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FILMS - Sport

  1. SirPant
  2. Anthony

Sports films (let me know if I've missed anything out please)

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  SirPant's Rating My Rating
8 Seconds 1994,  PG-13)
61* 2001,  Unrated)
A League of Their Own 1992,  PG)
A League of Their Own
Sentimental rubbish but altogether not too bad! Geena Davis in Baseball get up is quite easy on the eye ;o)
Airborne 1993,  PG)
Ali 2001,  R)
A vague insight into the life and career of Muhammad Ali. I say vague because after 2 and a half hours, there is only about 45 minutes worth of storytelling, the rest of the film is all shaky camera background shots which add nothing to the story. It?s funny really, I've always liked Ali but after seeing this film, I can't help but feel that, as likable and funny as he is, he's just a bit of an unintelligent arse. Not bad but doesn't live up to the hype, although Smith does do a great job!
All the Right Moves 1983,  R)
Angels in the Outfield 1951,  Unrated)
Angels in the Outfield 1994,  PG)
Annapolis 2006,  PG-13)
Any Given Sunday 1999,  R)
Any Given Sunday
Any Given Sunday is one of those rare sports films were you don't have to be into the sport in question, or any sport for that matter, to understand and enjoy. I have absolutely no interest in American Football but I really enjoyed this film. It's got corruption, politics, regret, arrogance..a long list of human traits that really makes this film more about life lessons with sport as the metaphor. The cast is great with everyone on form, in retrospect, this is one of the films that the 90s will be remembered for.
Aspen Extreme 1993,  PG-13)
Bad News Bears 2005,  PG-13)
Bad News Bears
I've not seen the original films so I can't comment on Richard Linklater's Bad news Bears in terms of remake but for what it's worth, I thought that for a cliched story, it was pretty cliche light. There is an element of 'seen it all before' but I think it was handled pretty well and even though this is nothing special It did keep me entertained throughout. I find Richard Linklater pretty dependable in this area.
Bang The Drum Slowly 1973,  PG)
BASEketball 1998,  R)
One or two laughs but not enough to stop this film from being crap.
Bend It Like Beckham 2003,  PG-13)
Bend It Like Beckham
Filmed in my manor. Shame it was shit!
Big Wednesday 1978,  PG)
Blue Chips 1994,  PG-13)
Blue Crush 2002,  PG-13)
Blue Crush
Who would have thought a film with three beautiful girls in bikinis? would be so un-entertaining! This is awful but beautifully shot.
BMX Bandits 1983,  PG)
BMX Bandits
I used to love this film, going down a waterslide on a BMX is still an ambition for me!
Body and Soul (1947) 1947,  Unrated)
Breaking Away 1979,  PG)
Brian's Song 1970,  G)
Brian's Song 2001,  PG)
Bull Durham 1988,  R)
Caddyshack 1980,  R)
I love Gophers!
Caddyshack II 1988,  PG)
Chariots of Fire 1981,  PG)
Chasing 3000 2008,  Unrated)
Cinderella Man 2005,  PG-13)
Cinderella Man
A predictable, clichd, formulaic story of one man?s struggle against adversity. Not usually my cup of tea, but I thought this was quite good! I have a lot of niggles with its direction and continuity but overall, it?s a good Ron Howard film.
Coach Carter 2005,  PG-13)
Cool Runnings 1993,  PG)
Cool Runnings
Not a great film, shame it was Candy?s last!
Crokinole 2006,  Unrated)
Damn Yankees 1958,  Unrated)
Days of Thunder 1990,  R)
Days of Thunder
It?s basically Top Gun in cars and I hated Top Gun.
Diggstown 1992,  R)
Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story 2004,  PG-13)
Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story
Dodge ball surprised me. I really didn't think I'd enjoy it, and although Stiller isn't as funny as he usually is, Vince Vaughn isn't as annoying as he usually is and it's got quite a few laughs.
Dogtown and Z-Boys 2001,  PG-13)
Downhill Racer 1969,  PG)
Eight Men Out 1988,  PG)
Fast Company 1979,  PG)
Fat City 1972,  PG)
Fear Strikes Out 1957,  Unrated)
Field of Dreams 1989,  PG)
Field of Dreams
Good cast but guess it help if you like baseball (and Kevin Costner)!
