Bishop, California in the Movies

Movies are often not set in the location that is portrayed in the film. Filmmakers and producers often choose locations that are cost-effective, convenient, and offer facilities that can handle the hundreds of people working on a studio film production. What may be portrayed in the movie as being set in Afghanistan may actually be filmed in California. And with today’s visual effects, movie makers can take nearly any location and adapt it for the setting they want presented in the film.

Bishop is a city of about 3,500 residents not far from the Nevada border. The city is located at the northern end of North America’s deepest valley, the Owens Valley. Bishop is at an elevation of 4,190. The Sierra Nevada Mountains rise abruptly to the west to over 13,000 feet. To the east, the White Mountains rise to over 14,000 feet.

Bishop has been the filming location for more than two-dozen movies. Despite its remote location, it a popular choice for movie producers and filmmakers as it has a scenic mountain setting, dry terrain, generally sunny conditions, and the Owens River.

Bishop is about 270 miles north of Los Angeles where many movie studios are based. It is easily accessible relative to areas in the Middle East or other areas in the southwest. Bishop is located in North America’s deepest valley, the Owens Valley.

Bishop was historically the setting for numerous Westerns. Director Sam Peckinpah’s 1962 movie “Ride the High Country” was set in Bishop as was the 1969 Film “True Grit” starring John Wayne. The 1973 film “High Plains Drifter” starring Clint Eastwood. Was also filmed in Bishop. Recently, the Bishop area has been the setting for several big budget movies.

The 2007 box office movie, “Disturbia”, opens with a scene set in a location what appears to be in Colorado or elsewhere in the Rocky Mountains. In the scene, Shia LaBeouf’s character is fly-fishing on a river with his father with scenic mountains in the background. The scene was actually filmed in Bishop along the Owens River.

Other recent movies set in Bishop include the 1998 film, “Star Trek: Insurrection”; the 1996 film “The Arrival” starring Charlie Sheen; and the 2009 film, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”.

Leadership Lessons From The Social Network: Teamwork

The movie, The Social Network, is a powerful portrayal of how the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and his team, started out with a dream and a $1000 start-up, to become the youngest billionaire in the world. At the point of writing, Facebook is valued to be worth at least $50 billion, and this would mean that she is worth more than eBay, Yahoo, and Time Warner. This is a very impressive result given the fact that Facebook was launched in February 2004.

There are also plenty of lessons that this movie can teach us about leadership and team management, and this is the final series of the trilogy. There may be certain information in the movie that had been exaggerated to increase the excitement level, as even Zuckerberg himself, calls The Social Network “inaccurate”. Hence I would take all these information with a pinch of salt and relate most of the lessons learned, from the movie itself, and not from real life.

In this article, I will share about teamwork and how it can help you unlock the true potential as a leader.

Proper Delegation of Work. The whole team can only do well when you know what their job scopes are. In one of the scenes in the Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg wanted to expand The Face Book, and he directed his team on their roles, and what they were supposed to do. And when the two ladies who were present in the living room, asked if they could help in any way, he declined them without much thought because at that moment, he knew that he didn’t require their help in any way. On the other hand, he specifically told the others what their tasks were.

Even the Winklevoss brothers had specific roles for their team. And they knew that they were deficient in a particular talent when their programmer left the team to concentrate on his studies. Hence when news broke out that Zuckerberg was able to shut down the Harvard traffic with his “prank”, they immediately reached out to him and shared with him their ideas so that he could work for them.

Once you know what your team is supposed to be made up of, you would be able to find the right person for the job. You need to set stretched and measurable goals for them and you also need to be informed of the progress. Effective delegation is not merely pushing away the jobs that were meant for you. Effective delegation is to ensure that the person with the right skill does what he or she knows best.

For example, let’s presume that you intend to increase your customer base with a promotional blitz. Firstly, you need to know who your team members are in this project. Secondly, you then need to identify who does what, and their deliverables by a certain time. Thereafter, Jane must come up with the product packages and links with other partners, and John must reach out to X advertising companies with the marketing materials. Hence once the planning stage is over, the real action must start so that the project starts to roll with momentum from all parties.

Build Quality Relationships First, then Your Business. Now, not every partner will work together initially. It’s your job to iron out the differences. And fast. In The Social Network, Eduardo Saverin had his own ideas in ensuring success of the company. However, Mark Zuckerberg had his own ideas too. And while, Saverin was Chief Financial Officer in the business, Zuckerberg proceeded to pull Sean Parker, founder of Napster into the team. Parker and Saverin were portrayed to have mutual dislike for each other and when your teammates distrust each other, unless you find time to sort things out, many issues will simply be swept under the carpet and it will fester.

