Sunday, December 18, 2011

Endangered Species

Here is a link to a really great article about the Internet and how it might be irrevocably changing our culture.  Link

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Empire of the Sun

Tonight I got caught up watching this movie again. I forgot how much I loved the movie. Spielberg gold. Christian Bale's first role. I saw the promise then. He should now have two Oscars right now, not one.


A big shout out to blog readers in the Ukraine.  Last month over 150 of you visited my site.
дякую тобі, Hope that this is a good translation.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

I believe??

Whether I believe in Tebow or not, is not the question. This is what I can believe in. I believe that the first three quarters of Bronco football is boring, but the fourth quarter is as good as football can get.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Save Community

NBC recently announced that they were "benching" what I consider the most consistently funny and innovative comedy on television. They promise that they are not cancelling the critically acclaimed show Community (Thursdays at 8:00 pm) and plan to bring it back in the future, most likely at a new time and night. Tonights Christmas episode was brilliant. It poked fun at Glee and offered off the wall musical numbers. No other show would dare attempt something this brave, and pull it off in such zany style. I pray this gem is spared as I fear that like Arrested Development before it, both shows sported a very similar loyal group of supporting fans, however in the eyes of the executives these groups might not prove to be big enough. So please take every opportunity presented to watch this show. It might take you a while to buy into the show's unique style and brand of humour, but if you are patient you will be very satisfied.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pearl Harbour

Given the significance of this day I dedicate this the most entertaining review I have ever read. The opening paragraph is unparalleled. Link

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Sometimes you come across a new young actor that you are sure will is destined to leave behind a legacy in film. Although this first impression doesn't happen often they do sneak up on me, usually in above average films. These are some that come to mind. Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam), Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland), Leonardo DiCaprio (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), Christian Bale (Empire of the Sun), Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass and 500 Days of Summer) and now Saoirse Ronan. I covered Saoirse last year in my review of Lovely Bones. and raved about her then. This role permits her to further showcase her skills. In both she attacks the role with an innocence that is rarely seen in child actor roles. In Hanna we see this innocence and also the haunting fierceness that a programmed killer requires. She filled the screen in every scene, which isn't easy to do when you are sharing that screen with Eric Bana and the incomparable Cate Blanchett. Watch for her in the years to come.

Now for the film. It stands its ground well when you consider that this story has been done before to near perfection in Luc Besson's Leon: The Professional. Although the films are similar their approach to character development differ in a fundamental way. Natalie Portman as Mathilda was allowed to take a more Lolita approach (which she made famous in her subsequent role as Marty in 1996's Beautiful Girls), while Ronan as Hanna had to convince us that she was as wise in killing as she was bewildered in the everyday trappings of modern life. Both actresses fielded complex roles and both surpassed the material and improved the project.

I am also going to try something new here. I will rate the movie out of ten using two measurements. First a rating of the overall entertainment value of the movie. Some great movies may fall shorter on entertainment value but yet still hold historical or critical significance based on memorable acting, daring story line or breakthrough cinematic styling. Hence the second rating will measure this cinematic significance. A movie such as Avatar might get a 5 or 6 for entertainment and 8-9 for significance.

This movie: Entertainment value of 6.5 with 7.5 significance for the acting and compelling storytelling.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

NFL Opening Week

Did I just see Rex Ryan across in drag? Ok I know they are twins, but that hair and their similarity was ridiculous. I hate to say it but both of them seem to be pretty good coaches. For all of those Dallas fans out there (and I do know a few), fear not. Despite the routine week one antics of throwing a game on unthinkable mistakes, they were a lot better than I thought they'd be. Rob Ryan had that defense playing really effectively in an exciting unpredictable way. They did however leave Dez Bryant in there way too long. Might have cost them the game.

Short of seeing the two Monday night games my early pick to win this year's Superbowl is Baltimore. Wow they schooled Pittsburgh, and no one schools Pittsburgh. I am really beginning to think that John Harbaugh is the real deal. He had them prepared and had answers for everything.

And Ted Ginn, really. Where was he in his first couple of years with the Dolphins? Today he did more for San Fran then he did in his whole tenure with the Fins. Jerk.

