The 2012 Summer Olympics are in full swing and you know what that means: once again you are looking up the definition of the word “dressage.”

The sports film, when done right, can be one of the most exhilarating genres of all. And once you get past The Fighter, The Sandlot and Hoosiers you’ll find that there are more and more treasures out there. This list just scratches the surface of great, lesser-known movies out there whose subjects match events playing out in London over the next few weeks. Read More »

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Ping Pong Play Movie Trailer

I never planned on seeing Ping Pong Playa, but it became one of those films that I heard people talking about in between sleeping, screening and eating last year at the Toronto Film Festival. I caught a screening near the end of the festival, purely because there was nothing else playing at the time that interested me. In my review I described Jessica Yu‘s low budget indie sports comedy as “Karate Kid meets Bad News Bears but with Ping Pong”. The film tells the story of Christopher “C-dub” Wang (Jimmy Tsai), a young man full of excuses and failed basketball dreams, who must step up and teach ping pong while he gets up the nerve to compete for the coveted Golden Cock in the California ping pong championships after his brother and mother are injured in a car accident. In my Toronto review I called the film “a chuckle-fest with a unique sense of humor not found in Hollywood films.” The trailer below is not the best example of this, but I’m hoping it might get get a few of you interested to seek this out (or at least add the film to your upcoming Netflix que)

Ping Pong Playa hits theaters on September 5th 2008.

TIFF Movie Review: Ping Pong Playa

Ping Pong Playa

I never planned on seeing Ping Pong Playa, but it became one of those films that I heard people talking about in between sleeping, screening and eating. I think Jen from Rotten Tomatoes was the first one to mention it to me. Not that she had seen it, just that she had heard good things. So in between two screenings last night I was able to jet over and catch a viewing of Jessica Yu’s ping pong sports comedy. The only way to describe Ping Pong Playa is to play the Hollywood executive game: “It’s Karate Kid meets Bad News Bears but with Ping Pong” And even then, you have no idea what the film is about.
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