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”

30-for-30: The Day the Series Stopped

Release: Sunday, October 12, 2014 [Netflix] Directed by: Ryan Fleck October 17, 1989. Game 3 of the World Series, the Battle of the Bay. It was the Oakland Athletics squaring off against the decidedly more white collar-catering San Francisco Giants. The A’s were up 2-0 in a series they would go on to sweep. On this dayContinue reading “30-for-30: The Day the Series Stopped”

Southpaw

Release: Friday, July 24, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Kurt Sutter Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Like its punch-drunk protagonist Antoine Fuqua’s ode to blood sport sure can throw a powerful jab but its technique fails considerably when on defense. What does the film have to defend against, exactly? Only about three decades’ worth of boxing movie cliches. That’s if we’re usingContinue reading “Southpaw”

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”

TBT: Brink! (1998)

As the summer season of filmgoing winds down (well, sort of. . .Guardians of the Galaxy looms around the corner this weekend, so maybe that’s a premature statement) my inspired posts have really ramped up! Today’s TBT comes at you not from the brain of. . .well, me. . . but yeah, from someone else.Continue reading “TBT: Brink! (1998)”

TBT: Happy Gilmore (1996)

Well, clearly this month is going to go one of two ways for my loyal TBT readers — May is a month officially dedicated to the trashy, juvenile and downright offensive antics of one Adam Sandler. While I’m of the camp that actually doesn’t completely hate his guts yet, his insistence on recycling the sameContinue reading “TBT: Happy Gilmore (1996)”

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”