Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The easiest sports argument

Today marks the release of the special edition DVD of the greatest horror movie of all time, The Shining. It's not close; nothing with mutilated teens or hackneyed monsters can compete with Stanley Kubrick and Jack Nicholson, 25 Oscar nods between them. It seems silly to suggest something that's more of a drama like Rosemary's Baby or Psycho, a cookie cutter teen slasher flick like Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street, or even The Exorcist, which is not quite as intense. The Shining is listed as the number three horror movie on imdb.com, behind Psycho and Alien, which I would consider primarily a suspense and sci-fi movie, respectively.

By an even wider margin, Raging Bull is the greatest sports movie of all time. Robert De Niro at his absolute best, winning his only Oscar for Best Actor (the tenth Greatest Performance ever according to Premier Magazine). Scorsese's first of seven nominations for Best Director. The number one sports movie on imdb.com by a wide margin and an outstanding 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. And romantic comedy fans want to come with the tepid Bull Durham? Deluded baseball fans want to bring up the tedious Field of Dreams? Puhlease. Rocky and Million Dollar Baby both won Best Picture, and are both terrific movies, but Raging Bull is one of the greatest movies of all time.

1 comment:

Paula said...

I agree that Raging Bull is a great film; I think I've watched it at least 5 or 6 times. I have never had a desire to watch Million Dollar Baby (Hillary Swank is too annoying for me). As for Bull D. and Field of Dreams, I've only seen them one time each, so what does that say?