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Once in a Lifetime

October 26, 2006

 Once in a Lifetime

In the 1970s, the New York Cosmos succeeded in bringing a significant amount of attention to soccer in the United States. Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos features narration by Matt Dillon with interviews with many of... 

Goal! The Dream Begins

September 27, 2006

 Goal! The Dream Begins

With the notable exception of Victory (1981), there have been very few good movies about the sport of soccer (as it is known in North American, football everywhere else in the world). In recent years there have a few notable attempts – Mean Machine... 

Bad News Bears: Special Collector’s Edition

February 21, 2006

 Bad News Bears: Special Collector’s Edition

If fans of Richard Linklater’s films were nervous when he entered the mainstream with School of Rock (2003), a Jack Black vehicle with kids, then they must’ve freaked out when it was announced that he was remaking The Bad News Bears (1976) with Billy... 

Philadelphia 76ers: The Complete History

January 29, 2006

 Philadelphia 76ers: The Complete History

The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the original NBA teams and, as this box set so amply illustrates, have had an impressive roster of players through their legacy, from when they were known as the Warriors, up to the present with Allen Iverson. Several... 

Friday Night Lights

January 29, 2006

 Friday Night Lights

If phrases like “4th and 10”, “quarterback” or “state championships” don’t stir pride and honor into running through your veins, and unless your a NFL fan or from Odessa, Texas in 1988 – it probably won’t. Catering for a niche market,... 

Hoop Dreams

November 12, 2005

 Hoop Dreams

For every Allen Iverson or Shaquille O’Neal that makes it to fame and fortune in the NBA, there are hundreds who don’t. Hoop Dreams (1994) is a documentary that follows two Chicago inner-city boys from their freshman year in high school to their freshman... 

Dogtown and Z-Boys

October 4, 2005

 Dogtown and Z-Boys

In the mid-‘70s, California was hit by a crippling drought that made it impossible to surf any kind of decent waves. The locals in an area of West Los Angeles known as Dogtown always had skateboarding to fall back on when the surfing wasn’t any good.... 

The Longest Yard: Lockdown Edition

October 3, 2005

 The Longest Yard: Lockdown Edition

Most sports movies are riddled with cliches and like any genre this is what makes the exceptional films stand out. They either subvert the cliches or they define them. The Longest Yard (1974) is arguably one of the best football movies because, along... 

Blue Chips

September 23, 2005

 Blue Chips

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. In the ‘70s, director William Friedkin was at the peak of his powers. The one-two punch of The French Connection (1971) and The Exorcist (1973) made him a force to be reckoned with. And then, he made Sorcerer (1977),... 

Riding Giants

June 28, 2005

 Riding Giants

While the Billabong Odyssey (2003) tried to recreate The Endless Summer (1966) for the big wave surfing set, Riding Giants (2004) is much more ambitious. Fresh from the success of his documentary on ‘70s skateboarding, Dogtown and the Z Boys (2001),... 

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