20 April 2007

What's your favorite submarine movie?

It's the last week of school/reading days/beginning of finals, and you know what that means: more slacking than usual. Eric and I have watched a movie every night this week.

On Monday night we watched Rudy, which I had seen as a little kid, but really needed to see again. It's a great movie. Sometimes I was frustrated with Rudy and how he lived in this little dream-world, but I also grealty respected his willingness to work really hard. And of course, in the end, it was all worth it.

Eric often jokingly asks me "What's your favorite submarine movie?". Anyone who knows Eric knows how obsessed he is with wars and tanks and cool airplanes and cool boats that shoot things, so it really shouldn't be a surprise that he has a favorite submarine movie. As it turns out, it is not The Yellow Submarine, but it is probably Crimson Tide or The Hunt for Red October. (He doesn't know which he likes better).

Somehow, on Tuesday night we ended up watching K-19; The Widowmaker with Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford. On Wednesday we watched The Hunt for Red October, and last night we watched U-571. Let me just say, that Thursday's movie was far inferior to the first two.

It's about an American submarine, and the submariners have to go on a mission to this German U-boat. Blah blah blah. In the beginning, Captain Taylor, played by Matthew McConaughey, is denied his request to become a captain. He is very angry, but his captain tells him he just isn't ready yet because although he has the leadership skills, he lacks the ability to make choices involving people's lives. And then the story goes quickly downhill: Did you know how hard it is to be a captain? It's really hard. And then it gets harder, and harder. And just when you think it can't get any harder, guess what. It DOES get harder. It's really hard to be a captain.

And that's U-571, in a nutshell. No need to see it. But do take the time to see the other two, especially K-19.

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