Site ColumnsBy Michelle
June 3, 2005 - 10:38 PM
Last weekend I attended with my extended family a sneak preview of Cinderella Man, which we all enjoyed enormously for a variety of reasons -- my father-in-law because he grew up reading about Jim Braddock, my mother-in-law because she liked the Depression recreation, my kids because they thought the boxing was exciting and were charmed by Braddock's relationship with his kids, and me mostly because Russell Crowe was fantastic, though there was a lot else to enjoy as well: the cinematography was excellent, Renee Zellwegger was quite good despite having some dialogue nearly as bad as Natalie Portman's in Revenge of the Sith - can't ANYONE write dialogue for women in Hollywood?
But back to Crowe -- he managed to sound convincingly like he was from New Joisey for most of the film, he underplayed emotional scenes that would have been intolerable if he came on any stronger given the boo-hoo dialogue, and he looked amazing -- I don't mean gorgeous-amazing as boxing muscles and bruises don't do a thing for me, but his physical presence in the ring and in schlub clothes in the dock scenes was equally intense. It's hard for me to watch boxing even when I know how the matches will end, and in this case I not only knew the results but the injuries to expect - still, I couldn't look away. The supporting cast was all good, the preview was sold out and the audience applauded at the end.
Like Seabiscuit, Cinderella Man reminded me of The Natural, and of Seabiscuit itself only with more of an emphasis on hard work and commitment rather than fate and myth which I rather appreciated. The Depression was a very tough time to be an American, and Braddock talked about how it was easier facing people trying to smack you down in the ring where at least you could see who your adversaries were...fairly predictable but nicely done, which I'd say about most Ron Howard movies. Look, I love sports movies, I love historical biopics, I love Russell Crowe...the things going for this movie were far greater than the things I was likely to hold against it, boxing or no boxing.
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These were some of the major news items from June 2003:
- Bakula: The Time Is Right For An Arc
Scott Bakula (Archer) said he was "thrilled" about the changes in store for Enterprise's third season, especially the chance to explore a long-running storyline....it just feels like the right time to really get into something that has arc, that will survive not just the standalone episodes per se," he explained. "That will have something for the fans to really hook onto every week and really get involved with. So I'm very excited about it."
- Newest 'New Frontier' To Tell Character Stories
Pocket Books announced the titles and authors of the short stories for the Star Trek: New Frontier anthology No Limits, edited by series creator Peter David and featuring 18 stories, most of which focused on a single character. "A Little Getaway", David's own contribution, told the story of the honeymoon of Captains Calhoun and Shelby.
- Armstrong On Becoming Human
Vaughn Armstrong (Forrest) talked about finally landing his first human Trek role after years of playing Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians, ex-Borg and others. He had tried out to play Ambassador Soval in "Broken Bow" but was told "they saw Admiral Forrest the minute I walked in the room. This made me very happy! A human, at last!"
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In the mirror universe, Commander Archer mutinies against Captain Forrest in order to capture a future Earth ship found in Tholian space.
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