We kid because we love.
Anyway, Lileks saw Cinderella Man:
The movie was shot in Depression-O-Vision, a special technique that drains the color from everything, because after the crash most people had to sell all their hues, opting for a general sepia tone – even milk was the color of hay, I understand.In case you're curious, I thought it belonged in the long line of Ron Howard movies: very, very good. But not great. I do not know what it is about Howard, but he seems to go right up to making great films and then something holds him back. Splash and Cocoon were before he really honed the craft; Backdraft had William Baldwin; Ransom and Far and Away got away from him. Cinderella Man had the Apollo 13 issue: manufactured tension. We knew he'd win, just like we knew they'd survive. There's only so much you can do with a true story, unless you make it not true, which was the problem with A Beautiful Mind. The Da Vinci Code is caught up in the politics of a book that is fiction but pretends to be real. There is always something.
In case you’re curious, I thought it was a marvelous movie....
I should add that despite the Baldwin, Backdraft is my favorite Ron Howard movie. The rest of the cast is stellar (De Niro, Kurt Russell, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, Donald Sutherland, J.T. Walsh), the Hans Zimmer score is heart-thumping, and the fire scenes are magnificent.