Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Viewing Journal: 7/31/2012







242) TRISHNA
(2012 dir. Michael Winterbottom) Date Seen: July 31 2012
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Viewing Journal: 7/30/2012




241) I WISH
(2012 dir. Hirokazu Koreeda) Date Seen: July 30 2012
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Viewing Journal: 7/29/2012







240) TREASURE PLANET
(2002 dir. Ron Clements, John Musker) Date Seen: July 29 2012
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Viewing Journal: 7/28/2012








239) KLOWN
(2012 dir. Mikkel Nørgaard) Date Seen: July 28 2012
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238) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
(2012 dir. Christopher Nolan) 2nd Viewing: July 28 2012
(pictured) Batman. Puzzled the League of Shadows are Mac users.




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Friday, July 27, 2012

Viewing Journal: 7/27/2012







237) THE WATCH
(2012 dir. Akiva Schaffer) Date Seen: July 27 2012
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Viewing Journal: 7/26/2012








236) C.H.U.D.
(1984 dir. Douglas Cheek) Date Seen: July 26 2012
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Viewing Journal: 7/25/2012







235) ONE FROM THE HEART
(1982 dir. Francis Ford Coppola) Date Seen: July 25 2012
I have no idea how this movie eluded me for so long. It's one of Coppola's most visually sumptuous and underrated, along with RUMBLE FISH. Sure, it's flawed, but it's hard to think of recent studio "flops" that cinematically offer so much.







Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Viewing Journal: 7/24/2012






234) ROCK OF AGES
(2012 dir. Adam Shankman) Date Seen: July 24 2012
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Viewing Journal: 7/23/2012







233) THE PACT
(2012 dir. Nicholas McCarthy) Date Seen: July 23 2012
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Viewing Journal: 7/21/2012 - 7/22/2012







232) INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE
(2012 dir. Lisanne Pajor, James Swirsky) Date Seen: July 22 2012
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Viewing Journal: 7 / 21 / 2012



231) HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI
(2012 dir. Takashi Miike) Date Seen: July 21 2012
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DREAM JUSTICE LEAGUE CAST





Jon Hamm as SUPERMAN
Kal-El aka Clark Kent


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 Steven Yeun as FLASH
Barry Allen


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Idris Elba as GREEN LANTERN

John Stewart
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Cleopatra Coleman as WONDER WOMAN
Princess Diana of Themyscira aka Diana Prince

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Eric Bana as BATMAN

Bruce Wayne
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Clive Owen as MARTIAN MANHUNTER
J'onn J'onzz
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Amber Heard as BLACK CANARY
Dinah Drake Lance

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Rinko Kikuchi as HAWKGIRL
Shayera Hol
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Matthias Schoenaerts as AQUAMAN
Orin aka Arthur Curry

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Michael B. Jordan as CYBORG
Victor Stone
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Sarah Bolger as SUPERGIRL
Kara Zor-El aka Kara Danvers

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Jamie Bell as GREEN ARROW
Oliver Queen

Friday, July 20, 2012

Viewing Journal: 7/20/2012







230) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
(2012 dir. Christopher Nolan) Date Seen: July 20 2012
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Viewing Journal: 7/19/2012






229) MOONRISE KINGDOM
(2012 dir. Wes Anderson) 2nd Viewing: July 19 2012

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FAVORITE 60 SPORTS MOVIES

In honor of the 2012 London Olympics, I've decided to rate & list my favorite sports movies. As you can probably tell, I have a fondness for the quirky. I'm also a sucker for mushy sports uplift of the most syrupy order. Specifically underdog stories that tackle themes of emotional & communal healing & redemption. I'm a fan of stories that deal with overcoming extreme odds (who isn't?), where we get to see a team or individual transcend their various cultural boundaries. I still get choked up by many of the larger than life showboat finales that have become synonymous with the genre over the years too. Most are eye-rollingly trite, but every now and again, genuinely affective. The home run that closes THE NATURAL still gives me chills every time I see it. The moment in INVICTUS where the newly desegregated South African audience begins collectively chanting a Ndebele folk song as a unity anthem for their Springboks brought me to tears the first time I saw it. Even the much parodied climax of the lovable but flawed ROCKY still holds up as inspired uplift. At this time, I will not be including TV series/mini-series or TV docs set within the the world of sports. But if I were going to - Eastbound and Down, Luck and various lengthy Ken Burns docs would rank very high. Also The League, the Friday Night Lights series (much better than the movie of the same title) and the wrongfully canceled spectacular Lights Out. Fuck you FX Channel for letting that one go.
For maximum browsing pleasure, I've included sports themed music above. Hit play if you dare.