Finding Forrester 2000,  PG-13)
Friday Night Lights 2004,  PG-13)
Gaea Girls 2000,  Unrated)
Gentleman Jim 1942,  Unrated)
Gleaming the Cube 1989,  PG-13)
Glory Road 2006,  PG)
Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream) 2005,  PG)
Goal II: Living the Dream 2007,  PG-13)
Goal! III (Goal! 3: Taking on the World) 2009,  PG-13)
Gridiron Gang 2006,  PG-13)
Happy Gilmore 1996,  PG-13)
Happy Gilmore
I'm not a big fan of Adam Sandler comedies. I didn't like this much at all!
He Got Game 1998,  R)
Heart Like a Wheel 1983,  PG)
Heaven Can Wait 1978,  PG)
Here Comes the Boom 2012,  PG)
Here Comes the Boom
Here comes the Boom is fairly harmless unless you take it too seriously but I'm not sure why you would. It's perhaps a little unfair to teachers but the three leads are played by extremely likable actors and the film does have its moments, I chuckled a couple of times in fact. It's a silly idea and I don't like the way everything seems to be solved by fighting or winning for that matter but like I said, best not to take it too seriously. It's got Henry Winkler in it and that will do nicely.
Hoop Dreams 1994,  PG-13)
Hoosiers 1989,  PG)
Horse Feathers 1932,  Unrated)
Horse Feathers
I've always felt the Marx Brothers one big problem is that they didn't have the right stooges or fall guys, it often let their big jokes down even though they were hilarious. This is my favourite Harpo Marx film, he's definitely at his best - as were the songs!
Invincible 2006,  PG)
Jerry Maguire 1996,  R)
Jerry Maguire
Hate this film, hate Tom Cruise, hate Cameron Crowe, hate hate hate. You had me at hate.
Jim Thorpe -- All-American (Man of Bronze) 1951,  Unrated)
Junior Bonner 1972,  PG)
Kingpin 1996,  PG-13)
I?m not a big fan of the Farrelly Brothers but It does have its funny bits all thanks to a good cast! It?s one of their better films.
Knight Moves 1993,  R)
Knight Moves
Knight Moves was pretty good at the time, not as great as I remembered on repeat viewing but still pretty suspenseful and well directed!
Knute Rockne - All American 1940,  Unrated)
Le Mans 1971,  G)
Major League 1989,  R)
Major League 2 1994,  PG)
Major League 3: Back to the Minors 1998,  PG-13)
Mean Machine 2002,  R)
Mean Machine
A cross between The Longest yard and Escape to Victory (Without the escape). Its crap. I couldn't stop laughing at the dodgy set. Skolnick gets carried away with the editing and repeats the same shots too much and although it?s a likable cast, none of them can act very well (apart from the wasted Kelly & Hemmings) and the mix of 'Drama' and 'Comedy' is poorly executed. It makes the British film industry look amateurish and quite frankly it?s an embarrassment.
Million Dollar Baby 2004,  PG-13)
Million Dollar Baby
Overhyped. Has its moments but it just recycles parts from better films.
Miracle 2004,  PG)
Moneyball 2011,  PG-13)
I'm not a sports fan and I have next to no knowledge or interest in Baseball. I really liked this film though, because what Bennett Miller, and no doubt Michael Lewis did in his book, was actually tap into something beyond just the sport and the passion for it. It's not all about the money either, it's a new way of thinking and not just a challenge of the traditional way of thinking but it's also a statement to the old way of thinking. Put that into another context like religion and you'd kick up quite a lot of controversy. For many, Baseball is a religion, making it for fascinating viewing, especially as it is all a true story. Captivating stuff, bravely showing very little Baseball playing footage too.
Mystery, Alaska 1999,  R)
Murderball 2005,  R)
A fantastic insight into the history, storeys and interesting characters of my new favourite sport! Highly recommended!
