“On The Waterfront,” 57 Years Later

4 starsOn the Waterfront was released 57 years ago today. It stars Marlon Brando as a washed up boxer working on the docks, a tough guy but a good guy who wants to do the right thing, but doing the right thing means he’ll get the crap beat out of him by the guys in the corrupt longshoremans union.

Excellent performances and a compelling story. The kind of movie that can be viewed every couple years and get better with each viewing. I’m impressed by any movie that’s still entertaining and compelling after almost 60 years.

“Unstoppable” is Boring

Unstoppable is a waste of time. I nearly fell asleep in the theatre. It’s an insult to half decent popcorn action flicks like Salt. Rent “Speed” instead. That’s about a bus that’s out of control instead of a train, but it also has plenty of other explosive action scenes and it’s silly enough to enjoy and not take seriously. I’m not sure if “Unstoppable” has any action scenes. It has some fast editing, but quick cuts and jerky camera moves can’t make up for a lack action. Skip it. Don’t even rent it.

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Hockey, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins, and Riots

licking stanley cupNice headline to wake up to: Riots erupt in Vancouver after Canucks loss

Riot police fired tear gas, pepper spray and flash bombs in downtown Vancouver Wednesday night to try to disperse angry rioters who set cars on fire, looted stores and taunted police officers after the Canucks’ 4-0 Stanley Cup final loss to the Boston Bruins.

The same thing reaction occurred in 1994 (from same article):

Police tried to nip the violence in the bud by closing liquor and beer stores early, but it appeared to have no effect.

The strategy was also part of an effort to avoid a repeat of the 1994 Stanley Cup riot, which occurred in Vancouver’s downtown area on June 14 that year, after the Canucks lost in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final in New York against the Rangers.

It’s expected the damage from Wednesday’s riot will far exceed that of 17 years ago.

Sport fanaticism is as bad as religious fanaticism.

Drive-In Classic “Super 8”

  J.J. Abram’s Super 8 is a great drive-in movie even though drive-ins are more or less extinct these days. It’s an “E.T.” kind of movie with a cast of kids who get caught up in a sci-fi thriller adventure story that’s perhaps not iconic like Steven Speilberg’s better science fiction, but it’s a fun summer movie. Goes good with popcorn.

A Grusome “127 Hours”

127 Hours is a true story about a rock climber whose arm gets stuck under a rock and he eventually has to cut it off with a dull knife. A well made tension-filled movie with about 5 minutes of the most realistic gore of a guy cutting his arm off that made the person I saw the movie with feel a bit nauseous.

James Franco really shows his acting chops in this one.

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