Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Brad Pitt Movies

Brad Pitt Movies

By Shane Rivers

I don't know about you, but I'm a big fan of Brad Pitt movies. Sure, he's a good-looking guy who's romantically involved with one of the world's great beauties, but he's also a talented actor capable of playing a wide range of roles. And maybe I'm going out on a limb here, but I predict he'll only get better with age. For those who remain skeptical about his abilities, I've put together this brief look at some of the best Brad Pitt movies currently available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Inglourious Basterds (2009) - Pitt plays a southern-fried, Nazi-killing soldier in this WWII epic from director Quentin Tarantino. He's way over the top, but that's perfectly in keeping with Tarantino's bloody, and often darkly comical, piece of revisionist history.

12 Monkeys (1995) - Bruce Willis stars as a convict who volunteers to travel back through time and save the planet from a lethal viral outbreak. When he does so, he meets the manic Jeffrey Goines in an insane asylum, and the young man becomes his primary suspect for who released the virus in the first place.

The Mexican (2001) - Jerry Welbach is a chronic screw-up. Forced to run errands for the mob after accidentally sending their boss to prison, Jerry's final mission is to travel to Mexico and locate a legendary antique gun. Things don't go as planned, however, and his nagging girlfriend (Julia Roberts) is soon drawn into events.

Kalifornia (1993) - Brian Kessler (David Duchovny) is writing a book about serial killers. Along with his girlfriend (Michelle Forbes), he decides to drive from Pittsburgh to California and document famous murder sites along the way. In order to save money on gas, he advertises for a ride-share. Imagine his surprise when honest-to-goodness serial killer Early Grayce (Pitt) answers his ad.

Snatch (2000) - Director guy Ritchie takes a look at illegal boxing in the UK, along with a number of other criminal pursuits. Pitt plays Mickey O'Neil, an Irish gypsy who also happens to be a bare-knuckle boxing champion. When he nearly kills the boxer managed by Turkish (Jason Statham), he agrees to fill in during an upcoming bout hosted by the crime kingpin Brick Top (Alan Ford). Meanwhile, a whole host of colorful criminals search for a stolen 84-carat diamond.

Fight Club (1999) - Edward Norton is an unnamed, disillusioned young man searching for meaning in his life. He finds it when he meets Tyler Durden (Pitt), an eccentric soap-maker who despises consumerism and all it stands for. Together, they start an underground fight club where men can discover themselves, and Tyler soon focuses his energy in a new, more destructive direction. Helena Bonham Carter co-stars.

Interview with the Vampire (1994) - Based on the novel by Anne Rice, Interview casts Brad Pitt opposite Tom Cruise. Pitt plays Louis, a sensitive vampire who was turned in 1791 by the manipulative and often callous Lestat (Cruise). As the two immortals travel the world, they fight, feed, and create a monstrous "daughter" (played by a young Kirsten Dunst). Also starring Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater, and Stephen Rea.

Troy (2004) - As the legendary Trojan War commences, heroes on both sides prepare to engage in a life or death struggle. Pitt plays Achilles, the world's greatest warrior.

Seven Years in Tibet (1997) - The real-life story of an Austrian mountaineer (Pitt) who travels to Tibet and winds up becoming a friend and tutor to the Dalai Lama. Due to the content of the film, Pitt was banned by the Chinese government from ever entering their country.

Seven (1995) - Set in a city where it always rains, Seven focuses on the brutal crimes committed by a serial killer looking to punish those guilty of the seven deadly sins. Det. Mills (Pitt) and Det. Somerset (Morgan Freeman) are the dedicated cops on his trail. Filled with twists and turns, the film is deftly directed by David Fincher.

Here's hoping you enjoyed my list of Brad Pitt movies. While fans may be reminded of some of their favorite cinematic moments, it's my hope that non-fans will put aside their preconceived notions and give at least one of the movies listed above a try. If they do, I'm confident that they'll come away a believer.

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