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Sports Drama

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In Praise of the Sports Documentary Series, or Why I Hate Most Documentaries

In case readers haven’t noticed, I no longer review feature-length documentaries on this site. I may reference a well known documentary filmmaker from time to time (e.g. Werner Herzog, Ken Burns, etc.) or cite particular documentary filmmaking styles (e.g. cinema verite, direct cinema, observational or “fly-on-the-wall” visual approaches, etc.) as they relate to popular narrative … Continue reading

‘Rocky’ (1976, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1990, 2006): Franchise Review

Directed by: John G. Avildsen1, 5, Sylvester Stallone2-4, 6 || Produced by: Robert Chartoff1-5, Irwin Winkler1-6, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, Kevin King-Templeton [6] Screenplay by: Sylvester Stallone || Starring: Sylvester Stallone1-6, Talia Shire1-5, Burt Young1-6, Carl Weathers1-4, Burgess Meredith1-3, 5, Tony Burton1-6, Sage Stallone5, Milo Ventimiglia6, Mr. T3, Dolph Lundgren4, Tommy Morrison5 Music by: Bill … Continue reading

‘Mary Kom’ (2014): Amateur in the Worst Sense of the Word

Directed by: Omung Kumar || Produced by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ajit Andhare, Sandip Ssingh Screenplay by: Saiwyn Quadras || Starring: Priyanka Chopra, Darshan Kumaar, Sunil Thapa Music by: Shashi Suman, Shivam, Rohit Kulkarni || Cinematography: Keiko Nakahara || Edited by: Rajesh G. Pandey, Sanja Leela Bhansali || Country: India || Language: Hindi Running Time: 122 … Continue reading

‘Dangal’ (2016): Another Strong Yet Clunky Hindi Sports Drama

Directed by: Nitesh Tiwari || Produced by: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Siddharth Roy Kapur Screenplay by: Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain, Nikhil Meharotra || Starring: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Zaira Wasim, Sanya Malhotra, Suhani Bhatnagar, Aparshakti Khurana, Girish Kulkarni Music by: Pritam || Cinematography: Satyajit Pande || Edited by: Ballu Saluja … Continue reading

‘High Flying Bird’ (2019): An Interesting Concept Ruined by Tacky Cinematography

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh || Produced by: Joseph Malloch Screenplay by: Tarell Alvin McCraney || Starring: Andre Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan, Bill Duke Music by: David Wilder Savage || Cinematography: Steven Soderbergh || Edited by: Steven Soderbergh || Country: United States || Language: English Running Time: 91 minutes … Continue reading

‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013): Classical Sports Drama Formula Comes Through

Directed by: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra || Produced by: Rajiv Tandon, Raghav Bahl, Maitreyee Dasgupta, Madhav Roy Kapur, Rachvin Narula, Shyam P.S., Navmeet Singh, P. S. Bharathi Screenplay by: Prasoon Joshi || Starring: Farhan Akhtar, Meesha Shafi, Pawan Malhotra, Japtej Singh, Divya Dutta, Yograj Singh, Art Malik, Prakash Raj, K. K. Raina, Rebecca Breeds, Dalip Tahil, … Continue reading

‘Raging Bull’ (1980): The Greatest Sports Drama Ever Made

Directed by: Martin Scorsese || Produced by: Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff Screenplay by: Paul Schrader, Mardik Martin || Starring: Robert de Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Frank Vincent, Mario Gallo, Frank Adonis, Johnny Barnes Music by: Robbie Robertson || Cinematography: Michael Chapman || Edited by: Thelma Schoonmaker || Country: United States … Continue reading

‘Creed’ (2015): Embrace Your Legacy

Directed by: Ryan Coogler || Produced by: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King-Templeton, William Chartoff, David Winkler Screenplay by: Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington || Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Tony Bellew, Wood Harris, Graham McTavish, Andre Ward, Leo Sporino Music by: Ludwig Goransson || Cinematography: Maryse Alberti || … Continue reading

‘He Got Game’ (1998): Spike Lee Gets Mellow

Directed by: Spike Lee || Produced by: Jon Kilik, Spike Lee Screenplay by: Spike Lee || Starring: Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Rosario Dawson, Jim Brown, Bill Nunn, Zelda Harris, Milla Jovovich, Hill Harper, Joseph Lyle Taylor Music by: Public Enemy || Cinematography by: Malik Hassan Sayeed || Edited by: Barry ¬†Alexander Brown || Country: United … Continue reading

‘Foxcatcher’ (2014): The Thinking Man’s Sports Drama

Directed by: Bennett Miller || Produced by: Bennett Miller, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik, Anthony Bregman Screenplay by: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman || Starring: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall Music by: Rob Simonsen, West Dylan Thordson || Cinematography by: Greig Fraser || Edited by: Stuart Levy, Conor … Continue reading