Boxing, an official sanctioned sport in the early 20th century, is a sport that is known as one of the most violent and physically demanding sports on the earth. Professional boxers that get paid to fight must be in top shape in order to preform at the highest level. Being a professional boxer is a tough life. Boxers train hard for many months leading up to one fight and either win, lose, knock out the opponent or even get knocked out. The sport has been around for centuries, but has most recently taken off over the last 100 years. It is a multibillion dollar industry with fighters taking home hundreds of thousands of dollars if not even millions of dollars for big matches. In his novel Papa Jack, Roberts tells the story of the famous African American boxer Jack Johnson. He details the boxers rise to fame and fortune and his downward spiral that would soon follow. In Papa Jack, Roberts displays life of a professional boxer through firsthand accounts with events that happened during Johnson’s life and shows how boxing not only influenced his life but also how he influenced the African American community.
Raging Bull is a movie based on boxer Jake Lamotta. A prolific pugilist with a rage temper inside and outside the ring, who is portrayed magnificent by Robert De Niro. When I was looking for the movie in youtube I expected a colored film but it was not. The B/W made the movie less visual violent even though indeed it is savage. However, the movie shows the human side of a prizefighter his fears, insecurities, and madness more than the professional in the ring himself. Jealousy based on his insecurities lead to hit his wife Vikki many times, and after 11 years together she finally left him. I was surprised that she was still alive and beauty at that time she left him.
Raging Bull, released in 1980, is a sports drama portrayed in black and white that tells the story of Jake LaMotta and the fluctuation of his boxing career and the personal relationships in his life. This movie is referred to as one of the greatest films ever made. It is extremely significant in film-making because it was nominated for several Oscars, and solidified Martin Scorsese as an amazing director. The movie was directed beautifully and uses many innovative techniques that were not used in your everyday boxing movie. Instead of showing the action from outside the ring, Scorsese puts the audience in the ring (Snider).
The ‘Boxer at Rest’ sculpture, dated from approximately 330 B.C.E. of the Greek Hellenistic period, showcases a nude bronze boxer lying in rest while wearing his fighter’s hand-wraps and staring off into the distance at an angle (Pollitt, 1986). This sculpture is notable for its portrayal of athletic professionalism within the Greek dynastic period’s height. This sculpture also features a highly muscled and idealized masculine form that hints at merging the feats of humanity with the idealized pantheon of the Greek gods (Castelle, Coquinot & Bourgarit, 2016). ‘Boxer at Rest’ is hypothesized to depict idealized fighters and not strict realism. The cauliflower ears, scarred face, and wistful expression depict the underlying human condition and
Now I know that “the Untouchables” had guns and bombs and knife actions, but those are in every movie now a days. The action in “Cinderella Man” showed all the troubles and fights a man had to go though to feed his children. James J. Braddock had to fight a man named Max Baer. Max Baer had killed 2 men in the boxing arena but James was willing to fight him for his family. The man put his life on the line, he didn’t even need any guns, or knives, or explosives to win. “Cinderella Man” was also more entreating to watch because it was about sports, but that just my preference. To me a film about boxing is more appealing to someone like me than a film about booze and killing. “Cinderella Man” was a movie about boxing, while “The Untouchables” was about bootleggers, and a movie about booze does not appeal to
All you have to do is establish the rules of the sport and maintain a degree of tension, ‘Southpaw’ does that with ease. This is the kind of white-knuckle tension I’ve been waiting for all year. Sutter forces you to loathe the antagonist of the film without coming across as manipulative or insincere, and it’s because of this immense hate that you’re driven to support the protagonist even more in his journey to self-improvement. I didn’t go into this film expecting much more than a hardcore boxing film, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is so much
When you think about boxers, we think big and buff and brutal. I sat down with Atlanta Boxer Adrian Dub after his gym session. He was pretty big and buff, but not so much brutal. His energy was very comforting, and you can hear the happiness in his voice. Before he started boxing, Adrian is a liberian man with a son and owed the mother child support. Dub came to boxing two years ago, as a solution for weight loss. His friends encouraged him to turn it into a career. “Archie be hitting with the left and right knock out”, that is what his good friend used to say when he first started out. This pro boxer loves what he does, but Dub admits that it can get challenging. Boxing is already a workout for the average person, but when you are a boxer you must workout on top of the sport.
