Winning Cinema: The Best of Charlie Sheen – Part 1

Last night it came to me in a dream. The mystical Vatican assassin warlock himself haunted me in the night. I dreamed of Sheen. Yes, Charlie Sheen’s omnipresence has even infiltrated my subconscious. And while some “fools and trolls” say that they’re burned-out on Charlie or that the media is over-saturated with his coverage, I choose to take Charlie’s advice: “sit back and enjoy the show.”

With that in mind, I’ve decided to revel in some of Charlie’s work. So, I present part one of my ongoing “best of” series focusing on my favorite films featuring Charlie Sheen. And I can’t think of better film to start off with than Charlie’s feature film debut, Red Dawn.

Directed by John Milius, Red Dawn is a cinematic cornucopia of conservative propaganda, but dammit if it ain’t entertaining as hell.

At the dawn of World War III, as America is invaded by Soviet and Cuban forces, a group of teenagers band together and fight back. Led by Jed (Patrick Swayze) and Matt Eckert (Charlie Sheen), whose survivalist upbringing seems to have perfectly prepared them for their ordeal, the group of unlikely guerrilla warriors become a surprisingly effective armed resistance to the invading forces.

Beyond the fact that this was Charlie Sheen’s feature film debut, Red Dawn also comes to mind specifically for the scene when Jed and Matt take Robert (C. Thomas Howell) hunting for the first time. Upon making his first kill, the Eckert brothers tell Robert that he must drink the blood of the deer in order to become a true hunter. The role of brooding bad-ass hunter turned resistance fighter seems apropos for a man with tiger blood.

Stay tuned for more of the best of Charlie Sheen.

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