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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Odds are if you’re a male between the ages of 20 and 40, you have a soft spot in your heart for Hulk Hogan. In the ’80s and ’90s, Hogan was everywhere, quickly becoming one of the most famous people in the world as he ascended the ladder of professional wrestling. The superstardom lead to cartoon shows, movie roles and so much more.
In recent years though, Hogan has fallen from grace, becoming a tabloid mainstay due to his messy public divorce, issues with his kids, a reality show and most recently a sex tape. But Hogan hasn’t shied away from the spotlight. Instead he’s embraced it, doing a national press tour in the midst of one controversy and thereby inciting another.
One of the stops on Hogan’s tour was The Howard Stern Show. While there he not only said he wanted a role in The Expendables 3, but that director Darren Aronofsky offered him the lead in The Wrestler. Aronofsky quickly took to Twitter to deny Hogan’s claims. Why would Hogan lie? Read some quotes and hear the audio after the jump. Read More »
After watching the deliriously bizarre and awesome Kafkaesque trailer for Black Swan, it’s baffling to think that the film could’ve ever been originally envisioned as the same movie as the heart-wrenching, profoundly moving The Wrestler, but a recent interview with director Darren Aronofsky confirms that this was the case. Read what he had to say after the break. Read More »
We love movies with ambiguous endings, but sometimes you just want to see a definite conclusion. The guys at CollegeHumor have decided to resolve some of the biggest movie and television endings in history, including: The Wrestler, Lost in Translation, No Country For Old Men, The Graduate and The Sopranos. Watch the video after the jump.
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What if Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wrestler was a 1970’s grindhouse horror film? /Film reader JKPyle has created a reedited movie trailerfor the critically acclaimed indie drama, which can be watched after the jump.
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In what I’d argue was one of the biggest snubs in Oscar history, the Academy Awards’ failure to nominate The Wrestler for Best Picture showed not only a lack of appreciation for director Darren Aronofsky’s emotionally devastating, richly affecting tale of a lonely man trying to fill the empty void in his life, but also a lack of foresight. While movies like The Reader and Frost/Nixon are likely to be forgotten in less than five years, I predict this is a movie that will only grow in appeal; Mickey Rourke’s heart-wrenchingly honest performance ensures it.
Notable Extras: A ‘Within the Ring’ featurette, and a ‘The Wrestler’ music video by Bruce Springsteen.
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The Wrestler star Mickey Rourke did in fact show up at WWE WresltMania 25, and was in the audience during Chris Jericho‘s handicap match against WWE Hall of Famers Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. After defeating all three of his opponents, Jericho challenged Rourke to come into the ring. And as expected, Rourke stepped over the guard rail, climbed into the squared circle, and laid a few punches on the WWE star.
It’s unlikely that this will progress into a match that pits Jericho vs. Rourke as Mickey is set to go into production on Iron Man 2 and the production insurance won’t allow him to compete in a full wrestling match. Photos above courtesy of WWE. Thanks to /Film reader Jason G for the tip.
Bruce Springsteen has received so my praise for his song “The Wrestler” (which was created for Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler) that he has decided to follow-up with a sequel titled “One Thinged Guy”. Of course, this is actually a parody created by OverthinkingIt.com. Watch the music video after the jump.
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One of the things I really loved about Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wrestler is all of the amazing little details that add to the authenticity. One of the details I mentioned in my previous review was the NES-style old school pro wrestling video game Wrestle Jam that Randy “The Ram” Robinson plays in a scene with his young neighbor. In one of our previous interviews with Aronofsky, the director revealed that they actually created the game seen in the movie just for that scene.
Kotaku has an interview with motion graphics artist Kristyn Hume and programmer Randall Furino, the brother and sister team that created the game from scratch. The game, which took a month to create, even came with a custom theme, an original 8-bit score composed by musician J. You can barely hear the track, titled “8-bit Wrestler” in the actual movie itself, but you can listen to the whole thing on YouTube. Any fan of the old school 8-bit video game music will definitely dig this track. Read the whole article about the creation behind the game on Kotaku.