Trailer for Jeremy Lin’s new movie now playing in theaters.
When Jeremy Lin made his NBA debut, I was in the house for that. It was 2010 and it was the Golden State Warriors’ second game of the season. It was also Asian Heritage Night. I was very lucky to have gotten a media credential to that game.
There wasn’t a lot of expectations for Lin. He was way low on the depth chart and the only way he would get some action on the court was if the game was a blowout.
Sure enough, late in the game, the Warriors took a commanding lead and it was then that then head coach Keith Smart decided to put Lin in the game. The reaction to Lin was off the charts for every opportunity he touched the ball even though he didn’t attempt a single shot in his short time on the court.
This is a classic movie scene. And for anyone who has seen it, they knew that Bluto’s confusion of US history did not hurt the impact of his speech.
NFL reporter Jeff Darlington, a fan of the movie, uses this speech in reference on Twitter every now and then. However, some of his 68,000+ Twitter followers don’t get the pop culture reference.
He used it on Monday night when the Redskins attempted to come back from a 33-7 deficit.
In return, we get a lot of fans calling out Darlington for not knowing his history. Darlington retweeted some of the offended people.
They actually referred to him as Superman only once throughout the entire film, shifting the focus away from his powers.
If you’re looking for a fantasy version of Superman, then Man of Steel is not the movie for you. If the romantic relationship between Superman and Lois Lane is what you’re hoping to rediscover in this film, you’re looking in the wrong place.
Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan, along with a powerful score from Hans Zimmer, gives us the Superman that we rarely see in mediums of years past. Instead of the joy and praise from the earth for their new savior, we venture into the tortured soul of an outsider looking to find his place in a world where he knows he doesn’t belong.
The focus of this film shifts away from the super powers that made him the Man of Steel. In fact, the best scenes from this movie comes from Clark’s upbringing in his hometown of Smallville with his earth parents Jonathan and Martha.
This isn’t sports related but I have to post this because I am a huge Superman fan and General Zod needs our attention.
I can’t wait for this movie to come out!
I came into the movie theater knowing that I wasn’t going to get a major history lesson of everything that happened during Jackie Robinson’s rookie year. But I knew that with Hollywood, the main message of the story would be told beautifully. That’s what I got when I saw “42” today.
The movie doesn’t detail every single thing that came with Robinson’s signing or Branch Rickey’s struggle to maintain a clubhouse that supported Robinson. But as any good Hollywood movie does, the reality is shown. And the reality was that Robinson’s arrival came with a lot of hate. From hate mail, to racial slurs to death threats, it all was emphasized throughout the film, an important aspect that I think the film captures wonderfully. Especially for a time period that so few of us actually lived through, it’s shocking to see how narrow-minded America was at one point.
I’ll be honest, I shed a tear a few times throughout the film because I think it still hurts to see racism today. Even though it was nothing like it was in the 1940s, the fact that we still struggle to accept people despite differences in our society makes this movie that much more powerful.
A little off topic here, but kind of not really.
Last night I was watching “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and I realized that I don’t think I’ve ever had a day like that before. I’ve had days off before but never in my lifetime have I just had a day off, get a couple close friends and just go out on a town. Even during vacation times, there are a lot of restrictions to what I can do and what I want to do.
Part of Ferris’ day was spent at Wrigley Field. How great would that be just to get a day off and go to the park with your friends? I never did anything like that. I remember going to a game once after a half day in high school, but that was it.
What would I do if I truly had a day off? Now that I live in Los Angeles, there are a ton of things that I would want to do. I know for a fact that a baseball game would be somewhere in the mix. But if I did some of the things that Ferris did, I’d probably go to the Getty Museum, join maybe the Rose Bowl parade and maybe end up at some fancy restaurant.
Quick synopsis: Gus (Clint Eastwood) is an aging baseball scout that has had a great track record and is on to seek a prospect for the Braves in the upcoming draft. His eyesight is starting to fail him and his colleague, a former scout now team executive (John Goodman) suggests that Gus’ overworked lawyer daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) accompany Gus on this scouting trip. There Mickey hopes to mend a broken relationship with her father while she tries to balance her own problems in life.
So I came into the theater having high expectations for the movie. After all, I love baseball and I enjoy Clint Eastwood. But after watching this movie, I don’t think this was much of a baseball movie. Baseball was the backdrop to a story that featured more of Gus and his daughter Mickey bonding together for the first time in their lives.
But there were some good baseball notions to it. It actually debunked everything “Moneyball” was about — that computers can’t determine a player’s worth. You have to see it, hear and and believe it. And there goes the current state of scouting — which approach works best?