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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Witness for the Defense: Three Sports Movies that Need Another Glimpse

In all honesty, sports movies like Rudy, The Natural, Rocky, Hoosiers,  and Slapshot suck all the air out of the room.  That doesn’t mean they deserve the breathing space. It  just means that instead of leaving one of them on in the background  for an entire day during a TNT marathon, you might try watching something that is also good in a sportsy way.  Below are three films we’re talking about right now in the office, but the bench is pretty deep, so we’ll  revisit this topic again (Warrior, we are looking right into your merciless, yet brother-lovin’ eyes).

Green Street Hooligans (2005) Okay. Hooliganism isn’t a sport (yet). But soccer is. Watch American Elijah Wood lose teeth as he heads to England to learn the ways of [what the rest of the world calls] football and the “firms” of die hard fans that spill blood to support them.  Oddly enough, the oft misappropriated, Claire Forlani, who is British, plays Wood’s American sister who married a Brit; which is why they live in England.  Weird.

By the Sword (1991) Since his turn in Amadeus, F. Murray Abraham has always been somebody’s nemesis.  This time it’s Eric Roberts (who occasionally has been his own nemesis) who must face Salieri. Roberts runs a fencing school. And Abraham s a sword fighting janitor.  Once you get past the unfortunate use of mullets , it’s actually quite good.

The Jericho Mile (1979) Peter Strauss has nothing to do during a life-sentence in prison but run in endless circles.  That being said, it is somehow infinitely watchable.

 

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  • TUESDAY – Television.  Our favorite drug; constant and comforting, but often packaged with regret.  

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