As a leader, you need to take the time to understand your partners in the business because people want you to understand their aspirations and dreams. They want you to understand what they are good in, and where they can fit in with regard to projects. Why would you want to place a person with zero knowledge in sales without first training him? And have you spent the time to understand if he even likes sales? So by investing time to understand your core team members in the business, you would be building quality relationships.

Hence understand your team, and they will learn to understand you. It will definitely take time and that’s the fun and rewarding part in building a team.

HEREAFTER the Movie: Discover the ASTONISHING Truth About Genuine Psychic Mediums (No Bull)

Is Hereafter, the new movie starring Matt Damon, an ACCURATE portrayal of psychic mediums, or is the whole idea of people who are able to speak to the dead a silly myth? Is it based on a true story? Is there any real EVIDENCE that mediums are real? Any of these questions sound familiar? If you are anything like I once was…..the idea that psychic mediumship, or any ability to communicate with spirits, seems SILLY and small minded, right?

Want the Truth?

It wasn’t until I had my own experience, an inexplicable reading with a medium that DEFIED all conventional explanation, did my mind “open” to the idea that not only was mediumship TRUE……but that some part of us – a soul, spirit or consciousness that we all share, continues on after physical death.

Hereafter addresses a VERY controversial subject…….but one that great movies have neglected, in my opinion for FAR too long

The idea that there are mediums who speak to the dead has been addressed in many movies…..TV shows, and as we all know, lots of books and reality TV. But most of those programs aim to sensationalize, or even TRIVIALIZE what mediums really do…..and as someone who has had close to a hundred really GREAT readings, I find that disappointing. (I’ve also had a thousand BAD ones, in fairness as well…:-)

I liked Hereafter, for a whole bunch of reasons. I think it takes a serious look at mundane quality that many mediums share, and NOT the slick, polished and made for TV style salesmen (or women) that we often see portrayed in the media. (with the implication that these folks are more snake oil salesmen than genuinely gifted psychics….which I think is unfair, and sad)

It also showcases the STRUGGLE, that many mediums I’ve spoken to experience, insofar as they are conflicted about their gifts……not sure whether they are cursed or blessed, and often wish their connection with the other side, would dry up and disappear!

The Fact is…

Many famous mediums throughout recent history, many you’ve never heard of….have felt the same way. Many have agreed to be studied by science, and subjected to a whole assortment and battery of tests, challenges and “prove it to me” experiments that have been designed to see them fail. And in the same breath….many of these mediums have been SO impressive, that they’ve forever changed the minds of some of the most SERIOUS scientists in the world….who much like myself, became converted from SKEPTIC to believer, on account of a multitude of magical, and magnificent readings they simply couldn’t explain away on their own.

For ME?

I love the fact that a major motion picture is out right now…..showing a true account, of the many facets of what life is like, as a medium who sees, senses and feels things the rest of us do not. Here is hoping to MORE Hereafter’s…..both in the movies, and in real life as well..;-)

Movie Reviews – As Good As Dead

Movie Reviews this week looks at the dark drama As Good As Dead. This is a very surreal movie starring Cary Elwes (Liar Liar) and the much loved Andie Macdowell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) as Ethan Belfrage and Helen Kalahan respectively, it also stars the stalwart Brian Cox (X-Men 2) as Reverend Kalahan.

We join the movie as Reverend Kalahan preaches to his congregation, at first glance it seems just like a normal church service, with the preacher speaking to his congregation about becoming shepherds, but as the camera pans across the audience and the surroundings in the church, you notice Swastikas, and Nazi symbols, not to mention some of the congregation could easily be taken for Neo-Nazis. As Kalahan continues to preach, it pans to his wife, who is looking on admirably, as Kalahan speaks; a member of the congregation gets up, as if the words of Kalahan had triggered something in him, we find out later that he went off and killed several immigrants in a bus, in an unprovoked rampage before shooting himself.