Entourage Finale

If you have PVR'd tonight's show please do not read this until after you have seen it.

I know that the majority of fans will not like the finale, but after just having seen it and given it some thought, I'm quite OK with it. No great surprise, we got what we expected. A world that is falling apart for all the characters, yet behold the boys pull out a happy ending. Granted there were plenty of moments that asked us to suspend our belief, but on a whole the characters run their gamete of malfunction and make the necessary sacrifices to get their happy payoff.

But if you were expecting something else, something more realistic, then you were clearly watching the wrong show for years. I think what attracted us all to the mystique of the show originally was the derived voyeur satisfaction of feeling we as the viewer were a part of the behind the scenes life of a star's entourage. And maybe the struggles that they faced was the writers' way to keep us hooked. We all secretly knew they were going to fight their way out of every mess. It was a journey of the blessed.

That aside, I do get the feeling that we are going to see the franchise evolve into feature films as the die hards will certainly provide the necessary demand. Also does anyone else think that the last scene after the credits, point to Ari getting his own show? Comments?

Saturday, August 27, 2011


No I am not going to venture out on that tight-rope and comment on the opposite sex, instead I want to highlight the alt rock band 'Girls'. Although I can tell you nothing about their first album, I can say that I stumbled upon this second accomplishment (Father, Son and Holy Ghost) when reading the favourable review in Spin Magazine. It doesn't happen for me that often, but in this case I was immediately drawn to this on its first listen. There are a couple of repetitive slightly annoying tunes but on the whole I was hearing something quite interesting. Other reviewers compared it to Elvis Costello, however I couldn't shake the impression that I was listening to a recent Wilco album. His voice is eerily close to Jeff Tweedy's. Check out this video of theirs for the song Vomit.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Source Code

Ok, this was an excellent movie. I recommend it to anyone who likes alternate reality movies and the science of time manipulation (like in Inception). This movie is not as visually spectacular as Inception but might have dealt with the science part of its plot with more affect.

I am now going into my theory of the story line and encourage the debate, so please comment. If however you have not already seen this movie I am asking that you quit reading and instead watch the movie and check back to comment. ...............................

My theory is a rather straight forward one. Colter Stevens did in fact die (as evident in Christina's revelation to him from her web query, and Colter's subsequent conversation with his father (who was voiced over by Scott Bakula, also with his own Quantum Leap abilities)). The last 8 minutes of his memory is kept alive and is being tapped into by the source code scientists to try and solve or prevent this terrorist bombing incident. Each time Colter leapt into this past reality he was creating a new reality or timeline. Each of these timelines ended when the bomb went off. In the last timeline (the one in which Colter finally was able to eliminate both bombing threats) we do not have the 8 minutes sequence ending explosions to worry about and as Goodwin turned off the machine there was no comatose reality for him to return to. Instead he lives on in this alternate reality or timeline as Sean Fentress. Yes, I am suggesting that there are multiple timelines going on here. A separate timeline exists with Sean, Christina, Goodwin and a comatose Colter. All other timelines ceased to exist with each explosion.

As for the email that Colter sends Goodwin. This comes to her in a reality where the source code had not been tested yet and the bombings have been averted, with a comatose Colter waiting for his first mission. Watch that part of the movie again and you will notice not only Goodwin's surprise but her struggle to figure the message out. You will also hear the doctor concede that the will have to find another threat to test the source code out on.

What do you think?

Sunday, July 31, 2011


This is a funny movie. It definitely appears to have been done on the cheap, however the action scenes work in their 1980's comic book styling. The performances are also strong.
Rainn Wilson is funny as usual and Ellen Page is outstanding. She really never misses and bravely takes on projects that are different and memorable. In my opinion she is taking an admirable career approach by being uncompromising with the material she chooses. This will work out for her in the long run, guaranteed.

