Category Archives: Sports

The Rocky series review

With Creed on its way, I thought it was a good time to revisit the evergreen boxing movies about the Italian Stallion, Rocky Balboa, a Philadelphia fighter from the streets played by an actor/director/screenwriter whose own success story mirrors his character's arc. Back in the mid-'70's, a jobbing actor named Sylvester Stallone took his shot at the…Read More

Million Dollar Arm review

Directed by Craig Gillespie, written by Thomas McCarthy I went to see this Disney picture for a few reasons. I liked the sound of the true-to-life angle, it's based on the story of two young guys from India who were brought to the US to take a shot at being baseball pitchers. I liked the creative…Read More

Rush review

Directed by Ron HowardWritten by Peter MorganThere aren't a lot of great motor racing movies. Um, scratch that. There aren't any. Grand Prix? It's over-long and hasn't aged well. Le Mans? Other than Steve McQueen, it doesn't have much to recommend it. Days of Thunder? They tried to redo Top Gun in NASCAR and the best…Read More

The Help and Warrior reviewed

With the Oscars on Sunday, I thought it worthwhile to catch up with a few of the films with nominations that I missed in the cinema. The Help Written and directed by Tate Taylor, from the Kathryn Stockett novel.Well, it's a bit hard coming at this with all the words written about it so far.…Read More

Moneyball review

Directed by Bennett MillerWritten by Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, from a Stan Chervin story, adapted froma book by Michael LewisThe first thing Moneyball taught me is that those armchair loudmouths who call into sports shows are a bunch of know-nothing douchebags. Yeah, that's right. Sports radio is full of these guys, both the ones that…Read More

The Fighter

Directed by David O. RussellScreenplay by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric JohnsonStory by Tamasy, Johnson and Keith DorringtonThe Fighter isn't really about boxing any more than any genre movie that supersedes itstropes is about that genre. The familiar structure becomes a channel by which characterslive and breathe and something is said about the human…Read More