Top 5 Hockey Movies of All Time

There are many sports movies out there, but I enjoy hockey movies way more. Growing up I watched hockey movies and wanted to play hockey. Hockey movies practically got me into hockey. So you can say i’m a huge hockey movie fan. I’m going to list the top hockey movies that I believe are the best. Even though there are a lot of hockey movies, I’m going to list my top 5.

5.) Goon

This movie was hysterical. It’s about a bouncer who becomes a fighter in a semi-pro hockey league. He goes to a local amateur hockey game with one of his friends, who is has his own hockey talk show. He ends up fighting one of the hockey players and beats him up. Its caught on camera and teams start calling him an asking him to be part of their team. He’s never played hockey before so he can’t skate, but he sure can whoop some a**.

4.) Mystery Alaska

This is also another funny flick, with some good one-liners. The movie is about a town in Alaska, where their amateur hockey team accepts a challenge to play against the New York Rangers. The town is pretty much in distraught and don’t like each other. So they have to put their problems to the side and get along because the event will be nationally televised.

3.) Slapshot 1

This is definite knee slapper. This, in my opinion, is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. The movie is about a team who has a very poor reputation and very poor attendance rate. The team raises money by doing cheesy public activities, like modeling, as seen in the movie. If the mill in their town shuts down, then the team will fold. The main character knows the team is going to fail and that it could be his final hockey season. So, he tries to get his team more interested in the game so the team can get sold. He wants to keep the “goon” part of hockey in their team and entertain fans as much as they can. They recruit the “Hanson Brothers” who just cause chaos every game. A must see flick, even if you don’t like hockey.

2.) Miracle

Definitely a classic movie. This movies about the 1980 Olympic hockey game between USA vs Russia. This is considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history. This movie shows how everything led up to the big game and how harsh the coach of USA was on his players, but it definitely showed results. Miracle and my number one movie are a tie for first.

1.) The Mighty Ducks

These are the movies that got me into hockey. The movie is about a hot shot lawyer, who is haunted by his game winning shootout goal that he didn’t score in the championship and they lost. After being arrested for drunk driving, the court orders him to coach a peewee team, who needs major major improvements. He accepts the job and takes the team to the championship. In the championship game, he has to coach against his old coach, who he played for when he lost the game.

Gangster Movies Past & Present

Gangster movies have been showing the dark and seedy side of life to viewers for years. The stories have tough characters hardened by a life of crime. Violence and murder are the most commonly used tools to gain respect, power, and money. Gangster movies show a rainbow of criminal activity like drug dealing, robbery, extortion, murder for hire, racketeering, and human trafficking. Name an illicit business and it’s probably been shown in a gangster movie. The darker side of life has always captivated some movie viewers. It might be because everyone has a choice to be a John Q. Citizen or a Public Enemy outside of the law.

There are plenty of well researched books, articles, and documentaries about the place of the gangster in movie history. This article is the opposite of those. It’s a light snack for the gangster movie buff that wants something that’s not filling and easy to digest.

Lighting up the big screen in the 30’s was The Public Enemy starring James Cagney as Tom Powers and directed by William Wellman. This about a young gangsters rise in the criminal underworld during the murderous prohibition era. Aside from the fact it is a hard boiled story and social commentary it has some larger than life characters like a gangster’s gangster Tom Powers and street hoodlum Putty Nose. A point of controversy for it’s era was character Tom Powers smashing a grapefruit in his girlfriend’s face. Also coming out in that era was Little Caesar (1931) starring all time bag guy actor Edward G. Robinson as snarling psychopath Rico and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Little Caesar is story of ambitious gangster Rico’s rapid rise and fall in the criminal underworld. The cool thing is the focus of the movie is on the character flaws of Rico aka Little Caesar instead of the action going on around him. This movie has been called the mother of modern gangster movies.

The Godfather (1972) and hardcore sequel The Godfather, Part II (1974) directed by Francis Ford Coppola and co-written by Coppola and best selling author Mario Puzo who’s books the movies are based on is one of Hollywood’s all time best selling gangster movies. It stars Marlon Brando as Mafia Chief Vito Corleone and Al Pacino as Michael Corleone. Too many big name stars to give a full cast list here. The Godfather tells the epic tale of a Mafia family taking roots and gaining power in America. It has stylized on screen violence that shows no matter the air of respect you try to promote when you’re a gangster it still comes down to shedding blood to keep power.

Movie audiences were given a whole new look with Scarface (1983) starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana and directed by Brian De Palma. Never has a movie gangster become such an icon. The image of Tony Montana can be found on posters, shirts, and all kinds of items. The character captured the imagination of viewers across the world. Lines from this modern classic are massively quoted.

Scarface is the brutal depiction of the Miami cocaine business from the eyes of hungry Cuban deportee Tony Montana. The movies brutal violence, explicit language and lack of good guy characters has made Scarface controversial and disliked by some movie critics. In my opinion the language had to be explicit, the violence brutal, and characters shown that lacked good guy qualities. If you look into that time during the Cocaine Cowboy Wars I don’t think these drug traffickers were polite, non-violent, and working with orphans. It was a brutal world ran by brutal people.

