cause u aren’t very bright


    January 21, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    How the hell is the raid 2 not on this list . good call on cold in July

  8. Jim Kelly

    January 28, 2015 at 9:54 am

    What about Raid 2 ? And french manly Colt 45 ?

  9. Goro

    February 2, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I don’t really understand choice of John Wick. The story of the movie is plain dumb. Keanu Reeves is acting the same like in all his movies: same talk, same gestures, same look all the time. The movie is very unrealistic. I did not see much of a blood or gore either. It looks like it was toned down a lot. The movie is without heart. Some people make comparison to Taken. I just rewatched Taken and it is sooo much better.

  10. Goro

    February 6, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Actually the manliest movie of 2014 was Equalizer. Beautiful direction, excellent play by Denzel, brutal movie