Friday, May 27, 2005

Lights, Camera, Action

This past week, the show talked to Chris Toltzman and Jason Ralph from RoadHogs: The Other Side of the Season. The movie takes a look at life on the road in the UHL and shows fans what they may not se when their favorite team is on the road. Personally, I can't wait to see the movie because of the fact that it'll be a good hockey movie to see. There hasn't been many great movies about hockey, and it's a damn shame. For that reason, I have decided to compile a list of Scotty Wazz's top movies about hockey.

1. SlapShot: This has to be the top movie when it comes to hockey. The movie is a look into a podunk team that has several players past their prime. The cast of characters, led by Paul Newman, are looking for one last grasp at greatness, all the while trying to get over the fact that the team will be sold off by the stingy owner. The movie overall is not cineomatically great, mainly because it was worked on with a small budget in the 1970's. However, that aside, it's probably the funniest movie about hockey there is out there today. It's a must in any hockey players and/or fans collection.

2. The Mighty Ducks: Now, I'm just talking about the original. Though Mighty Ducks 2 is great in it's own right, the fact of the matter is that it all got it's start in the first movie. Emilio Estevez really has his character defined in this movie, where the big city lawyer gets caught with a DWI and is sentenced to coach the D-5 hockey club, which is full of misfits and jokers. Plus, the fact of the matter is that the other two movies are sappy pieces with craptastic jerseys. The First Mighty Ducks flick had the vintage D-5 Duck on the jersey. I still think Anaheim should have used that jersey as their own.

3. Mystery, Alaska: What more could you want from this movie?? An underdog hockey club, Russell Crowe as the captain of the team, Burt Reynolds, and the Rangers winning a game. That's the definition of a fantasy event. This movie is about the hockey crazed city in the darkest of Alaska which eats, sleeps, and lives hockey. The scenes of the game on the pond and in the game against the Rangers are some of the best I've seen. It's almost like a toned down "SlapShot", but has some of the same events in the ordeal.

4. Youngblood: Now, when you get the star power of Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, plus Keanu Reeves as a French Canadian goalie, it makes the story of Lowe as the can't-miss-kid that much better. Lowe is the new kid, Swayze is the old guard-- it's the basic "changing of the guard" movie. Though it is a little rough, the storyline of the kid trying to make the big time-- it's a "feel good" movie if you like that kind of thing.

5. MVP- Most Valuable Primate: Come on-- you can't have a list without a hockey playing monkey. This movie is so bad, it's good. This is the story of a deaf girl, her star hockey playing brother, and a monkey from a lab who loves hockey. The monkey escapes, befriends the girl, and somehow gets his way out onto the ice surface when he sneaks into the arena during a game. It has everything you could love in a movie-- monkeys, hockey......monkeys. It's a goofy flick, but something good for the kids.

So that's my top five. I know, I'm missing the classic SlapShot 2, but I still haven't found it after I took it and chucked it from the deck of my apartment complex. If you have any suggestion about movies I should look into that should have been on the list; go ahead and comment there down below.

This has been ScottyWazz. Take care of yourself and someone else. PEACE!!

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