Sports drinks have come a long way. Replentishing the bodily fluids has become almost as important as the undergarments of preference. What concoction of sugary electrolytes has made you the stud you are today?
Contrary to common wisdom this movie has gotten a domestic release. No it hasn't, made you look.
However Netflix has decided to make it available to members anyway. That's awesome. When I think of Netflix right now I have a certain tightness in my pants due to tumescence (duh). Now I can finally see this cult film and decide if I want to order a copy of my own. I hope they add the sequel. It got mixed reviews and I am almost equally curious about this one.
Or does he?
On Sportscenter tonight they had a big segment about the release of Jose's book. He names names, dishes dirt, whatever. The segment went into great detail about a bunch of players including Giambi, McGuire, speculation about Bonds, Sosa. But is Canseco full of crap?
Tony LaRussa denied the allegations that the 'bash brothers' era was rampant with steroids. He claims this was an example of guys improving themselves the old fashioned way in the gym.
Canseco has been known for errors in judgement, irresponsible behavior, flat out stupidity. Anything he says I will take with a pound of salt. LaRussa's unequivocal denials seem a bit naive as well. I think the truth is somewhere between these two views, and we will never know.
One thing Canseco said struck me. He claims he wouldn't have been anywhere near big league caliber without chemical assistence. Granted, he was a defensive liability. So he was a bat, eventually a DH. The thing is this statement goes against the arguement that steroids cannot make you a better hitter. It is always argued that hitting is more about vision, reflexes, intuition, voodoo, etc... Hmm.
I have become a big fan of documentaries lately. They can be powerful as an editorial work (if you are shocked and outraged by Moore after all these years you really are a thick bastard), but I prefer the ones that try to remain objective to some degree. Movies where the film maker is an observer, not judging or interjecting personal opinions, are the sort of stuff I prefer.
Gunner Palace looks to be such a film. A brief synopsis from imdb:
This is one of the greatest documentaries ever made. It deals with the young men and women who are overseas in Iraq fighting the ongoing war on terrorism. It's not about violence, or hatred, or glory; just about truth. A lot of movies and documentaries give the impression of the director; this film lets the soldiers do the talking. It concentrates on the 2/3 Field Artillery Unit or the 1st Armored Division, stationed in Giessen, Germany, also known as the 'Gunners'. This unit spent close to a year an a half stationed in Iraq, most of which was spent living in Uday Hussein's palace, renamed Gunner Palace. It takes you through the daily life and routine of an American soldier fighting in Iraq. It deals not only with the military aspect of their days and nights, but also with their down time, and how soldiers cope with the realities of war. It's a very emotional documentary that shows what these good men and women serving our country are truly like. Keep tabs on this movie, when it comes out it's going to snowball into something huge. On a side note, the soundtrack was provided by the soldier's themselves; a majority of which is given through freestyle rap; a common way for many of the soldiers to express their inner most emotions. If a soundtrack accompanies the movieÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ it to will be a must buy.
Hyperbole aside, I can't wait to see this. After enduring months of insufferable bullshit from politicians, pundits, every other sort of moron, the people we have heard the least from are the men and women who are actually doing the work.
This is not about whether you supported this war or not. Check the partisan bickering at the door. We are there now, right or wrong, and we have a job to do. It is costing us dearly in many ways, the blood of our servicemen being by far the most important. They should have a movie made where they express their opinions. They should have many movies made about what they face. Their heroism, and their missteps and abuses when they occur.
For trailers and such go to Gunner Palace.
I would be especially interested in hearing opinions from people in the military about this film, before and after they have seen it. I hope it gets wide distribution and good box office. I think it could be an important work, and the sort of movie that puts documentaries back on track in terms of being informative, not just propaganda.
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