Brian’s Song (1971)

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Ok. This comes to us from Rockin Ronnie from Smithtown, and we all know how the Mobile Movie Man feels about classic movies. I really not a fan of them at all. The cinematography directing, acting, and writing are all cheesy in my opinion. I have not seen a lot of classics for this reason. I argue all the time that horses are a form a transportation too but are they great??  I get that this was an attempt to break down racial barriers at this time. It also shows that it’s ok to truly love a member of the same sex in a different way and not be classified as being gay. These are all taboo topics for that period of time. Even still I would still rather watch something current. Hate me or love me for this, but that’s how I feel and I’m always going to give you my honest opinion. Rockin Ronie, thanks for the recommendation, but this was just not for me. Please keep them coming but let’s just try to recommend movies that came out after I was born. Thanks! The Mobile Movie Man has spoken!! Good day!!

 

Eddie the Eagle (2016)

Image result for eddie the eagle movieOk. I have no recollection of Eddie the Eagle from the 1988 Winter Games. I do however remember the Jamaican bobsled team though. So basing it on that fact alone the movie falls short off the bat in my humble opinion. This is based on a true story and this is more of a feel good movie. You can’t take this movie too seriously because the acting is what it is but this is something you could watch with the entire family. This has the feel of Rudy to me a little bit. The movie is a bit corny but if you just go with the movie you’ll find yourself rooting for him too. The movie is very predictable, but like I said earlier it’s something you can watch with kids and has an upbeat ending. I was a little taken back to see Hugh Jackman in this though. It was as if he was too big for this role with his X-Men persona but maybe he needed a payday. I really don’t know. Movie is not very good, but on the other hand not god awful either so you can do a lot worse than Eddie the Eagle. The Mobile Movie Man has spoken!!! Good day!

 

Forever Pure (2016)

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Good. The Worm checks in with another solid recommendation. I was a little apprehensive at first because the Mobile Movie Man is not a huge soccer guy. I’m more of a casual fan. I watch during the world cup but that’s about it. I was glad I took the time to watch this one though. This is a documentary about a soccer club in Jerusalem and their die heart fan base. These fans are so invested in their teams, and it’s nothing like you see here in the United Stated. The relationship between sports and politics is always an uneasy one, now throw in Israel and the hatred between Jews and Muslims and you have some disturbing eye opening footage.  The documentary follows this specific soccer club through their 2012 – 13 season during which the political views of a vocal loyal group of fans threatens to tear the team to pieces. When this was over I was like thank god I was born and raised in the USA. This is a solid recommendation and a must see for any soccer fan. Thanks again Worm for the recondition and please keep them coming.

 

Bleed for This (2016)

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Good. This movie hit a little close to home for me so I might have been a little generous here, but I really liked this movie. Now that’s saying a lot because I can’t stand Miles Teller, but this blue blood white anglo-saxon douchebag actually did a halfway decent job playing an Italian legend. One of my best friends was involved in a car crash in high school and went through the same halo surgery Vinny Pazienza went through, so I was very familiar with his story. Miles Teller nailed down even the little things that most people won’t notice, like when he’s at the table and someone on his left is talking to him he has to stop and turn his entire body left in order to look at that person and talk to them. I thought the physical acting was spot on. This is an inspirational story but as the movie went on and the more I thought about it, it was a sad movie to me. Pazienza was never able to conceive a meaningful life without boxing. He disregarded the best advice of his doctors, family and friends. The shallowness of his thinking was sad but this is a very inspiring story. Vinny refused to give up, avoided negativity, and his believe in himself attitude was infectious. Solid movie all around. If you like boxing movie then this is a can’t miss for you. As for my friend, he ended up being back to normal and playing baseball again at a high level. #Ripper

Hands of Stone (2016)

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Good. I liked this more than most people would because I’m a boxing fan. I know the name Roberto Duran, but I never knew him as a hungry young boy in Panama. The movie shows his rise to boxing greatness, his defeat and shame, and then his redemption. The fight scenes were very realistic, and as always Robert De Niro did an outstanding job. If you do not like of follow boxing then you should skip this one, but I did enjoy this. Buyer beware.

 

The Winning Season (2009)

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Fair at best. This one comes to us from Rosie in CT and at first glance I was scratching my head saying “how come I never saw this???” because The Mobile Movie Man is a huge Sam Rockwell fan. His brand of humor hits close to home with me. Now once the movie started to get going the light bulb in my head went off as to why I never saw this movie in the first place. The writing and the directing are not ever good and despite Rockwell giving it his all, not even he can save this movie. If you are the type of viewer that is into fantasy and will believe whatever these liberal writers in liberal land will put in front of you then you might find some pleasure here, but I just didn’t find it. I’m not a huge TV guy but I would rather watch all of the seasons of Friday Night Lights five times in a row and if after the fifth go around if you start to get a little bored, remember that this show is much more believable than this movie. Bottom line I didn’t really like it. Sorry Rosie but you are better than this so dust yourself off and get back on the horse. The Mobile Movie Man has spoken!

Iverson (2014)

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Good. I was a big NBA fan back in the day. Today not so much, but I watched a lot of Iverson during his career. I always knew about him getting arrested and the brawl in the bowling alley, and I knew about the infamous “Practice” speech but this film does a good job of looking at every side of these stories, the facts, the conspiracies, and all of the people involved. As a white kid growing up I took the media reports as the truth when in fact they were lying like they do today. As a player I respected the man, but off the court I was not such a fan more because of the fact that all I knew what was I saw in the media. The documentary does a great job of giving you a glimpse into the mind and the private life of a cultural icon. One of the takeaways I had with this was the fact that Iverson was misunderstood because he was not a good communicator. He had trouble expressing himself with the media and in the public eye. His college coach John Thompson was adamant that he should have stated in school and I’m sure there was a little selfishness there I truly believe if he would have graduated he would not have done some of the things he did and might not have had half the troubles he did. Bottom line is if you are an NBA fan then this is a must see. I enjoyed it but I’m a little biased here.