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***Update ~ February 26, 2012. Added another movie! Go see. Can't believe I forgot about this one!*

**Update ~ February 22, 2012. Bonnie and Clyde is a wild ride, indeed! Just how many different cars did they steal anyway? Was a bit put off by Clyde's sexual frigidity at first. But he came through in the end and made Bonnie a happy lady. The car chases were a riot, having a playful tone due to the bouncy banjo music in the background. Although Bonnie and Clyde is a very good movie and quite violent, I won't be adding it to my exclusive list.*

*Update ~ February 19, 2012. After reading the biography of Pauline Kael, who was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991, I have decided to watch Bonnie and Clyde (1967). From Kael's description it seems that this film may end up on my list. It probably will come down to whether or not I love the movie. This is one of the major factors that determines if a film makes the cut. Also, I have slightly altered my original criteria. Being sexy is no longer an absolute must. This allows me to add another of my favorites to my list: Taxi Driver.*

Come on admit it, sometimes violent movies are great fun—even date night worthy and family friendly too (my family anyhow.)

When is this true? When these films are also smart, clever, original, thought provoking, psychologically twisted, suspenseful, emotionally taxing, and sexy—minus exploitation, supernatural horror, and war victims.

A great violent film cannot be about the Holocaust. War is never sexy. Sorry, Schindler’s List is out, as are Saving Private Ryan and Apocalypse Now. It also has to be original—not predictable. This disqualifies The Godfather. Object? Sorry, it’s my list and I decide what goes on it. How about Kill Bill, you say? Nope—not thought provoking. At least not to me, and remember who’s making that list. According to my criteria, this also excludes The Ring, The Blair Witch Project and The Sixth Sense. No creepy, supernatural, nightmare inducing films, please! And none of those are sexy, btw. The Matrix has got to be on there, right? No, didn't make the cut. The bloodshed didn't seem real but more like video game violence. It wasn't emotionally taxing because there was no real sense of loss, as if you could easily start the game over—no problem. Though it was super sexy and thought confusing—I mean provoking. Huh?

So, based on my very narrow guidelines, here is my short list of the Best Violent Films Eva'. Keep in mind, I didn’t say most violent films—just the best ones.

And here they are:

Drive
Pulp Fiction
The Silence of the Lambs
No Country for Old Men*

Taxi Driver
The Crying Game

*OK, No Country For Old Men is not sexy—unless bowl haircuts turn you on. But I still think it should be on the list.

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Perhaps The Silence of the Lambs isn't sexy either. Though there was a sexual tension between Hannibal and Clarice. You felt it, didn't ya? Taxi Driver is not sexy either. (See update at top of page.)

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Updated February 28, 2012 at 04:52 PM by realitybites

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  1. timeisaclockoftheheart's Avatar
    Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead & True Romance for me

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  2. realitybites's Avatar
    Hi time. Good to see you again. I have not seen those two films. But I will and they may become apart of that list.

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  3. timeisaclockoftheheart's Avatar
    Patricia Arquette (Alabama Worley) in True Romance: 'I had to come all the way from the highway and byways of Tallahassee, Florida to MotorCity, Detroit to find my true love. If you gave me a million years to ponder, I would never have guessed that true romance and Detroit would ever go together. And til this day, the events that followed all still seems like a distant dream. But the dream was real and was to change our lives forever. I kept asking Clarence why our world seemed to be collapsing and things seemed to be getting so shitty. And he'd say, "that's the way it goes, but don't forget, it goes the other way too." That's the way romance is... Usually, that's the way it goes, but every once in awhile, it goes the other way too...'

    and... Christopher Walken (Vincenzo Coccotti) - 'Sicilians are great liars. The best in the world. I'm Sicilian. My father was the world heavy-weight champion of Sicilian liars. From growing up with him I learned the pantomime. There are seventeen different things a guy can do when he lies to give himself away. A guys got seventeen pantomimes. A woman's got twenty, but a guy's got seventeen... but, if you know them, like you know your own face, they beat lie detectors all to hell. Now, what we got here is a little game of show and tell. You don't wanna show me nothin', but you're tellin me everything. I know you know where they are, so tell me before I do some damage you won't walk away from...'

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  4. realitybites's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by timeisaclockoftheheart
    Patricia Arquette (Alabama Worley) in True Romance: 'I had to come all the way from the highway and byways of Tallahassee, Florida to MotorCity, Detroit to find my true love. If you gave me a million years to ponder, I would never have guessed that true romance and Detroit would ever go together. And til this day, the events that followed all still seems like a distant dream. But the dream was real and was to change our lives forever. I kept asking Clarence why our world seemed to be collapsing and things seemed to be getting so shitty. And he'd say, "that's the way it goes, but don't forget, it goes the other way too." That's the way romance is... Usually, that's the way it goes, but every once in awhile, it goes the other way too...'

    and... Christopher Walken (Vincenzo Coccotti) - 'Sicilians are great liars. The best in the world. I'm Sicilian. My father was the world heavy-weight champion of Sicilian liars. From growing up with him I learned the pantomime. There are seventeen different things a guy can do when he lies to give himself away. A guys got seventeen pantomimes. A woman's got twenty, but a guy's got seventeen... but, if you know them, like you know your own face, they beat lie detectors all to hell. Now, what we got here is a little game of show and tell. You don't wanna show me nothin', but you're tellin me everything. I know you know where they are, so tell me before I do some damage you won't walk away from...'
    Great Dialog! I'm gonna watch it this weekend.

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  5. realitybites's Avatar
    Just saw True Romance. Great movie--very Tarantinoesque. Still think I prefer Pulp Fiction, if I had to pick just one of his films. Christian Slater is excellent. Too bad his career kinda came to halt shortly after. Ego? Personal problems? Loved him in Heathers as well.

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