Tag Archives: Sports

Early Man

MEET THE TRIBE ROCKING THE STONE AGE. When a rabbit-hunting tribe of cavemen are driven out of their valley by Bronze Age warriors, young Dug is taken to the invaders’ city and learns all about a mysterious game that’s popular there. Another stop-motion adventure-comedy from Aardman Animation, this time depicting a clash between two eras, … Continue reading Early Man

I, Tonya: On Thin Ice

FITTING IN IS OVERRATED.  After watching a documentary about Tonya Harding, the Olympic figure skater who in 1994 was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association after a violent attack against her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, screenwriter Steven Rogers became fascinated. He arranged interviews with Harding and her former husband, Jeff Gillooly, who had … Continue reading I, Tonya: On Thin Ice

Concussion

EVEN LEGENDS NEED A HERO. In 2002, a Nigerian-American doctor (Will Smith) in Pennsylvania begins looking into the deaths of several former NFL players and discovers a pattern of brain injuries. A drama that wants to be a new The Insider (1999), this time with the NFL, not tobacco companies, as villains. This reality-based film … Continue reading Concussion

Battle of the Sexes

HE MADE A BET. SHE MADE HISTORY. In the early 1970s, retired tennis pro Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) wants to get back into the limelight and proposes a challenge match against the number one female player, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone). The Little Miss Sunshine (2006) directors got back together with Carell for this reality-based … Continue reading Battle of the Sexes

O.J. Made in America: Justice for No One

Like everybody else, I was hooked on the excellent FX anthology series American Crime Story whose first season focused on the murder trial against O.J. Simpson and I didn’t really care about a documentary. After all, we all ”know” this case. Curiously, that’s exactly what director Ezra Edelman was thinking when ESPN first offered him … Continue reading O.J. Made in America: Justice for No One

The Karate Kid

HE TAUGHT HIM THE SECRET TO KARATE LIES IN THE MIND AND HEART. NOT IN THE HANDS.  Teenager Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) move with his mother to California, meets a girl, makes enemies with the young members of a local karate dojo, and befriends a mysterious, elderly Japanese repairman (Noriyuki Pat Morita). John G. Avildsen … Continue reading The Karate Kid

Creed

YOUR LEGACY IS MORE THAN A NAME. Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of legendary heavyweight champ Apollo Creed, talks his father’s one-time rival and best friend Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) into training him. After six Rocky movies, Stallone was done… but then came the talented director of Fruitvale Station (2013) and convinced him … Continue reading Creed