Category Archives: Sport

I, TONYA (2017): Good, Notable Performances…

I, Tonya (2017), Margot Robbie
I, Tonya (2017), Margot Robbie

I, Tonya, the true story of competitive ice skater Tonya Harding, and the unfortunate events that led to the end of her career is a movie well done. Directed by Craig Gillespie, the film is structured and captured in a way that’s engaging both in style and content.

I found myself impressed by all the performances. Robbie’s portrayal is memorable because of what she was able to achieve both physically and emotionally. There’s been talk of how impressive her solo scene in front of the mirror is and it really is. But the moment that moved me most takes place in the court room, immediately following sentencing.

As Hardings’ abusive mother, Allison Janney did brilliantly. This of course didn’t surprise me because Janney always delivers. Always. The hateful truth of her character was conveyed so perfectly in her entire being and very clearly through her eyes. 

Until this movie, I hadn’t really seen Sebastian Stan in much, except his work in Marvel’s Captain America and Avengers movies; because of what he did with his role as Hardings’ abusive husband, I’m now more interested than ever before in what he does next. Other highlights in Gillespie’s film include the well chosen music.

I say watch this movie for the performances and the story. I’ll in the meantime, busy myself with looking forward to Robbie’s next leading role in a drama.

Happy Film Loving

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JOURNEYMAN (2017): New Trailer From Paddy Considine, Jodie Whittaker, Paul Popplewell…

Journeyman (2018), Jodie Whitaker, Paddy Considine
Journeyman (2018), Jodie Whitaker, Paddy Considine

Paddy Considine the writer and director of Journeyman also stars in the lead role as boxer Matty Burton. A fighter who suffers a serious head injury during a match.

Also starring Jodie Whittaker and Paul Popplewell, Journeyman will show us just how all aspects of Burton’s life are affected, including his marriage and family…

I’m looking forward to this one because it doesn’t appear to be the traditional boxing movie story where the protagonist always wins a match at the end.

Journeyman Release Dates: February 16th, 2018 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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I, TONYA (2017): New Trailer From Margot Robbie, Bobby Cannavale, Sebastian Stan, Mckenna Grace…

I, Tonya (2017), Margot Robbie
I, Tonya (2017), Margot Robbie

I, Tonya is the true story of competitive ice skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie), a skater who rose amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Unfortunately for her, things change drastically when her ex-husband intervenes. Directed by Craig Gillespie, Bobby Cannavale, Sebastian Stan and Mckenna Grace also star…

I’m watching because it looks like this movie really allowed Robbie to act her socks off – so to speak and I personally can’t ‘wait to see how that unfolds. I’m also curious about the scary truth of this story.

Additional supporting cast includes Joey Thurmond, Bojana Novakovic, Allison Janney and Julianne Nicholson.

I, Tonya Release Dates: December 8th, 2017, (US); February 16th, 2018 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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BATTLE OF THE SEXES (2017): New Trailer From Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman…

Battle Of The Sexes (2017), Emma Stone
Battle Of The Sexes (2017), Emma Stone

Oscar winning actress Emma Stone’s latest movie Battle of the Sexes has her in the role of former World number one tennis champion, Billing Jean King. OppositeStone is Steve Carell as ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Battle of the Sexes tells the true story of a very important 1973 tennis match between King and Riggs…

I’m looking forward to this one because I had no idea about the true story until now. King better win! That being the jist of how I feel. I’m a little less certain that she will because Carell’s character is a hustler after all. But then, this is a Hollywood movie.

Also, I just realised that the only Billie Jean I’d know of up to this point is the one in Michael Jackson’s classic song, ‘Billie Jean’. No doubt that Billie Jean King is NOT the one M.J. is singing about.

Battle Of The Sexes Release Dates: September 22nd, 2017 (US), November 24th, 2017 (UK)…

Sarah Silverman, Austin Stowell, Natalie Morales and Jessica McNamee also star.

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CHUCK (2016): New Trailer From Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss…

Chuck (2017), Liev Schreiber
Chuck (2017), Liev Schreiber

Starring Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts and Elisabeth Moss, Chuck is the story of the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner; the fighter that inspired Sylvester Stallone to write the Rocky movies…

I’m certainly not a major boxing fan since I haven’t yet watched any of the Rocky films. But I am interested in the story of the man who inspired them. Also, this looks like a great role for Schreiber.

Chuck Release Dates: May 5th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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THE HURT BUSINESS (2016): Good Documentary About Life As A UFC Fighter – Featuring Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones…

The Hurt Business (2016), Ronda Rousey
The Hurt Business (2016), Ronda Rousey

A career of fighting in the context of sport has never been for me. I’ve always known this as the kind of person who in high school, refused to head the ball in football (soccer), simply because I didn’t want a headache afterwards. And so began my curiosity about the brave ones who don’t give a second thought to putting themselves in ‘harms way’ for sport sake.

Directed by Vlad Yudin and with narration by Kevin Costner, The Hurt Business offers a comprehensive look at the world of Mixed Martial Artists (MMA) of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Along with learning about the history of the sport and its increasingly bright looking future, we get to watch interviews with the UFC’s biggest names. Names including Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, Jay Hieron and Chuck Liddel to name just a few.

The Hurt Business (2016), Holly Holm, Jon Jones
The Hurt Business (2016), Holly Holm, Jon Jones

I enjoyed The Hurt Business because it answered all the questions I had about the MMA and UFC world, especially as I’m someone who has never watched a single match and probably won’t anytime soon. Why? I was one of the very few people who didn’t race to the scene when someone rushed into the high school cafeteria to shout ‘fight, fight, fight, fight!’ to announce that a massive fight was happening just outside.

My favourite highlight in The Hurt Business is the fact that one of the UFC’s biggest names, Jon Jones is featured quite prominently throughout. It still didn’t feel like quite enough though – because who doesn’t want more of looking at greatness up close?

On another note, I’ve basically  forgiven Yudin for not featuring the very charismatic Conor McGregor more. He couldn’t really, because The Hurt Business was made in 2015 and McGregor was yet to have his big record breaking 2016. Now I want a Ronda Rousey documentary.

To watch the The Hurt Business or not to watch The Hurt Business…? Do it if you’re curious, like I am. It’s also good for anyone contemplating a future as an MMA fighter or knows someone who is because the documentary offers a balanced look at what life can be like; the highs, the lows and everything in between.

Happy Film Loving

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THE HURT BUSINESS (2016): New Trailer For UFC Documentary Featuring Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey…

The Hurt Business (2016), Jon Jones
The Hurt Business (2016), Jon Jones

If you know about the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), then you know what Mix Martial Arts is, the increasingly popular sport that has just sold to a group of investors for $4bn, making it the largest franchise sale in sports history.

Directed by Vlad Yudin, The Hurt Business looks at the rise of the sport through the eyes of its biggest stars including Chuck Liddell, Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones, Kenny Florian and Tito Ortiz…

I’m not a watcher of MMA myself but I am curious about the fighters.

Lastly, well done, trailer maker.

The Hurt Business Release Dates: 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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BLEED FOR THIS (2016): New Trailer Starring Miles Teller & Aaron Eckhart…

Bleed For This (2016), Miles Teller as Vinnie Pazienza
Bleed For This (2016), Miles Teller as Vinnie Pazienza

Starring Miles Teller as World Champion Boxer Vinnie Pazienza, Bleed For This is the true story of an athlete’s extraordinary comeback following a major setback…

Directed by Ben Younger, the reason’s I’ll be tuning into this one include the inspiring story and Miles Teller’s Talents. The man is great in Whiplash (2014).

Bleed For This Release Dates: November 21st, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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