Welcome folks for another quick post, as my mind is spread thin between work, back to school adjustments and of course plotting a book.

Last night, I needed a distraction and found it in a movie which I will leave unnamed as I don’t want to be a Negative Nelly… it was so bad that I just had to follow through the pointlessness until the very unsatisfying end just to figure out if a movie could actually be so bad… It can. The only detail I’ll give you is that it was – supposedly – about boxing.

So, to cleanse my brain of this unanimous decision loss, here are my 5 favorite boxing related films (In no particular order):

Raging Bull

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An emotionally self-destructive boxer’s journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.

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The Fighter

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A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.

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Rocky II

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Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.

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Million Dollar baby

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A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

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Ali

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A biography of sports legend, Muhammad Ali, from his early days to his days in the ring.

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Now, what do all these movies have in common? regardless of whether they’re biographic or fiction, they tell a story. Happy ending, Sad ending, doesn’t really matter. They tell an interesting story that the viewer can follow and identify with. Another thing they have in common is that the story is related to boxing, but it’s not a-b-o-u-t boxing as much as it’s about the lives of these boxers, and the impact boxing had on everything other than. They all had a few lessons for us to learn with the characters on the screen and they all ended in a way that made some kind of sense.

In essence, everything that the movie I watched last night was not.

It’s the difference between a one punch strategy and leaning on combinations. One punch could get exciting, but the chances of landing it are slim, while utilizing combinations make for a far more entertaining fight and and is sure to score more points.

Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against movies that are made “just for fun“. I watch my share of explosions and steamy sex scenes. But when a movie is made on some premise, and then turns out to be a flat-line all geared towards one meaningless event (from which nothing is drawn), I tend to become somewhat grumpy…

Have a nice weekend folks. Don’t hesitate to point out what great movies I neglected to mention. Of course, I won’t knock anyone out for sharing and liking this post 🙂

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