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natasha_theobald
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 9:43 am    Post subject: Favorite Sports Movies Reply with quote

While you're here talking about your favorite sports movies, why not consider becoming part of the drama. Look for information on how to join the HBS/EFC Fantasy Football League in the Off Topic chatter section. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Favorite sports movies:

Major League
Bull Durham
The Natural
Eight Men Out

Kingpin and Jerry McGuire are great films, but not because of the sports involved. I think Field of Dreams and Hoosiers are overrated. Heaven forbid someone speaks out against Hoosiers, but I can't sit through it. It is predictable and I was passionless when it came to the characters.

BTW - What are you favorite sports movies? You can't post the topic and not let us know your opinion Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Baseball: Eight Men Out - In my mind, better than The Natural and Field of Dreams combined...though they're both damn good movies.

Football: The Longest Yard or The Best of Times

Basketball: Hoosiers

Hockey: Slap Shot
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 5:49 pm    Post subject: Da Bull Reply with quote

I already like this Natasha Theobald. But someone's going to have to sell me on fantasy football with an auto-draft.

As much as I like sports flicks, I think the genre effectively begins and ends with Ron's Shelton's fan-fucking-tabulous minor league baseball gem BULL DURHAM. I could and would sit here and debate or argue the issue on this frickin' amazing movie, but I said my piece in my review:

http://www.hollywoodbitchslap.com/hbs.cgi?movie=1088&reviewer=21

Which isn't to say there aren't other great sports flicks...they're cool little parables with the plot's conflict built organically right into the frameworkl. I just think DURHAM trumps 'em all.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grand Prix
Le Mans
Winning
Field Of Dreams

ummm, can't remember any other....

I like auto racing, and most films about auto racing suck. Only those three are the ones worth watching.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TLsmooth wrote:
Favorite sports movies:
BTW - What are you favorite sports movies? You can't post the topic and not let us know your opinion Very Happy


The Big Lebowski
Bull Durham
Field of Dreams
Jerry Maguire
The Sandlot
Youngblood -- I know, I can't help myself
Fight Club -- if this can be considered boxing?
The Legend of Bagger Vance -- I know I'm the only person who probably thinks it, but I have to be honest....

ANY football movie, even the crappiest, even Wildcats, even Necessary Roughness, even The Replacements. I can tolerate a lot if it comes with football, except maybe Varsity Blues.

The worst trailer trying to make me believe it was a sports movie? Forget Paris I thought Billy Crystal was going to stand around talking to the players a lot more. That would have been a good movie. Instead I got an infertility drama. I hate being lied to like that.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah. Tin Cup is damn solid.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 8:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Da Bull Reply with quote

Paulapalooza wrote:
I already like this Natasha Theobald. But someone's going to have to sell me on fantasy football with an auto-draft.


Thanks! Very Happy

If you already have a fantasy football league, this could be a frivolous side project, a bit of fluffy fun to counterbalance the bitter competition you face elsewhere. If you don't have a league, what better way to ease yourself into the water than with a fairly easy and straightforward approach. You still get to do your rankings. You still get to coach whatever team you end up with (and, at last check, we still only have 4 people signed up, so how hard could it be to have a good team?) So, join! If you hate it, you can leave your team to rot on the vine. Even if you leave players in on bye weeks and start people on the injured list, we will glory in the chance to beat you. Don't miss out!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2002 12:09 pm    Post subject: Going for a little more obscure fare... Reply with quote

Everyone's already mentioned the usual greats in the sports genre, but I've gotta throw a line to some great neglected sports flicks.

Fever Pitch (the 1997 version written by Nick Hornby of High Fidelity fame, not the Ryan O'Neal thriller from the 80's): Funny flick, if you Americans can handle a British accent.

Debbie Does Dallas: To not mention it would be just wrong. Football and porn? Yeehaw!

Rudy: What, is everyone on crack? How could you NOT mention this flick? Sean Astin's finest hour. Not that that's saying much...

Go Tigers: Great doco on a high school football team.

This Sporting Life: It's an oldy, but a damn fine British rugby flick that, in the colonies, has a long acknowledged classic status, if only bcause of the performance by Richard Harris in the lead. "Whar's my tea, missus?

Year of the Dogs: Fantastic doco about a historic Australian Rules football team playing it's final season due to sinking fan interest. Awesome stuff.

The Cup: The first ever flick made in the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan, this little film about a group of Tibetan monks who want to watch the World Cup but have never seen TV before, let alone owned one, is not only funny and chamring, but also commendable. The writer/director is one of the highest ranking monks in Buddhism today, and he had to make the film, using real monks, while dodging the local Chinese constabulary who frown upon anyone acknowledging Tibetan monks in any way. Worth tracking down.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2002 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How could I forget about Tin Cup?!!! Speaking of golf, I think Happy Gilmore is hilarious.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2002 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's an obvious sports movie, that has had probably way too much influence: Rocky.

As to my own favorites, I really liked Lagaan. The Longest Yard, Bull Durham, and Damn Yankees!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2002 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How could I forget Rocky?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2002 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW, Dion, Isn't Damn Yankees a rock band?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2002 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diggstown!

Ruth

Cobb

Bull Durham

Jerry McGuire
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2002 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah...Chariots of Fire.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2002 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was there a boxing movie with Stephen Dorff?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2002 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if "The Big Liebowski" can be considered a sports movie, since Jeff Bridges never actually bowls in it. Of course, if you consider smoking weed, chain-drinking white Russians, and saying "dude" about a thousand times a sport, then this is the champion of sports films!

I pretty much hate sports, but there have been a few fun sports movies like Bull Durham or Slapshot. Most sports films fall into two categories though - silly, mundane comedies, or dreadfully pretentious dramas.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2002 5:25 pm    Post subject: stephen dorff Reply with quote

natasha - the power of one (1992).

i'd have to toss mystery, alaska into the mix, because i likes me some sweaty alaskans. mmmmm frosty.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2002 9:03 pm    Post subject: Re: stephen dorff Reply with quote

sporkgirl wrote:
natasha - the power of one (1992).

Yes. Thank you. I don't know if it was good or if I just thought so then.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2002 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It ain't a bad flick.

Think The Karate Kid in Africa, though not as awful as that description sounds.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2002 11:34 am    Post subject: Late breaker Reply with quote

Youngblood. hehehhehe
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2002 7:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Late breaker Reply with quote

Oz wrote:
Youngblood. hehehhehe


Embarassed

It's got some good hockey and Rob Lowe's early 80's ass. Also, I believe it was Keanu Reeves' film debut.

My sister and I rented it. We liked it so much, we sat there and watched it again. Good times.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2002 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

White Men Can't Jump
Kingpin
Above the Rim
Any Given Sunday
Major League
Rocky
Celtic Pride

And a couple others that I'm too embarassed to name (and that's saying something, considering a few of the ones I've already named).
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2002 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alvy,

1. Welcome to the HBS boards!

2. You may wanna remove Celtic Pride from your list of favorite sports movies. If Oz sees that, he may slip right into menopause. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2002 7:23 pm    Post subject: Re: TheAngryJew Reply with quote

Thanks.
But as for the Celtic Pride issue, I'm sorry, but I have to be honest. I can't help it; I find the film funny.
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