15 posts categorized "Sports Drama"

March 20, 2022

KING RICHARD

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THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN REMOVED DUE TO WILL SMITH'S INEXCUSABLE BEHAVIOR AT THE OSCARS.

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To the ever-professional Chris Rock — Respect Lion.

WILL SMITH SHOULD NEVER WORK IN HOLLYWOOD AGAIN.

PERSONA NON GRATA IN PERPETUITY.

UNHINGED NARCISSIST AT LARGE.

Will Smith ruined the 2022 Oscars for everyone involved, and for the millions of people watching it all over the world.

As for the negligent security team at the Oscars, Carrot Top has better stage security.

The Academy security should have escorted Will Smith off of the premises immediately after he assaulted Chris Rock, and Smith should have been arrested and hauled off to the pokey.

What the fuck. (That's not a question).

The least the Academy can do now is to strip Will Smith of his Best Actor trophy.

As for every reprobate in the audience who participated in giving Will Smith a slap-condoning standing ovation after Smith won the Best Actor Oscar, and "slapped the shit out of Chris Rock" remember this, "awards are like hemorrhoids, sooner or later every asshole gets one."

You are all accountable. Where are your apologies?

Personally, I vow to never watch or review another Will Smith movie.

Cozy Cole

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March 02, 2022

FAT CITY

ColeSmithey.comJohn Huston's 1972 boxing drama, based on screenwriter Leonard Gardner's novel, is a bruiser. 

"Fat City" fits right alongside "Night Moves," "Atlantic City" and "The King of Marvin Gardens" for its bleak depiction of a '70s era America falling apart at the seams.

No one has any money.

Romance is a down and dirty business.

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Boxing serves as an apt metaphor about fighting for survival under Capitalism with few resources or any real sense of hope.

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Stacey Keach, Jeff Bridges, and Susan Tyrrell dish out the pain.

4 Stars

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September 23, 2017

BATTLE OF THE SEXES

Colesmithey.comIt’s a given that Emma Stone would seamlessly slip inside Billy Jean King’s skin. It’s equally predictable that Steve Carell would embody aging tennis star and gambling addict Bobby Riggs with a portrayal that walks a fine line between a comic and tragic figure.

But what impresses most about co-directors’ Jonathan Dayton’s and Valerie Faris’s equality-focused time capsule is how Andrea Riseborough’s lesbian hairdresser Marilyn Barnett encompasses emotional, political, and social issues being put through a cartoon media blender regarding a tennis match in 1973.

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“Battle of the Sexes” is a rebellious movie set during the confusion of the Watergate conspiracy that witnessed President Richard Nixon's resignation from office a year after Billy Jean King played Bobby Riggs.

Upset by the much higher pay awarded to male tennis players over their female counterparts by the USLTA (under Jack Kramer – Bill Pullman), Billy Jean King and her business partner Gladys Heldman (Sarah Silverman) break with the USLTA to start their own women’s tennis tournament. Ironically, it’s a tobacco company that takes on sponsoring the Virginia Slims Womens’ Tennis Tournament.

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Andrea Riseborough is this film’s secret weapon. The romantic chemistry between Stone and Riseborough give the audience something to root for other than an exploitation tennis match promoted by three-time Wimbledon champion who could teach boxing promoter Don King a thing or two.

The tennis match scenes are well-crafted even if the movie doesn’t end on the strongest note. Pamela Martin’s editing is this film’s biggest stumbling block. The movie could lose 15 minutes and achieve a greater effect. Goofy secondary plot elements, such as Fred Armisen as a vitamin guru, go nowhere. There is a better movie hiding inside the one you see.

Rated PG-13. 121 mins.

4 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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