Category Archives: Sport

OLYMPIC DREAMS (2020): New Trailer Starring Nick Kroll Alexi Pappas…

Olympic Dreams (2020), Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, IFC Films
Olympic Dreams (2020), Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, IFC Films

Olympic Dreams is the story of the bond that grows between a young cross-country skier (after her competition ends) and a volunteer doctor.

Directed by Jeremy Teicher; Olympic Dreams stars Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas…

I’m mostly curious about Kroll’s performance and precisely why his character seemed so taken aback by ‘the lunge’.

There’s also the ‘comedy running’ at 0:42 seconds into this trailer that made me giggle. Especially since Kroll is acting and he chose that level of tired running. Maybe I’m just too familiar with his comic personality. Or, that’s how truly exhausted non-athlete runners look – and I just don’t know.

Are you at all curious about this one?

Gus Kenworthy and Morgan Schild also star.

Olympic Dreams Release Dates: February 14th, 2020 (US)…

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WAVES (2019): The Things I Liked…

Waves (2019), Alexa Demie, Kelvin Harrison Jr., A24
Waves (2019), Alexa Demie, Kelvin Harrison Jr., A24

Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Sterling K. Brown, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie and Lucas Hedges, Waves is a coming of age, raw, emotional and sometimes funny drama / romance centred around the teenage children of a couple in modern day America.

I liked the way Waves opened; the colours, camera angles and music, all of which worked to remind us of the seemingly carefree youthful abandon of late adolescence. As hectic, bright and beautiful as those moments were, it’s not too long before you realise that everything isn’t quite right. Tensions become apparent and it’s clear something is going to change – and not in a good way.

Tyler (Harrison Jr.) is a promising and troubled high school athlete unable to truly open up to his parents, so he suffers behind closed doors. His younger sister Emily (Taylor Russell) who seems to fade into the background much of the time certainly doesn’t have the focus of her parents – especially her father; at least not the the way her brother does. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s Tyler’s troubles that end up tragically and irrevocably altering the lives of more than just his immediate family.

Waves (2019), Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown, A24
Waves (2019), Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown, A24

Considering the themes of familial tragedy and some very modern / American issues, it’s unsurprising that I shed a few tears as Waves played. Particularly because of the very real and raw way writer / director Trey Edward Shults’s film captures the emotional turmoil suffered by its characters. Some of it so heartbreaking that I have to liken certain moments to having to watch an inevitable car crash while being completely unable to help.

Waves is the kind of movie you watch for the film making artistry, great acting and the ways it beautifully and realistically captures some of the most delightful and heartbreaking events in the lives of teenagers and parents in modern America. You will laugh and smile, be very concerned but also often moved by the generosity of spirit displayed before you.

‘Long’ is another word to describe this movie. It’s not quite the bladder busting 3.5 hour length of The Irishman (2019). However, by the half way point in Shults’s well-captured and highly affecting movie, you’ll think ‘Yeah, I think it’s wrapping up now.’ Except it doesn’t wrap up because that’s when act two – or more fittingly, ‘the second wave’ begins. And sit back you must, because you’re going to need what it has to tell you, especially after the tragedy of ‘the first wave’.

Watch it because it’s good and if you’re curious.

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RIDE LIKE A GIRL (2019): New Trailer Starring Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Brooke Satchwell…

Ride Like A Girl (2019), Teresa Palmer
Ride Like A Girl (2019), Teresa Palmer

Starring Teresa Palmer, Brooke Satchwell and Sam Neill, Ride Like A Girl is the true story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

 Directed by Rachel Griffiths; additional key cast includes Sullivan Stapleton, Magda Szubanski, Sophia Forrest…

After reading the above synopsis, I honestly thought that this movie was set in the sixties – and not just because of the look and feel of this trailer.

I’m simultaneously surprised and not after learning that 2015 is the year of Payne’s great win. I’ll be watching this one for all the reasons that made it possible for Payne to win.

Henry Nixon, Aaron Glenane, Veronica Thomas, Mick Molloy, Amy Christian, Genevieve Morris, Jacob Warner, Zara Zoe and Shane Bourne also star.

