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I've spent too much time playing Dr. Mario this evening. Over and over, I lose. The game sucks. Right? Right.

I've watched all the special features on the new DVD release of Raging Bull. I was amazed by how much of the dialogue between Joe Pesci and Robert DeNiro was improvised. But not as amazed as I was by the real Jake LaMotta's enthusiastic cooperation not only with the making of the movie, but also with the documentaries. He really seems to like and respect the movie. Maybe I'm wrong, but to me that seems indicative of a great deal of maturation on his part. I mean, to enjoy this movie that lays bare his most vulnerable self as well as his most despicable--from portrayals of his violent paranoia and his grovelling self abuse in prison, it seems hardly the image the brutish champion fighter would want presented.

There was an eerie moment in the documentary that had shots of DeNiro in the movie delivering the On the Waterfront monologue inter-cut with shots of LaMotta performing the same monologue. LaMotta delivers it not like he's the character saying it but like he's a movie fan repeating lines that moved him deeply. As though he's saying, "You hear him? How he puts it? He coulda been a contender. He could've been somebody."

It made me think again about the relevance of that monologue in the movie. Obviously, unlike Brando's character, LaMotta in fact was a contender. More than that, a champion. I like to think that it means that to the truly passionate, the accomplishment of goals cannot ever truly be fulfilling.

Things must've really mellowed out after the events of the movie. LaMotta said he even went to the premiere with Vicky, his second wife played by Cathy Moriarty in the movie. He said that, when they came out of the movie, he asked Vicky if he was really that bad. She told him, "You were worse."
Current Mood: hotconfined somehow
Current Music: "Warm Beer and Cold Women" - Tom Waits
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Date:June 12th, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)
La Motta's ghostwritten autobiography is worth tracking down. Also, he's the uncle of cult director and Blue Underground owner William Lustig.
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Date:June 12th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
La Motta's ghostwritten autobiography is worth tracking down.

Maybe I will, as soon as I'm done with the three billion other books I've been wanting to read right this minute for about three years now . . .
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Date:June 12th, 2005 09:09 am (UTC)
"Dr. Mario this evening. Over and over, I lose. The game sucks. Right? Right."
two words baby - cheat codes
and yeah the games sucks, right on.
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Date:June 12th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)

Re: cheat codes

Well, with the absolute annihilation of Capitalism on the line, I can hardly blame them.

If me losing at Dr. Mario has somehow advanced the cause of Communism, then I suppose I can at least feel like I've accomplished something.

I'm the sporting type myself so I can't say I haven't enjoyed hacking reality. I say good game. heh

All that silly mumbo-jumbo at the hospital with their apparatuses and machines that go "ping"--ha! I bet it really is only like Dr. Mario!

Next, meditate and take back what's been stolen from ALL of our hearts.

Princess Toadstool?
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Date:June 12th, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
two words baby - cheat codes

Heh. I could, but it's not the sort of game where there'd be much point. Now, Super Mario Brothers 3 was a game for cheat codes. I love being Frog Mario for the entire game.
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