For myself, there've been hints, but I've done my best to disregard them.
The Moment arrived Saturday. While
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Prior to the film, a mindless string of commercials pounded the audience, shucking all sorts of gimcracks aimed at the precious 15-to-35 age demographic. That's my group, but I did my best to ignore the drivel … until a Volkswagen Beetle ad erupted on the screen. The ad itself was rather annoying because it was art-crap and I drive a BMW, anyway, but the soundtrack was "Mr. Blue Sky" by Jeff Lynne's ‘70s supergroup Electric Light Orchestra.
Ah, a blast from the past. Catchy, foot-tapping tunes from yesteryear.
Wait, was it really that long ago? Oh, Lord …
The audience around me was oblivious teenagers, and they'd never heard the song nor anything else by ELO. Clearly, the little beasts only wanted their Caucasian hip-hop hero and his rhymes.
The music was totally foreign to their ears. Certainly, ELO is dated and a little campy today, but the songs retain their unique construction and complex rhythm. Of course, it's all lost on kids today.
Hell, I sound like an old fart. I aged right there in that seat.
As for "8 Mile," it's not a bad film by any stretch. Eminem is a very natural actor, even if he is only portraying himself. But as someone with a little bit of stage experience, no role is easy, and I'd venture to say playing one's self might be the most difficult role of all. Look how awful Audie Murphy came off as Audie Murphy (that's a bone for our pre-Baby Boom readers).
That's not to say I'm a huge Eminem fan. I'll give the boy credit for lifting himself out of
Perhaps Mr. Mathers will give up his rap for acting. Frank Sinatra was considered just a semi-talented punk when he earned 1955's Best Actor Oscar for "The Man with the Golden Arm."
The 19th century's Eminem, Frenchman Arthur Rimbaud, penned staggeringly brutal and beautiful poetry in his youth, then gave it all up to explore
Speaking of career change,
Coach Bill Cowher and offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey struck gold with Tommy Maddox, who really is less of a surprise once folks think him over. Maddox is a veteran who's not worn down by years of hits and sacks. He's fresh.
But none of that masks
The end is near. That team smells of the 1989 Browns, and we all know how that story played out. Reckoning day is near for the Boys in Black.