A lot of these titles may not seem like they fit the conventional "sports film" mold to some of you, but I feel I can justify their inclusion. This time around I had pretty broad general guidelines for what would be considered. The films simply needed to feature some type of disciplined physical athleticism or skill for most of their runtime. Be them casual, competitive, staged, fictional or reality based sporting events, I tried to keep an open mind. I didn't include movies dealing with games - like chess, poker or videogame/pinball tournaments. Dance films didn't make the cut either because I consider dance more of a fine-art than sport (though i will be featuring them in a latter sub-list to my Greatest Musicals post). I also didn't include battle royale style gladiatorial flicks: TRON, GLADIATOR, THE HUNGER GAMES or THE RUNNING MAN, etc. And no, I do not consider BLACK STALLION (one of my favorite Animal pictures) a Horse Racing/Jockey film, because it features the sport for such a small portion of its runtime in its last act. Same thing goes for M*A*S*H, LUCAS & STARSHIP TROOPERS not being u.s. football movies. The ONG BAK films are action movies filled with lots of Muay Thai fighting, but not enough of it is featured in the classical sparring set up. This actually disqualified many martial arts films; ENTER THE DRAGON, IP MAN, etc... BREWSTER'S MILLIONS is not a baseball movie. CABLE GUY is not a basketball movie. TRAINSPOTTING is not a soccer movie. TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE is not a cyclist movie. THE BIG LEBOWSKI is not a bowling movie... So on and so forth. Blah blah blah, you get the idea.
** BONES BRIGADE added 3/17/2013 **
** "42" added 4/12/2013 **
** THE CRASH REEL added 10/29/2013 **



Here's the countdown:

BASEKETBALL
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LOVE THE BEAST
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HARVARD BEATS YALE 29-29
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RACING DREAMS
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GOON
.
SEABISCUIT
.
NORTH DALLAS FORTY
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BIG WEDNESDAY
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RIDING GIANTS
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THE ENDLESS SUMMER

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BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
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THE FOOT FIST WAY

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THE CHAMP
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RUDY
.
DEATH RACE 2000
.
ROCKY
.
CADDYSHACK
.
THE FRESHMAN
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I WILL BUY YOU
.
THE HARDER THEY FALL
.
THE SET-UP
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FIGHTING
.
42
.
ANY GIVEN SUNDAY
.
UNDEFEATED
.
TYSON
.
BODY AND SOUL
.
THE CRASH REEL
.
BEYOND THE MAT
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THE WRESTLER
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ZIDANE: A 21ST CENTURY PORTRAIT
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THE SANDLOT
.
INVICTUS
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DOWNHILL RACER
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THE BOXER
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BOXING GYM
.
FEVER PITCH
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OFFSIDE
.
BREAKING AWAY
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FAT CITY
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HOOSIERS
.
SUGAR
.
MIRACLE
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WARRIOR
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FEAR STRIKES OUT
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SENNA
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BASEBALL BUGS 
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SHAOLIN SOCCER
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THE FIGHTER
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THE NATURAL
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WHIP IT
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ALI
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SPEED RACER
.
CHAMPION
.
THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER
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MILLION DOLLAR BABY
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THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES
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COLLEGE
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EIGHT MEN OUT
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SLAP SHOT
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TOKYO OLYMPIAD
.
THE BAD NEWS BEARS
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WHEN WE WERE KINGS
.
THIS SPORTING LIFE
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OLYMPIA - PART 1: FESTIVAL OF NATIONS 
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OLYMPIA - PART 2: FESTIVAL OF BEAUTY
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HOOP DREAMS
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RAGING BULL
*****