National Velvet 1944,  G)
Night and the City 1950,  R)
North Dallas Forty 1979,  R)
North Shore 1987,  PG)
On Any Sunday 1971,  G)
Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos 2006,  PG-13)
One Day in September 1999,  R)
One Day in September
One day in September is gripping, intense and astonishing. I thought I knew all there was to know about the '72 Munich Olympics disaster but I hadn't realised just how chaotic and dumbfounding it really was. This documentary tells you everything you need to know, with a thorough collection of TV clips, photos and interviews with people who were there, including an exclusive with the last surviving terrorist. See this if you enjoyed Bus 174, it works as a great companion piece to the also very excellent Munich. Documentaries don't get much better.
Olympia 1930,  Unrated)
Ping Pong 2012,  PG)
Ping Pong
A lovely uplifting film about a group of elderly competitors taking part in the over 80s Table Tennis Championships in China. Every review I've read of this film starts with a condescending remark and goes down-hill from there so I'm not going to start. Treating the elderly like children is a pet hate of mine. It is what it is and I enjoyed it very much. It is impressive and the people featured are all lovely. Recommended.
Pride of St. Louis 1952,  Unrated)
Pumping Iron 1976,  PG)
Rebound: The Legend of Earl The Goat Manigault 1996,  R)
Rad 1986,  PG)
Radio 2003,  PG)
Raging Bull 1980,  R)
Raging Bull
In my opinion, this is Scorsese's best film from a directional point of view. It's beautifully lit and the camera tricks are awesome (I refer to the different sizes of boxing ring, depending on how well the main character is fighting). The script is sharp and witty and De Niro & Pesci make the first of many fantastic double acts together. Brilliant film.
Redbelt 2008,  R)
Requiem for a Heavyweight 1962,  Unrated)
Resurrecting the Champ 2007,  PG-13)
Rocky 1976,  PG)
I liked Rocky. Its not really a boxing film though, its a film about one mans self realisation. Its also a love story. A story of morals, overcoming subversity, a tale of the human condition if you will. Its not really about boxing at all! A film of its time, a time I'm very fond of on film, its classic 70's direction is fantastic....BUT, and its a big but, no matter how much you love it, you've got to admit that it spawned a hell of a lot of shite, not just lame sporting films, but a whole load of lazy filmmakers stole its style, structure, everything. One word, montage! Still, not Mr. Stallones fault, he's very good in it (alas, its still impossible to understand a word he's saying though). Its just an absolute crime that it beat All the President's Men, Bound for Glory, Network & Taxi Driver. Taxi Driver for fuck sake!!!!
Never mind, rant over, Rocky 1 is a great film.
Rocky II 1979,  PG)
Rocky II
The structure of this film is pretty much the same as in the first, its just a bit bigger, if not a little cheesier in places. You have Rocky running up the steps again but this time he has a billion and one kids with him, he's still trying to get the girl but this time its out of a coma, but, you get the picture. The good thing is that everything I liked about the first film is improved, specifically, the humour and dialogue between Rocky and Adrian. Its a very witty film and I would go as far to say that its a much better script then the first. Alas, the fight scene for me was a little too much, or should I say, a little far fetched. An unnecessary (but enjoyable) sequel in many ways but then again, you can't have a franchise without one!
Rocky III 1982,  PG)
Rocky III
I want to give it more than 3 stars but I can't. The story is exactly the same as the first 2 films but its not as sweet. The character of Rocky has turned into a 2D emotionless lump. Gone has the chirpy dialogue between him and Adrian, gone has the punchy (excuse the pun) script and gone has the charm the Rocky movies were all about. Never mind though, Its got Mr.T and Hulk Hogan in it!!! Which more than makes up for it! ;o)
Rocky IV 1985,  PG)
Rocky IV
Same shit, different film. The same structure is getting quite tiresome, but welcome to 1985, by now all 80's films must have the following

1. A talking Robot slave/friend
2. A Russian bad Guy
3. Homoerotic revenge

Ok, maybe not every 80's film had homoerotic revenge, but the rest of the film was very predictable '80's' stupidity. RIP Apollo Creed you magnificent beefcake!

Onwards to Rocky V.....
Rocky V 1990,  PG-13)
Rocky V
Wow, everyone hates this one but I really like it! Rocky goes back to his roots man and there is a nice little Burgess Meredith cameo in it too! Ok, Sage Stallone was annoying but out of all the Rocky films, this is far from being the worst. When Meredith said 'Get up you son-of-a-bitch cos Micky loves ya' it made me cry!