We move forward several years, to Ethan who is entertaining his lovely daughter Sarah played by the adorable Emma Kantor; before being whisked away by her mother Kate, played by Nicole Ansari-Cox. Ethan is facing some problems with his landlord who is trying to evict him, so he can build a new lucrative residential property, but Ethan is determined not to move, and he is prepared for any tactic his landlord will try. Soon after the initial confrontation with his landlord he is paid a visit by two men, he assumes they are with his landlord and doesn’t open the door, they come back later and trap Ethan in his flat. They proceed to torture him, while asking him to confess, he desperately tells them he doesn’t know what they are talking about, all the while he assumes that his landlord had sent them to force him to relinquish his flat, but it turns out Kalahan, the preacher at the beginning had been killed, soon after the unprovoked rampage by a member of his flock, and these two men; one Jake played by Matt Dallas (The Indian) and the other Aaron (played brilliantly even down to the Southern accent) by Frank Whaley (Swimming with Sharks); are out for revenge, ordered so by Helen, who joins all of them later on.

Ethan is adamant he doesn’t know what they are talking about and despite their torture he doesn’t deviate from his story, the audience will no doubt feel this is a case of mistaken identity that is about to go horribly wrong, especially when Ethan’s lovely next door neighbour Amy played by Jess Weixler is equally bundled in to the shenanigans, and is used as a guinea pig to get Ethan to confess to all that his torturers would like him to confess to, while frighteningly for Ethan his wife and daughter are wondering why he hasn’t showed up and may just come to his flat to investigate.

As Good As Dead is a very dark movie, and many will be impressed by the acting abilities of all involved.

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Scary Movie Trivia Questions And Answers

1. If you are a teenager living on Elm Street what should you never do?

A. Go to sleep

B. Play with dolls

C. Go to the prom

D. Have sex

A. Go to sleep

TOPICS: We all know from “Nightmare on Elm Street” that your dreams can get you killed by Freddy Krueger. Written by Craven, a former English teacher, the film’s premise is the question of where the line between dreams and reality lies. The villain, Freddy Krueger, exists in the “dream world” and yet can kill in the “real world”.

2. If you are up on your movie lore, then you also know that you should never accept what job on Halloween?

A. Hotel clerk

B. Baby sitter

C. Camp counselor

D. Traveling salesman

B. Baby sitter

TOPICS: Halloween (also known as John Carpenter’s Halloween) is a 1978 American independent horror film set in the fictional Midwest town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween. Originally titled The Babysitter Murders, the film centers on Michael Myers’ escape from a psychiatric hospital, his murdering of teenagers, and Dr. Loomis’s attempts to track and stop him.

3. What should tip you off to a bad motel to check in to?

A. No one else has checked in for weeks

B. The clerk talks too much about his mother

C. The clerk’s name is Norman

D. You are a thief

B. The clerk talks too much about his mother

TOPICS: At the end of the film, a forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Fred Richmond (Oakland), explains to Lila, Sam and the authorities that Bates’ mother, though dead, lives on in Norman’s psyche. Norman was so dominated by his mother while she lived, and so guilt-ridden for murdering her eight years earlier, that he tried to erase the crime from his mind by bringing his mother back to life.

4. If you are looking for a job on Crystal Lake what offer should you not accept?

A. Mailman

B. Truck driver

C. Camp cook

D. Camp counselor

D. Camp counselor

TOPICS: In Friday the 13th, we learn it is a bad job to be a counselor at Camp Crystal Lake where the counselors die extremely bloody deaths at the hands of an unseen killer who turns out to be the cook whose son Jason drowned 25 years earlier while neglected by romancing counselors.

5. British actor Boris Karloff created a cinematic icon when he played the role of what monster?

A. Dracula

B. Werewolf

C. Frankenstein

D. Alien

C. Frankenstein

TOPICS: British actor Boris Karloff played the role of the monster in the 1931 film “Frankenstein”. The ghoulish makeup he wore and the lurching walk he adopted in the film have become conventions, even cliches, of horror films. And beyond the individual techniques Karloff used when playing the role of the monster, he created a feeling of sympathy for the character, a technique that has since become a more general trait of successful horror films, whose monsters often gain intensity by fascinating audiences as well as repelling them.

6. Béla Lugosi was a Hungarian/American actor best known for his portrayal of what monster?

A. Dracula

B. Werewolf

C. Frankenstein

D. Alien

A. Dracula

TOPICS: Béla Ferenc Dezso Blaskó, better known as Béla Lugosi, was best known for his portrayal of Count Dracula in the American Broadway stage production, and subsequent film, of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire story.

