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Division III: Football’s Finest

March 15, 2005

 Division III: Football’s Finest

Like motability scooters in supermarkets, America does sports comedies better than us Brits. Exhibit A, m’lud: Slap Shot, Horse Feathers and The Bad News Bears versus Blackball, The Calcium Kid and Up ‘n’ Under. I may be doing the British film industry... 

Ali: The Director’s Cut

June 1, 2004

 Ali: The Director’s Cut

When Ali was released in 2001 it received decidedly mixed reviews. While Will Smith was praised for his impressive physical transformation into legendary boxer Muhammed Ali, the film itself was criticized for revealing nothing new about the man. Herein... 

Miracle

September 20, 2003

 Miracle

In 1980, the U.S. Olympic hockey team achieved what many, at the time, thought impossible. They beat the seemingly invincible Soviet hockey team and went on to capture the Gold Medal. Miracle (2004) attempts to recreate those incredible times and the... 

WWE Before they were Superstars 2

May 5, 2003

 WWE Before they were Superstars 2

With the current trend of reality shows giving us tales of ‘After they were Famous’ and how the stars we used to adore have fallen into decline, it’s nice to once in a while get a glimpse at before they were famous. Ordinary guys and... 

Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator

September 1, 2002

 Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator

If Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) was a documentary that celebrated counterculture skateboarders of the 1970s, then Helen Stickler’s Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator (2003) shows the darker side of the sport. The focus of her film is on Mark “Gator”... 

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