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So I took September off. Sorry about that. Actually, I take that back. I’m not sorry. If I had posted anything last month, it would have been half-assed and uninspired. You deserve better than that. So it’s good quality posts or nothing at all. Also, I’ve been spending lots of non-work free time playing Dragon Age II. So there’s that too. *cough*

Anyways, I was searching for a topic when my friend Kirk suggested I write about why Rudy  is the best sports movie ever.  Sadly, I disagree. Okay, maybe it is on some list somewheres, but I’ve never really cared for it. Sports isn’t really my game. I follow some men’s tennis. I sort of pay attention with the football and when it’s World Cup season, I’m watching the soccer. I also enjoy watching winter olympics events. Otherwise, I spend most of my time doing other things. I’m more of an indoorsy type.

I know folks who sacrifice whole weekends to sitting in front of the tv for marathons of football or basketball and the like. I have neither the patience nor the time. But sports in movies?  Sports in movies only gives you the highlights. You don’t have to sit through a 3-4 hour football game with all it’s starts, stops and advertisements for erectile dysfunction meds. Sports in movies takes you into the personal struggles of the players, coaches and fans. It’s the best!

Here’s what I have done. Listed below by sport are the sports movies I will watch which veer more towards the lighter, comedic side of sports movies. There’s no weeping in this list:

 Football:  The Replacements because you can get through most of a season in less than two hours. Because the team is made up of misfits. Because Rhys Ifans makes me smile (because he’s “wiry”).  Because Keanu is my quarterback.

Ice Hockey The Mighty Ducks. What can I say? It was fun and the final game was pretty intense.

Racing (cars):  Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo because it’s a self-aware car in a European rally race. Also, Herbie falls in love. It’s cute.

Racing (people): Walk, Don’t Run because it’s a fun movie set during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Because the highlighted event is racewalking.  And Cary Grant is in it.

 Martial Arts The Karate Kid (original 1984) because it was cool. Duh.

Soccer:  Bend it Like Beckham because it was cute and humorous and exciting and a little dramatic and never ceased to be anything other than entertaining.

Baseball:  The Sandlot because it’s not only about love of the game, but it’s about having fun too—something that’s way out of focus in sports these days. This movie will live on FOREVER










Recent Movie Roundup (week of 08/24/12)

Happy Friday to you, ladies and germs! I’m working on my next review (hint: it’s science fictiony) and thought that in the meantime, I would fill you in on the latest flicks I’ve caught over the past week.

In Theaters: I actually made it out into the public scene early this week. I went to go see the long-awaited The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner (yes, please), Rachel Weisz, and Edward Norton. I’ll be honest: It was no Matt Damon-esque Bourne movie. It had similar elements, but this was its own creature that happened to coexist with the Damon trilogy story-line. I am not certain a further continuation should be in the works, but for what it was, The Bourne Legacy  was pretty cool. I think the major difference is that Damon’s character had no idea what all was going on, and we got to discover the crazy along with him. Renner’s Aaron Cross does know what’s happening, and it’s up to him to stay a step ahead in order to survive. It was a slightly different perspective on the Bourne universe, and I appreciated that. It sort of falls in with my remake rule #2 that I told you about HERE, except this isn’t a remake. It’s more like a companion/sequel/installment/parallel piece of sorts. I enjoyed it and look forward to the day it can join the other Bourne movies on my shelf.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch: I managed to watch a variety of movies via my trusty dvd player. I haven’t graduated to the whole Blu-ray thing yet, and I won’t until my player finally keels over. Until then, it’s dvd all the way.

1. In the Romantic Comedy genre, I chose The Decoy Bride starring David Tennant and Kelly Macdonald. This movie has been sitting on my queue for a while now mainly because I think Tennant was so geeky hot when he was the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who. I’m happy to say that I’m well over my crush at this point and can now just respect him for being a talented actor who happens to be a little attractive. Anyways….this movie is about a super-famous actress and her writer fiance who are trying to have a quiet wedding with no paparazzi spoiling the day. In order to do this, they find the most remote island off of Scotland in the Outer Hebrides. The actress’ agent discovers that one persistent photographer has found their location, and he decides to trick the photog with a decoy bride. Well….as things tend to happen in movies, the fake bride (Macdonald, in a hilarious role. I’d love to see her do more comedies) and our writer (Tennant) find out they’ve actually legally married one another. I’m not describing it well. Here’s the link to the trailer. Really, it was a very cute movie, and I’d totally watch it again. Actually, I’ve already watched it twice.

2. “By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!” Galaxy Quest sits very high on my list of all-time favorite movies. It’s no Star Wars but it’s so funny and so easy to watch over and over again. Every time I watch it I find something new to laugh at. If you weren’t aware, the film sort of parodies Star Trek and the fan craze surrounding it. In the movie, Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Tony Shalhoub play actors who were on a successful Trek-like show called Galaxy Quest. Aliens from a distant galaxy have discovered episodes of the long-defunct show and come to earth asking for the “crew’s” help in defeating an enemy. Also, it stars Alan Rickman who is a genius and Sam Rockwell whose character is crazy paranoid because he was originally hired as a possible red-shirt known only as Crewman #6.

3. The Mechanic. You know what? I really liked Jason Statham in movies like The Italian Job and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. But it seems that lately, he’s playing the same kind of character. He’s usually in an action flick where he’s sort of an anti-hero. In The Mechanic he’s a hitman who ends up training the psychotic son of his mentor (whom he killed–awkward?). Ben Foster plays the crazy son, and he’s kind of cool only with his cropped hair and his tough guy stance, he looks sort of like Jason Statham Jr. And maybe that’s what they were going for. I don’t know. The plot felt kind of pointless, and I honestly couldn’t recall the title of the movie about two days after watching it.  The action sequences were pretty groovy, though.

4. Last, but not least: Chain Reaction. This flick is all the way from 1996 and stars Keanu Reeves. The movie is about a team of scientists who are able to obtain clean energy from water, except that once the experiment finally works, things go horribly wrong along the lines of secret government conspiracies and the like. The movie was directed by Andrew Davis who also directed The Fugitive. This movie has a slightly similar framework. We have a hero who is framed for something he didn’t do. Instead of working with the police, he goes on the run and attempts to solve the mystery on his own. The FBI agent in hot pursuit also starts putting the pieces together and so on and so forth. I remember seeing this in the theater. It’s one of those movies that I enjoy watching from time to time, but I keep expecting it to be better than it turns out to be. Ah well, maybe next time.

Coming soon to a theater or blog near youDredd.  Have you seen the trailer for this yet? Good grief. I like Karl Urban, and okay so he’s attempting to do what Stallone so obviously screwed up in the horrendous Judge Dredd movie from back in the day. BUT, is there a reason for him to use the gruff and whispery Batman voice for his character? Also, (and I’m linking the trailer for you HERE), I think every generic action movie line is used in this thing. Well, they are used in the trailer, at least.  “Judgement time” “Let’s finish this.” Augh!!! The whole second half of the trailer was full of possible catchphrases. Still, the visuals look kind of cool. I’ll rent it and we’ll see if it ends up back here, kneeling before the wrath of Andrea. You never know…

Anyways, that was my week. Did you see anything of note? I’ve love to hear if you did.