My longtime friend Jim Hicks write in his popular column, in the Buffalo Bulletin, how this “off-and-on spring” is an economic driver. People thereabouts — and likely here, too — burning their snow shovels (good riddance!), but then having to return to the hardware store to purchase another. And how washing one’s truck or car generates a good old-fashioned spring (wet and sloppy) snow storm.
Hollywood movies most always rely on a “suspension of belief” from its audiences, so goes the phrase. What the film “Draft Day” asks the viewer is to believe that something good will happen to the Cleveland Browns. One Sheridan fan has categorized the woebegone franchise as the “factory of sadness.” Some will posit how the Browns have never quite recovered from a certain quarterback, #7 in your Broncos program, and The Drive of 1987. (There’s a brief clip of it in the movie, of course, and Mark Jackson still catches that pass.)
Kevin Costner stars in this movie that is 1,964 percent better than I thought it would be. (1964 was the last time the Browns won the NFL championship.) The movie moves along nicely, its pace dictated by the “on the clock” story of a 12-hour period during the manic “draft day” of the NFL. (The real draft day is in about three weeks and will be televised via ESPN.) In the film, there’s wheeling and dealing, shouting at a first-day intern, some rueful expressions illustrating how the draft hasn’t always been good for Cleveland. The occasional bamboozle. And there’s a hearty dose of Costner’s “aw-shucks-i-ness,” some profanity in just the right spots. A terrific supporting cast: Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella, Chadwick Boseman, Ellen Burstyn, Denis Leary. Why, there’s even a cameo featuring Jim Brown, Bernie Kosar and lots of pictures on the wall of quarterback Brian Sipe.
It’s showing in the warm and comfy confines of Centennial Theatre, downtown.
Incidentally, The Wall Street Journal, in a story about the film, says Mike Ditka had the most implausible (read: worst) draft day when he swapped all of the New Orleans Saints’ draft picks for the rights for just one player in 1999, Ricky Williams, whom the Saints paid $68 million. In three so-so seasons, Williams rushed for more than 3,000 yards and scored 16 touchdowns; the Saints went 20-28.
The FAB Women’s Conference will host a screening of the movie, “Raising Ms. President” come May 8 at 6 p.m. in the Carriage House Theater. The movie is by Kiley Lane Parker. Website: raisingmspresident.com. Tickets: $8.
The documentary is part of the conversation about women in leadership and is a component of the FAB Women’s Conference that will be held in September at Sheridan College. After the film, there will be a follow-up discussion as well. Info & tix: Kristen Czaban, 672-2431.
“God protects fools and songwriters.”
— Kris Kristofferson, songwriter