Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pumping Iron

Last night was round 10!! of 'TWO WEEKS WITH ARNOLD'. An adventure to watch, explore, and review 14 Schwarzenegger movies in 14 nights; and to document my feelings toward Arnold during the course of this clinical evaluation.

Why Arnold? Why 14? I'm not an Arnold freak, but I am a fan. My review on Terminator Salvation sparked an interest and curiosity regarding Arnold and a light bulb went off! "TWO WEEKS WITH ARNOLD!!" What an interesting story! Will I have trouble making it two weeks straight? Will I grow sick of Arnold? What will I learn? Time will tell.

Two Weeks With Arnold Night 10
Pumping Iron (1977)

Alright, we're in the home stretch of this thing now... 10 nights into it. I can see the light and am both excited to be finishing up and already thinking "what will I do next?"... I'm so thankful for the strong writing I've put out during Two Weeks With Arnold. This has been a great writing exercise.

Pumping Iron is a behind the scenes documentary following Arnold Schwarzenegger as he trains for and ultimately wins his sixth consecutive Mr. Olympia title in 1975. Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) was the only man in the competition that had a chance at defeating "The Austrian Oak" and even he was crushed. Immediately after the victory Arnold retired from professional body building, only to come back in 1980 and win his seventh and final Mr. Olympia title. Schwarzenegger reminds me of a young Mike Tyson, when Tyson was in his prime; extremely confident, hungry and relentless.

One thing I will point out - even way back then, Arnold's charm and charisma was infectious. He was the class favorite, said hello to everyone in the gym, shook everyone's hand... made jokes, laughed, he was everyone's friend. He was also everyone's enemy; willing to do whatever it took to win including getting rivals drunk on women and booze the night before a competition.

While it was nice to reference Arnold's earlier mentality and work ethic, the documentary was too much body building for my liking. It was tough for me to sit through... I'm just not THAT into watching guys work out. Nothing homophobic about it, just boring. Maybe 10 minutes of the movie... but 2 hours? Nah...

Simeon gives it 2 stars.

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger
Born July 30th, 1947 in Thal, Austria.
Height - 6 ft 2 in. Weight - 250 pounds
7 time Mr. Olympia (1970-1975, 1980)

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