Rocky Balboa 2006,  PG)
Rocky Balboa
I love Rocky and this is a fitting and tastefully made final instalment. Like a fine wine, Rocky has matured well, and although this is by no means a perfect film, it did feel like a special treat, like a 'Go on then, just one more' treat.
Rollerball 1975,  R)
Rollerball 2002,  PG-13)
Probably one of the worst films I've ever seen. Is this really the same John McTiernan that brought us Die Hard and Predator? To be fair, he also brought us Last Action Hero and the awful The Thomas Crown Affair remake (What's next in the Norman Jewson remake list Fiddler on the Roof staring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Tevye?). And after all that it looks like he's going to jail for his troubles. Still, it doesn't make sense, he made The 13th Warrior 3 years before Rollerball and Basic a year later and both are good films that show a talented director, Rollerball looks like it was directed by a drunk child and edited by a Parkinsons sufferer with no arms and no eyes. The most annoying thing is that instead of recording both this and the original that were on TV the other day, I recorded this and its repeat an hour later. Still, like my Wife said, "Look on the bright side, you get to delete it twice".
Rookie of the Year 1993,  PG)
Rounders 1998,  R)
A bit over rated this film. It was ok but nothing special. Everyone did well apart from Malkovich who stank to high heaven, he should wipe it off his CV!
Rudy 1993,  PG)
Salute 2012,  PG-13)
Quite a remarkable story about the simplest of gestures that had such a huge impact. The ramifications are quite startling but the heartwarming tale of the 'other' guy, the White guy who didn't salute but gave his full support to the cause is fascinating. This film was made by Peter Norman's family, so it's no surprise that it is mainly about his angle but the facts are explored fully and Tommie Smith & John Carlos have nothing but the nicest things to say about him also. I've seen the image but I never knew the story, the full story and what happened after. It's amazing to see that only just over 10 years ago at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Peter Norman was still banned from attending, even though one of the main themes in the opening ceremony was an apology and recognition of the native Aboriginals. Says a lot for the so called 'Spirit of the Olympics' but says more so for the simple and symbolic (and more importantly non-aggressive) things we can do to take a stand. A remarkable documentary.
Seabiscuit 2003,  PG-13)
Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993,  PG)
Semi-Pro 2008,  R)
Semi-Pro wasn't too bad, I liked the way they visualised the 70's, they often get it wrong but here they got it right. I liked the supporting actors more than the main actors, Andy Richter in particular. The script was also reasonably funny, the gambling/Gun scene being stand out. I just can't help but think this would have been a great film with a different lead actor, I just don't find Will Ferrell funny. He plays the same character in every film he's in and his improv just isn't very good.
Senna 2011,  PG-13)
I've often though F1 was much like a soap opera, it almost has to be these days as all the drivers and their cars are the same. Senna, the life and career of Ayrton Senna shows how F1 changed in such a short amount of time, thanks to his fight against the system that let him down and unfortunately his untimely death. I remember watching the race that he crashed in, I thought I knew his story but I really didn't. Rarely does a documentary delve so successfully in to its subject matter, even if you're not into racing, this is a great story of defiance against adversity. A great documentary.
Shaolin Soccer 2004,  PG-13)
Side Out 1990,  PG-13)
Silver Dream Racer 1981,  PG)
Slap Shot 1980,  R)
Slap Shot 2 - Breaking the Ice 2001,  R)
Slap Shot 3: The Junior League 2008,  PG)
Space Jam 1996,  PG)
Spetters 1980,  R)
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006,  PG-13)
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Utter crap. I'm very disappointed because I've been looking forward to seeing this for ages, I thought it was going to be as good as Anchorman. Alas, there is a huge ego here who, like his character, won't let anyone else have a go. You can tell most of it was (poorly) ad-libbed but when anyone other than Ferrell (actually, only Sasha Baron-Cohen) came out with a funny line, he shot it down because he couldn't compete! I bet the people who made this thought they were onto a winner but they couldn't have judged this one any worse than they did. I didn't like it at the beginning when Ferrell wrote on the baby's head. A funnier comedian would have suggested it, by using a fake baby but actually doing it was in incredibly bad taste. Again, egos are way too big in this, it?s actually fucking disgraceful!
