Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Categories of Movies

Rockies streak ends at 11 games. I'm not ready to focus on one loss, just like I wasn't ready to appoint the Rockies to the playoffs this season. So I will talk about movies.

Categorizing a movie is a seemingly simple task. If a movie is funny, it is a comedy. If a movie is dramatic it is a drama. If a movie is action packed it is an action movie. But this is far to general. There are stereotypes for everything, I get that, but it is unfair to a movie like "The Hangover" to simply say that it is a comedy. Calling The Hangover a comedy is doing it injustice. Take any Adam Sandler movie as an example. They may certainly be funny, but they doesn't portray a microcosm of society or people in general. When you can see yourself in the shoes of the boys of Hangover, you realize, "Damn, that could have been me," at least to some level. Same idea plays out for me in Superbad. While the entire movie is not a microcosm of the life of my friends and I, it does have some parts that are parallels my life a couple years ago as a graduating high schooler. This is the difference from comedies that are just there to be funny, and you forget about them, and comedies that stick with you because they poke fun at so many aspects of society.

My other movie category centers around action movies. Two movies that fall under the same category of action, but have totally different feels to them: Transporter 2 and Terminator Salvation. When you go to see Transporter, the viewer expects to see Jason Statham in an Audi, and for him to kick some fool's ass as he tries to save some person who is related to the morsel of a plot. On the other hand, when you see Terminator, the viewer sees the same amount of action, but the reason for the action is much more intreging. The power of humanity as John Conner and Marcus the terminator/human take on the machines. The addition to a storyline that began in 1984 as both a sequal and a prequal. It makes you think about how time travel would work, and whether or not the portrayal in the movie was feasable to the original Terminator. The determination as to whether an action movie is dumb (meaning it serves it's purpose of action, but nothing more) or if it is smart (meaning it makes you ask questions beyond the movie itself) can be determined by one factor. Do you, the viewer, seek more information? If the movie is a sequal/prequal are you inspired to watch/rewatch the previous movie? If either of these answers are yes then a movie can be classified as a smart action movie in my book.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Eleven+?

The Rockies have reached their franchise record in consecutive wins: 11. I have to say that it doesn't feel the same as the 11 game winning streak leading into the final series of the 2007 regular season against the D-Backs. Much less pressure in June, and much less attention (although not much attention was granted nationally until the Rockies actually clinched in 2007). The Rockies have shown resiliency since Jim Tracy took over as manager. But the tell tale sign as to whether the team is legit or not is how they act once they lose again. Can the team bounce back, or are they phonies riding a hot streak soon to crash back down to earth? Time will tell, but tell it will. At this point the wild card is within reach (3.5 games back). The leader of the wild card at this point is the San Francisco Giants with a record of 34-28. Honestly what makes me happiest about the turn around is that the team will be relevant for most of the summer. Everyone enjoys winning baseball, and even a mediocre team can inspire a fan base for a span of time (2008? 4th of July game started a strong stretch of games that transfixed me into believing in the team). I want to be inspired by this team. The past two weeks they have shown that they are able to do that. The beauty of baseball is that it is both immensely complicated with layers of rules; (have you ever explained the rules to a kid?) and quite simplistic when it comes down to it: hit well+pitch well=win. The point being that a simple minded person like me can enjoy an entire summer just by watching a bunch of bros play a game.

But one thing is for certain: I'm not shaving until we go down.

Friday, June 5, 2009

What is trying too hard?

A player in a slump is often in a position where he can be trying too hard. I have always wondered what that means. If a player doesn't try hard throughout his career, then how can be come into the spotlight? My subject in this matter is my boy Troy Tulowitzki. People are actually paid to watch games, and 'analyze' why Tulo is struggling this season. Each has the same response: he's trying too hard; he needs to loosen his grip; he needs to lighten up. Tulo is not an idiot. For a player to become a star, he needs to persistantly push himself at every level. Tulo tried hard in high school, college, single-A, and double-A. He tried so hard, and cared so much that he made it to the major leagues by the age of 22. He started as a rookie without any triple-A experience. From a Driller to a Rockie. Once he reached the pinnacle, is he supposed to stop trying really hard, and become a consistant, good player? This is what the analysis suggests. A player that makes it to the majors already knows what he is doing, and knows how to go about his business. Perhaps someone Tulo's age gets ahead of himself at times, and puts too much pressure on himself. An apparant contradiction comes forfront when I listen to analysis of Garrett Atkins' struggles. They never say that he is trying too hard; they just say that his mechanics are off, and he can't get out of his own head. Why are the two analytics of a similar situation contradictary? Easy answer, but hard to grasp... We care too much. Everyone likes Tulo, and have to justify why he is struggling. We also have to justify ourselves in liking a player- whom we have never met- means so much to us. On the other hand, a player like Atkins isn't very charasmatic nor an attractive character. When Holliday was on the trading block, I begged to sacrifice Atkins instead so the team could keep a player that actually meant something to Rockies fans. That's why we put up with shitty players. We can always remember back to the 2007 playoff run when Tulo cranked doubles, and had a glove that shined golden. We believe that that is the player who he is, so we justify his struggles against his former greatness. This belief is what keeps people like me driving. The belief in the greater potential of all people.