Monday, August 11, 2014

31 Days of Film - Day 11: Best Sports Film

Oooo this is hard. I love me some sports movies, but I think Disney's Remember The Titans wins out just because I can't find really a single thing wrong with it (except that they did change the story quite a bit judging by wikipedia).

I mean, it's got Denzel Washington playing a football coach, it's awesome for that alone. It also stars a young Ryan Gosling (you know, before he was a meme gone viral) and an even younger and adorable Hayden Pantierre (before she protested whale harvests and went country). The casting was perfect for the delivery of the storytelling.

We watch this movie a lot during the year. It's a favorite in my family. Just about everyone loves it, and it's one of many movies I have mostly memorized. There is so much that can be said about this movie, and honestly I don't know where to begin.

Probably my favorite part is how a sport brought two warring sides together through the youth and promise of the future. That they were forced to come and work together if they wanted to play the game was just the beginning to a lasting legacy for their area. They excelled where so many other integrated programs failed - because there were men brave enough to "suck it up" and make it work. Not just for their jobs, or their pride, or the team... but for the good of their fellow man.

It's something our country seems to have forgotten again as we see the divide grow exponentially once again.


  1. I haven't seen this one... but for me the best sports film is (and probably always will be) Cool Runnings

    1. Titans is a pretty great movie. Got good heart, good cast, it's pretty funny - even if you don't like football it's got a lot of good stuff.

    2. Yeah, not a football fan really but I have enjoyed other football movies before for sure. I forget what they were called haha! I'm sure I could enjoy it. I remember thinking I wanted to see it when I saw it advertised before.

    3. I love me some football... but I know I'm in the minority in the skating fandom ha ha

    4. It's okay, I love ice hockey and that's probably a minority too, supposed to be rivals with FS, right? haha! I'd watch hockey over gymnastics any day... Though I'd be tempted to list my fav sport as diving!
      Really I'm to watching anything during the Olympics though... I've even sat through a cross-country race... all 4 hrs of it...