Menace II Society (1993) starring Tyrin Turner as Caine and Larenz Tate as larger than life O-Dog was directed by The Hughes Brothers. This gangster movie brought viewers into the rough and tumble streets of the inner city. This intense urban drama is about the struggles Caine delas with leaving in a housing project and selling drugs. One of the most realistic movie based on the inner city. Everything about the story had heart. Belly (1998) starring DMX as Buns and NAS as Sincere was directed by Hype Williams. This gangster movie was a take on director Brian De Palma’s Scarface. It was an urban epic that stretched from the mean streets of New York to the slums of Jamaica. Hype Williams did a great job with the look and direction of Belly. It had some awesome shoot outs and action. It was a large scale movie that rivals some of the biggest Hollywood crime movies in style. The story is about the gangster lifestyle of drug dealing, armed robbery, and illicit money Buns and Sincere are deep into. Buns gets into some trouble that leads him into a life changing moment with the Nation of Islam. Sincere gets tired of the crime and is drawn to his African roots.

Empire (2002) starring John Leguizamo as drug dealer Victor Rosa and directed by Franc. Reyes. This gangster movie takes viewers into the world of the South Bronx. Director Franc. Reyes gave viewers a well done gangster movie that had some Latino flavor to it. John Leguizamo as Victor Rosa gave a stand out performance in this role. He showed both a brutal and soft side. There is some really good action in this movie. It had a shoot out between rival drug dealers that looked amazing. The story itself is about big time drug dealer Victor Rosa fighting with rival drug dealers for turf and wanting to get out of the game. A shady Wall Street investment banker offers Victor a chance to invest in a sure fire moneymaking deal. It looks to be Victor’s way out. Turns out the Wall Street crook double crosses Victor making off with his all his money. That money Victor got came from a Colombian Cartel. Now Victor has to get the money back or die himself.

Consignment (2007) starring Tim Beachum as smooth drug dealer Tommy Jones and Ruben Navarro as crystal meth distributor Smiles is directed by Sid Kali. This urban gangster movie is a fast ride through the crystal meth business. It is a well done independent gangster movie. The stand out is the realism in the way the story is told. The language and characters come across as authentic. Great to see Black, Latino, Asian, White, and Native-American characters represented. You don’t see that mix in gangster movies today. Director Sid Kali shows some great street action in this one including many shootings. In this gangster movie they did not shy away from showing nudity. Based on true events, Consignment is about Tommy Jones, a reluctant East Coast drug dealer on the run with his wife, Yolanda, after a rival kingpin’s plan to have him ripped-off and murdered goes wrong. In need of fast cash to go straight, the pair head to California, where Tommy hooks up with his cousin, a reckless, hot-tempered drug dealer. Tommy quickly gets in over his head, and is forced to take a large shipment of crystal meth on consignment from a ruthless Latino gangster. Double-crosses, a series of brutal murders, and an old secret from his wife’s past foils Tommy’s plans for a new start at life.

American Gangster (2007) starring Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas and Russell Crowe as Det. Richie Roberts and directed by Ridley Scott. This is a sweeping epic based on the true life of legendary drug kingpin Frank Lucas. It was great to see mainstream Hollywood back a big budget movie about an urban gangster. Most big budget movies involve the American Mafia. This one tackled the booming heroin trade happening in Harlem. It’s a period piece that is perfect in every detail. Director Ridley Scott gives viewers some unforgettable scenes of violence. This gangster movie will be an all time classic for years to come. The story itself is about the rise of Frank Lucas who was the right hand man of legend Bumpy Johnson. His power grew so much that he was the supplier of heroin to the New York Mafia. It also showed both types of police. The good and the corrupt. It was a great story about the real goings on in the world.

Smoking in Movies

I recently saw the movie Big Eyes and while I thought that this movie overall was a good movie I was extremely disgusted with the non-stop depiction of smoking in this movie, mostly by the main character played by the actor Amy Adams.

Why do we still live in a world where we allow tobacco companies to pay movie production companies money to show people smoking? Of course this movie was set in the 1960’s where people smoked much more often than they do today, but why show smoking in movies? There is no reason for this at all, and the extent that they showed all this smoking in this movie was way out of proportion that would ever be considered necessary to show an accurate depiction of life at that time.

Smoking is a horrible habit. Smoking will give you heart disease and any number of cancers, the worse being lung cancer. Smoking should be discouraged and right now we should be at least 10 years past from any new movie showing any character smoking in any scene in any movie.

This continuing outrage of showing smoking in movies has been going on for many years and I for one am very sick of it. My mother currently has lung cancer due to her many years of smoking which always worried all of us. In 2009 Patrick Swayze died of pancreatic cancer due to his many years of smoking. Smoking will kill you and it’s only a matter of time. Please can we get past this horror of showing smoking in movies?

While watching the movie Big Eyes I actually was yelling out loud at the movie screen because there was nobody else in the theater watching this movie at 10:00 am on a Saturday morning. I thought the movie was pretty good and it was a true story of another artist blatantly taking credit for his wife’s paintings but with all that horrible smoking, for me, it really reduced how much I liked this movie a great deal. I am also surprised at actors like Amy Adams who agree to smoke so often in movies, especially this one. I am sure this is one of the main decisions that a producer has to make to generate the revenue they need to make a movie, but at some point there has to be some common sense or decency to not show this horrible habit so often in movies today. Will this trend ever change? Will a law ever be passed? I sure hope so for all our sakes.