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The top five football movies of all time

We’re about half way through the football season, so I thought I’d share with you the top-5 football movies of all time!

#5 Brian’s Song

Brian’s Song is the true story of Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers, both running backs for the Chicago Bears in the late ‘60s.

At first, the men don’t get along, but they soon create a bond that can’t be broken.

Piccolo is later diagnosed with cancer and that’s really when their friendship takes off. It’s a powerful movie that has all of the right ingredients for a great football movie.

It tackles racial barriers and is the story of friendship and brotherly love. It takes a focus on the incredible off-field relationship between the two men.

This movie is an absolute tearjerker. If you’re an athlete, or let alone have a pulse, it’ll be extremely hard for you to hold off the waterworks.

Favorite Quote: “I love Brian Piccolo, and I’d like all of you to love him. When you hit your knees to pray tonight, please ask God to love him, too.” – Gale Sayers

#4 Longest Yard

“Longest Yard” is the story of an ex-NFL player who has a little too much to drink and gets a little aggressive with his girl, his car and some police officers.

He finds himself in jail, where the warden challenges him to a game between the inmates and the guards. It starts off quickly with former star, Paul, losing control and going on a classic car chase. It ends with an epic game between the vicious criminals and the deserving guards.

The ‘74 version is much better than what the remake could do. It’s strong, “manly,” and bluntly, bad ass at the core. If you haven’t seen the original, it’s worth renting!

Favorite Quote: “Hey Pop, the time you hit Hazen in the mouth, was it worth 30 years?” – Paul Crewe

#3 Rudy

I’ve never really appreciated Rudy until the last couple of years.

I’ve always felt like it’s kind of an overrated movie, but the last few times I’ve watched it, I’ve really enjoyed it.

It’s the story of a small town kid, who has always been told he’s too small, and his incredible journey to make the Notre Dame football team. “Rudy” has to overcome many obstacles in order to reach his goal.

Favorite Quote: “You just summed up your entire sorry career here in one sentence! If you had a 10th of the heart of Ruettiger, you’d have made All-American by now! As it is, you just went from third team to the prep team! Get out of here!” – Coach Parseghian

#2 Remember the Titans

Remember the Titans is the amazing true story of a high school football team in the middle of severe racial tension from all around.

Coach Herman Boone, played by Denzel Washington, takes over the head coaching job and is responsible for bringing the team together.

I saw this movie when I was 10 years old, and I swore that it would always be my favorite movie. It has it all: the come-together story, the unforgettable characters, the comedy and the last play to win it all!

(One of my) Favorite Quote(s): “Fake 23 Blast…with a backside George reverse…like your life depended on it!” – Coach Boone.

#1 Friday Night Lights

In my opinion, it just doesn’t get any better than this movie.

FNL is the best football movie ever made.

It has everything: an intro that sucks you right in (you can hear the radio show while all of the players roll into their first day of camp), an unbelievable season (star player goes down, so the team is forced to come together and pick up the slack after a few losses), and a lights-out, roller coaster finish.

The characters are well-developed and believable. James “Boobie” Miles is a star on and off the field. He would put guys like T.O. and Ochocinco to shame in the smack-talk category. And what about Coach Gary Gaines, played by Billy Bob Thornton, and all of his epic speeches to his team? Here’s one of my favorites:

“Gentlemen, the hopes and dreams of an entire town are riding on your shoulders. You may never matter more than you do right now. It’s time.”

Honorable Mentions: The Junction Boys, The Program, North Dallas Forty, Any Given Sunday, The Express, The Replacements and The Waterboy.

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Hayden Mace can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

The best of the rest of 2011: ‘J. Edgar’ gets top mark

It’s been a busy fall semester for me, so I haven’t been able to make it to many movies at the theater. To make up for it, I wanted to put together a Top-5 list of movies coming up in the next few months. Here is my best of the rest, the Top-5 Movies Still to Come Out in 2011.

