30-for-30: Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

Release: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 [Netflix] Directed by: Mike Tollin When Donald Trump made the 'small potatoes' remark it was after he had wrapped up an interview with the director for this very documentary. He was referring to his dalliance with sports team ownership, his dismissiveness hinting at days that were so far in the rearview he couldn't even see them anymore. He … Continue reading 30-for-30: Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

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30-for-30: The ’85 Bears

Release: Thursday, February 4, 2016 [Netflix] Directed by: Jason Hehir  There will never be another quite like the 1985 Chicago Bears defense. Or their offense. Or their coach(es). Or their cult of personality. If you're from the area you probably don't need the reminding, but Jason Hehir's surprisingly moving documentary makes it abundantly clear to the outside observer … Continue reading 30-for-30: The ’85 Bears

Concussion

Release: Christmas Day 2015 [Theater] Written by: Peter Landesman Directed by: Peter Landesman Concussion is the kind of movie one watches because they want to get that warm and fuzzy feeling of seeing the big bad corporation that is the NFL taken down a peg or two. They watch it and are glad to see they're not the … Continue reading Concussion

30-for-30: Trojan War

Release: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 [Netflix] Directed by: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas Another story lamenting how the mighty have fallen. That's how Trojan War will look to anyone not familiar with the University of Southern California, Pete Carroll, the Seattle Seahawks . . . or really American football in general. Carroll and his Seahawks have long been associated with some of the … Continue reading 30-for-30: Trojan War

When the Game Stands Tall

Release: Friday, August 22, 2014 [Theater] Dignity and courage. Those are two words you cannot separate out of any sports movie, good, bad or ugly. Whether handled delicately or with blunt force, there comes a point where the film either shoehorns in these values or cleverly suggests them through a combination of strong writing and impassioned performance. When the Game Stands Tall is … Continue reading When the Game Stands Tall