This movie will not be for everyone however as it is quite campy and steers as far as possible from the serious. I do not believe there is a message to be found in here, its just fun.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Quiet until now I thought that this (last) installment of the franchise should break my silence. I chose to embed this picture as I truly feel that this is finally the character driven episode lot that bridges the teenager barrier to an adult accessible story with good acting, dramatic story and memorable cinematic moments. Don't get me wrong I have enjoyed all of Potter movies but felt that with each passing edition there was a improvement in the value added qualities to both film making and overall appeal. With each the stories grew darker and more likable. I feel the series really took off after bringing Peter Yates in to direct. Peter took a monumental step away from a meager TV career and this gamble will pay off as this may have launched him into movie legend, as this picture may in the end hold the all time gross title.

In my opinion any great movie needs to have one or more memorable scenes. Although all of the Harry Potter movies had the high tech/special effects moments, it wasn't until the later movies that we could expect epic wizard battles and meaningful scenes of dialogue that will withstand the test of time.

So if you haven't watch any of the Potter films yet, I suggest you start from the beginning and experience the evolution of great film.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Michael Caine

This one is for my buddy Gary. Apparently I have to research this BBC series as well (The Trip).

Also quotes:

At 69, I got the girl! And it wasn't a 68-year-old girl, either.
Michael Caine

Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.
Michael Caine

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Beastie Boys

For those nostalgic of the white boys breaking into the rap scene 25 years ago you will want to watch this homage and sequel to the Fight for Your Right video. The cameo appearances are mind blowing and there are many legitimate laughs in here as well. It checks in at 29 minutes, so be prepared. Check this out.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon :: :: Reviews

Transformers: Dark of the Moon :: :: Reviews

I don't need to see this movie, although I likely will when it comes out on video. As previous evidence and Shia LaBeouf's parachute exit from the franchise proves, I will trust Ebert on this.

Monday, June 27, 2011


This reviewer knows what he is talking about. I shared his revelation when I first set my eyes on Unforgiven. Check it out.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Super 8

If you are a fan of great acting and good old fashion film making,
then you should check out this Stephen Spielberg - JJ Abrams

It is obvious from what you are watching that Abrams is a big fan of Spielberg. And unlike some of the other films that Spielberg has recently put his name on (can we dare say Transformer movies), this one should make us proud.

This is a nice cross between ET and Stand By Me.
Although record breaking crowds are not breaking down the doors to see this movie, I guarantee it will stand the test of time.

This is for Real.

From what I can tell, this is a real political smear advertisement against the democrat candidate in Los Angeles Jessica Hahn for the US House of Representatives. Check it out.

Try this link if its easier.

Conan O'Brien's Dartmouth commencement address - Roger Ebert's Journal

This is a funny and great speech. He moves from hilarious to profound seriousness. He gives great advice. Check it out.
Conan O'Brien's Dartmouth commencement address - Roger Ebert's Journal

Friday, June 10, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Favourite Player

Lost in a smaller market NBA team, thank goodness for the Mavs' tenacity to fight back and get to the finals. If it were not for Dirk himself, I would never have had the opportunity to see the heroics that he is capable of. His clutch gutsy performances puts me in the mind of Larry Bird. Win orlose that's great company

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides

I will probably not see this movie until it comes out on video. And then maybe not. There is no point in writing a review for this movie as it is done perfectly in the following review by Ali Arikan. A word of warning, you may take offense to the langauge used in this review. Ok, bait set. Now I know you want to read this.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Steve Carell's Office Farewell