TOP 60
1) RAGING BULL (1980) *****
2) HOOP DREAMS (1994) *****
3) -tie- OLYMPIA PART 1 (1938) *****
OLYMPIA PART 2 (1938) *****
4) THIS SPORTING LIFE (1963) *****
5) WHEN WE WERE KINGS (1996) *****
6) THE BAD NEWS BEARS (1976) *****
7) TOKYO OLYMPIAD (1965) *****
8) SLAP SHOT (1977) *****
9) EIGHT MEN OUT (1988) *****
10) COLLEGE (1927) *****
11) PRIDE OF THE YANKEES (1942) *****
12) MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004) ****1/2
13) LONELINESS OF LONG DISTANCE RUNNER (1962) ****1/2
14) CHAMPION (1949) ****1/2
15) SPEED RACER (2008) ****
16) ALI (2001) ****
17) WHIP IT (2009) ****
18) THE NATURAL (1984) ****
19) THE FIGHTER (2010) ****
20) -tie- SHAOLIN SOCCER (2002) ****
BASEBALL BUGS (1946) *****  Cartoonist sensibility double feature
21) SENNA (2011) ****1/2
22) FEAR STRIKES OUT ****1/2
23) WARRIOR (2011) ****
24) MIRACLE (2004) ****
25) SUGAR (2009) ****
26) HOOSIERS (1986) ****
27) FAT CITY (1972) ****
28) BREAKING AWAY (1979) ****
29) -tie- OFFSIDE (2007) ****1/2 devoted fans double feature
FEVER PITCH: U.S. REMAKE (2005) ****
30) BOXING GYM (2010) ****
31) THE BOXER (1997) ****
32) DOWNHILL RACER (1969) ****
33) THE SANDLOT (1993) ****
34) INVICTUS (2009) ****
35) ZIDANE: 21ST CENTURY PORTRAIT (2006) ****
36) -tie- THE WRESTLER (2008) **** 
BEYOND THE MAT (2003) **** Behind-the-scenes wrestling double feature
37) UNDEFEATED (2011) ****
38) BODY AND SOUL (1947) ****1/2
-tie- TYSON (2009) **** Pugilist confessional double feature
39) THE CRASH REEL (2013)
40) ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (1999) ****
41) 42 (2013) ****
42) FIGHTING (2009) ****
43) THE SET-UP (1949) ****  Boxing Film Noir double feature
-tie- HARDER THEY FALL (1956) ****
44) I WILL BUY YOU (1956) ****
45) THE FRESHMAN (1925) ****
46) CADDYSHACK (1980) ****
47) ROCKY (1976) ****
48) DEATH RACE 2000 (1975) ****
49) RUDY (1993) ***1/2
50) THE CHAMP (1931) ****
51) FOOT FIST WAY (2008) ****
52) BONES BRIGADE (2012) ****
53) RIDING GIANTS (2004) ****  Big wave surfing triptych
-tie- BIG WEDNESDAY (1978) ****
-tie- THE ENDLESS SUMMER (1966) ****
54) NORTH DALLAS FORTY (1979) ****
55) SEABISCUIT (2003) ***1/2
56) GOON (2012) ***1/2
57) RACING DREAMS (2009) ****
58) HARVARD BEATS YALE 29-29 (2010) ****
59) LOVE THE BEAST (2009) ***1/2
60) BASEKETBALL (1998) ***1/2






TALLADEGA NIGHTS (2006) ***1/2
PAT AND MIKE (1952) ****
SANSHIRO SUGATA (1943) ****
SANSHIRO SUGATA 2 (1945) ****
PUMPING IRON (1977) ****
UNDISPUTED (2002) ***1/2
BRING IT ON (2000) ***1/2
WIN WIN (2011) ***1/2
SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME (1956) ****
DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS (2001) ****
NATIONAL VELVET (1944) ****
GENTLEMAN JIM (1940) ****
BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (2003) ***1/2
KINGPIN (1996) ***1/2
GUNNIN' FOR THAT #1 SPOT (2008) ***1/2
MURDERBALL (2005) ***1/2
ENDURANCE (1998) ***1/2
REDBELT (2008) ***1/2
THE MOMENT OF TRUTH (1965) ***1/2
STEP INTO LIQUID (2003) ***1/2
CARS (2006) ***1/2
THE ROBBER (2010) ***1/2
THE WINNING SEASON (2009) ***
DEATH RACE: REMAKE (2008) ***
MONEYBALL (2011) ***
BALLS OF FURY (2007) ***
PERSONAL BEST (1982) ***
CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981) ***
MAJOR LEAGUE (1989) ***
SCHOOL TIES (1992) ***
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992) ***
KNUCKLE (2011) ***
BAD NEWS BEARS: REMAKE (2005) ***
BULL DURHAM (1988) ***
HE GOT GAME (1998) ***
THE CHAMP: REMAKE (1979) ***
BLACKBALLED: THE BOBBY DUKES STORY (2003) ***
ROCKY III (1982) ***
ROCKY II (1979) ***
THE BASKETBALL DIARIES (1995) ***
THE CROWD ROARS (1932) ***
BRIAN'S SONG (1971) ***
RUSH (2013) *** added 9/27/2013
BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY (1973) ***
61* (2001) ***
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004) ***
THE GREAT WHITE HYPE (1996) ***
THE KARATE KID (1984) ***
DAMN YANKEES (1958) ***
REAL STEEL (2011) ***
ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD (1951) ***
FIELD OF DREAMS (1989) ***
DODGEBALL: TRUE UNDERDOG STORY (2004) ***
BIG FAN (2009) ***
DAY OF THE FIGHT (1951) ***
THE HURRICANE (1999) ***
A KNIGHT'S TALE (2001) ***
NACHO LIBRE (2006) ***
TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE (2012) *** added 11/12/2012
THE RINGER (2005) *** added 7/3/2013







