Few sports are as inherently cinematic as boxing. Whether you care for it or not, two men entering a ring armed only with their strength, their speed, and their raw determination is just plain dramatic. It’s a game of stunning comebacks and upsets. It’s a world of dizzying highs and painful lows. Boxing stories, whether they’re based on truth or constructed for the screen, make for good movies.
Hands of Stone is based on one of those “too weird to be anything but true” sports stories, telling the story of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, who famously fought Sugar Ray Leonard twice in 1980 with, well, peculiar results. The trailer for director Jonathan Jakubowicz‘s film is edited to make this look like a more traditional story, but if he follows the facts, there’s going to be a lot more going on here.
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“In anything that we want to go from just a beginner to a pro, you need a montage. Even Rocky had a montage.” The lyrics from the Team America: World Police song (which actually originated on South Park) don’t lie as every single Rocky film features a training montage where Sylvester Stallone is getting ready for the next big fight. It’s something you just expect in every movie, and even Creed had their own variation on the sports drama trope.
Now an adorable home video shot by a presumably proud parent shows a young baby, who is literally a beginner at life, training to be a pro boxer just like Rocky Balboa in the cutest way possible. This baby knows every single part of the training montage from Rocky II and goes through every single motion just like he was training himself. It’s delightful.
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Even though I’m not the biggest sports fan, as a cinephile, I usually love most sports dramas and documentaries. The filmmaker approach to sports offers a more interesting glimpse into the athletic world beyond scoring points and keeping stats, which is why I’m also fascinated by a series like Real Sports on HBO. Now Netflix is getting into the sports documentary game as well.
Last Chance U is a new six-part documentary series that takes a look behind the scenes of the world of college football. But rather than focusing on the larger, more controversial NCAA teams, this documentary shines a light on the players of a champion community college football team and all the struggles they endure while trying to achieve their dreams of playing at the next level.
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There are plenty of sports dramas about boxers fighting against all odds to become champions of the world. But the true story of Vinny Pazienza, better known as “The Pazmanian Devil,” is one of the most harrowing you’ll ever hear.
Vinny Pazienza had a promising boxing career after winning the light middleweight title, but then a car accident left him with a broken neck and the possibility of never being able to walk again. Bleed for This tells the story of Pazienza’s comeback, as the boxer (played by Whiplash star Miles Teller) defied caution from his doctors, friends and family to get back to full health, just so he could get pummeled in the boxing ring again.
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Steve Gleason was once a professional NFL defensive back for the New Orleans Saints, credited with kickstarting the beginning of a huge comeback for the once-struggling football team, something that the city desperately needed. But at age 34, his whole world went into upheaval when he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Gleason is a new documentary from Finders Keepers director Clay Tweel that tells Steve Gleason’s story so far, providing the backstory of his career and the dramatic change in his life following his medical diagnosis as he deals with the deterioration of his bodily functions. However, what could easily just be a sad story is made to feel uplifting as Gleason rises to the challenge and refuses to let the disease ruin his quality of life. But most importantly, he doesn’t let it stop him from being an integral part of his family.
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Below, watch The Pistol Shrimps trailer.
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We have two great points to share with you today, one exclusive reveal of a Zootopia print from Cyclops Print Works and the other is an epic Rocky print from Gabz, who we’ve featured many times in the past. Hit the jump to see them both and find out how to get them on your wall.
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Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Even people who aren’t boxing fans know that iconic taunt from legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, the self-proclaimed greatest of all time who just so happened to live up to the moniker. Sadly, the iconic athlete is no longer with us as news from his family’s spokesman Bob Gunnell has confirmed Muhammad Ali has died at 74 after being hospitalized earlier in the week with respiratory problems.
Below, we remember the boxer whose image spanned to cinema in a variety of ways, but just may have been larger than the big screen itself. Read More »
Roberto Durán went 103-16-0 as a boxer, with a total of 70 knockouts. Durán, who started his boxing career at the age of 16, was nicknamed “Manos de Piedra” (“Hands of Stone”). Throughout his incredible career, the Hands of Stone faced off against Sugar Ray Leonard a total of three times, but their most famous fight occurred in 1980, known as the “No Más Fight,” in which Durán called it quits.
Now, The Weinstein Company has made a film about Durán, starring Edgar Ramírez and Robert De Niro, and the historic 1980 boxing match looks like a prominent storyline in the biopic.
Watch the Hands of Stone teaser trailer below.
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