This final episode for Steve Carell was a lot of things. It was subdued, emotional, tasteful, and had believable moments all exercised with ban-aid quick removal. It was also good TV. Perhaps Steve wanted the Michael Scott character to go out in a polar opposite way to the tragic crash and burn exit for his British predecessor David Brent. Instead, he and the writers chose a more dignified exit. One that leaves us admiring and longing for the character's return. All of a sudden we sit thinking to ourselves, 'but he was so young' or 'he was in his prime'. One reviewer suggested that producers crafted the story line to demonstrate that the show would survive without Steve Carell. I slightly disagree with this take, as I believe the episode had the opposite affect. I now believe more than ever that without this strongly written misfit character, who truly loved his job and the people/family that worked for him, it will be difficult for the writers to salvage the episodic atmosphere that made the show such a success. Steve Carell and the Michael Scott character pulled off a unique balance for the show that allowed for the group of strong supporting characters to bumble through life with the protection of an equally dysfunctional but caring boss. If the network tries to introduce a new boss or leading character that will struggles to force the staff to be professional and productive the writers will quickly handcuff themselves as this type of comedy conflict will quickly get old.
Getting back to the episode itself. the British version took a huge risk by painting the ending as a dark comedic tragedy. Audiences typically want everything to work out for the characters that they love. However Ricky Gervais pulled off his orignal vision for the series and wrote himself out of the series in the same way he wrote himself into TV history. It would have been unrealistic for David Brent to all of a sudden come to his senses and leave with his class and dignity intact. And knowing this Ricky (genius that he is) catered to his intelligent fans who as he suspected would want the series to remain true to itself and end in a realistic conclusion. In fact he went even further then expected and wrote Brent out in a way that pretty much guaranteed that he would never be able to return as it was apparent that the character's downfall was a result of serious mental illness. Talk about guts.
On the other hand it was clear from the beginning that the American version of The Office was trying to carve out a different niche by giving us an over the top goofball boss, with an endearing childlike side. Both bosses were obviously hungry for the acceptance and love of his minions, but the Micheal Scott character differed by being much more stable and for the most part humble. Where we pulled for Scott we often felt sorry for Brent. Where David Brent never was able to see his weaknesses and mistakes, Michael Scott often came to the realization on his own or with the help of Pam or Jim. David Brent had no one looking out for him. So given this extra layer of sanity the Michael Scott character definitely had to leave in a different way. Audiences may have expected a crazy, big going away party full of hugs, tears and sappy flashbacks (ala Seinfeld). This would have given Michael exactly what everyone thinks he wanted which was the recognition that he was a comedic genius of a boss that everyone loved. But instead, like the British counter part the american team took the higher more difficult road and had Michael sneak away in the night almost unnoticed or heralded at all. Out with a whimper and not a scream. This further showed us that Michael Scott was a real character that felt too strongly the internal struggles of the legacy and friendships that he would leave behind. In additi0n, the Michael character may have slightly been doubting his own popularity and was afraid that he may find that his staff would be okay without him and that perhaps he was not as loved as he might have thought. So leaving them as he did may have been a better way for him to remember the people the way they were in their odd tired benevolence. And just maybe if he left that way they would come to the realization that he wasn't so bad afternall. He was however able to leave with a meaningful imression with the characters that he was closest to, by sharing special moments (Jim, Pam and Dwight (in the only way that he could)). He seemed content to leave the others the way he remembered them best, often in small moments and even groups at a time. It was interesting that he tried to make amends with some of the characters that he struggled the most with in his relationship by offering them quaint parting advice or pep talks in an attempt to make them believe in themselves and repair some the the damage that he may have thought he contributed to. In my eyes this was the series ending as the post Carell version of the show will likely need to be quite different in order to survive. As a series finale, I will remember it foundly.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Game of Thrones

Checked out the first episode. Story and acting look solid. The cinematography is specatular. No cheap stuff here. I like that the producers are not shying away from some of the more risky story content. First episode seems to be locking in the character development and back story. I see lots a potential for this to develop. I hope people watch it or it will be difficult for HBO to justify keeping it around. What's everyone else think?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Roger Ebert's Journal

Roger Ebert's Journal

Check out this really cool video of the Great Wheel in the Sky, being the Milky Way. I found it on Riger Ebert's journal. Enjoy.

Sorry his website updated recently, you will have to scroll down a bit in the middle frame to find it. Perhaps this url will get you directly there.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Easy A

