Category Archives: Sport

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

G

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 🙂

G

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 🙂

G

T-REX (2015): New Trailer For Documentary About Olympic Boxing Champion Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields

T-Rex (2015), Claressa Shields, Jason Crutchfield

Todays trailer is for a different kind of boxing movie, for T-Rex is a documentary about Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields, the first American woman to win a boxing gold medal at the London Olympic games…

Well done trailer maker. Good edit and choice of music. I’ll be watching because who isn’t inspired by champions?

Shields definitely looks like she belongs in the same family as Tennis’s Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, but I’m guessing they’re not related.

T-Rex Release Dates: June 1, 2016 premiere on Vimeo on Demand;  June 24 theatrical release in New York.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE PHENOM (2016): New Trailer From Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti & Johnny Simmons

The Phenom (2016), Ethan Hawke
The Phenom (2016), Ethan Hawke

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!’

The Phenom Release Dates: Jun 24th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

QUEEN OF KATWE (2016): New Trailer From Lupita N’Yongo & David Oyelowo

Queen Of Katwe (2016), Lupita N'Yongo, Madina Malwanga
Queen Of Katwe (2016), Lupita N’Yongo, Madina Malwanga

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.

Queen Of Katwe Release Dates: Sep 23rd, 2016 (US & BR)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

PELÉ (2016): New Trailer For The Story Of The Brazilian Football Legend

Pelé (2016), Kevin de Paula
Pelé (2016), Kevin de Paula

A movie about the life story of one of the world’s greatest football players has been made…

Written / directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, Vincent D’Onofrio, Diego Boneta, Rodrigo Santoro and  Leonardo Lima Carvalho (10 year old Pelé) and  Kevin de Paula (15 year old Pelé) are the stars.

I’m looking forward to this movie because greatness always commands attention. I have zero aspirations to become a footballer but I know I’ll learn something…

Pelé Release Dates: May 6th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

CREED (2015): For The Story & Performances By Michael B. Jordan & Sylvester Stallone

Creed (2015) Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan
Creed (2015) Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan

Directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson, Creed is more than I expected. Having never seen any of the previous Rocky movies, I was imagining plenty of fighting footage for at least one third of the time. Luckily, as a lover/ non-fighter, I’m glad to say that this isn’t the case.

What I love most about Creed is the way it seems to focus on the stories of the main characters and their relationships with each other, more so than on actual boxing. Nevertheless, Creed is still very much a boxing movie and fans of the sport, especially fans of the Rocky movies will have a good time.

I tuned in because the I liked the trailer. Also, I’m just someone who never seems to tire of well told  stories about pivotal life decisions. Especially when the stories are about people choosing to do what is in their heart over what is expected / comfortable. Creed which is written and directed by Ryan Coogler is a movie that captures what that journey can be like.

Watch it for the relatable themes of human experience, choreography of the main fight sequence, well paced editing and camera work.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G