7. In this 1970s book and novel, a mother believes her child (played by Linda Blair in the movie) is what?

A. An alien

B. The devil

C. Possessed by a demon

D. Bearing the devil’s baby

C. Possessed by a demon

TOPICS: Novelist William Peter Blatty based his 1971 best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda Blair in the 1973 movie. Suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behavior, Regan proves quite a handful for her actress-mother, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn, although Blatty reportedly based the character on his next-door neighbor Shirley MacLaine). When Regan gets completely out of hand, Chris calls in young priest Father Karras (Jason Miller), who becomes convinced that the girl is possessed by the Devil and that they must call in an exorcist: namely, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow). His foe proves to be no run-of-the-mill demon, and both the priest and the girl suffer numerous horrors during their struggles.

8. In a horror movie, you should worry if you encounter a doll named what?

A. Smiley

B. Bonnie

C. Chucky

D. Dolly

C. Chucky

TOPICS:Charles Lee Ray, or Chucky for short is a fictional character from the Child’s Play series of horror films, the original screenplay was credited as written by Don Mancini, John Lafia and Tom Holland. He is the primary villain featured in the series. Chucky is a doll that was possessed by means of voodoo magic by serial killer Charles Lee Ray, the notorious Lakeshore Strangler. During most of his time as a doll, Chucky chased after a boy named Andy Barclay because Andy was the first person he told his real name to as a doll.

9. Movies also teach us that if your son warns of “redrum” you better distance yourself from your husband pronto. But in “The Shining” all the husband is worried about is what?

A. Working too hard

B. Playing too hard

C. Becoming a murderer

D. Being murdered

A. Working too hard

TOPICS: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” — or, rather, a homicidal boy in Stanley Kubrick’s eerie 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow, frustrated writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. Before the Overlook is vacated for the Torrances, the manager (Barry Nelson) informs Jack that a previous caretaker went crazy and slaughtered his family. Settling into their routine, Jack sets up shop in a cavernous lounge with strict orders not to be disturbed. Danny’s alter ego, “Tony,” however, starts warning of “redrum” as Danny is plagued by more blood-soaked visions of the past, and a blocked Jack starts visiting the hotel bar for a few visions of his own. Frightened by her husband’s behavior, Wendy soon discovers what Jack has really been doing in his study all day, and what the hotel has done to Jack.

10. You can never really go home again, or at least you shouldn’t if your neighbors belong to this profession?

A. Slaughterhouse workers

B. Morticians

C. Chefs

D. Veterinarians

A. Slaughterhouse workers

TOPICS: Tobe Hooper’s influential cult classic, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, continues the subgenre of horror films based on the life and “career” of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein. When Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) hears that the Texas cemetery where her grandfather is buried has been vandalized, she gathers her wheelchair-bound brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain) and several other friends together to see if grandpa’s remains are still in one piece. While in the area, Sally and her friends decide to visit grandfather’s old farmhouse. Unfortunately, a family of homicidal slaughterhouse workers who take their job home with them have taken over the house next door. Included amongst the brood is Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), a chainsaw-wielding human horror show who wears a face mask made out of human skin. Sally’s friends are rapidly exterminated one-by-one by the next-door neighbors, leaving only Sally left to fight off Leatherface and his clan.

Download Free Anime Movie – Best Anime Movies

You want a free anime movie download, but you don’t know the best ones out there. You will find many sites devoted to paid and free anime movie download, but you still don’t know which ones are considered the classics. Read on to find out more about classic free anime movie download. You may or may not agree with the following choices of free anime movie download.

The anime movie Akira, was released in 1988 and is considered to be one of the defining moments in the history of Japanese anime. It dared to go where no other animated movie that had gone before, with attention to the details that made an only previously dreamed of realistic world. Akira was written and directed by Otomo and was based on the manga he created, set in a post-apocalyptic Japan that is occupied by fierce biker gangs.

Laputa was released in 1986 and is considered a classic as well. It features Hayao Miyazakis fascination with flight with the character Sheeta who falls to the earth from an aircraft attacked by air pirates. This movie wasn’t released in the West until 2004.

Whisper of the Heart is from Studio Ghibli and directed by Yoshifumi Kondo, with a script by Hayao Miyazaki. It is the story of Young Shizuku who dwells in a modern Japanese city. She finds herself drawn to a boy who reads the same types of books as she does. It is a favorite among Japanese anime fans for its intellectually stimulating love story.