Rarely when I flick through the movie channels will I find something of merit that I haven't already sought out and seen. So when I stumble upon something like Easy A its worthy of a blog update. To be honest, the promos did nothing to motivate me to want to seek this movie out. Even so, I think the last time I was this surprised by a movie in this genre I bumped into The Girl Next Door in 2004. Its nice to be reminded that the ingredients of a solid story, good acting and excellent script is all that a picture needs to be successful.
On the surface, this movie demonstrates that lies, no matter how innocent or genuine their intentions, can quickly get out hand. Yet it is the lies and the selfless motivating factors that make the journey of this film so interesting. The dialogue is John Hughes meets Aaron Sorkin; witty, sharp and perhaps too high brow for the high-school characters. I am not going to complain about this though as any decent dialogue is always invited.
Now let me draw your attention to the rising star of Emma Stone. After seeing her in Zombieland I chalked her likable persona as characterization and good writing. However when you look at the full picture of her film repertoire we find that she has pulled this devil may care personality off more than once. In this and prior roles you get the feeling that her characters can handle any obstacle with sarcastic wit, confidence and charm. This leads me to believe that she has successfully carved out the female equivalent to the Matthew Broderick persona, that perhaps we can enjoy for years to come. With this she stands to risk the typecast curse, but who will argue that John Cusack or even Bill Murray didn't benefit from the ultra-cool, sarcastic mellow comedic typecast roles. Perhaps she is not all that, as the track record can not yet support it, but I can guarantee that script willing she will at the very least be interesting and breathe likability into her characters.
So check this one out I believe you will be happy with this take on an often boring genre.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Pre and Post Oscar Commentary

Everyone who knows me has seen that I can get a little excited on Oscar night. I've been known to throw parties and Oscar pools. Well with three hours until go live I thought I would add my comments about who I think will win and who I think should win. I will admit upfront that I have not seen every picture and performance nominated. There are films and stars in the acting category that I had no interest seeing. So save your criticism of my picks, I openly admit that I have stayed clear of the the Annette Bening performance. BTW, excuse the look of this post as I am experimenting with emailing in my post to see how it automatically translates into the website.
Getting down to business.
My first comment is that there are too many best picture nominees. I guess the Academy did not want to snub anyone this time.

Inception: Because of the passage of time people are going to forget how mind-blowing this movie was. The story line and visuals were numbing. If effort translated into success this movie is perhaps most deserving.
The Fighter: Inspirational, well acted and a great true story. Its hard to find any weaknesses in this film.
Black Swan: Nice suspense piece filmed in a Polanski style, hijacked by an amazing performance from Portman.
The King's Speech: A beautiful thing to listen to and solidly supported with two great performances from Firth and Rush. It was something special to hang on every word out of these two reserved stars. To make it accessible the director (Hooper) gave us a fine balance of background scenes to explain the character conflict to the tutoring scenes that we all waited for.
127 Hours: I sadly will not get to see this before the awards. I did see the opening sequences and loved the unique story telling style. I have heard great things about Franco's performance and I am not surprised as he has hit the mark in everything that I have seen him in.
True Grit: Uninspiring and held together with two great performances from Bridges and the young Hailee Steinfeld.
The Social Network: Really well written, acted and entertaining. See my earlier review. I would be quite satisfied to see this win, but I suspect that because of the fine script it will instead get the adapted screenplay award thus permitting the more artsy The King's Speech to claim the top prize.

