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 »
Field of Dreams is one of those movies that makes even the best of us cry. The beautiful respect for the game of baseball is only trumped by the great relationships Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) develops with Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), Terence Mann (James Earl Jones) and his undying faith in himself. It’s a poignant and memorable film.
Thankfully, a sequel to the 1989 Phil Alden Robinson classic never came to fruition but with the National Football League in danger of missing their season, Funny or Die has decided to take that “If you build it, he will come” structure and apply it to football with Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout starring everyone’s favorite werewolf, Taylor Launter. Fans of football will be delighted by all the NFL stars who show up and Field of Dreams fans will be overjoyed by the homages. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Subtonix decided to create a map of the United States by pinpointing the movies which best represent each of the 50 states. For example, New Jersey is Clerks and Kansas is The Wizard of Oz. There will likely be some debate over some of these choices (is Fast Times at Ridgemont High the ultimate representation of California?) but it is an interesting concept none the less. It’s also interesting to note that more Coen Brothers films appear on the map than any other filmmaker. Hit the jump to see the whole map, and click to enlarge.
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