Alright, the Bears are not done, not yet. They still hold their fate in their own hands. They are 8-5 and have the sixth seed with three games left. That is where the good news for the Chicago fans ends. Now, for the concerning news, they 7-1 going into week 10. “In the drivers seat,” as some of those cliches go. Then comes in Houston. Arguably the best team in the league. The Bears played them well but ultimately, the fall began. Since then, they have lost four out of the five games, all against teams over .500. After week 14 the Bears have had eight games with teams over that .500 mark. They are 3-5 against those teams. Oh yea, and the win against the Colts was week 1, which incidentally, was Andrew Luck’s first game in the NFL. The Bears last three games are very big games, and luckily for them, they play only one team over .500 in the last three. But, the first game is against the Packers. And I don’t usually say that a team doesn’t have a chance, but they are showing now life and Cutler, once again is banged up. I believe that once they lose to Green Bay that will be the unofficial end to their season. With Urlacher out, their leader, they just don’t have enough fight and make too many mistakes. Jay Cutler is not a leader and it will be proven once again in the playoffs.
More From The NFL
With the Playoffs looming, there is not much drama in the AFC. The only real race going on is the Bengals on the outside looking in, and the Steelers holding on to the Sixth seed by the barest of margins, and losing to the hapless Chargers doesn’t bring much hope to their cause. The Bengals and Steelers play one good team next week, then a bad team in week 17, and each other smack dab in the middle. So this will be a race that will play out until, most likely week 17.
On the other side of the pendulum, In the NFC there is a heck of a lot more drama. If the Bears fall, which obviously is what I feel will happen, then this will be a three team or barring a miracle, a four team race for the Sixth and final seed. And you never know, the Seahawks are prone to have their fair share of hiccups, and the Giants are have a sever case of multiple personalities. The NFC has ten teams over .500 which makes a fun cluster between the Fifth seed and Tenth place Rams. This race will be very fun to watch play out.
The NHL Sucks
In 2004-2005 the NHL took a leave of absence for the sports world. That moved turned out to be a good one for the owners. They ended making more money from that Lockout. Here is the problem. Now just a mere eight years later they are pulling this stunt again. And this time it will end up being more detrimental than good. I believe the owners will still make more money in the short run, but they are losing their audience, what little audience they had before. In fact, with the push that Soccer is making in the States, Hockey will possibly be the fifth major sport, when they finally come back. I have come to a crossroads in my own personal world. If you go through my archives, I wrote a few paragraphs about how the NHL is the most entertaining sport. But, with this loser Gary Bettmann at the helm of the NHL, and three different work stoppages under his belt. I will not go to, or watch another NHL game until he is fired or retired. I am not investing any more of my time or emotions into a sport that keeps taking away from its fan base. I’m not naive enough to think that the major sports care more about their fans then they do about money, but the other sports at least make it seem like they care about us. Thanks Bettmann for ruining my favorite sport by taking away two seasons in 8 years.
Move over Rodney Harrison and you too James Harrison. There is a new dirty sheriff in town. I do not care what you say about the last incident that Mr. Suh had on Thanksgiving. If you do not know what happened then let me fill you in. Suh was blocked while Matt Schaub was throwing the ball. After everything was already over, and as Suh was being forced to the ground, Suh extended his leg and happened to hit Schaub in the man regions. Now, some people would tell you there is no way that he meant to kick Schaub because a man of his size could not have the flexibility or speed to kick a man while going down to the ground. I agree with the point that there is probably no way he could have meant to kick him in the groin. But, that does not change the fact that, as a professional athlete, he knew he was going to kick Schaub if he extended his leg. I have no doubt in my mind that this man meant to kick Matt Schaub and it just so happened that he kicked him in the groin. Roger Goodell should have suspended him. He, obviously has anger issues or some other issues that need to get taken care of.