#5—“ Dangerous Method”

“A Dangerous Method” stars Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen. It’s the strange story of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud and the birth of psychoanalysis. It looks like an edgy, powerful film. I’ve always thought Freud was kind of a weird guy, and I was hesitant about including this in the Top-5. It has a good cast and an interesting story, so I hope it doesn’t disappoint. Expected release date: Nov. 23.

#4—”Carnage”

“Carnage” stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. It tells the story of two sets of parents who get together for a meeting to discuss a brawl between their two sons. It looks like the entire movie will be set in one scene, a home of one of the families, which always makes for an interesting movie. These types of movies are either hit or miss for me, but “Carnage” looks to me like it’ll be a hit. Expected release date: Dec. 16.

#3—”Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”

“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” stars Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner. Ethan Hunt and his team are back in action, this time to clear their names after they’re blamed for a bombing. Seriously, who isn’t a fan of the “Mission Impossible” movies? Even the second is enjoyable during some points. The third installment revived the franchise, and the fourth one looks to be the best yet. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, I strongly recommend taking a visit to haydensmovies.com! Expected release date: Dec. 21.

#2—”Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

“Tinker Tailor Solider Spy” stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and many others. It’s a Cold War story about an agent who is asked to come out of retirement to help find a Soviet mole in the agency. It was hard for me not to put this as my #1, but I know that this will be a great movie. It has an outstanding cast and a gripping story. I hope this ends up being a box office success and rakes in some trophies come award season! Expected release date: Dec. 9.

#1—”J. Edgar”

“J. Edgar” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts. It appears to be the entire life story of J. Edgar Hoover. It is directed by Clint Eastwood, so I know it’ll be solid. And it seems like anything that DiCaprio touches ends up being pure cinematic brilliance. I don’t think it’ll have any over the top action, but it should be an outstanding film with incredible depth. Is it too early to say Oscar-worthy? Expected release date: Nov. 9.

Honorable Mention: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Anonymous,” “The Descendants,” “Immortals,” “The Sitter,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” “We Bought a Zoo, and In Time.”

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Hayden Mace can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Win Win vs. Everything Must Go

It’s another edition of Watch This, Not That. I’ll compare “Win Win” and “Everything Must Go.”

Usually when I do Watch This, Not That, I’ll compare movies that have something in common, like actor, genre or new release. This week, I decided to review two new indie films.

Indies aren’t usually overly exciting, but movie fans of character relationships and drama tend to enjoy these films more than others.

“Win Win” stars Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan (Holly from The Office). It’s the story of Mike (Giamatti) and his struggles to keep his law firm open, while still coaching the high school wrestling team and supporting his family.

Things take a turn for the better when the grandson of one of his clients shows up. Mike decides to take him in and allows him to wrestle on his team.

It turns out that the kid is an amazing wrestler and, in the end, helps bring out the best in Mike.

I wasn’t sure what to expect here, but I was pretty happy with “Win Win.” I thought Giamatti did a great job and the story was strong.

“Everything Must Go” stars Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall.

It’s the story of Nick (Ferrell) and an unfortunate turn of events. On the same day that he’s fired from his long-time job, his wife changes the locks and puts all of Nick’s belongings out on the front lawn.

Nick hires a kid to help him set up a yard sale in exchange for minimum wage and teaching the kid how to play baseball.

Nick has a strong drinking problem and must overcome that and several other personality defects to move on.

I liked Rebecca Hall in “The Town” and was excited to see her in this.

I also like that Ferrell can still have a serious role in a movie.

Overall, I was really excited to see “Everything Must Go” and was slightly let down.

“Win Win” was a solid movie from start to finish, and it kept me interested throughout.

“Everything Must Go” has an interesting story and had a few laughs with it as well.