THE DAMNED UNITED (2009) **1/2
HARDBALL (2001) **1/2
WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP (1992) **1/2
PAPER LION (1968) **1/2
REMEMBER THE TITANS (2000) **1/2
LEATHERHEADS (2008) **1/2
PING PONG PLAYA (2007) **1/2
CINDERELLA MAN (2005) **1/2
KNUTE ROCKNE ALL AMERICAN (1940) **1/2
CARS 2 (2011) **1/2
ROLLERBALL (1975) **1/2
TEEN WOLF (1985) **1/2
LOVE AND BASKETBALL (2000) **1/2
LE MANS (1971) **1/2
BLADES OF GLORY (2007) **1/2
THE WATERBOY (1998) **1/2
HAPPY GILMORE (1996) **1/2
GRAND PRIX (1966) **1/2
THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN (2005) **1/2
ALL THE RIGHT MOVES (1983) **1/2
COBB (1994) **1/2
THE BLIND SIDE (2009) **1/2
JERRY MAGUIRE (1996) **1/2
THE BABE (1992) **1/2
EDGE OF AMERICA (2003) **1/2
WE ARE MARSHALL (2006) **1/2
GIRLFIGHT (2000) **1/2
GOAL! (2005) **1/2
FEVER PITCH: UK (1997) **1/2
LORDS OF DOGTOWN (2005) **1/2







MYSTERY ALASKA (1999) **
"O" (2001) **
DAYS OF THUNDER (1990) **
GLORY ROAD (2006) **
INVINCIBLE (2006) **
WIMBLEDON (2004) **
THE LONGEST YARD (1974) **
ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD: REMAKE (1994) **
MR. BASEBALL (1992) **
NECESSARY ROUGHNESS (1991) **
THE LOVE BUG (1968) **
THE KARATE KID: REMAKE (2010) **
THE BIG GREEN (1995) **
THE MIGHTY DUCKS (1992) **
FAST COMPANY (1978) **
FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME (1999) **
COACH CARTER (2005) **
SEMI-PRO (2008) **
THE EXPRESS (2008) **
THE FAN (1996) **
MR. 3000 (2004) **
BLOODSPORT (1986) **
BLUE CHIPS (1994) **
COOL RUNNINGS (1993) **
PLAY IT TO THE BONE (2000) **
PEACEFUL WARRIOR (2006) **
BMX BANDITS (1983) **
KICKING & SCREAMING (2005) **
EVERYONE'S HERO (2006) **
THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED (2005) **
ROCKY IV (1985) **
HIDALGO (2004) **
ON A CLEAR DAY (2005) **
TIN CUP (1996) **
TEEN WOLF (1985) **
THE BENCHWARMERS (2006) **
SECRETARIAT (2010) **







OVER THE TOP (1986) *1/2
SPACE JAM (1996) *1/2
THE KARATE KID PART II (1987) *1/2
THE KARATE KID PART III (1989) *1/2
THE NEXT KARATE KID (1994) *1/2
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (1993) *1/2
RADIO (2003) *1/2
VARSITY BLUES (1999) *1/2
THE REPLACEMENTS (2000) *1/2
NEVER BACK DOWN (2008) *1/2
ROLLERBALL: REMAKE (2002) *1/2
HERBIE: FULLY LOADED (2005) *1/2
AGAINST THE ROPES (2004) *1/2
THE LONGEST YARD: REMAKE (2005) *1/2
THE CUTTING EDGE (1992) *1/2
D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS (1994) *1/2
THE 6TH MAN (1997) *1/2
THE AIR UP THERE (1993) *1/2
CADDYSHACK II (1988) *1/2
ANNAPOLIS (2006) *1/2
JUWANNA MANN (2002) *1/2
ROCKY V (1990) *1/2
ROCKY BALBOA (2006) *1/2
THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE (2000) *1/2
KICKBOXER (1989) *1/2
RACING STRIPES (2005) *1/2
MY GIANT (1998) *1/2
THE SEARCH FOR ANIMAL CHIN (1987) *1/2







LITTLE GIANTS (1994) *
SWIMFAN (2002) *
THE PROGRAM (1993) *
FACING THE GIANTS (2006) *
FIRED UP (2009) *
8 SECONDS (1994) *
SOUL SURFER (2011) *
GRIDIRON GANG (2006) *
TEEN WOLF TWO (1987) *
BLUE CRUSH (2002) *







SIDEKICKS (1993) 1/2 bomb
LIKE MIKE (2002) 1/2 bomb
AIR BUD (1997) 1/2 bomb
ED (1996) 1/2 bomb
THE GAME PLAN (2007) 1/2 bomb
ICE PRINCESS (2005) 1/2 bomb
THE SANDLOT 2 (2005) 1/2 bomb

(please let me know if I have made any glaring omissions or if there are films you'd like to see demoted/upgraded)