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There's nothing remotely ironic about that. The word you're looking for may be "interesting," but even that seems inaccurate, as you're talking about actors in a film. The ancestry or religion of the actor has nothing to do with that of the character he plays. It's good, but nothing special. That happens from time to time, and is always puzzling and disappointing. I don't want to think the sport is fixed, and I chalk it up to what we see from multiple cameras isn't always what a judge sees in real time from one point of view ringside. The first Fury-Wilder fight was like that. I watched it at a movie theater with a fairly large audience. Most viewers seemed to be pulling for Wilder, but after the draw was announced the seemingly unanimous opinion of the room, and also my own opinion, was that Fury was the clear winner of the fight. I definitely think boxing has moved well past its best years. My father was a big fan of the sport. He saw Primo Carnera fight, and listened to or watched some of the greats, in what seems like the best years for the sport. I caught the tail end of it, and can remember the tail end of Ali's career. Even in the '80s and '90s the sport felt relevant, but now it's barely on the radar of most people. Anyway, I'm rambling, but yeah-- boxing in 2023 barely matters, though I will still watch when I have the chance. I hope the Fury-Usyk fight really happens. The fights got progressively more comical, but even in the first two the boxers stand with their guard down and take a series of full-force blows to the head, even one of which would knock a man out, after which they turn the tables and land lethal combos to the other guy. I've been a huge boxing fan since childhood, and have never seen a fight remotely similar to what one sees in a Rocky film. As for III vs. V, it's a toss-up. Mr. T is entertaining, and there's still some vestige left of what made the original Rocky film great. Though Rocky V has some moments, and Tommy Morrison was a surprisingly good actor, the film feels somehow hollow. I've read that it is expected to do poorly at the box office. In any event, I just got home from watching it. It isn't very good. I did, and they weren't even close. They were certainly brutal, but nothing like the absurdity one sees in Rocky films. Since he was created by Marvel in the 1970s. Looks really good! In that era, everyone did the same things at the same time. If you watched a certain TV show, as a nation we were all in front of the TV at the same time watching, and talked about it the next day. When a movie came out, as a nation we all went to see it, knowing that once it left the theater, we may never see it again. Best case, for more popular movies, it might come on TV 5 to 10 years later, or be re-released. There was no binge-watching, no avoiding talking because of spoilers, and no disconnect with one another over who had watched what, and when. Film and TV provided a shared cultural history, and gave us common ground for conversing with one another. It was also something special to see a movie. You went out, nearly always with friends and/or family, and had a shared experience with an audience. Theaters were nearly always full at the busy showtimes, and seldom ever empty. Now, more often than not, when I see a film I'm one of only a few people in the theater, and many times I've had the theater to myself. Theaters were larger then, too, and many (most?) of the grand movie palaces were still around. There was more money being made, so more films were being made. You could go to the movies twice a day and never see the same film twice. Most large cities had multiple grindhouse theaters running 24 hours a day. In New York's Times Square you had literally a dozen or more options for what movie to see even at 3am. I could go on, but I agree that a massive boon to society has been lost in the realm of film since the advent of the digital era. View all replies >