Nausicaa released in 1984 is considered by some people to be Hayao Miyazakis finest and one of the best animated movies to be created. It tells the tale, set in the future, of Princess Nausicaa whose world is ravaged by war and pollution. This future world is slowly remaking itself into a strange place that is crawling with giant insects. The humans who have survived are attempting to kill each other and the princess has to aid her people when they are invaded. She must overcome hatred and violence among her people and inside herself. The full title of this classic anime movie is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

Top 10 Boxing Movies

Mark your calendars. Odd as it may seem, today may be the day that Marky Mark (sans the Funky Bunch) joins the company of such greats as Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Will Smith, Russell Crowe and so on. Today, The Fighter opens up in theaters across the country. With as much buzz and acclaim the movie has been receiving, this could very well end up going down as one of the best boxing movies of all-time.

In light of The Fighter‘s release, I thought now would be an appropriate time to make that list. My top boxing movies. The sport has been visited many a times throughout the history of cinema. Here, though, we narrow it down to the top 10. So without further ado, my Top 10 Boxing Movies.

10. Play It To the Bone
Play It To the Bone was written and directed by Ron Shelton. The movie stars Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson. Lolita Davidovich co-stars.

The movie is the story of two aging fighters, Cesar (Banderas) and Vincent (Harrelson), who are close friends. In the twilight of their careers, the two are given one last fight with a title shot up for grabs. The kicker: they’ll be fighting each other. The two boxers and friends set out to Vegas for their undercard bout, accompanied by Grace (Davidovich); Cesar’s girlfriend and Vincent’s ex. Along the way, we get a look into their past careers and their competitive friendship. Come fight time, what should have been a typical bout that no one has interest in, soon becomes the fight of the night as the two beat the hell out of each other. Cesar and Vincent leave it all in the ring, with something to prove to themselves and each other, they “play it to the bone”. A definite fight to remember.

Now, Play It To the Bone was pretty much critically-panned. Call it my like for Woody Harrelson, or my sappy underdog side, but I enjoyed it. There’s plenty of humor, a fun road trip and one hell of a fight. Granted it’s not the greatest of movies, but definitely one of my more favorite boxing movies.

9. Resurrecting The Champ
Resurrecting The Champ was written by Michael Bortman and Allison Burnett. It was directed by Rod Lurie and stars Samuel L Jackson and Josh Hartnett.

Hartnett plays a young sports writer who rescues a homeless man “Champ” (Jackson) only to find out that “Champ” is a boxing legend that was believed to be dead. The writer then sets out to resurrect Champ’s story and elevate his own career. The movie is based on real events and an LA Times Magazine article by the same name.

Granted this movie isn’t so much about boxing, rather that’s the underlying theme of it as it’s about a down-on-his-luck former boxer and the sports writer who seeks to restore the destitute man and resurrect his tale. What starts as a tale to resurrect a man who was once great, turns into an examination of life and family. Samuel L Jackson turns in a very good performance in this movie. Bringing such a level of humanity to the character, Jackson’s performance stands out in the film above all and you can’t help but feel for Champ the whole way through.

8. Ali
Written by Gregory Allen Howard and Stephen J. Rivele, Ali was directed by Michael Mann. Will Smith plays the title role of boxing icon and legend Muhammad Ali. Other roles include Jamie Foxx playing Ali’s cornerman Drew Bundini Brown. Jon Voight also stars as the famed sports journalist Howard Cosell.

Ali is a biopic of the legendary boxer. It takes a look at his career from his title bout with Liston, to his conversion to Islam to the famous Rumble in the Jungle.

Will Smith turns in an excellent performance as the iconic boxer, even gaining significant weight to pull off the part. Voight also turns in a great performance as Foxx also does a fine job. On top of all that, the realism of the fights is like none other in any other movie, really. All fighters are played by professional boxers. They decided there would be no “illusion” to the fighting in this movie, but went for the real deal. Even the fights that involve Muhammad Ali are real. For instance, in Ali’s bout with Foreman in the movie, Shufford (who played Foreman) was allowed to hit Will Smith as hard as he could to contribute to the realism. The only rule: don’t really knock Smith out. With some great performances, some great fights and a look at the boxing icon, Ali is definitely a good one to watch.

7. The Hurricane
Based on books The 16th Round by Rubin Carter and Lazarus and the Hurricane by Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton, The Hurricane is directed by Norman Jewison. Denzel Washington stars in the title role.

