Originally, I was going to write that there’s not much else new to say about Rope. The truth of it is, I don’t think I can find the words to express adequately how I feel. I’ve seen a fair amount of movies in my time, not enough to make me an expert but enough to occasionally know what I’m talking about, so it might not sound too much like hyperbole to say that Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope stands as one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Not just my favorite movies or movies I like, which occupy a large portion of space, but films that I feel exemplify filmmaking as an art form. Metropolis, Apocalypse Now, The Thing, The Bicycle Thief, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, etc., the cream of the cinema crop.
This was one of the facts I’d digested and forgotten about over the years, and I bring it up because when I was first introduced to Rowdy Roddy Piper all those years ago through the TV, I had no idea wrestling was anything but a real contest between good guys and bad guys who chose to settle their scores in squared rings in front of thousands of people wearing tights and boots.
To a kid, I don’t think that sounds all that strange. Sports teams put on silly outfits and do battle in front of thousands of people, after all, and superheroes put on silly outfits to do battle in front of thousands of people, and when you’re five and know one of those two is non-fiction and the other is fiction, wrestling seems a lot more like the former than the…
You know, when rewatching these movies, I always get the impression that my opinion is going to wildly change from what it was originally. It’s happened with TV shows, music, authors, comic books, even the occasional person or two. When it comes to movies though, those I’ve written articles for in particular, it seems like I’m pretty set in my ways. I liked Bride of Frankenstein back then, I like it now. I thought The Crow was dumb back then, and I think it’s dumb now. Not sure why, maybe I’m more critical of film than I am any other medium on a subconscious level, thus I hold it to a high standard. Filtering out the bullshit, in a fashion.
Y’all know the drill by now. If you’re new, you’ll get it. Take nothing seriously unless it vibes with you. If you find something offensive, it’s because you’re a jive sucka who doesn’t know how to take tasteful jokes or you can’t handle #realTalk…#RNS….#100…gun emoji.
While we’re all still coming down from tryptophane poisoning, join The Guys Outta Brooklyn as they discuss their favorite Sports Movies. Thomas and Derrick talk about such notables as both versions of The Longest Yard, the boxing classic The Great White Hope, and the cult hockey classic Slap Shot–and then go as mental as they ever have been over the sports movie spoof Dodgeball! Plus the guys talk about their own sports memories growing up. It’s third and long, so what else can you do but click that download button now!