Life is funny. Ok, that’s not a bad start. I know it’s not because everyone who reads that knows what I mean or what I am about to say, even though that sentence doesn’t mean anything when you take it apart. But moving on. Life is funny because I can edit this post. save it in a draft. polish it. spit on it then polish it again until it’s shiny and ready for your beautiful and attentive eyes. which by the way I don’t know if they really are.
Great! I just remember why I wanted to write this post in the first place. it’s 3 am and I should be snoring and trying to wake the whole neighborhood right now, but here I am inflicting pain to the keyboards. Ok, I promise to get to the point of this post as soon as possible.
The Underdog movies.
I am a sucker for underdog movies. GRRRR, can’t help myself, but to notice how much American lingo I have picked in my 7 years in this country. Can someone explain to me what underdog means? or sucker? Never mind. I been hugging my kleenex box and watching underdog movies on my netflix for the past two months instead of going through my summer reading list and finishing my writing projects, but there’s just something about underdog stories that makes just want to curl up in a couch and cry my eyes out.
I realize that it doesn’t matter to me if the story is in the science fiction like the Stargate series or Firefly series or in the past like Secretariat, the Fighter, Cinderella Man. As long as you throw in an unlikely champion or hero, I will forget that the earth is moving, that I smell bad because I need a shower, that I haven’t had food or water, that summers don’t last in Portland. Just so I can have a moment. A moment when I can feel like they are talking about me. That if he did it, if she did it, I can too.
No wonder Obama won. He took Hollywood’s underdog movies mantra and reminded Americans of the American Dream. Yes I can win this election and be the first colored president of United States of America. Yes you can win your battle against fear, addiction, cancer, sickness, poverty, and be the change you want to be in the world. yes you can become the most famous writer in the whole wide world and have your books translated in thousands of languages and be invited on tv shows, and by famous people who can’t say correctly your name. (Drums roll in the background!!!)
I don’t know when I started liking underdog movies or stories. one of the all timers underdog movies is Rocky. I don’t care and you shouldn’t either for the sequel. The first one was perfect and maybe the last one he just did not too long ago. Silvester Stallone was Rocky and Rocky was Silvester Stallone. A guy with an accent (Wassup to all my Immigrants who still keep it real?) who grew dirt poor, but could talk some sense into with his knuckles gets a chance to a championship title against a veteran warrior. For some reasons even though Carl Weathers who plays Apollo Creed is black, I never sided with him, because he was the bad guy to beat. And to this day, I’m always on the side of underdog. And there are still a lot of black, yellow, brown people who fit that description. and surprisingly too some white folks. Ok, racial politics 101 wasn’t part of my concern as a kid and still isn’t my primary concern today, but there’s no need sometimes to dance around the elephant in the room.
So where was I? Underdogs! Where are my dawgs at? allright let’s leave the hood and go to the suburbs. But on a serious note, I realize that sometimes I don’t qualify as an underdog to the strict sense of the term. If there is such a thing. The big shocker might be is that no one does. If you take the time to dissect any of your lovely underdog movies, you will see that there was always something special, out of the ordinary about the main character. whether it is sheer Herculean willpower. Piss-in-your-pants sense of humor. “luck”. “Destiny”. “Fate”. “Divine Intervention”. Something snapped some things into place and the underdog became the Big Dog to keep our metaphor going.
So here I am hoping to become soon the Big Dog around here, you knowwhatimsayin ? (Just can’t seem to live my imaginary “Hood behind!!)
Do you have any underdog movies that no one knows about and MUST absolutely see? Let me know, I need an excuse to go through my box of kleeners ifuknowwhatimean?