Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Movies and a random thought.

By Holmer

I have been trying to determine why I just can't find it in me to enjoy watching the NFL. I like football, I watch NCAA football. Beside the obvious FOX robot, I found that one of my many reasons lie in the T.V. announcer's booth.

In baseball, you have your hometown voices that give an optimistic, "get to know 'em" type delivery that gives the audience a look at the good, during the bad.

NFL games are broadcast on a variety of networks who have their personalities spread all over the country every Sunday. These announcers might show up a few days early to their assigned cities to watch a practice or two, but they don't know how this team works or who comes in to the game after you lose your top two linebackers. They throw out a few little known stats or facts which they found via IHOP or Google maps, and pretend to know the goings on of the team's inner-workings. Plus you have those games where you have to struggle through Madden's bumbling drubble, or Kornheiser's endless nonsense. So, maybe adding hometown announcers to the NFL will cause my taste to sweeten toward our Professional Football.


Does anyone else think that having "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" spend a week a-top America's movie list as being preposterous? Although it boasts a cast of voices including the likes of Andy Garcia (The Godfather parts II and III, Ocean's Eleven), Drew Barrymore (E.T., The Wedding Singer), and George Lopez (Balls of Fury, Dancing with the Stars) it is simply ludicrous that this is the theater option that our population preferred over such movies as:

Leo (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Catch Me If You Can) and Russell Crowe's (Cinderella Man, Gladiator) latest gig, "Body of Lies". A government underground thriller full of twists and turns that demands an attentive audience to comprehend the plot and ending.

"Appaloosa" a modern western that stars Ed Harris (Beautiful Mind, Radio) who is also the director, reunites with "A History of Violence"'s Viggo Mortensen (LOTR's Aragorn). Jeremy Irons(Die Hard With a Vengence, ), and squinty face Rene Zellweger (Jerry Maguire, Me, Myself and Irene). This is probably the film I would give my highest recommendation to in the theater today.

"The Express" The story of the first black football player to win the Heisman Trophy. I'm sure it's full of our nation's ignorant racism that was so prevalent in this dark section of history. This relived story should be full of emotion, and resilience of a young man being bogged down by uppity white big-wigs.

I would also make a point to see "What Just Happened?". Starring Robert DeNiro (Taxi Driver, A Bronx Tale, Sleepers) and Bruce Willis (Die Hard, The Fifth Element) this dramatic comedy will be a must-see with the never before seen tandem of these classic actors of our time.

New Release Bonus:

"Forbidden Kingdom" If you have ever enjoyed Kung-Fu movies, this will be one of your favorites. Jet Li (Unleashed, The One) and Jackie Chan (Rush Hours, Shanghai Noon/Knights) unite to show off their elite knowledge and abilities of the Martial Arts.


Daymonster said...

I was thinking about the NFL vs MLB announcers too. It's basically like if you watched all of the Twins games televised by Fox or ESPN. Because it's a national audience (or almost a national audience) they say things that are so obvious to the teams fans that it boarders on annoying.

"Did you know that Adrian Peterson was selected in the first round of the 2007 draft?"

As far as the Beverly Hills Chihuahua movie, the reason there are so many big names in it, is the same reason there are going to be a ton of big names in any computer animated type movie for a long time.... EASY MONEY.

All the actor needs to do is go in to a studio. Read the lines off the paper, two hours later they get 5 million dollars. The greatest job in the world.

brex said...

Right on with the NFL broadcast random thought. This is probably the case because of what people normally do while watching the NFL -- Drink beer, eat nachos, yell at each other, play lawn games. The actual game with players, stats, inside stories is an after thought. It's more about rivalry/comradery between fans then it is about the actual team. It might as well be robots out there playing.

haasertime said...

Burn After Reading is great, it should have remained number one over Chihuahua.

Yea that'd be great if the purple had their own TV announcers just for us hometown fans. I would actually watch ga- - no, no I still wouldn't.

soup said...

You know what's the best? When local broadcasters do Viking preseason games. It good in a laugh at them sort of way. They are just not talented and in way over their heads.

TwinsWin83 said...

Chihuahua spent TWO WEEKS at number one. If one week is unreal two weeks is downright awful on the part of movie-going Americans.

Good point about the announcers. I actualy dont mind Paul Allen and it might not be so bad if he did TV coverage, its just sometimes he can be a bit too much. Hes one of the typical football guys who put WAY too much importance on every little thing that happens. You can tell his entire life depends on how the Vikings do each week.