Raging Bull

Why I Watched It: I'm trying to catch up on all the "classic" movies I'm supposed to see The Plot: The story of Jake LaMotta, a middleweight boxing champ. Initial Reaction: Two Italian brothers from New York yell, scream, and curse at each other a lot. Boxing Thought: Boxing movies are generally ridiculous and this is no exception. The best I can tell, any real boxing match does not involve one fighter, with his hands to his sides, taking five to ten unemcumbered blows to the head. It's just silly. Left Out: That Jake LaMotta testified before Congress that he fixed a fight. Left Out #2: That after beating Marcel Cerdan for the championship, a rematch was scheduled. But as Cerdan was flying back to the United States to fight the rematch, he was killed in a plane crash. Why I Feel Guilty: I'm supposed to love this movie because all the critics tell me I'm suppossed to. I didn't love it. I'm not sure I like it. I'll take Cinderella Man any day.