The Hurricane is the biopic of boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. Carter was wrongly imprisoned for a triple homicide and spent 20 years in prison before being pardoned. While not so much a boxing movie, The Hurricane is more a tale of redemption. A tale about how love can overcome hate and injustice. Washington gives one of the finest performances of his career as Hurricane and his supporters seek to fight back against the racism and hate that imprisons him.

6. Requiem for a Heavyweight
Based on a teleplay written by Rod Serling, Requiem for a Heavyweight is directed by Ralph Nelson. The movie stars Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason and Mickey Rooney.

Anthony Quinn plays Mountain Rivera, a boxer at the end of his career after taking a beating from Cassius Clay. Being a proud man, Mountain must put that pride aside in order to save a friend. Finding out that manager bet against him, Mountain can only save his manager’s life by taking a dive….in a wrestling match.

Requiem for a Heavyweight provides a tight story and a memorable story (even heartbreaking). With strong characters, Quinn does a great job playing the burnt-out boxer. One of the more memorable scenes from the movie happens at the beginning. Doing a point-of-view sequence (from Quinn’s point of view), the movie chronicles Mountain’s bout with Cassius Clay as flurries of punches fly at the screen/camera as Clay pummels Mountain.

5. Diggstown
Written by Leonard Wise and Steven McKay. Directed by Michael Ritchie. Diggstown stars James Woods and Louis Gossett Jr. Oliver Platt and Bruce Dern also star in the film.

Diggstown is the story of a conman (Woods), fresh out of prison, who stumbles into a small boxing-obsessed town in order to run his latest scam. He bets with the local tycoon that he knows a man that could knockout 10 men in 24 hours. The business man (Dern) takes that bet. The conman’s fighter: over-the-hill 48 year-old fighter Honey Roy Palmer (Gossett Jr).

Diggstown is a rather fun movie with a nice cast. You get a fun con/heist/caper type movie mixed in with an underdog style boxing movie, making for an enjoyable time.

4. Cinderella Man
Written by Cliff Hollingsworth and directed by Ron Howard. Starring Russell Crowe. Renee Zellweger and Paul Giamatti also star.

Cinderella Man is the story of heavyweight champion James Braddock. After breaking his hand, the boxer’s career is seemingly ended. He becomes a down-and-out man just trying to scrape by to support his family. That is until the day his former manager gets him a bout to basically be a “punching bag” for the number two contender in the world. However, to everybody’s surprise, Braddock scores a knockout against the contender. This adds a spark to his career as Braddock returns to the ring.

Cinderella Man is a great underdog tale that is an inspiring story. Though not initially doing well in theaters, the movie went on to be very much acclaimed by critics and audiences. It was nominated and awarded several awards. With the film itself, Crowe, Giamatti and Hollingsworth all receiving awards nods for their parts in this film, it’s definitely up there as one of the better boxing films of all-time and truly an inspirational story.

3. The Harder They Fall
Written by Budd Schulberg and Philip Yordan. Directed by Mark Robson. The Harder They Fall stars Humphrey Bogart in his last role before his death in 1957.

The Harder They Fall is the story of a out of work sportswriter Eddie Willis (Bogart) who is hired by a crooked promoter to publicize his new boxer. The new fighter is a large and impressive Argentinian, but ultimately talentless boxer. The plan is for the crooked promoter to build up his fighter through staged fights, then bet against him in a title match. Eddie then is left in a conundrum after starting to like the giant boxer, and battles with himself about whether to tell the Argentinian or not that his fights were fixed.

Bogie delivers a solid performance in his last film (for which he was already sick). The movie is a gritty film for its time and stands as a very nice examination of the mob-like influence in boxing.

2. Rocky
Rocky is written by and stars Sylvester Stallone. While the first was directed by John G. Avildsen, the sequels were directed by Stallone himself.

For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to include all Rocky movies here together. While some may argue about which was their favorite, I still go with the first as being the best. Rocky is THE underdog story of all underdog stories. The original is the story of a small-time boxer who is given the chance to fight the champion and proves to the world what heart and talent he has.

Rocky is absolutely a classic. It is an inspiring and memorable movie. This movie is what put Stallone on the map. The movie received Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, and a nomination for Best Actor. It is also listed in AFI’s top 100 movies of all-time. Rocky is a definite must-see for any fans of the genre and arguably the best of its kind in the sports movie realm for many.

1. Raging Bull
Written by Jake LaMotta and Joseph Carter. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Robert De Niro. Also stars Cathy Moriarty and Joe Pesci.