This is the fifth incident in his 2+ years in the NFL. Last year, on Thanksgiving no less, he stomped on a Packers arm. In his rookie year he had two major fines due to personal fouls. At least in my eyes, if you have a dirty hit while making a football play its defensible. Not defensible in the fact that they should not be punished, but defensible to the point that it could have been just a mistake. Suh, on the other hand, has stomped on a player and kicked a player in the past calender year. Not exactly a football play. And there needs to be a much shorter leash on his antics. Treat him the same as any other player, if he has a late hit, or a helmet to helmet. But, if he does another one of these acts then the punishment should be much more extreme. Maybe, even a mandatory anger management class. Whatever will get him to stop being a cheap and dirty player. Thank goodness he is not on my team because like all fans, I would root for him if he was making plays for my team. And that is absolutely the last thing I want to do, at least until he gets his act together.
There have always been similarities between the two major league franchises in the lovely state of Florida. The Tampa Bay Rays and the Florida Marlins have had their own bit of successes and failures, since they both joined the ranks of the Majors in the ’90s. The Marlins won the World Series in both 1997 and 2003. Which, coincidentally, were their only playoff appearances since their inception in 1993. Other than that, they have been a not so good team. On the contrary, the Rays have not won a World Series, although they have played in one in their young history, in ‘08 when they lost to the Phillies. Before the World Series appearance, they were the butt of the AL East. The past several years the only similarities between the two franchises has only been the lack of attendance. Other than that, these teams have gone in opposite directions.
The Marlins just completed the season with what most people feel as their third fire sale. They got rid of over $100 million after a surprise spending spree last off-season, after they got their stadium built. They currently are paying more money to people they got rid of, than people on their roster. They have given their fan base more distrust than any other major league team, and that includes the Pirates. They gave their big spending three months and then scrapped it and sent away everyone. The only player they have kept is Stanton, who has made clear how mad he is at this team. They probably will have to trade him in the next few years and this will be an equivalent to the Cabrera trade, which will just turn more fans against them. Their management and ownership has been a sad thing for the Marlin fans and just when it starts to turn around they go and trade everyone AGAIN. Even if this was the right baseball move, which is what they are saying, it doesn’t matter anymore. They haven’t earned anyone’s trust and will not until they show consistency.
The Tampa Bay Rays are a team, that for a decade, was the worst team in the MLB. They refused to spend money, and just kept drafting number one picks not doing anything with them. And then, seemingly out of nowhere, they became a contender. And they haven’t stopped since the 2008 season, in which they miraculously went to the World Series. They have not spent stupidly on big names like Rafael Soriano, who signed a huge contract with the Yanks and pitched well, but the Rays easily replaced him with cheaper talent. They do not sell off everyone, what they do is spend wisely and get younger each off season. The best example of this is they just extended Evan Longoria til 2023. This is a gamble, but what they did was extend his contract over a long period of time and pay him no more than $17 million a year. This is smart because the contract will never put the team in a bind but there is a chance that this guy could have been a $25 million guy in the coming years. Tampa is smart this way, whereas the Marlins have never done anything this smart. Over time you will keep seeing the difference of the two teams and we will see if the Marlins can do something to actually win their fan’s trust back.
As you have probably heard, Rob Gronkowski broke his arm during the fourth quarter of the Patriots Colts game. Here is the problem. The injury occurred on the extra point attempt of the touchdown that put the Pats up by 35 points, or in other terms, to give them a FIVE TOUCHDOWN lead. I fell like his ego is such, so this is where I give him his praise. Yes, Bill Belichek, you can really swing your humungous bleep in the face of the opponent, congrats for your humungous bleep. There, is that what you want to here? Now can you do all of us a favor and stop running up the score so you can have a healthy team and actually keep your important players on the field. Because, no other coach would have the best TE out on the field for the 59th point of the game. But, Bill has to be different. And the funny thing is that it probably won’t impact their playoff chances because their schedule is weak. They only have two games against winning teams remaining. We all know that Bill doesn’t care what everybody says, but, will he finally learn that running up the score is not the way to do things, not because it’s unsportsmanlike, but because football is a dangerous sport and if you have a chance to actually rest your important players in the fourth then you should take full advantage. He will never change but when the coaches’ ego gets a result such as Rob Gronkowski breaking his arm, then I always root for it to bite that coach in the butt. So, Gronk, take care of yourself. Make sure you are completely healthy before you return.
