The story of Steve Bartman is well known among anyone who is a fan of baseball. This incident only proved once again to fans of the Chicago Cubs that they are in fact cursed. Alex Gibney’s documentary “Catching Hell” was shown as part of ESPN’s film series. The ESPN documentary’s are always fascinating and this one was no different. This film showed the meaning of the word scapegoat and how easy it is to get caught up in the idea of such a thing. While Bartman is not alone in taking the blame for the curse of an entire team, he is arguably the most innocent. While most scapegoats come in the form of a player, Bartman was merely a fan who took the blame harder and with more ferociousness than any player ever has or ever will. [Read more...]
The film opens up right where the franchise did, with Erik Lehnsherr being separated from his family at a Nazi concentration camp and ripping a fence down in the process. Where we go from there is all new. After an introduction to Mystique and Charles Xavier who have become childhood/lifelong friends we catch back up with Erik who is hunting down the Nazi’s who tortured him and his family in the camp. Erik’s main target is Sebastian Shaw, a mutant himself who has collected a few others (mutants) around him, and Shaw is hatching something sinister between the U.S. and Russia.
The film is set right in the heart of the cold war, the Soviets and America on the verge of nuclear war, and Kennedy is in the White House trying to diffuse the situation. The unexpected help comes from these newly discovered mutants and this fresh new era really gives the series a fun playground to play in. The 60’s look is cool, sexy, and allows the characters to have a lot of fun, especially in these younger incarnations of these characters. The two leads, Erik and Xavier, are of course Magneto and Professor X from the films we are familiar with and getting to see them as young men is really quite fantastic. [Read more...]