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.
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.
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.
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 basicallyforgiven 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.
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.
Starring Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti and Johnny Simmons, The Phenom tells the story of the relationship between a major League rookie pitcher, his new sports psychologist and an overbearing father (Hawke)…
I really want this movie to be great and I think I’ll like it. But if for some reason it isn’t and I don’t, I’d like to take a moment to say… ‘Well done trailer maker!’
Starring Lupita N’Yongo, David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga, Queen of Katwe is the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess player and one of the first titled female players in Ugandan chess history…
I love stories about people doing extraordinary things, whatever their age. It’s even better if the achievement is greater than what most people believe to be possible. For that would be reminder to never let another person dictate what is possible for you or anyone else who dares to have a dream. I know very little about chess and chess has a small amount to do with the reason I’ll be tuning in.
Ntaire Guma Mbaho Mwine and Russel Savadier also star with Mira Nair as director.