Category: Sports

“The Last Dance”

9.4

Damn…

Old school ESPN on full display. F-bombs and all. The rawness of competition, the camaraderie of team, and the price of greatness. One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen, and worth every minute of the 10 hour runtime. Guaranteed to emotionally move you every episode. You’ll not only learn about the team members themselves at a deeper level than ever thought possible, but also shed a tear over a United Center security guard at one point. Perfect pacing, great archival footage, and a willingness by the interviewees to truly bear themselves publicly in a way that not many are willing to. Hopefully a sign of things to come from ESPN in the future. A return to THE sports network. Until then… 6 titles in 8 years will stand the test of time as one of the all time greatest sports runs in history.

An experience these last 5 weeks that shows the beauty of sports as a communal experience that unites people. Perfect timing, on top of everything else.

“Ice Princess”

7.9

Lace up your skates and get ready for this film to triple axle its way into your heart. (This line is just as cheesy as this movie) In true Disney film fashion, the characters all find themselves and their true callings after being put in what first appear to be incredibly awkward situations, only to find out following their heart would lead them to victory in the end. Who knew physics are the key to becoming a championship caliber figure skater over the course of about a month? And… the adorkable knight in shining armor who drives the Zamboni gets the girl.

In the words of the Disney+ description, “a brainy ugly duckling realizes her dream of becoming a champion figure skater…” although, none of the characters skate anywhere near “ugly duckling.” If Michelle Tratchenberg, Kim Cattrall, or Hayden Panettiere are in it, I will watch it. Every time.

“The Way Back”

7.2

One of the best sports movies since “McFarland” and “When the Game Stands Tall.” A heartfelt tale of redemption for really every character in some way. The lens of a sports centered film lends itself so well to delving into the human condition and redemption, it’s almost always a pleasure to watch. Great performances for all involved. Ben Affleck revisits his washed up mopey drunk Bruce Wayne, only this time as a former basketball star turned coach. He really nails it. Very enjoyable, well done film.