Thursday, October 16, 2008

Teary

I just watched Glory Road before I have to go to rugby practice. Man, I am a sucker for a good sports movie. Corey came home from work to find me sitting on the edge of the sofa with an afghan in my mouth, terrified that Scoops was gonna die or else Big Daddy would have something bad happen to him.

I literally weep at the end of each of these films when the appropriate team wins the big game. Rocky. Rocky II-VI. Hoosiers. Remember the Titans. A League of Their Own. Wildcats. I get totally pulled into the plot, involved in the action. It's cuz I'm so damned competitive. I feel the burn of these athletes. I live their sacrifice. I yearn to be them, under the pressure of victory, feeding off the energy of my teammates. I need it!

Why aren't there more such films surrounding female athletic achievements? My college rugby coach hated that our team loved A.L.O.T.O. because he felt the ending was anti-competitive and that Dotty let Kit win. He might be right.

Also, Bend it Like Beckham is kind of a sports hero movie for girls, only the victory is tied into the central love story of the movie which, in a male movie, would have its place as an appropriate back story. Take Glory Road. Bobby Joe and Tina weren't central to the plot. Nor was Coach Haskins' love for his wife. Man, I want to see a movie where girls are trying for the big game because they're competitive and driven and hard and mean and want to win.

I don't want this win to be dimmed by a love story, either. Sports! Victory! Aggression!

Somebody get out there and make a girls' sports movie. Stat! I command you! Then, I can cry both because I'm into the plot and because I'll final see a model of my own life legitimized on the silver screen.

8 comments:

Em said...

You should write the screenplay. I'm being completely serious. Speaking of sports movies, have you seen the rugby movie? It got pretty bad reviews and I wasn't very enthused by the trailer and synopsis. I'm wondering if it is worth a Netflix.

Anonymous said...

Men's and women's sport movie: Love and Basketball.

K-Train said...

Our Lady of Victory, a film about the Mighty Macs who dominated women's college basketball at the dawn of IX, was filmed this summer in Philly. It has a decent cast and the story its self is really a great one. Sadly I haven't seen ANY news about post production or a release date.

Bend it like Beckham is a great movie, as a sports movie it's kind of curious. It's a mix of social interplay, gender interplay and sports directed by a pretty good director (check what's cooking) and with some obvious acting talent.

I give Bend It a lot of credit, for every cliche it has a real issue. That's a lot better than most media interactions for women in sports, which are almost universally twisted to be sold to men or otherwise make men and non athletic women uncomfortable with the idea of women being part of the sporting culture.

I enjoyed forever strong but its tough to top miracle!

Valtastic said...

You obviously haven't seen Bring it on.... Anonymous is right... Love and Basketball is the all time best sports movie... and a great love story that will make you proud of the female...

I'm totally watching the rugby movie... I was trying to see it in theatres.. I love too many of the guys and they were holding the ball the correct way...

JL said...
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JL said...

rank, em is right. you SHOULD write a screenplay. in fact, maybe we should both write one. maybe we should even write one together?

Vincent Robleto said...

Hows about Million Dollar Baby, that was a good film.

Katy said...

That's true! Million Dollar Baby was a great sports movie. Excellent point!