Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Even heroes die

After the NBA Finals concluded this past June there was an editorial piece that appeared in Sports Illustrated titled "The Death of Cool". Well, this past Friday cool took another hit when the coolest actor of all time passed away. Paul Newman had the look that the ladies liked, and the men wished they had. When he was on the screen he commanded the attention of everyone watching.

I haven't seen all of Newman's films, in fact there are some of his classics that I have yet to see, but of the ones I have seen here are my favorites:

- Cool Hand Luke: This is without a doubt one of my favorite movies of all time. There's a ton of religious symbolism, but Newman's portrayal of a guy who would rather die than conform to the system is what makes it a classic. This was also proclaimed as the sweatiest movie of all time once on an episode of "Cheers".

- The Hustler: You don't even have to like or understand pool sharks to appreciate this film. The final scene where Newman's character finally beats Minnesota Fats is really cool.

- The Sting: I never get tired of watching this one even though I know about the surprise ending. I like Newman's work with Robert Redford in this picture even more than in Butch Cassidy.

One last thing, I am heading to an 80's charity event this weekend and am looking to borrow some clothing items.
- a pair of black Chuck Taylor high tops (size 9 or 9 1/2)
- a mullet wig
- any cheesy 80's t-shirt or collared shirt
- a thin silk tie (like they used to sell at Record Bar)

Let me know if you can hook me up with any of these vintage items. Thanks.

1 comment:

Steven said...

Personally, my favorite Paul Newman movie was "Slap Shot"...and you can't forget "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".