THE MOVIE FAN FARE BLOG HAS A COOL POST ON A NEW BOOK OF SPORTS MOVIES AND AN INTERVIEW WITH ONE OF THE AUTHORS.
I JUST PICKED UP A COPY OF THIS ON MY WAY HOME AND IT'S FABULOUS. WRITTEN BY TWO GUYS WHO OBVIOUSLY LOVE SPORTS FILMS AND HAVE THE REQUIRED SKILLS TO REVIEW THEM. THEY DON'T JUST GIVE A SYNOPSIS OF EACH FILM, BUT WRITE ABOUT THEM WITH REASONED FEELING.
I'M A SUCKER FOR SPORTS FILMS. IF THERE IS A ROCKY VII, I'LL BE IN THE THEATRE OPENING DAY. I'M THOROUGHLY ENJOYING DIPPING IN, HERE AND THERE, WITHIN THESE PAGES, REDISCOVERING FORGOTTEN FAVORITES (LIKE ONE OF THE BEST RUNNING FILMS OF ALL TIME, THE JERICO MILE) AND RELIVING THE BEST SCENES FROM DOZENS AND DOZENS OF OTHER GREAT SPORTS FILMS.
IF YOU LOVE THESE FILMS, GO BUY, NOW!Glen Macnow–host of Philadelphia-based WIP Radio’s “Movie Club for Men”–and Ray Didinger–football analyst for Comcast Sports Network–have just written “The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies: Featuring the 100 Greatest Sports Films of All Time.” In the following interview, Macnow answers some of the most frequently asked questions about this encycolpedic salute to sports cinema.
WHY DID YOU NAME ROCKY THE ALL-TIME BEST SPORTS MOVIE?
The trick with Rocky is not to let all those sequels – some of which we enjoyed – detract from your view of the original, a great film that deservedly won the Oscar for Best Picture when it came out. We set five standards judging every sports movie – It needs to have a powerful story, a great script. It needs to have three-dimensional characters, heroes and bums who make you care about their lives. Of course, it needs to have topflight sports action. It needs to create goose bumps. There must be at least one scene in the film that sends shivers down your back or raises a lump in your throat. And it needs to be realistic – but not too much so. Because a powerful sports movie lets us stretch our imagination, allows us to dream.
More than any movie ever made, Rocky meets all five criteria. The script, written by Sylvester Stallone is the touching story of a hardscrabble club fighter who takes his best shot. Stallone may not have invented the lovable underdog saga, but he sure perfected it. Rocky is chock full of colorful characters. Paulie, Mick, Apollo Creed. Even the bit parts – like Gazzo the mobster – add layers of grit to the story.
You want Grade A sports action? The 25-minute brawl between Balboa and Creed that culminates the film is as good as it gets. And goosebumps?
Watch Rocky in the training sequence performing those one-armed pushups just as “Gonna Fly Now“ kicks into high gear. Cut to him dashing through the streets of Philadelphia. A quick flash of the fighter punching the sides of beef, and then the iconic shot of Rocky in the gray sweat suit, arms aloft at the top of the Art Museum steps. If that doesn’t create tingles, you must be unconscious.
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