The Steelers have a GLARING weakness
Now, here is another injury. Where I was sad to here about the broken arm for Gronk, I was completely opposite to here about Big Ben Roethisberger. Ok, let me explain. I DO NOT root for injuries. But, the way I feel about Big Ben is this. He is a great QB, and since he didn’t serve any jail time then whenever he gets injured is his jail time. So, I do not cry a river of tears anytime that man gets hurt. On the other hand, the Steelers have a real problem. If they want to have a man who can actually stand upright, then they better fix that Offensive Line, because it is freaking offensive. I am a Rams fan so I have seen a lot of bad lines. And this is the worst. Byron Leftwich did not have time to blow his nose let alone throw a freaking football. They better do something about this line quick, or else they will be struggling for years to come. They will not be able to just win with their defense like they did in the 2005 season.
The Cowboys are just frustrating
The Cowboys are the worst .500 team I have ever seen. What do they do well? They can’t protect the QB, their offense overall is weak, their defense is just alright. Watching the Cowboys beat the Browns in overtime was like watching the Human Centipede. It hurt my eyes, ears and made me sick to my stomach. WHY IN THE HELL DID I DRAFT ROMO FOR MY FANTASY TEAM!!!!! I have promised myself one thing going forward. I will not believe in the Cowboys until they actually prove to me that they should be believed in. And no, I don’t mean that I will never pick them to win, but even after they beat the powerhouse Browns in Overtime, I will not give them the credit I give actual playoff teams until they freaking play a few good games in a row and actually make the playoffs. As a Ram fan I would like to say I feel bad for the Cowboys fans, because at least we know how crappy the Lambs are, you guys are always getting crushed as a Dallas fan. So I say good luck in the future. I will be waiting on the other side of the fence.
P.S. If the NHL doesn’t have a season this year then they better fire Gary Bettman. If they do not have a season and that snake of a man is still the comish, then I will gladly kiss the NHL goodbye. I’m done giving my money my hard earned money to a league that can’t get their shit together. Two strikes in less than a decade is horrible and I will be done. Give me half of a season or give me Bettman’s head on a silver platter or else I’m out. And I know no one actually cares, and I wont make a difference but I am done.
This week there were many upsets. Not necessarily, in the win-loss column, but against the spread. Eight of the 13 games played, were won by the teams that were getting points against the spread. In three of those eight games the team giving the points lost there starting QB, and they lost them early. Now, I am not going to take the easy stance and say that this is a trend. I don’t think it is, at least among the QBs. But, it does further the discussion of what the hell are we going to do. Nothing more at this time. It is something that much smarter people than I can and should figure out. Now, back to this weeks games.
The Eagles lost Vick in the 2nd quarter of what seemed like an important game. I’m sorry to tell you, that this is just not the case. The Eagles came into the game at 3-5 and even though it looks like they are in a weak division, which might be true, the Giants are going to easily win the East and I do not care how pathetic they looked against the Bengals. They would have had to go 7-1 in the last eight games, including Dallas, to be in the playoffs. (Obviously I am all in on the Giants). So, I believe that this just made it inevitable that Vick will not return to the city of Brotherly Love. Now, going back to the fact that they were one of the many favorites to go down, there should be an asterisks next to this game. The Eagles were the favorites to start with, but the Cowboys closed the gap and the line went from Dal +1, to Dal-1. I always place my bets at the beginning of the week so for me I still had Dal getting a point. The Eagles were winning the game with Vick and I am not saying that they would have won, especially with the way the Eagles love to turn the ball over, but having a rookie QB behind a more than shaky O-line does lead me to believe that the Boys caught a much needed break, and so did my wallet.
The Vick concussion was by far, the most news worthy, but it was not the most important. Jay Cutler left the game in the second after having an abysmal quarter and a half of play against the mighty Texan’s Defense. He had already thrown two picks and only had thrown for forty yards to his own players before being knocked out. Cutler was on his way to having one of those games that he has two to three times a year. I do not believe that, if healthy, the Bears would have won. But the question now becomes “how long will Cutler be out?” This is a significant question because the Bears are 7-2 with the 49ers coming up next week (I will cover them in a sec). They have four division games left, including a crucial bout against the Packers, and two more against the surprising Vikings. Last year the Bears were in the same position before Cutler was lost for the season and the Bears went down in flames. Will that happen again? Most likely with Jason Campbell they can win a few if needed, but losing Cutler will help their season implode for a second year in a row.
