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Could ‘Redbelt’ Be Legitimately Good?

(‘You don’t like my movie? Tell me, which one of us has been nominated for an Academy Award and a Tony? That’s what I thought.’)

When word spread that famed writer/director David Mamet was behind a new movie about MMA, expectations ran high. Then the trailer came out and many fine MMA websites were quick to conclude that perhaps it wasn’t a film designed with the MMA aficionado in mind. And yet, Rolling Stone would have us believe that the movie is actually good.

It’s quite a conundrum. Enough to make us think we’ll actually have to see it before disparaging it.

I mean, okay, Randy Couture is in the movie. So is Tim Allen, and according to Peter Travers he is “superb at lacing charm with venom,” which becomes a difficult statement to believe right around the time the word ‘superb’ manages to sneak in there. All this begs the question: is Peter Travers (and by extension Rolling Stone) insane, or is there something to this buzz?

It’s worth noting that while ‘Redbelt’ got three out of four stars, so did ‘Leatherheads’. I’d suggest here that their ranking system is flawed, except they gave ’10,000 B.C.’ only one star, and that’s accurate as all hell. The review includes a brief plot summary of ‘Redbelt’ that makes the film seem, well, hokey, but let’s not forget that David Mamet has earned some street cred. To wit…


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PotatoHead- April 23, 2008 at 6:56 pm
Great input and sense of humor, "bpd"... and THANKS CAGE POTATO(!!!)... for showing my all-time favorite movie scene. If Alec Baldwin could g&p in the octagon the way he does in the sales meeting boiler room... (end the sentence for me, "bdp")

CAGE POTATO RULES MMA!!! Keep up the OUTSTANDING work, gentlemen!
bpd- April 23, 2008 at 4:32 pm
Peter Travers is a shill.

Tim Allen could surprise you. He was really good in "Galaxy Quest", but then, he was playing Shatner.

More importantly, Mamet is a BJJ purple belt and has always operated essentially out of the Hollywood system, so there's a fair to medium chance it will be true to the sport and refrain from, say, never backing down.

"Coffee's for submission specialists only."
halfbreed23- April 23, 2008 at 4:33 am
Those loud ass ads like Turd's hollering about are annoying enough to cause me never to come back :(
Turd Ferguson- April 23, 2008 at 4:26 am
Hey CP, dont put stupid fucking loud ass ads on your page.

Anonymous- April 23, 2008 at 2:30 am
damn, i'm a realtor and after watching this video I wanna call all my clients and be like "fuck you you son of a bitch were're fuckin or walkin! dont waste my fuckin time lets CLOSE you peace of fuckin shit"--Solid Source Realty
robot ninja daddy- April 23, 2008 at 2:06 am
Hey this Guy looks like an Old ass Rich Franklin