At the end of the day, I would recommend that you watch “Win Win” (8.0/10) and not “Everything Must Go” (7.4/10).
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Hayden Mace/For the Review

Hayden Mace can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Review: Watch This, Not That

Just Go With It

Switch

Hello, movie fans! This is Hayden from haydensmovies.com bringing you the latest and greatest in movie news and reviews. It’s another edition of Watch This, Not That! I’ll be comparing “Just Go with It” and “The Switch.” I rented both movies from Movietime Video, one of the only movie stores left in the area. It’s just across the street from campus, next door to El Primo Mexican Restaurant.

“Just Go with It” stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker. It’s the story of Danny (Sandler) and his unusual pick-up technique of telling women that he’s married, and it isn’t going well. Usually, the story
attracts the women, and Danny gets what he wants. Danny hooks up with the girl of his dreams, Palmer (Decker), without using the pick-up lines on her. The next morning, she discovers that he’s “married,” so Danny
tells her that he’s currently getting a divorce. When Palmer asks to meet his ex-wife, Danny must rush to create a fake family and life.

It’s a fairly simple movie that provides some quality laughs without using the crude card. I thought Sandler and Aniston worked well together and created some good on-screen chemistry. I’m a big fan of Sandler’s early work, so it’s been tough to watch some of the crap he’s made recently, but I was pretty happy with “Just Go with It.”

“The Switch” stars Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston. It’s the comical story of Kassie’s (Aniston) artificial insemination. Wally (Bateman) and Kassie are long-time friends, and Wally isn’t in favor of Kassie’s choice for a sperm donor. He ends up getting drunk and swapping his DNA with the donor’s. Kassie takes a job out of town but returns seven years later. Wally meets Kassie’s son and finally remembers what he did all those years ago.

It wasn’t a laugh-a-thon, but it had a decent story. I’m a big Bateman fan, so anything he’s in will be OK by me. If you’ve never seen “Arrested Development,” Bateman’s best work of art, make sure you check that out.

“The Switch” was pretty average, but Bateman and Aniston were both impressive. “Just Go with It” surprised me. I wasn’t expecting much out of it, but ended up being a crowd-pleaser. Neither was extremely impressive, but I recommend watching “Just Go with It” (7.9/10) and not “The Switch.” (7.2/10)

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Hayden Mace/For the Review
Hayden Mace can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

 

Watch this, not that

Take Me Home Tonight movie poster

Hello, movie fans! This is Hayden from haydensmovies.com bringing you the latest and greatest in movie news and reviews. I didn’t make it to the cinema this week, but I did have the chance to watch a couple of big budget comedies- Your Highness and Take Me Home Tonight. I’d like to introduce you to my new segment, “Watch This, Not That”.

Your Highness stars Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman. It’s the story of Prince Fabious (Franco) and his lazy, worthless brother, Thadeous (McBride). Fabious’s bride is captured by an evil wizard and the duo sets out on an extraordinary quest to save her.

Don’t expect much from Your Highness. It’s one of the more immature movies that I’ve seen in a while, but I was busting up laughing at times. It had its laughs, but if I had one word to describe the movie, it would be stupid. If you’re looking for cheap laughs or something to watch while procrastinating, I could recommend it.

Take Me Home Tonight stars Topher Grace and Anna Faris. Matt (Grace) is a recent Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate who is stuck working at a local movie rental store because he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. His high school crush is back in town, and Matt wants to impress her, so he makes up a high profile job to try to get her attention.

Take Me Home Tonight isn’t overly crude but did have its moments. It wasn’t as funny as it looked, which is always a disappointment, and it didn’t have a lot else to offer. There was something about it, however, that was slightly satisfying. Maybe it was the ice cream I was eating at the time.

Your Highness was crude and over-the-top, while Take Me Home Tonight was funny but nothing special. I’d recommend not watching either, but since I have to choose, I recommend you watch Take Me Home Tonight (7.0/10) and not Your Highness (6.8/10).

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Hayden Mace/For the Review

Hayden Mace can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.