Now for the most interesting concussion we turn to San Francisco. (That absolutely sounds horrible but, whatever). The reason this is the most interesting is because this could have the biggest impact via the playoff picture, this year and in future years. Colin Kaepernick looked well after Alex Smith went down in the second quarter. He took the 49ers on two comeback drives in the Fourth Quarter and another very solid drive in OT. He is a young mobile Quarterback who already has shown more promise than the starter in front of him. He is the guy, at least I believe, that can take this really good team to a really great team. We will see what happens with the severity of his concussion but I am actually more scared if he will be out for a long period of time or if Kaepernick earns the starting position due to his play.
Mike D’Antoni Is The New Lakers Coach
What in the hell are the Lakers doing. First off, I don’t understand why you fire Mike Brown after FIVE GAMES. I do not give a bleep how bad the team looked after FIVE GAMES. I’m sorry, he might not be the right man for the job but he deserved more time then 7% of the season. His team had missed more free throws in the first five games then a bunch of one armed five year old kids would had in the same amount of time. He had a game and a half with Nash, and Dwight Howard is a shell of himself, mainly because he just had back surgery people. So, now you bring in D’Antoni. A guy who has the philosophy that defense does not matter. And that’s how he won a championship with the Suns. (Wait, he didn’t win a championship. He hasn’t even gone to the Finals!!! Mike Brown has gone to a Finals and D’Antoni hasn’t). Ok, I know that doesn’t really mean anything but without defense you can not win. That goes in all sports. It has been proven over and over again. Have fun L.A. because it doesn’t matter who your coach is, if your team does not make free throws and Howard doesn’t become the player he was then it will not matter.
Hello friends, I know its been awhile, but I am back. I have taken such a long hiatus that there is no point in going over what has happened these past many months. Baseball…over. Hockey…ha, don’t even get me started. So we have football and basketball. And there is a lot going on in the NFL and NBA so lets start with the most pressing issue in sports.
What In The Hell Is Going On With Those L.A. Lakers
So this story seems a familiar one. Travel back to 2010, when LeBron James, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh joined forces to become the newest incantation of the Big Three. They started out that year at 9-8. Then went on to make it to the Finals. Most people look back and see that loss in the Finals as an epic failure. News Flash, it wasn’t. Now everyone is freaking out about the Lakers slow start. You can stop. Here is the deal, they are older and injured. You can not compare them to the Heat of the past two years. Bryant is older, Nash is older and now has a minor injury, Pau is well Pau, and Howard is coming off back surgery. Yes, I said BACK SURGERY. It will not only take awhile for them to get healthy, even if they can stay healthy, but in Basketball it takes awhile for new teammates to get to know each other. I’m not saying that I think they will win the whole thing, or even the West. But, I am saying that they will be better and they will be a threat to take down anyone in their way. Just give it time. You already saw what time allowed the Heat to do.
Around The N.B.A
I know the season just started, so take records out of the equation. But, the New York Knickerbockers have allowed only 86 points per game. Once again, we are only looking at a three game sample size, but if the Knicks have really changed on D then they are in for a good season. That is what they have been missing for years. So if they figured it out then maybe, just maybe they can be a threat to Heat more so then the Boston Celtics. They are younger and more athletic than the Celtics are and if they can stay moderately healthy then watch out because New York will be back in the fold, and this time they won’t need a phenomenon who flames out after a few weeks to carry them.
I would love to talk about how amazing the Bulls and T-Wolves are without their respected stars, K-Love and D-Rose but does it really matter. Both have injuries that are likely to keep them out a significant chunk of the season. And I whole heartily believe that both that the Bulls will be around .500 and that the Wolves will be worse, when they finally get their big men back. Now the question is whether or not they come back and are able to get the Wolves to the playoffs and the Bulls over the hump during the playoffs.
Oh and PS the James Harden Deal was bad for the Thunder, but you can not blame Harden at all. James Harden had already showed that he was willing to take less money to stay in OKC but not for that much less. He was a sixth man in OKC and was being told he was going to have to take even less money. Screw that!!! Houston assured Harden the Max deal and to be the star. Wouldn’t everyone take that deal? I know I would and he is a 23 year old young man who is one of the best at what he does. Good for you Harden and we will see how Presti and the Thunder can do without their 6th man.
