Movie Monday! Inspiring sports movies

In Canada, today is a holiday. I slept in. I have a hot cup of coffee and a healthy plate next to me for breakfast. I do have plans to take care of laundry and some cleaning. But on my days off, I really love watching movies or catching up on my favorite shows on Netflix.

Netflix and I are in committed relationship with each other. I haven’t turned my TV on in six months except to watch an Oiler’s game. So I have no idea what’s even on TV these days. But movies – I can watch movies for hours and always have been a movie buff.

I just started Draft Day with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner.

Okay, can I just take a moment and just breathe the name Kevin Costner? I mean, come on. This man is dreamy. He’s been one of my favorites since the late 80s. He’s been in so many great movies over the years.

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Field of Dreams (1989)

I cannot suggest sports related movies without mentioning this classic movie from 1989 with an all star cast. Field of Dreams was directed by Phil Alden Robinson who also wrote the screenplay. I’ve seen a lot of movies directed by Robinson – Sneakers, The Sum of All Fears (Ben Affleck) and Fletch (Chevy Chase) to name a few. But none of them live up to the magic that is Field of Dreams.

The reason to watch the movie is for the impressive cast. Kevin Costner plays the lead, Ray Kinsela. Amy Madigan, who had bit roles in Grey’s Anatomy and E.R. plays his wife. In this movie we also have the legendary James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, and the late Burt Lancaster.

“If you build it, he will come.” 

You can’t think of this movie without thinking of the infamous quote above. It’s the premise of the whole movie.

Kevin Costner plays an Iowa farmer. One night he wakes up and hears a voice say “If you build it, he will come.” He interprets this as he needs to build a baseball diamond. A baseball team from 1919 comes to life and plays ball on the magical field.

This movie has a bit of everything and is definitely for baseball fans. There’s plenty of drama and a whole lot of supernatural events. But more than anything, this film inspires. It inspires you to chase your dreams no matter how impossible they seem.

I’m getting goosebumps just watching the trailer below. You won’t be disappointed in this movie.

“When you believe the impossible, the incredible comes true.”

 

Remember the Titans (2004)

Denzel Washington might just be my other favorite actor from the 90’s-2000s. Younger readers may know him from movies like The Book of Eli, Fight or The Equalizer. I’ve seen most of Denzel’s movies. He’s one of the best actors from his generation. Hands down. There isn’t a movie of his that I haven’t loved. One of his best – was Man on Fire released in 2004. Another all-star cast with Marc Anthony and Christopher Walken.

Titans was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer who might be one of my all time favorite producers. He is responsible for classics like Armageddon, Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, Enemy of the State to name a few. He’s also behind one of my favorite television shows – Lucifer which is now available on Netflix with Tom Ellis.

“I come to win,” Denzel Washington, Remember the Titans

Remember the Titans is based on a true story about an African-American coach and his high school football team as he leads them to the playoffs. This story is a powerful one written by Gregory Allen Howard and directed by Boaz Yakin. Howard is known for powerful screenplays like Ali with Will Smith,

Denzel Washington, plays the lead character, Coach Herman Boone. I’d like to give an honorable mention to Will Patton, who is another brilliant actor, for his role as Coach Bill Yoast. Other notable cast members are Ryan Gosling, Kate Bosworth and Donald Faison – you may recognize from the hit television show Scrubs.

This movie has everything. Plenty of action, drama, and emotional scenes that may hit home for African-Americans as the story is literally, about black vs. white.

Titans  is inspiring for athletes and people like me who missed the boat on becoming an athlete but enjoys watching inspiring movies about those who reach for the impossible. Make sure to have a box of tissues close by. This movie can definitely induce tears.

“We will be perfect in every aspect of the game. You drop a pass, you run a mile. You miss a blocking assignment, you run a mile. You fumble the football, and i will break my foot off in your John Brown hind parts and then you will run a mile. Perfection. Let’s go to work.” – Denzel Washington, Coach Boone

 

Varsity Blues (1999)

It’s no surprise that many of the movies I recommend are from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. In my opinion, this was the best time to be a movie fan. Movies were filmed in real time – compared to movies today that are mostly filmed in with green screens and CGI. Movies back then were raw, emotional and inspiring.

Brian Robbins is the genius behind Varsity Blues as director. I’m not familiar with his recent work but you may recognize his directing style from films like Coach Carter and Norbit.

Say what you will about the lead of this movie, James Van Der Beek and even with Jon Voight who plays the role of the volatile Coach Kilmer. This movie was epic – truly epic.

The cast is full of upcoming stars for that time. Paul Walker, Scott Cann, Amy Smart, and Ron Lester are just a few that are listed on the top of the IMDB list. Richard Lineback, frommovies like Speed, Natural Born Killers and The Jackal (all great flicks) plays the role of Joe Harbor.

The story is for football fans who grew up in small towns. Varsity Blues is a fictional story that focuses on a small-town 3A high school football team. Even though the story is fictional, it really hits home for a lot of athletes who have grew up in small towns.

The movie is described by Wikipedia as being a comedy-drama-sports film – and the description is pretty accurate. The story focuses on the town’s obsession with football.

Fun fact, according to Wikipedia, Paramount Pictures was sued by the University of Toronto for trademark infringement. The university felt the movie portrayed football in a negative light. The case was settled out-of-court and a disclaimer was written in every book and every DVD noting that the film was fictional.

“Now if we go out there, and we half-ass it ’cause we’re scared, all we’re left with is an excuse; we’re always gonna wonder. But if we go out there, and we give it absolutely everything – that’s heroic. Let’s be heroes.”James Van Der Beek, Mox

Summary

There you have it! Those are my top three picks for Monday, May 20, 2019. I won’t get to write about movies every Monday – but I will try at least a couple of times of month to list a few movie suggestions for sports fans. It would be very remiss of me to not mention my passion for movies in this blog. Stay tuned – I will be sharing some of my favorite music for Music Monday a little later today.

 

 

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