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery 1940,  Unrated)
The Babe 1992,  PG)
The Babe
Made for TV feel good film. I kept watching so it couldn?t have been all that bad. Goodman is very good but it helps if you?re a fan of baseball (I?m not though so whatever)!
The Bad News Bears 1976,  PG)
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training 1977,  PG)
The Bad News Bears Go To Japan 1978,  PG)
The Best of Times 1986,  PG-13)
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings 1976,  PG)
The Blind Side 2009,  PG-13)
The Blind Side
White people helping Black people, is there anything more beautiful than that? Only one country in the world still makes offensive out of date films like this and doesn't see how wrong it is. Sure it is based on a true story but I can't help but think we're not told the full story, this sugar-coated sickly sweet tale is dripping in racism, showing all black people and white people in extreme stereotypes. Watch this film and any 'Dog' comedy and you'll see they have the same structure, it's Beethoven but with an overweight black boy instead of a St Bernard. Truly bad taste and offensive, ha, not forgetting Oscar nominated. Blind side indeed.
The Boy in Blue 1986,  R)
The Champ 1931,  Unrated)
The Color of Money 1986,  R)
The Color of Money
Scorsese, fantastic! Newman, awesome! Cruise, not so good! I try very hard not to think of this as a sequel to The Hustler, I wish it wasn?t. It was a little ordatious and arrogant of Scorsese really!
The Endless Summer 1966,  G)
The Endless Summer 2 - The Journey Continues 1994,  PG)
Endless Summer Revisited 2000,  Unrated)
The Express 2008,  PG)
The Fighter 2010,  R)
The Fighter
I can't help but feel sorry for Mark Wahlberg. He put some work into this film, he's not the worlds greatest actor but considering his previous efforts, he did rather well I thought - but was totally overshadowed by Christian Bale's brilliant performance. Ouch! Still, after you see the clip of the two real life brothers, you understand it is actually perfect casting - he and David O. Russell are obviously friends too after working with each other in most of Russell's films and he has a lot to be grateful for. This film is all about Christian Bale's performance as Dicky Ekland, it's another top performance from him. I thought Melissa Leo was good too but I'm not sure why she and particularly Amy Adams were both nominated but well done to them I guess. What I like best about this film though is that it concentrates on the important element of the story which is the brothers and their relationship with each other, this aspect of the film is handled so well, it's perfect film making. It's not really about the boxing, It could easily have been a metaphor but that only adds to its likability, it's all true, making it a perfect feel good film.
The Flying Scotsman 2006,  PG-13)
The Flying Scotsman
I remember watching Graeme Obree breaking the world record in the early 90's and subsequently reading about his hand made bike in the papers. It's a great underdog story of passion, determination and perseverance through adversity. It is shame then that it has been made into what is essentially, an underwhelming film that is devoid of passion or excitement. The cast do a good job, although I can't stand Billy Boyd, the facts are there but it is laden with cliches, dodgy background actors, and rubbish direction. Watch it for the story (obviously) but as a film, it's very amateurish.
The Foot Fist Way 2006,  R)
The Foot Fist Way
I'd heard nothing but good things about this film but after watching it I'm not sure why. It reminded me of the original Office but done badly and in a martial art school. That's basically what it is, I'm not a huge fan of the original Office (although I quite like the American version) and this wasn't even as good as that. I can't believe Danny McBride is almost the same age as me either but that's beside the point. He has been much funnier than this, although well done to him for playing it straight for the entire duration and well done to the film makers for making it for under $20,000. It's just a shame it wasn't very funny.
The Freshman (College Days) 1925,  Unrated)
The Greatest Game Ever Played 2005,  PG)
The Great White Hope 1970,  PG-13)
The Great White Hype 1996,  R)
The Great White Hype
Very funny, you don't have to be a boxing fan to enjoy!
The Hurricane 1999,  R)
The Hustler 1961,  Unrated)
The Hustler
Beautifully filmed and with wonderful performances by Newman, C. Scott and Laurie. Classic American Cinema that's hard to beat!