Whether or not you like the NBA, or sports in general, is inconsequential. This is more than a game. It is entertainment at it’s finest. It’s a soap opera, a thriller, a drama, all wrapped in one. It’s good vs evil, old vs young, David vs Goliath. It’s the Miami Heat vs the Oklahoma City Thunder. Game 4 has just concluded and the Miami Heat are now one win away from their second championship in franchise history, the other one coming in ‘06. This Heat team is hated. Not because they are a group of thugs, or because they only cared about money. In fact, they all took less money to win a Championship. And I know, you all are going to say that they are still rich and it is no big deal when you are still getting paid millions. Yea, tell that to all the Pujols’ fans. Money is the most important thing, unless you are the Heat. But that’s beside the point. Walmart is loving tonight because America is collectively going out and buying Depends, since all of the Heat critics are peeing their pants.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. This OKC team is going to be the Western Conference Champs for years to come. It just won’t start this year. This team being this good at this age is unspeakably unbelievable. The best four players on the team (Durant, Harden, Westbrook, and Ibaka) are all under 24 years old. But it is just not their time. America is craving it to be there time so that the Heat (Goliath) will not prove them wrong. Last year America was right. The Heat couldn’t pull it off, which is funny and ironic, because the Heat losing last year is the reason why this Championship is going to be that much more painful and hard to stomach. Last year America was proven right and so they were vindicated, and once you have been vindicated it is really hard to go back. But that is whats happening. And it is not Westbrook’s fault or anyone else either. It is just the way it is. The people who are criticizing Westbrook forget that the Thunder have went 25-5 when Westbrook shot more than Durant. This is where the media shows how short sighted they truly can be. The Heat are winning this series because of the Heat not because the Thunder are choking.
What is different about this year that the Heat can win, and by no means have they won, but it does look like they will take it. If they don’t then I will write a whole blog about how Im too reactionary and I will apologize to everyone. But, the difference is not that the Thunder are not as good as the Mavs of last year. On the contrary, the Thunder is a better team than the ‘11 Mavs. The Heat, on the other hand, have evolved. Last year’s Heat team was Dwayne Wade’s team, this year it is James’. Last year Bosh, who is very introspective and forthcoming, has said he was not prepared for the pressure of the expectations and hatred. This year must feel like a breeze to him. Last year, MIke Bibby and, the still broken Mike Miller, was the four and five best players. This year, especially in the playoffs, it has been Battier and a still inconsistent but growing Chalmers. Last year was a punch in the mouth but this year it looks like the Heat have their fists up and they are taking every punch that the Thunder throw and are hitting back with the ferocity that they lacked last year.
There are a few dates in sports that rise above the rest. The Superbowl, is obviously the biggest sports holiday. But a weekend that is always one that I look forward to is Memorial Weekend. You have a smorgasbord of sporting events going on every Memorial weekend. You have the NHL and NBA playoffs, plus a full slate of baseball. How can you not get excited. I mean hell, my favorite memories growing up are sitting on my Uncle’s boat dock at the lake, while I listen to the Cardinals game in between wave running, swimming, grilling, and boating. Nothing beats having a cold drink while eating a burger, listening to baseball while jumping in the lake with my family. And there we were again this year. And so we start the weekend in review with the least popular sport but the most important game.
