Tag Archives: Sports

Fighting with My Family

MEET AN OUTSIDER WHO CHANGED THE GAME. 18-year-old Saraya Knight (Florence Pugh) comes from a wrestling-crazy working-class family in Norwich, England; when she’s selected, and not her brother (Jack Lowden), by the WWE to train in Miami she’s both thrilled and heartbroken. A film that celebrates the unlikely rise of Knight as a wrestling star, … Continue reading Fighting with My Family

This Sporting Life

West Yorkshire coal miner Frank Machin (Richard Harris) is recruited by the manager of a rugby team; at the same time, he’s trying to impress his widowed landlady (Rachel Roberts)… Lindsay Anderson’s feature film debut was based on the experiences of an actual rugby player and has become a now-classic examination of a young man … Continue reading This Sporting Life

Early Man

MEET THE TRIBE ROCKING THE STONE AGE. When a rabbit-hunting tribe of cavemen are driven out of their valley by Bronze Age warriors, young Dug is taken to the invaders’ city and learns all about a mysterious game that’s popular there. Another stop-motion adventure-comedy from Aardman Animation, this time depicting a clash between two eras, … Continue reading Early Man

I, Tonya: On Thin Ice

FITTING IN IS OVERRATED.  After watching a documentary about Tonya Harding, the Olympic figure skater who in 1994 was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association after a violent attack against her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, screenwriter Steven Rogers became fascinated. He arranged interviews with Harding and her former husband, Jeff Gillooly, who had … Continue reading I, Tonya: On Thin Ice

Concussion

EVEN LEGENDS NEED A HERO. In 2002, a Nigerian-American doctor (Will Smith) in Pennsylvania begins looking into the deaths of several former NFL players and discovers a pattern of brain injuries. A drama that wants to be a new The Insider (1999), this time with the NFL, not tobacco companies, as villains. This reality-based film … Continue reading Concussion

Battle of the Sexes

HE MADE A BET. SHE MADE HISTORY. In the early 1970s, retired tennis pro Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) wants to get back into the limelight and proposes a challenge match against the number one female player, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone). The Little Miss Sunshine (2006) directors got back together with Carell for this reality-based … Continue reading Battle of the Sexes

O.J. Made in America: Justice for No One

Like everybody else, I was hooked on the excellent FX anthology series American Crime Story whose first season focused on the murder trial against O.J. Simpson and I didn’t really care about a documentary. After all, we all ”know” this case. Curiously, that’s exactly what director Ezra Edelman was thinking when ESPN first offered him … Continue reading O.J. Made in America: Justice for No One