The Ice Rink 2000,  Unrated)
The Jackie Robinson Story 1950,  Unrated)
The Junction Boys 2002,  Unrated)
The Karate Kid 1984,  PG)
The Karate Kid
What an ace film! I totally missed it as a child and only got round to seeing it now as a 30 year old adult. I didn't think I'd like it as i only saw Ferris Bueller's Day Off (and few other 80's classics) in the last year or so and wasn't what all the fuss was about. The Karate Kid is ace and I can't wait to see the next one! Whoo Hoo! (I also now understand 'Wax on, Wax off'!)
The Karate Kid Part II 1986,  PG)
The Karate Kid, Part III 1986,  PG)
The Next Karate Kid 1994,  PG)
The Karate Kid 2010,  PG)
The Karate Kid
Its length is a bit indulgent but overall, this is a pretty good remake/re-telling. All the changes they made were right. Taking the story out of America was a good move. There are nods to the original film but nothing is copied as such. I know some people don't like it because they love the original but they would be more angry if 'Wax on, wax off' was there instead of 'Jacket on, Jacket off' (which actually seems to make more sense). I think Smith was a little too young for the role though, Ralph Macchio was twenty something when he played the Kid. That said though, he obviously learnt his stuff and worked hard at it, so well done to him. Pat Morita's Mr Miyagi is a legend, so what better choice than another legend like Jackie Chan. All round, I thought it was a really good remake of a film that didn't need a remake.
The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000,  PG-13)
The Long Gray Line 1955,  Unrated)
The Longest Yard 1974,  R)
The Longest Yard 2005,  PG-13)
The Luzhin Defence 2001,  PG-13)
The Luzhin Defence
Fantastic film, John Turturro should have got an Oscar for his portrayal of a troubled chess master. Honestly, it?s much better than it sounds!
The Mighty Ducks 1992,  PG)
The Mighty Ducks
Mightily sucks!
D2: The Mighty Ducks 1994,  PG)
D3: The Mighty Ducks 1996,  PG)
The Natural 1984,  PG)
The Pride of the Yankees 1942,  Unrated)
The Replacements 2000,  PG-13)
The Rocket 2007,  Unrated)
The Rookie 2002,  G)
The Sandlot 1993,  PG)
The Sandlot 2 2005,  PG)
The Sandlot 3: Heading Home 2007,  PG)
The Set-Up 1949,  Unrated)
The Stratton Story 1949,  Unrated)
TT3D Closer To The Edge 2011,  Unrated)
TT3D Closer To The Edge
At first I thought TT Closer to the Edge was going to appeal to TT race fans only, with 3D footage of fast bikes and with a few crashes and deaths for the rest of us. Not so, it does contain all of the above but it's fueled by passion rather than what people refer to as Black tourism. Personally I don't understand what goes through the riders head but then that is the point of this documentary. It is intense stuff! It looks beautiful and it couldn't have been written better. Guy Martin was a great choice of rider to follow, he grounds the film but also shows the passions involved. He's as watchable off the bike as he is on. It's a stunning documentary that is well worth checking out!
The World's Fastest Indian 2005,  PG-13)
The Wrestler 2008,  R)
The Wrestler
Darren Aronofsky is a brilliant director. Considering they had something like 26 locations in 26 days, you got to hand it to him. He's already proved himself great from one end of directing (Pi) to the other (The Fountain) so I'm not surprised I was taken with The Wrestler. That would be an understatement though, I regard The Wrestler as a modern masterpiece, it's up there with Raging Bull in my opinion, life, the universe and everything, played out and explained through the life and death of a wrestler. I can't help but think of Barton Fink's 'Wrestling picture' when watching this. Loved it, I totally understand peoples questioning of Aronofsky's direction in this, sure it's a bit rough around the edges but I really think that helps set the scene in many ways. Mickey Rourke was brilliantly cast as was the very lovely Marisa Tomei. I disagree that the film was slowly paced, I thought it flowed quite gracefully, riddled with such beautiful subtle moments of human behaviour, it was never ever boring. Clint Mansell is also another particular hero of mine, love his scores (but please do a few more PWEI gig dude) More please Mr. Aronofsky!
