Saturday night, Holly is already asleep, big surprise. I’m left to my own devices, read or Netflix, read or Netflix. Since our queue is way too close to 100 for my tastes, I need to start working some man movies off of there. Half the time, I don’t remember even placing them in there, but what do my wondering eyes should appear, but the movie Warrior. Stars Tom Hardy (played Bane in the new Batman), Nick Nolte and some other guy who sort of looks like Tom Hardy. For some reason, I was a little confused at the character establishment (thought Tom Hardy and his brother were the same characters just at different times in their life.. .yeah, I’m a little slow sometimes), but once I got it, the movie took off.
Think of it as Rocky for MMA. As a fan of MMA in general (and short-term practitioner of BJJ, wrestling and Muy Thai), this movie hit a nerve like the movie Vision Quest did with me over the years. I should mention Vision Quest for a moment. This movie stars Mathew Modine as a high school wrestler who wants to make his mark on the world. To do so, he plans to drop two weight classes and wrestle the baddest wrestler in the state: undefeated Brian Shute. The thing is that though Modine is naturally gifted he hasn’t been wrestling for long, and was likely to win a state championship in his own weight class. There’s some mushy adolescent love stuff in there, but really it’s about Modine testing himself and rising to the challenge. Love that movie!
There’s something to be said about movies made by and for men. I get roped into way too many romantic comedies, depressing dramas, and kid movies, so when I can sit down and boost my testosterone by watching a movie about competition it’s a great night. This was one of those where you get caught up in the matches and are rooting for the movie characters and actually are yelling at the TV like it’s an actual PPV UFC match. I was totally inspired by the movie and was ready to go run through walls or at least head out to my garage gym to start throwing around some iron. Tom Hardy’s traps alone are enough to inspire.
It’s nearing winter now, outdoor sports seasons are ending, find something to start your spark. I don’t think that picture of the cat hanging by the branch (caption “Hang in there!”) is much inspiration, but fucking Warrior is!
Here are some other AMD recommendations (in no particular order) as the darkness rises and days get shorter. Find your winter inspiration and come out to spring an improved man (or woman)!
1. Braveheart – William Wallace kicks major ass! Freedom!
2. Rocky – The godfather of underdog inspirational movies. Just when you thought he’d give up, that he was down, Rocky comes roaring back and survives against Appollo Creed. So. Awesome!
3. Shawshank Redemption – Bet you didn’t see this one coming. One of the best movies out there. I get goose bumps every time I watch that movie when Andy crawls through the shit pipe and is standing there in rain arms upraised! Inspiring, and the results came through patient planning and execution when the time was right. Start at about 1:55
4. Any Given Sunday – I had to have a football one on there. I’ve seen Rudy and Remember the Titans, and they were good, but I always remember this Al Pacino speech from Any Given Sunday. Goose bumps.
5. Miracle – As a college hockey fan, love this movie. The Herb Brooks speech is… wait for it… .Legend…Dairy! May be the best of them all – skip to 2:00 in the video
Find your spark! Be inspired! Kick some ass this coming winter!