Germain’s 15 Favorite Sports Movies

The Karate Kid

Sports and movies are incredibly similar. Each are complex with intricate characters, comprised of long, detailed storylines. They can make you laugh, cry, and scream. On occasion either can build to a transcendent moment that you’ll never forget.

Those similarities are why the sports movie is such an enduring sub-genre in cinema. A sports movie can be anything: a dirty comedy, an inspirational drama, a documentary, a kick-ass action movie, a kids movie, it can even be a sci-fi or horror movie. Sports are such a universal language, they can be translated at will and never lose their power.

This week, another film enters the sports movie conversation: McFarland, USA, the true story of a cross country running team from a very poor town in central California. It’s a solid, entertaining sports movie that gets by because it adheres to the beats of the genre while adding a little something extra and different.

Because there’s a new sports movie out this week, I decided to take the occasion to rank my favorite sports movies of all time. Now, these are not the best sports movies of all time. Just my favorites. And there are major omissions, because we all have those. But to me, these are the 15 sports movies I can watch again and again. Read More »

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Champs Trailer

There are several moments in this trailer for Champs, a film which documents the highs and many lows of boxing, which should get anyone’s attention. Even those who aren’t boxing fans tend to have an opinion on the sport and the business behind it, and hearing something like 50 Cent saying the sport is one where “some of the toughest mothers in the world are letting guys who couldn’t make it take advantage of them” will probably reinforce some conceptions of the business. Here, boxers like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins speak up, and celebrity commentators such asMark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Ron Howard, Spike Lee add their own views on the sport.

Check out the Champs trailer below. Read More »

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Bleed for This” seems like it could’ve been the alternate title for Miles Teller‘s Whiplash, but it’s actually the name of Teller’s next movie. Once again, Teller plays a talented young man who pushes himself to extreme lengths for his passion. Only this time, he’s focused on boxing instead of drumming.

The first image from Bleed for This shows Teller as real-life boxing champion Vinny Pazienza, looking battered and bruised in the ring. Bleed for This is directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Get your Bleed for This first look after the jump.  Read More »

Creed release date rocky

Briefly: Warner Bros. is beefing up its holiday film presence this week. The studio just dated and/or moved two of their heavy hitters. First up, the Ericson Core remake of Point Break has been pushed from summer to Christmas Day. More interestingly, though, the Ryan Coogler-directed Rocky spin-off Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, will be out even quicker. It’s currently filming but is now slated for release on November 25, 2015. [Box Office Mojo]

will smith football movie

Now that Mission: Impossible 5 has moved into the Summer of 2015, Sony Pictures saw an opening. And in that opening, they placed a brand new Will Smith football movie.

Previous just referred to as the “NFL concussion movie,” Sony has officially titled the film Concussion. It stars Smith as the doctor who discovered the traumatic head injuries a life playing professional football causes, and proceeded to blow the whistle on the operation. Concussion is written and directed by Peter Landesman based on a GQ article is and produced by Ridley Scott among others. Co-stars include Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, David Morse and Albert Brooks.

Concussion will open wide against the Paramount film Monster Trucks, David O. Russell’s Joy with Jennifer Lawrence and Alvin and the Chipmunks 4. [Coming Soon]

Underdogs US trailer

Director Juan Jose Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes) made an animated foosball movie a couple years ago, called variously Metegol and Foosball, and The Weinstein Company will release the movie in the US this spring under the title Underdogs. Along with giving the film that new title, the Weinsteins have dubbed the movie with an English-language voice cast that includes Matthew Morrison (Glee), Ariana Grande, Nicolas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bell Thorne (Blended), Katie Holmes (Batman Begins) and John Leguizamo. You can see a new Underdogs US trailer, featuring work from that voice cast, after the break. Read More »

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Jason Reitman sports interview

For one reason or another, Jason Reitman is a polarizing figure among movie fans. Some really like his heartfelt, unique movies while others dismiss them as obvious. The same can be said about his live read series. Some enjoy reading about this fun, one-time-only event and others don’t see the point. No matter what side of that you fall on, you’re bound to like Reitman more after listening to this interview.

Reitman spoke on The Hats Off Show recently and the conversation went all over the map: to great sequels, traveling back in time, underrated actors, Reitman’s movies and an argument over the better Schwarzenegger film: Kindergarden Cop or Twins. There was also a healthy amount of talk about sports movies. Reitman mentions he’d be interested in doing one, especially if it had something to do with the untapped world of being a referee. Below, listen to the full Jason Reitman sports interview. Read More »

Sylvester Stallone Might Have Just Spoiled ‘Creed’

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Unlike some upcoming sequels and spin-offs, the Rocky spin-off Creed hasn’t been clamped down in some mystery box. We already know it’ll center around Apollo Creed’s grandson Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan); we know Adonis wants to be a boxer; we know he gets his granddaddy’s old rival Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) to get him into fighting shape.

Still, there are probably a few things the production would still like to keep under wraps. Like the ending, which Stallone may have just given away on Twitter. Hit the jump for the Sylvester Stallone Creed spoiler.  Read More »

Jason Edmiston - Rocky 4 header

There’s little debate that the first Rocky is the best Rocky. To this day, Sylvester Stallone‘s Oscar-winning underdog story holds up because of its unpredictable nature and great, unique characters.

The bigger question is, what’s the most beloved film of the franchise? The one fans will watch time and time again no matter what else is on. For my money, that’s Rocky IV, the montage-mad 1985 film that pitted the Italian Stallion against the unstoppable Ivan Drago, played by Dolph Lundgren in his prime. Rocky IV is by far the cheesiest of the series (squeaking out a win over Rocky III by a close margin) but it’s so unabashedly ’80s, from the music to the Cold War narrative, that’s it’s hard not to enjoy.

Rocky IV has gotten some poster love in the past but Jason Edmiston‘s newest gem takes the cake. It perfectly represents the film’s over-the-top tone while also being just a damn good looking poster. Skuzzles will release the poster on Boxing Day, December 26, and /Film is proud to exclusively give you a glimpse at the gorgeous Rocky IV poster by Jason Edmiston. Read More »