Month in Review: September ’18

To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts and to help distance this site from the one of old, I’m installing this monthly post where I summarize the previous month’s activity in a wraparound that will hopefully give people the chance to go back and find stuff they might have missed, as well asContinue reading “Month in Review: September ’18”

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. HeContinue reading “30-for-30: Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?”

30-for-30: Four Falls of Buffalo

Release: Saturday, December 12, 2015 [Netflix] Directed by: Ken Rodgers It’s easy to see why Ken Rodgers’ retrospective has been described as a love letter, not just to sports fanatics but to the city of Buffalo itself. Pro football has a certain stigma attached to it in this part of the country. The Bills are more freelyContinue reading “30-for-30: Four Falls of Buffalo”

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 observerContinue 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 theContinue 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 theContinue reading “30-for-30: Trojan War”

The Drop

Release: Friday, September 12, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Fairly unsurprisingly, The Drop is a compelling modern entry into the gangster/crime genre. Tom Hardy. James Gandolfini. There’s something foregone-conclusion-y about pairing those names together and sticking them in a mobster flick. It’s likely to be damn good. Of course you’d be forgiven for not being taken with the relatively bland title. ButContinue reading “The Drop”

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 isContinue reading “When the Game Stands Tall”

Draft Day

Release: Friday, April 11, 2014 [Theater] “A sports metaphor.” There, I did it. I’ve gotten that out of my system, and now no one can call me out for not including at least one in a review for a football-related movie. Now, to get down to the x’s and o’s. Kevin Costner is as amiable as everContinue reading “Draft Day”

TBT: The Waterboy (1998)

To round up August TBTs I really would like to review a football movie in light of the upcoming season that has somehow invited itself upon our doorstep. Yes, the end of August, for me anyway, is quite exciting for reasons beyond upcoming movie releases. This weekend, my Tennessee Vols (Shout Out!) #GBO #YOVO (“You’reContinue reading “TBT: The Waterboy (1998)”