Devils Clinch Eastern Conference With Win In Game 6 and have a date with the L.A. Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals. This series was going to be all about the goalies. In one corner you have Henrik Lundquist, who has been the best goalie all year. In the other, you have the cyborg, 40 year old Marty Brodeur. The back story is that Marty played the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals back when he was a whopping 23 years old and lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions. Fast forward almost two decades later and guess what? Here we go again. Now, the goalies were the most important aspect to this series, like I said. But, throughout the series they both were very wishy washy. There was not a game where both teams were held to under three goals. You would expect that the series would have, at least one game with a score 1-0 or 2-1. But, with that being said, the goalies stepped up when they needed to. Especially, Martin Brodeur. Watching him is like watching a television that is showing highlights of a 1990’s version of Brodeur. He is diving, stretching, making circus style saves, and he is freaking 40. They dispatched the Rangers in six in another overtime thriller and now that the stage is set, this series coming up is much more of the same as the with the last. Jonathon Quick is playing the best hockey right now among anybody in the playoffs. He was the reason why they won the West. And the question we need to ask is can he step up his game or will his inexperience catch up with him. We saw Lundquist have a mediocre series at best. What will Quick do? If Quick plays the way he did in the past two rounds then he will steal the cup away from the 40 year old Brodeur. Will there be a changing of the guard? In all honesty, I didn’t think Marty had this kind of game left in him. Now I have a face full of pie and we will see if Marty can rub it in even more or if Quick and the Kings can outlast this ageless wonder. I will be completely and utterly shocked if their is not a 1-0 or 2-1 score in multiple games this series. And for those of you who think that sounds boring, think again. That will make the game even more exciting.
The Conference Finals Are Underway and The Story Lines Are Endless We will not start with the most controversial payer in the game. I will just get too frustrated and go on a crazy rant, again. No, you will not egg me into it. Instead, I will start with the series that is the age old series of the Old Guard vs. the New Guard. You have Duncan, Ginolbli, and Parker vs Westbrook, Durant, and Harden. This weekend was game one and what do you know, the Spurs took it. They have the deepest bench in the league and that very same bench scored more than half of the Spurs points. In comparison, the OKC bench scored just over a third of their points. The stat I look at from Sunday night, that I believe tells the story about the series is that the top two starters for OKC (Durant and Westbrook) outscored their bench, whereas, the top two players on the Spurs (Duncan and Parker) did not even come close to outscoring their bench. The Spurs play the ultimate team ball while the Thunder play a good team ball but still rely too heavily on two players. Yes, the Thunder only lost by three, but in the playoffs, the team needs to play as one and with the Thunder there just isn’t enough depth. Game 1 this weekend was not an end all be all for the Thunder. They are talented enough to beat the Spurs, but they are going to need more contribution from everyone, which is exactly what the Spurs get every game of the Playoffs, which is why they haven’t lost a single game in the playoffs, yet. If the Spurs win the next two games they will tie the playoff record for 21 straight wins in the playoffs. That is unbelievable for a team that everyone thought was too old.
Now on the other hand, speaking of team play. The Boshless Heat put it to the Celtics last night, on Memorial Day. The Celtics had two games this weekend playing the Sixers in a game seven earlier this weekend. Some say that this was the reason why the older Celts couldn’t keep up with the rested Heat for four quarters. The athleticism of the Heat overtook the Celtics late in the game last night. I know I just got done saying that two players can’t win by themselves but I should amend that comment to say that their is one exception to the rule. James and Wade combined for 54 pts/10 assists/16 reb/5 blocks. But they did get decent contributions from Battier 10pts/2ass/10reb/2blks and Chalmers 9/4/5/1. The Celtics shot under 40%, which probably won’t happen again, but if the Heat can get their role players involved, like they did last night, then it might not matter. James and Wade have so much speed that they will be able to blow by the Celts just like they did last night and take this series. I do believe this will be a long series but I still believe that the Heat will take this series. Now, last but not least, this whole showboating crap that is going around has to be addressed. Ok, I am a LeBron apologist. I can admit that. But You have the biggest trash talker in the game give LeBron a hard foul after the game is already in hand. LeBron lets him know that the game is over and starts laughing in his face. That was probably years of frustration from LeBron towards KG and letting him know that this year and last year just is not the year for the Celts. KG, after the game took it like a man and exactly how I expected a player as tough and professional as a player like KG to take it. Everything James does is scrutinized. And, for the most part, deservedly so. But, for the people that are trashing him for showboating, just take a step back and ask yourself this, what would your reaction be if it was KG on LeBron? Wouldn’t it be “oh KG is just intimidating James. He is showing his dominance over James”. Just think about it. Now that I ranted about this, which I didn’t want to do I ran out of time and have to run to work. So, hopefully tonight or tomorrow I will talk about the Dog Days of the MLB.
Sorry it took so long but I finally have completed my list. So here you go..
