I imagine every review for Goon compares it in some way to Slap Shot. I really don’t want to do that as I think it deserves to be seen as the separate entity it is. Despite the fact that it’s about a struggling minor league hockey team who starts to get a little success with the insertion of more violence, there are definitely palpable differences. The protagonists from both films are polar opposites, the violence is established in two different realities, and the story arcs of the hockey teams are different. Look at me. Right after I say I don’t want to compare the two films I immediately start comparing them. I need to get out of this introduction before it consumes the rest of the review. Read the rest of this entry »
Baseball movies. Everybody loves them. I mean everybody. Even Summer Catch has its own fans. So take a well-read book by Michael Lewis of Blind Side fame, add the ageless Brad Pitt and the rest is easy. Thankfully, the adaptation by Bennett Miller isn’t as by-the-numbers as that. There is no forced romantic subplot to mull over, no downtrodden veteran giving it one last go, no rookie on the ropes trying to get a grip in America’s pastime. Read the rest of this entry »
When I decided to do a Reel Rumbles about the top 2 sports dramas, I assumed number one would be Rocky. I was wrong, but I was also stunned to see only two sports films in the global Top 100 Movies Of All Time. Not only that, but there are some great sports movies which are severely underrated, Caddyshack at number #355 and Slap Shot at number #491, just to name two. If this article does nothing else, I hope it inspires people to either watch more highly regarded sports movies, or at least re-rank some of these films and give them a nice bump.