Raging Bull is the emotional journey of self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta, as the violence and temper that leads to his success in the ring, contributes to the downfall of his life outside the ring.

Many would argue that Rocky gets the first place spot. However, while I love Rocky, Raging Bull is just the better movie. This is arguably Scorsese’s and De Niro’s finest work. A true classic. Raging Bull is a gritty take on the sport and masculinity as well as a look at personal demons. This is the movie that put Pesci on the map and led to the famous pairing of De Niro and Pesci. It is an absolute must-see movie and one of the greatest films of all-time.

"The Proposal" Offers Important Lessons About How Relationships Can Get Better

The Proposal – 3 Stars (Good)

The drive to become successful in corporate America can involve total commitment, long hours, stiff competition, and the necessary talent to overcome the obstacles. When your name is Margaret Tate, it can also mean having no life before, during and after work.

Welcome to “The Proposal” starring Sandra Bullock as Margaret Tate, an always-in-control, unfeeling editor-in-chief for a major book publisher in the Big Apple.

Tate forces her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in order to avoid being deported back to Canada. Paxton accepts under the condition that he achieves his primary goal in life, to become an editor. When the government investigates what appears to be a sham effort to avoid deportation, the two conspirators are forced to spend a weekend with his parents in Alaska.

Once there, Margaret Tate finds her entire life slipping out-of-control, and Andrew Paxton begins to see a totally different side of his dictatorial, intemperate boss. Could there be an underbelly to Margaret that will unravel when she encounters the close-knit Paxton clan?

Pete Chiarelli gets major props for writing a good romantic comedy here that reminds us of some very basic values that have gone out of style in our modern relationships, like truthfulness and integrity. Chiarelli’s story slowly brings us back to one of the greatest decisions we will ever make in relationships, knowing when to bite the bullet, regain your senses, become humble, and go after what you want-the person of your choice.

Director Anne Fletcher brings The Proposal all together in the end, like a perfect bow on an exquisitely-wrapped wedding present. It is not easy to direct romantic comedies, the tendency is to get sappy, sophomoric, sentimental or silly. Anne Fletcher does none of this, thanks in part to Sandra Bullock.

I have become a huge fan of Sandra Bullock. When I see her again in The Proposal, I am struck again by her ability to play the part without ever appearing to be an actress or acting.

Sandra Bullock is not drop dead gorgeous like Catherine Zeta Jones, but she is obviously an attractive woman. If you were to see her on the red carpet for the first time, you would not think arm candy. You would be stunned by her understated simplicity, depth and presence.

Bullock’s appeal on the screen is becoming even more popular. Part of this growing awareness of Bullock may be due to women moviegoers who, when looking at Catherine Zeta Jones, know they will never be able to relate fully to such a gorgeous creature, whereas, with Sandra Bullock, she could be the girl next door that could also be them.

Women can see themselves as Bullock, she is not out of reach. Moreover, guys can look at Bullock and actually think about asking her out on a date. The average guy could only fantasize about Catherine Zeta Jones, but he thinks he could date Bullock, that’s huge.

Ryan Reynolds does enough with his role to get second and third looks as a leading man. Hollywood is starving for younger leading men. Yes, there is Brad Pitt, Leonardo De Caprio and Johnny Depp, and women love them. Problem is, they are not leading men. We continually find them in action adventures, not romance dramas or romantic comedies.

Watching the film, I thought, “If this is what Alaska looks like, I want to go.” However, in life, people and things are not always as they appear to be. The Proposal was actually filmed in Boston and on Boston’s North Shore. And all of those snow-capped mountains? They were added later digitally.

If you liked watching “Sleepless in Seattle” my guess is that you would enjoy The Proposal.

Copyright © 2009 Ed Bagley

iPhone Movie Downloads – Where to Download For Dirt Cheap Prices

iPhone movie downloads are selling like hot cakes now. With the new iPhone emerging on the market, hundreds of thousands of the new phone-cum-iPod are sold overnight. This also means that all of a sudden, there are the same numbers of owners wanting to lay their hands on iPhone movie downloads for their new gadgets.

