Saturday, October 1, 2011

The 5th Quarter Movie Review

I recently watched another sports movie called "The 5th Quarter" that is based on an inspirational true story. I have to admit that before watching it I hadn't heard of the movie. Although this movie won't make my top 10 best sports movies ever, it delivered a great message and evoked a lot of emotion from everyone that watched it. In my mind, any movie that brings out that much emotion from me is worth watching and worth recommending to others.

The movie had some things that I really like and some things that really bugged me. Some of the things that bugged me were in the details and probably bugged me more because I played college football. For example, they would show a locker room conversation where the players were wearing their white (away) jerseys and then show them coming out to the field in their black jerseys. The crowd shots that they showed were not always consistent with the game that they were playing because they would show a day game and night crowd shots or home crowds for away games. The other small thing that bugged me was that the actor (Ryan Merriman) that played Jon Abbate looked way too small in football pads.

The biggest things that bothered me were the details about some of the periphery characters that were completely ignored. There was a car accident full of high school kids and it doesn't tell you what happened to any of the kids in the car except Luke Abbate. The movie is about the inspiration of Luke Abbate but some information about the other kids would be helpful. Most of the time when you watch movies based on true events it provides a summary of where everyone is currently at and what they are doing now but this movie didn't provide it for any of the characters. I also thought that some of the additional characters in the movie were not very well developed.

The things that I liked about this movie actually outweigh the things that I didn't like. As I mentioned earlier, I liked the emotion that it brought out in me and the inspirational message that it conveyed. I actually loved the fact that it used actual game footage for some of the football scenes. The reason I like this is because no matter how hard you try, you just can't make fake football look like real football and it emphasizes that this really happened.

I think this movie would be a great movie to show to teenage kids to show the consequences of bad decisions and to show how pulling together as a team and as a family can overcome real adversity.

I have a copy of this movie that I would like to give away so if you would like a free copy of this please leave a comment and let me know. If I get more than one comment I will randomly choose a winner.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I love this time of year. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. The heat is beginning to break, baseball playoff races are taking shape, NFL football is about a week away, and my favorite, College Football starts tomorrow.

I'm certain that I will have a tough time sleeping tonight as the anticipation of a new season filled with hope is at its highest. Fan's all over the country have poured over message boards and discussed perceived strengths and weaknesses of their favorite team and compared their team against the upcoming schedule. At this point everyone is wondering how their team will perform and the fans are probably feeling good about the new team and the new year. For some it is a new coach or a new stadium. For others it is a new conference with new competition. Some may have optimism over an easy schedule.

Only time will tell if the fan's optimism is justified for their team but as for right now only one thing is certain... Every team is currently undefeated and it is the most wonderful time of the year!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Top 10 Sports Movies - Warrior Movie Review

I got the opportunity to screen a new sports movie this week called "Warrior" and I really liked it. Although it isn't a "Christian" movie, it reminded me a lot of a modern day Prodigal Son. It was emotional, dramatic, action packed, intense, and the best thing I liked about it was that it felt real. It was a great movie about the power of forgiveness.

I am not a big Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fan but this movie is one that everyone should see so don't leave the women at home. I saw men and women alike wiping eyes when the lights came on and I thought Nick Nolte was absolutely phenomenal.

Warrior comes out on Sept. 9th and I recommend it with two thumbs up.

After I watched Warrior it made me think about my favorite sports movies. Below are my top 10 sports movies. It would be interesting to hear other opinions on this.

10. Pride

9. The Blind Side

8. Rocky

7. Field of Dreams

6. Coach Carter

5. Warrior

4. Rocky IV

3. Miracle

2. Hoosiers

Any my favorite sports movie is....
1. Remember the Titans

Honorable Mentions in no particular order include: The Natural, Glory Road, Cinderella Man, Radio, The Rookie, The Karate Kid, A League of Their Own, Finding Forrester, Victory, We Are Marshall, Rudy, Seabiscuit, Brian's Song, Rocky III, Rocky II, Rocky Balboa, Invincible, The Program

Saturday, June 4, 2011

X-Men First Class Review

I got to watch X-Men First Class with the media this week and I thought it was an "X-cellent" movie. It was the best movie I've seen this year and just may be the best X-Men movie yet. There were great lines, great action, and there were some great cameos and surprises. It wasn't as dramatic as the Dallas Mavericks comeback this week in game 2 of the NBA finals but it had its fair share of drama.

The best way to describe how I felt about the movie is that when it ended I wished that it wasn't over and that I could see the next one.

I recommend this movie and give it two thumbs up!