Ride Like A Girl Release Dates

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THE WAY BACK (2020): New Trailer From Ben Affleck, Janina Gavankar, Hayes MacArthur, Da’Vinchi…

The Way Back (2020), Ben Affleck, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Way Back (2020), Ben Affleck, Warner Bros. Pictures

From director and co-writer Gavin O’Connor, The Way Back is a new drama starring Ben Affleck as Jack Cunningham, a former High School basketball phenom, who’s now struggling with alcoholism.

After being offered a coaching job where the team finally starts to win, Jack may finally have to start confronting his demons.

Additional key cast includes Janina Gavankar, Hayes MacArthur, Rachael Carpani, Da’Vinchi…

This trailer feels a tad too long but it does look like a good movie with a great Affleck performance. I do rather enjoy stories of unexpected lucky breaks.

T.K. Carter, Al Madrigal, Lukas Gage, Caleb Thomas, Christine Horn, Chris Bruno, Marlene Forte and Melvin Gregg also star.

The Way Back Release Dates: March 6th, 2020 (US); March 13th, 2020 (UK)….

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BUSBY (2019): New Trailer For Documentary about Sir Matt Busby And Manchester United…

Busby (2019), Altitude Films
Busby (2019), Altitude Films

Busby is a new documentary about the true story of Manchester United icon Sir Matt Busby, one of the greatest and most influential football managers of all-time.

Directed by  Joe Pearlman, Busby will show previously unseen archive footage and interviews with those who knew Sir Matt Busby best….

Matt was the first tracksuit manager training with the players.’

I certainly don’t follow football / soccer much anymore. However, this moving trailer and the above quote does have my attention. To think I once thought of Sir Alex Ferguson as the only ‘treasured’ Manchester United Manger.

I’m ready to take in some of Man U’s rich history.

Busby Release Dates: November 8th, 2019 (UK)…

Where to watch Busby.

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DIEGO MARADONNA (2019): New Trailer For Diego Maradona Documentary From Asif Kapadia…

Diego Maradona (2019), Film4
Diego Maradona (2019), Film4

Oscar winning director Asif Kapadia’s trailer for his new documentary Diego Maradona is here.

Focuses both on the highs and lows of the Argentine footballers career, Diego Maradona is the result of the analysis of over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage…

In my recent post about this very documentary, I now realise that I’d completely forgotten about the the biggest controversy of Maradona’s career.

Now that this trailer has reminded me of the infamous ‘The Hand Of God’ incident, I’m even more curious about the way everything that happened really affected Maradona. Particularly considering his level of fame at the time.

Diego Maradona Release Dates: June 14th, 2019 (UK); September 24th, 2019 (US)…

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DIEGO MARADONA (2019): New Documentary About One Of Argentina’s Greatest Footballers…

Diego Maradona (2019), Asif Kapadia
Diego Maradona (2019), Asif Kapadia

Diego Maradona is the latest documentary from Asif Kapadia, director of Oscar winning Amy Winehouse documentary Amy (2015).

Following a review of hundreds of hours of footage, Kapadia’s film focuses on the career of highly celebrated Argentine footballer Diego Maradona…

I don’t really follow football as I once did, but I do remember being aware of Maradona’s greatness. I’m curious about the new truths I could learn, especially since Kapadia’s Amy proved quite enlightening.

Diego Maradona Release Dates

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CREED II (2018): The Things I Liked…

Creed II (2018), Michael B. Jordan, MGM
Creed II (2018), Michael B. Jordan, MGM

Creed II is a movie I watched because I was told it’s worthwhile. It certainly would have been a better experience overall if I were a serious a boxing fan. If like myself you’re just a fan of good movies, that’s enough because thanks to the story, dramatic performances and that rather great fight sequence near the end, I had a good time with director Steven Caple Jr.’s film.

Centred around what is arguably the most important fight of Adonis Creed’s life, I enjoyed the emotional journey and overarching tension as Creed grows into the man and the mindset required to get to where he needs to be. I also liked the rather moving moments in and outside of the boxing ring. From the time Creed learns of his opponent, to the required balancing act where his family life is concerned and the intense training in the desert which culminates in the all important biggest fight of his life.

Regarding the question of whether Creed II is better than Creed, the good news is that they’re both good. As such, definitely watch it if you’re into boxing. For everyone else, it’s beautifully shot, particularly the training and fight scenes. Lastly, you’ll be moved and the cast is great.

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