I would love to call baseball my favorite sport, if I were a sports enthusiast. Being that I’m an obsessive viewer of movies and TV, though, I don’t have the time to become a sports fan. It’s all well and good because I can live vicariously through one of my favorite genres of movies: the sports movie. Now that Spring has finally sprung (well, in theory; it’s snowing right now), I’ve made my yearly pledge that I’ll go to an Indianapolis Indians game, I decided to watch 42.
42 depicts the historical rookie season of Jackie Robinson, who became the first African American major league baseball player in 1947. Chadwick Boseman plays the famed baseball player while Harrison Ford tackles the supporting role of Dodgers manager Branch Rickey, the man who gave Robinson his start in the MLB. Continue reading
Posted in Matt Hurt's Columns, Movie Reviews
Tagged 42, Alan Tudyk, Ben Chapman, Branch Rickey, Chadwick Boseman, Cinderella Man, Fritz Ostermueller, Harrison Ford, Indianapolis Indians, Jackie Robinson, Max Baer, Movie Columns, Remember the Titans, review, Worth a Trip to Red Box
Set in Earth’s future, young Ender Wiggin is trained and groomed to become the leader of Earth’s military attack against the alien “Buggers.” Ender is put through a series of tests that include several intense battles in zero gravity rooms. Ender’s final test is to display his tactical genius in a simulation against the Buggers, but is it really just a game? Writer’s note: Ender’s Game has been published in several different editions with more covers than I can count. The picture above is the version of the cover of the Ender’s Game book that I read. Continue reading
Posted in Mike White's Columns, Movie Reviews, Obsessive Friends
Tagged Abigail Breslin, Adaptations, Adaptations & Remakes, Aliens, Aramis Knight, Asa Butterfield, Battle School, Ben Kingsley, Ender Wiggin, Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, Gavin Hood, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, Hyrum Graff, International Fleet, Jax Pinchak, Mazer Rackham, Mike White, Obsessive Friends, Orson Scott Card, sci-fi, Star Wars, Viola Davis