Where are the folks going for the iPhone movies?

iPhones come in two versions, the 4 GB and the 8 GB models. A movie is typically 700 MB in size, so for a 4 GB model, it can easily store one or two nice movies. Not much very compared with the iPod but still, we must remember that it is first a phone then an MP4 player. Whichever the case, people are still interested to download iPhone movies for a cheap price.

iTunes, the parent site of course is a natural place to think of when looking for iPhone movie downloads. But with so many competitors nowadays as well as conversion software around, these online movie stores like Walmart, Amazon and so on are giving it a run for their money. Prices can range from below $10 to higher prices depending on the agreements they have worked out with the movie studios.

The next favorite places to feed your iPhone with iPhone movie downloads would be the paid membership services. These services run on a subscription basis. For a fee of less than $49.95, you can practically enter the site and download as many movies as you wish. Many genres, classics and the latest blockbusters are available for the price of one DVD. You get to keep and watch any full length DVD quality movie once you have paid a flat-fee and never be billed per download.

Certainly, looking at the various options, it is clear that many are flocking to these movie sites that offer lifetime membership to download movies for their iPhones. The trouble is, with dozens of choices, it is hard to pick the right one.

Save yourself the trouble and read up some tips at my iPhone blog to select the best site for your iPhone movie downloads.

"3 Idiots" – A Real Life Case Study


The movie ‘3 Idiots’ is totally focused on the current education system and its drawbacks. It has covered the situation of all the participants practically involved in the education system in India i.e. students, colleges, faculties and parents. Thus, this movie is a lesson to all the above parties, which I have analyzed after watching this movie.

Basically, this movie covers the pressure that the students of higher education are facing because of high end expectation from their parents, colleges and faculties. One of the important issues covered in this movie is student’s suicide due to pressure and failure in fulfilling the expectations. As such kind of incidents are not good for the society, country and families.

India is a young country and youths are the trend setters for any nation. It is a matter of concern for all of us and we must look into this issue seriously. This kind of incidents also affects us directly or indirectly as we all are part of this system. Thus, we need to think and bring some dynamic and revolutionary changes in the education system of the country. This movie seems to me like a real life case study about Indian Higher Education System.

The movie enlightens the drawbacks of current education system. As it clearly shows that how students of higher education are forced to perform best in their exams to achieve good marks, which will get them a highly paid jobs in top most companies around the globe. According to current system we teach our youngsters that Life is a race and to be successful you have to run faster and leave others behind. In this race they start using shortcuts and other means to get success just like the character “CHATUR” in the movie.

In this race, everybody in the system misses or skips the importance of knowledge and its practical usability in life and work. The gist of this movie is that instead of running behind degree and marks, we should focus on getting knowledge and developing skills through knowledge. This will develop excellence in students and make them eligible to do their work more effectively and efficiently.

The movie ‘3 Idiots’ also teaches us some lessons which I have classified into following categories

1. Lesson for Students

2. Lesson for Parents

3. Lesson for Faculty

4. Lesson for Colleges

1. Lesson for Students

a. Students should believe in knowledge, as knowledge will develop excellence in them, which will further lead them towards success.

b. They should understand the fact that there is no shortcut to success. The only road to success is hard work and knowledge.

c. Don’t be worried about the result while studying or doing any work. Just believe in your work, as the result depends on your work but not on your worries.

d. While choosing your career, instead of running behind money and glamour, choose that career which interests you more and for which you are more passionate.

e. Always share your thoughts and interests with you parents and try to convince them positively. Do not create pressure on them by doing negative activities if they are not convinced.

f. Study to gain knowledge not just to get a degree. If you will study to get degree you will not get knowledge, but if you will study to gain knowledge you will also get degree along with it.

g. Suicide is not the solution of any problem, but it is running away from the problem.

2. Lesson for Parents

a. Parents should discuss with their children about their interests, aims and objectives.

b. They should not be forced to do what their parents want them to do, instead they should be motivated to choose career of their interest.

c. Parents need to create a friendly environment at home, so that their children should be able to share their ideas and thoughts anytime.

3. Lesson for Faculties

a. Faculties should become mentors to students instead of just being a teacher.

b. Teach the students practical applicability of the theoretical concepts.

c. Try to develop innovation and creativity in students by discussing more and more about cases, situations and concepts.

d. Use student friendly tools and techniques to teach them.

e. Instead of forcing students, motivate them to do things by showing them benefits of it.

4. Lesson for Colleges

a. Colleges need to develop environment which provides knowledge to students.

b. They also need to create healthy competition among students towards attaining knowledge.

c. The overall focus of academic activities in a college should be towards development of creativity and ability in their students.

d. College administration should not force students to adapt system but they should be motivated to do so.