Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Galaxy Screen "The Dark Knight"

On Monday night, Galaxy coaches and players with their wives, girlfriends and friends were treated to a private screening of the new Batman flick The Dark Knight. Along with a select group of Hollywood actors, musicians and industry big wigs (including director Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer, who provided the original score for the film and introduced the picture at the beginning of the night), the Galaxy watched the screening at the IMAX Theatre at Universal Studios City Walk, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

The plot: In "The Dark Knight,” Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.”

In the words of Julian Valentin after the screening…Amazing!

It truly lived up to the hype featuring a truly dark and gritty version of Batman, The Dark Knight kept us on the edge of our seat. Christian Bale reprised his role of the Batman while Heath Ledger was phenomenal as the Joker.

I am sure a few guys will be coming into the trainer’s room with stiff necks, but I’m sure all would agree that it was well worth the any pain to see it in an IMAX theater.

Following a tough defeat over the weekend, you would think that they wouldn't want to see one another but the guys, who have become a pretty close group, jumped at the chance to be one of the first to see this flick. Everyone enjoyed the chance to do something away from the field and talk about something other than soccer, and catch up with everyone’s significant others.

If you haven’t done it yet, you should go check out the trailer at http://thedarkknight.warnerbros.com/. We highly recommend that you go check it out when it opens on July 18.

Keep an eye out here later in the week, as we hope to have some feed back from the players with their thoughts on the film in the next episode of This Week Inside the Galaxy.


Anonymous said...

Good way to reward mediocrity.

Anonymous said...

Oh good. It's nice to see that the squad was firmly focused on the New England game on Friday night.

Seriously, I would rather the squad (especially the defense) was watching film of the upcoming opponent. There is a time for fun, it's the night of and following day after a WIN. Then focus on the next task at hand.

Watching a movie among the Hollywood stars is cool, but not less than 24 hours after a very important game that we LOST, and not before we play the TOP TEAM IN THE LEAGUE.

As a season ticket holder and a long time Galaxy fan, color me very very disgusted.

Anonymous said...

Are you guys serious?

I'm as pissed as any of you about Sunday, but to say that the players don't deserve any time off because of it is ridiculous. Is that going to make the team better, let alone want to play together as a team if they are being forced to watch film and practice nonstop all week long?

Do you really think that the guys should be banned from having any enjoyment in their lives because they lost a game?

As a longtime Galaxy fan, I agree with the above poster that I am disgusted. But not by the team for going to see a movie and bond, but for your reactions to it.

Sorry if that was over the top, but it had to be said.

Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous #3 had to say. Although I am very disappointed in Sundays performance, I think they can go watch a movie. They are probably still practicing hard and hopefully doing what they need to do to try and get a good result on Friday.

charlesj27 said...

To commentors 1 & 2, I truly understand both of your disappointment and embarassment. I do. Passionate fans of this sport (especially those of us who are very competitive in nature) get truly peeved off and "sick-to-the-stomach" when our beloved team gets 'shellac'd' the way it did against DCU. I'm going to step out on a limb here and say that the purpose of this Official Blog is to expose all Galaxy fans to many various facets of the LA Galaxy organization. 'Team-Movie-Watching' happens to be one of those facets. It's okay to feel hurt/upset that the team relaxes and enjoys time-off away from soccer. Please understand - don't (please try NOT to equivocate European and Latin standard of soccer to American soccer... it's just not there yet. Amongst soccer players here in USA, soccer is NOT the very essence of life that gives them joy, purpose, and importance as it is in other countries. Sure, USA has acheived that with NFL, NBA, and MLB - but, not with MLS, yet!!!) To many of the youngsters in this league, soccer is just something they played as teens, they're good at it, and they want to make a living off of it as best as this league allows. I hope my explanation at least helps some people to pause and think of their own investment into our LA Galaxy players as to be taken in a more "realistic" timeline. Just sit down and take a look at the 2008 MLS Eastern Conference teams... people, players, organizations on the Eastern US side need... absolutely need this sport to suceed - to give their kids, teens, young adults other options to look forward to. Us, on the western US side as a whole must feel and come to expect in the very same fashion - if western US teams are going to acheive what eastern US teams are getting to acheive.
There can be and often are individual heroes and stars in soccer - but, to be a consistently winning, successful, prolific organization takes the entire team to shine vividly and unquestionably. Head Coach Ruud is a fantastic soccer legend; but, he has to have tghe right environment, the right staff, the right tools, and the luxury of time in order to transform this organization into what it can be.
Our team really, really needs defensive expertise, strength, pace, grit, and resolve. Our midfield also needs much strength, pace, expertise, control, passion, and deliverances... If these issues can be successfully taken care of in July - we will be able to turn this team and head towards MLS Playoffs this year, SuperLiga & Champions League next year.
I love this sport, so much - and, it comforts me to see commentors who report / pour their hearts out over their team and its issues.

Anonymous said...

When a team is struggling and coming off a bad outing, I for one don't care to read about players having fun. Bad timing.

Anonymous said...

To Charlesj27,

I admire your devotion to this blog as well as to our team and our league. This blog was a long time coming and with lack of local coverage we are looking anywhere and every where for some relevant information. Guys attending the screening of the next Batman movie is not it.

somefan said...

i agree 100% with the commentator no #3! and i totally agree with commentator no#4 - i feel disgusted that people think that no one can take sometime off of their dissapointments and relax a bit from their heartbroken-feelings in order to get a new winning spirit in the next day!
no wonder this team always lost (sometimes), it's because they are having more than 100% pressure from the fans (and other people) to do things the fans' way all the time!