The Dark Knight- Cristian Bale, Heath Ledger Director-Christopher Nolan
One of two Nolan films that will appear on this list. This is the only superhero movie on this list and there is a very good reason why. This movie blows any superhero movie out of the water. (I have not seen The Avengers and with the upcoming releases of The Amazing Spiderman and The Dark Knight Rises I can only imagine that in a few short months this might not be true). The acting is superb, and the all star cast had a great script to work with. This movie had way more emotion and heart than any other hero movie before it. The villains are two of the best villains ever to hit the big screen with The Joker (Ledger), and Two Face (Eckhart).
Synopsis: The story picks up shortly where the last ends. There is a new villain in town and he seems to have no motive, except for strictly creating chaos. While, the new D.A. is cleaning up Gotham along with Jeff Gordon (Gary Oldman). Batman struggles with his limitations physically and morally. One of the first hero movies that is as much as a drama as it is an action.
” You will either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”Harvey Dent
Back To The Future-Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd Director-Robert Zemekis
The second Zemekis film on my list. This one is a classic, but clearly, more sentimental. I can watch this movie any time, any day. The storyline is interesting and fun and the vibe is so eighties that you can’t not watch this and get wrapped up into your own time machine. This was Fox at his best and it still ranks as my favorite trilogy. It’s innocent, fun, funny, and interesting. You can’t go wrong with this Sci-Fi adventure comedy.
Synopsis: Marty McFly is scared that he is a loser. He dates the lovely Jennifer, and is friends with a cooky old scientist named Doc. One morning that scientist shows Marty am invention he has been working on for years. He rolls out a car, but not just any old car, it’s a time machine. After an incident, Marty finds himself escaping in the car and inadvertently travels 30 years into the past. Now he has to get Back To The Future, with the help of a 30 year younger Doc and without ruining the future as he knew it.
” Manure, I hate manure”. Biff
The Rock- Nic Cage, Sean Connery Director Michael Bay
This movie is Michael Bay and Nic Cage at their best. An action packed, crazy fun movie that will always be my favorite guilty pleasure movie. I am a sucker for bad action movies that are over the top and utterly ridiculous. This movie meets both of those expectations and then some. How can a movie go wrong when Cage plays a scientist, Connery plays an ex-con, Ed Harris plays a bad soldier, and it all revolves around Alcatraz. If you haven’t seen this movie, then it is time for you to go pick it up in the five dollar bin at any store that sells DVD’s.
Synopsis: When a hostage taker threatens to launch biological warheads from The Rock, scientist Stanley Goodspeed (Cage) and ex-con George Mason (Connery), who is the only person alive to have broken out of Alcatraz, team up to try and stop the soldier terrorist and save not only the hostages, but all of San Francisco.
“Welcome to the Rock”. Mason
Memento-Guy Pierce, Carrie Ann Moss Director-Christopher Nolan
This mind bending, action packed thriller is the perfect blend of confusing, but not too confusing as to take away from the enjoyment of the movie. The script is great and the acting, especially Pierce, is awesome. The plot twists and turns are non-stop and you are on an emotional roller coaster the whole movie. The cinematography adds an element and the non-linear storyline makes it a better movie than if it was shot like every other movie around. You will not regret watching this movie and even if you see this movie again, there will be new things you realize every new viewing.
Synopsis: After his wife was murdered Leonard Shelby (Pierce) can’t make new memories. And he has to rely on his friends, that he can’t remember, to try and help him find his wife’s murderer.
” I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still there. Do I believe the world’s still there? Is it still out there?… Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different.” Leonard
Die Hard- Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman Director Jon McTiernan
This movie was originally supposed to have Sly Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger and instead they got stuck with Willis. This was the best thing to ever happen to this movie/franchise. Willis adds a comic relief element to an amazing action movie. This movie is considered one of the best action movies ever because it is serious, funny, and thrilling all wrapped into one. The terrorist (Rickman) is a great actor and plays his role well. By far, the best action movie ever made.
Synopsis: A cop visiting his wife in LA, who is at her office at a Christmas Party, gets stuck in the middle of a hostage situation. As all of the employees are held hostage, McClaine (Willis) does his best to try and dispose of the bad guys, while trying to save his wife.
“Yippee-ki-yay motherf***er.” McLaine
And that is my list, hope you have enjoyed and here are a few honorable mentions.