Tin Cup 1996,  R)
Tky orimpikku (Tokyo Olympiad) 1965,  Unrated)
Trouble with the Curve 2012,  PG-13)
Trouble with the Curve
Isn't Clint Eastwood getting too old for the 'Isn't Clint Eastwood getting too old for this' genres? Moneyball proved that you could make a baseball film that non-Baseball fans can enjoy and Trouble with the Curve follows suit but it as far from being as good as. Clint Eastwood plays a cliched angry old man/father, Amy Adams works too hard at her job and wants to get close to her father, Justin Timberlake is the funny/good looking suitor, John Goodman is friend with concerns, Matthew Lillard is competitive youngster who don't know jack about real Baseball, Robert Patrick is man with big ears (listens but doesn't say anything), George Wyner, Bob Gunton and Jack Gilpin play very busy sexist short-term memory important golf playing partner types and so on and so on. Every character here has been played before, many times by the same actors. It's a nice looking film from many time assistant director/first time director Robert Lorenz but it's schmaltzy, predictable, forgettable and for want of a better word, meh!
Twenty Four Seven 1998,  R)
Twenty Four Seven
Shane Meadows?s debut is impressive. He is something of a saviour to the British film industry and long may he continue!
Undefeated 2012,  PG-13)
Undefeated to my surprise was not cliched and not cheesy. If you have The Blind Side in your mind then get it out, this is genuinely tender and uplifting. Bill Courtney belongs on the 'cinemas greatest heroes' list. What he does is so inspiring, the fact that it is American football doesn't really matter, so if you're not a fan don't worry, I'm certainly not but it didn't matter. It's a film about people, not sport or winning or being the best, just people. It's a great documentary and I can see why it won at the Oscars.
Victory 1981,  PG)
Escape to Victory is nothing short of complete nonsense. It's a work of fiction, a what if scenario, which is fine but its as realistic as Elvis still being alive and well and living on the Moon. It's The Great Escape, with Football and a not particularly great escape. It's neither a good war film or a good sports film. Yet, it's still pretty entertaining, for all it's faults I still quite liked it. I liked Michael Caines and Max Von Sydow's characters, the idea that war can't extinguish a man's passion and that those shared passions can unify some under difficult and horrific situations. You can't argue with the eclectic cast either. An entertaining oddity.
Vision Quest 1985,  R)
Warrior 2011,  PG-13)
I had no interest in watching this film to begin with, I'm not much of a sports fan, I don't like violence and doubted it would be as good as Rocky, The Wrestler, Raging Bull etc so why bother. I don't even know what MMA stands for. It was only seeing the many decent ratings by you beautiful people, my flixster friends, who convinced me it was worth a go and I'm glad I did because most of you were right, Warrior is a fantastic film! I really didn't think you could tell another original, compassionate and compelling story in the genres but I was totally wrong, Gavin O'Connor has made a brilliant film. Along with his fantastic direction and the hard work and determination from Hardy and Edgerton and not forgetting the heartbreaking performance from Nolte, which he thoroughly deserved the Oscar for, it had all the right ingredients for a great film, and it is a great film. Definitely one of my favourite 2011 films.
We Are Marshall 2006,  PG)
When Saturday Comes 1996,  Unrated)
When Saturday Comes
Hated it. There is no drama, no intensity, bad acting and little intrigue. I'm not a football fan but I used to think I understood why people were, now I?m not so sure.
When We Were Kings 1996,  PG)
Whip It 2009,  PG-13)
Whip It
I'm not much of sports fan or a lover of teenage 'Coming of age' films but this one worked for me. It's serious when it needs to be and funny the rest of the time, all the characters were believable and likable. It's pretty light on the cliches too which was a relief, I was worried at first that the 'Alternative' youth were going to be misrepresented but I don't think they were (although what the hell do I know about America's alternative youth today). All in all, an entertaining film and thankfully not some nasty mail fantasy of girls hurting each other. The soundtrack was great also.
White Men Can't Jump 1992,  R)
White Men Can't Jump
Yes we can, we just don't want to. Not a bad comedy but not as good as I remembered it on a recent re-watch!

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