The numbering of the movies does not qualify as a ranking system. I will rank things as time goes on but for now there are at least 30 movies to review. 243 more words
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Something of a Rorschach blot among football sagas, this Peter Berg–directed vision of poor small-town Texas and its veins-in-the-teeth devotion to high school ball is, on one hand, an incisive poison-pen letter excoriating empty-headed hypocrisies and oppressive social madness; on the other hand, it strives to celebrate the rush of the game—the germ of the problem—with every shaky-cam moment of field play. 10 more words
As if to summon the spirit of Harpo Marx and Horse Feathers, this kudo-ed, possibly overrated Robert Altman war comedy self-consciously climaxes with a long and utterly ridiculous football game, shot with Altman’s trademarked, focal-plane-neurotic realism, but edited as if it were a gag reel.
The film that established college sports—and the sniffly, tear-jerking sports movie—as pillars of American life, this film lionizes the gridiron legacy of Notre Dame, its famous coach Rockne (Pat O’Brien), and the doomed team martyr George “The Gipper” Gipp, played with boyish likability by Ronald Reagan. 48 more words