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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Top Ten Best Sports Movies

Hey, it's obvious that I like movies. But I also like sports too. Here is my list of my top ten favorite sports flicks of all time. Get ready for some tailgating, get ready to put on your favorite team jersey, get ready for some rah, rah, sis boom bah! And get ready to check out this list. Enjoy.

1. Moneyball (2011) * * * * Stars
Rotten Tomatometer Score: 94%
Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill
Quote: "How can you not get romantic about baseball."
My quote as a critic: "What really stands out is that Moneyball is different from most baseball films. It goes behind the scenes. You don't see a lot of the game being played. You see people talk about baseball. You get the ins and outs of the business. Normally, this would be looked at as some kind of documentary, but the film doesn't let that happen."

2. Hoosiers (1986) * * * * Stars
Rotten Tomatometer Score: 88%
Cast: Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper
Quote: "I love you guys."

3. Rudy (1993) * * * 1/2 Stars
Rotten Tomatometer Score: 84%
Cast: Sean Astin, Jason Miller
Quote: "No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around."

4. The Natural (1984) * * * 1/2 Stars
Rotten Tomatometer Score: 81%
Cast: Robert Redford, Glenn Close
Quote: "Pick me out a winner Bobby."
My quote as a critic: "The Natural is one of my favorite sports movies of all time not to mention one of the most uplifting films you'll ever see in general. After a quiet sort of mute opening credits sequence, it becomes a poignant, heavenly joy with Randy Newman's hair-raising score pouncing in at all the right moments."

5. Any Given Sunday (1999) * * * 1/2 Stars
Rotten Tomatometer Score: 50%
Cast: Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx
Quote: "No intensity, no victory."
My quote as a critic: "In the 90's, Oliver Stone was one heck of a filmmaker. Any Given Sunday represents the last great film he made from that era. He takes his flashy, disorienting, off the cuff style from his movies JFKThe Doors, and U-Turn, and applies it to the bone crunching game of football."

6. The Color of Money (1986) * * * 1/2 Stars
Rotten Tomatometer Score: 92%
Cast: Tom Cruise, Paul Newman
Quote: "The balls roll funny for everybody, kiddo."
My quote as a critic: "As a sort of sequel to The Hustler, The Color of Money fashions a bleak, dirty fascination with pool halls and hustling. The plot is a little thin, but again, this is a Scorsese movie. It's about the exuberant scenes of freewheeling direction complete with Tom Cruise's Vincent Lauria coming off as a pool shark's version of a Samurai warrior."

7. Tin Cup (1996) * * * 1/2 Stars
Rotten Tomatometer Score: 69%
Cast: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo
Quote: "Greatness courts failure."

8. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) * * * 1/2 Stars
Rotten Tomatometer Score: 43%
Cast: Matt Damon, Will Smith
Quote: "You gonna hit the ball or you gonna dance with it."

9. Rocky (1976) * * * 1/2 Stars
Rotten Tomatometer Score: 92%
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire
Quote: "You're a bum."

10. Two for the Money (2005) * * * Stars

Rotten Tomatometer Score: 22%
Cast: Al Pacino, Rene Russo
Quote: "I'm married to Walter."
My quote as a critic: "What starts off as a high energy romp turns dark and restless. Granted, this is not your ordinary sports flick. Its non-linear storytelling works because of the performances (Rene Russo is also effective in a supporting role as Pacino's character's wife). If you revel in the idea of Pacino playing himself, this is a must see."

List compiled by Jesse Burleson

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