Every Oscar season , one gets up and starts to look up to what's the finest that the world has watched over the last year.This year too , the journey began for me.
Its taken me to invictus with an education waiting to provide me with one and The Hurt Locker kept safely in the Locker . And all this while i have been blind to the Blind Side.
But 2 sports movies in the oscar fray has got me to write what i have always wanted to write.
My list of the world's best sports movies.
As my pirated DVD walla at National market says, sir you are the only one who comes looking for sports movies.
So here it goes
Chariots of Fire. It is an insult to rank a movie like this . The soundtrack , the story , the expression all are so ingrained in any sport's afficiando's minds.
1.Invictus ....Mixed 3 of my favourite topics Sports, Politics and Africa in a cocktail mix that left me fairly heady after watching it.
2.Mystery Alaksa .....a mysterious little movie , really cute sports flick about a small town and its tryst with a big hockey match.
3.Hoosiers....Small town in American Midwest, that alone was good enough for me to watch.Gene Hackman as the coach of the basketball team , with a slight temper problem is tempting enough.
4. The flying scotsman - Graham Obree the superman on wheels and his epic journey on wheels is documented so well in this epic. This is perhaps the best superman movie ever made.
5.The World's Fastest Indian ....Small Town NewZealander , big time motor biking. Age , Engines, Passion, and Anthony hopkins make it a must watch.
6.Miracle - Kurt Russell as Coach Herb Brooks is a revelation.The movie like all sports movies is inspirational.
7.Jerry Maguire - Show me the money , show cases Tom Cruise's best ever acting efforts. Cuba Gooding junior was even better.
8.The greatest game ever played - I love the hero, but i loved the sidekick even more. With a caddy like that why would one ever need a soulmate , or a shrink or perhaps even a coach.
9.The Rookie - Its my lucky charm. If i watch the movie and hear the story of the patron saint of miracles, i start believing that i can do anything.After all wouldn't we all want to do great things even after we turn 30.
There are plenty of others from the raging bulls
, to the bull durhams
, from the Race against the sun
to the Drivens
of the world.
Sports movies can be romantic too like Wimbeldon
. Murder mysteries too like Match point
or thrillers like Swimfan
. They can be in hindi too like Iqbal, Chak de India
.Aamir believes strongly in the genre with Lagaan, JJWS and Awwal Number
. They can create movie franchisees too like Mighty Ducks
or the mother of all the Rocky Franchisee
. They can be arty too like Offside
the Iranian movie.
But mostly sports movies are thoose which leave you with a huge feeling of happiness.They leave you behind with a super self belief of being able to conquer the mountains of your life.
Unlike sports, the movies could actually be very predictable , yet highly enjoyable. I have always felt inspired after watching them.
You will always Remember the Titans
. It is an Express
tablet to feel good.And you could watch them on Any given sunday
and any time of the day.They make for some very Cool Runnings