Anyone born after the McDLT has no business stomping around acting punk rock

Redskins-Cowboys was blacked out in my market for this.

I can't decide which is more excruciating to watch: Wisconsin football or Wisconsin basketball?


The Wrestler
director: Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream)
release date: December 19

What's left to say? Um… Screenwriter Robert D. Siegel was the editor-in-chief of The Onion from 1996 to 2003. Leitch covered all my other notes.

I've read synopses that paint The Wrestler as a comeback story when it's actually a fragile comeback tragedy reminiscent of Brokeback Mountain.

In his review of the latter, Roger Ebert wrote: "It is the story of a time and place where two men are forced to deny the only great passion either one will ever feel."

Well, The Wrestler is the story of a time and place where one man is forced to deny the only gr__t passion he will ever feel.

Gachi Boy
director: Norihiro Koizumi
release date: March 1 (08)

Two fantastic wrestling-related films in one year? Belie dat.

Gachi Boy is Memento crossed with Rocky, an underdog story about a young man without any short-term memory who pursues wrestling.

It's a joyously earnest sleeper and an improbably effective weeper. Yes, I teared up.


no wires, visual effects or stunt doubles

The Hurt Locker
director: Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break)
release date: tba

The theme of The Hurt Locker is "war is a drug." Jeremy Renner plays (superbly) a bomb disposer in Iraq who can't stay away from his risky, shitty job.

It's a competent film with a bang-up opening, but also a fairly inert one. Mefeels the character of Trombley in Generation Kill (also written by an embedded journo) conveys "war is a drug" more affectingly.

for reference:

Religious Lady Has Miscarriage and Keeps It
12-Year Old McDonald's Hamburger, Still Looking Good
The 2008 World Stoner Games

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