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BLEEDIN’ WICKED GOOGLY… Films about 35 of those “Other” Sports (Part 4 of 7) by JAY

Posted on April 26th, 2009
Posted on April 26th, 2009

Yessir sporting activities, like crooked cops, malevolent extraterrestrials and nymphomaniacal teens, just lends itself to treatment on the silver screen. Yet apart from films centered on the big four – you heard me, four (football, basketball, baseball, golf) – few seem to have any knowledge or interest in cinematic depictions of the so-called lesser athletic endeavors. So let’s take a look at some participatorily-challenged sports and the films which sought – with varying degrees of success – to bring them to the forefront of the public conscience…

(CONTINUED FROM PART 3)

16. Hockey

WINNER: “Slapshot”. Sure Paul Newman was great, but the assault-and-battery trio of the Hanson Brothers stole the show. George Roy Hill puts his signature stamp on this sports classic.

Honorable Mention: “Miracle”.

17. Horse Racing

*See NASCAR.
WINNER: Fine. “National Velvet” and “Sea Biscuit”.

Dishonorable Mention: “Racing Stripes”.

18. Lacrosse

WINNER: Believe it or not there are two! One, “Warrior” starring Kellan Lutz, is still in post production (apparently) and the other is a Canadian Indie called “The Creator’s Game”. So if you like Ivy Leaguers in short-shorts dressed up like bee-keepers on acid hacking away at each other with fiberglass butterfly nets, then I say these are the movies you’re been waiting for.

19. Martial Arts

WINNER: “Blood Sport”/”The Karate Kid”. With such a broad spectrum of disciplines encompassing a wide range of genres, this is a hard pick to nail down. Let me just say that before 1980, karate in film was hackneyed and silly with dreadful, un-synched Foley and clichéd zooming close-ups leading to a slap-fest free for all which ended only when someone got their heart ripped out of their chest cavity. As far as karate as a competitive sport, the field is rather narrow.

Honorable Mention: “Best of the Best”.

20. Motocross

WINNER: Nil. The names of these tragically clichéd, testosterone vs. adrenaline infomercials for Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki say it all: “Supercross: The Movie”, “Motocrossed”, “Motocross Kids” and simply “Motocross”. There is about as much artistry in the sport overall as in the uninspiring names of the movies meant to glorify it.

-Jay

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