Analysis Of “Unforgivable Blackness” The documentary, “Unforgivable Blackness” directed by Ken Burns casts light on the extraordinary life story of legendary boxer Jack Johnson. The documentary is about the barriers Jack Johnson had to overcome to satisfy his hunger for becoming the best and living “The American Dream.” Johnson had humble beginnings in Galveston, Texas and it was in those beginnings that glimpses of his bright future were slowly but surely beginning to show. Through out his life, he showed independence, relentlessness, ability to improvise, call attention to himself and get around rules meaning to tie him down. Jack Johnson was a self made man who had the drive to go forward and achieve what he wanted to achieve
Immediately after the main character arrives to the boxing ring is when he faces a new challenge that he must overcome. This fight between classmates has him worried that he might not even get a chance to give his speech. The author implies that the setting of the boxing ring can intimidate anybody if there were in the same position. The author states that “I want to get at that ginger-colored nigger. Tear him limb from limb…I stood against the ropes trembling” (Ellison 208). This hostile environment allowed the readers to see what position the main character finds himself in the middle of. This boxing ring allows readers to get a better picture of what the story is about. The use of an environment where he is forced to do something while blindfolded and beaten for entertainment
In my opinion, the rumble is the most action-packed scene in the film. The scene seems hard to film because of the continuous fighting and intensity. The actors have to plan their movements so that people do not collide. Also, the actors had to learn how to make their fighting look realistic. This routine is the most intense because all of the smaller fights in the book like, Ponyboy being beat up has led to this final fight that will determine the champion.
Antoine Fuqua’s “Southpaw” is about a delinquent fighter who rose to fame and success in the field of boxing only to be felled again by a personal tragedy.
Million Dollar Baby The plot of Million Dollar Baby might look like just another boxing movie, but I believe there is more to the film than just simply placing it into a sports genre. Most of the scenes from Million Dollar Baby revolve around a boxing ring, but once viewers start
That’s two idiotic action films back-to-back, let’s do the entire genre a service and blacklist this director. He also edited such classics as ‘Taken 2’, ‘Lockout’, ‘Colombiana’, and, you guessed it, ‘Transporter 3’. At what point do you look around you and realize you sit on a throne comprised of garbage. The cinematography here is outright obnoxious. The camera never once stops moving, it’s always just hovering and panning for no good reason. The editing is silly to say the least, particularly when it comes to the action, it’s all shaky-cam and there are ninety-nine cuts every thirty seconds, I hate everything about this
Evaluation of Southpaw One of the most popular movies of 2015 was the sports drama Southpaw. The dramatic R-rated movie pulls you in, and makes you fall in love with the characters. Between the magic behind the camera and the actual scenes, Southpaw is a
Instead of having a real fight in movie, movie directors tend to prefer throwing fake punches in order to ensure the safety of actors and actresses. But those fake punches have become one of the least exciting part of the movie. When watching a long fighting scene, audiences would become less and less engaged and sometimes shift their minds to other things instead of the movie. In the movie Fist of Fury directed by Lo Wei, an almost six minutes fake fighting scene consisted of main character Chen Chen fighting twenty evil Japanese makes many audiences wonder the necessity of this part of the movie. These days, unlike those acted out fighting scenes in movies, the real fight like the century match between Mayweather and Conor McGregor tends to draw more interest from people. But what is the root cause of this phenomenon? And if people are less enjoying the fighting scene, is the fighting scene of Fist of Fury really necessary?