Verdict: The King's Speech will win however for all around accessibility The Fighter or The Social Network should win.
Best Actor: Bridges or Firth? I will fall out of my chair if Franco wins, although I understand he should get serious consideration.
Verdict: From what I witnessed Firth deserves it and I am guessing he will. With The King's speech being a favourite for best picture, it should weakens his chances a bit as the alternative True Grit will be shut out otherwise. Unless..... the Academy pulls off a big surprise and gives best supporting actress to Steinfeld (ala Tatum O'Neal and Ana Paquin) which all but would ensure that Firth gets the nod.
Male Supporting Role: This is between Geoffrey Rush and Christian Bale. Love both of these guys. Arguably either of these two would have won best actor if the Academy had the foresight to put them in the category. When either of these two are on the screen they steal the spotlight. Thus I think the Lead leabel should follow. Bale will have many more chances to win Oscars, yet Rush has already won his.
Verdict: Bale should and will win.
Best Actress: No competition, Natalie Portman gave the farthest reaching performance in any category.
Best Supporting Actress: Some good performances here but no one took the roof off. I believe this is between Amy Adams and Hailee Steinfeld. I would argue that Steinfeld had a leading role in True Grit. And for that reason I think she should win. Adams on the other hand has been nominated before and is a great actress. She may have other chances, but I don't believe the Academy is brave enough to stay away from her.
Verdict: Adams will win, Steinfeld should win.
Now for the other categories that I care about.
Best Director: This is a tough tough category. All but the Coen brothers are deserving. Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of the Coen brothers, but True Grit is a bit uninspiring. As a fan, I would love for Fincher to upset everyone, however I believe that this is between Tom Hooper and David O. Russell. Tom Hooper managed the power house of Firth/Rush scenes, while Russell had a much bigger cast and fight scenes to stage.
Verdict: Russell should and will win.
Outrage: I am stunned that Christopher Nolan has been neglected again. The ability necessary to pull off a visual masterpiece like Inception is immeasurable. And lets not forget that Inception was more than just a visual spectacle. He wasn't even nominated for his resurrection of the Batman franchise. Even James Cameron get more respect from this.
Film Editing: Just kidding this is not a big category for me, but I have to mention that Inception got snubbed here. If you see the list you'll wonder what the Academy was thinking.
All the visual and technical categories should go to Inception, but they will almost certainly not. I won't be surprised if Inception even gets shut out. See Nolan curse/boycott above.
Now I like to mention the writing categories as I often feel these categories do not get the respect they deserve.
Adapted Screenplay: I will be quite perturbed if Aaron Sorkin doesn't win this category. I strongly believe that it was his cerebral writing that lured audiences to this movie. Sure the Facebook phenomenon helped open the doors, but people spread the word because they felt smart going to this movie. Lets face it sharp dialogue like this doesn't often draw audiences, so hats off to Facebook for bringing Sorkin into the mainstream.
Original Screenplay: There are three deserving stories here. The Fighter, The King's Speech and Inception. Both The Fighter and Inception are story driven. My experience is that dialogue driven movies get the nod.
Verdict: The King's Speech should and will win. However, if The Kids Are Alright gets shut out in other categories, I could see the Academy throwing the audiences who liked this movie a bone.

Stay tuned to my post show remarks.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

Once again I was either indifferent in most categories or praying for what I thought was the only obvious option in each category. And in all the cases but one I found myself totally unsatisfied with the winner. However, this year's Grammys totally redeemed themselves with that last Award. See my highlights.

In my opinion these are the Highlights:
Performances by:
Believe it or not the Justin Bieber/Usher performance was pretty good. Apparently a Canadian can make it.
Dylan, with the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons. A reminder that the Grammys is sometimes about the music.
Eminen. Yes that's right I like him.

And for the last award of the night, Canadian group arcade Fire took home best album for their 2010 album The Suburbs. This is a brave move by the Academy, as I am guessing that a bunch of people in the room have never heard of them. Clearly it deserved the reward and thank god some people with taste gave it a listen.

Are you kidding me moments:
Train winning Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals. Not that the competition was tough, but their performance might not even be the best one that I heard while on a train.
Song of the Year going to Need You Now by Lady Antebellum.
Highlight if I had dropped acid earlier in the night:
Cee Lo Green, Gwyneth Paltrow and a bunch of Muppets singing F---You.

Surprise of the night:

Best New Artist: Although Esperanza Spalding is clearly more talented then Bieber, I can't help but think that if this kid is not just a flash in the pan and he grows into an artist of significance, the Academy may look back and say what were we thinking for snubbing him. Think back to Elvis Costello's Best New Artist loss (we hardly knew ye, long-forgotten disco band A Taste of Honey). OK , he's not Elvis Costello but its unlikely we will remember Esperanza in years to come as her style will more than likely keep her clear of the mainstream. But like I said early, sometimes its just about the music and Spalding is at this time better at her craft.

Functional Dysfunction

I smell Oscar (male supporting) for Christian Bale. Just look at him, he kills himself for every role. He really steals every scene he is in. Yet The Fighter, in all its parts, works very well. Wahlberg's commitment as a fighter (Micky Ward) from the wrong side of the tracks is only outweighed by his family loyalty. To think this is a true story only added to my buy-in. It was also nice to know that as the story and his fight results are based on fact I was not victim to the cornball Hollywood ending. More to come as I watch all the Oscar hopefuls.