Self Isolation Week 10: The “Sports Movie” List

Well, it’s been good, but as Nelly Furtado always says, all good things must come to an end. Isolation is now starting to slowly cease, with many restaurants and bars being able to open their doors in Victoria, as of a couple of days ago. It will be great to finally be able to socialise again, but safely of course.

I thought since a lot of local and professional sport is starting to commence within the next couple of weeks, why not celebrate with a list about our inspirational sporting movies?

Enjoy my last Iso-List, and hopefully, you’ll be hearing from me again soon in the next two weeks, writing about something else close to my heart; AFL. June 11th is the start date for our National sport, so hopefully, I’ll be able to give you an interesting weekly wrap, including some player statistics for your Supercoach teams.

THE “SPORTS MOVIE” LIST:

Mighty Ducks (1, 2 and 3) – Disney Plus

When we think of inspirational coaches, Coach Bombay should always be near the top of that list, because Ducks fly together.

A group of young, useless hockey players are set in their losing ways until Lawyer Gordon Bombay gets sentenced to complete community service as their coach. Luckily, he is pretty handy with a stick and falls in love with the game again.

A great movie for kids and for the whole family. I think all the Mighty Ducks movies are acceptable to watch, all being similar but still fun.

Karate Kid – Google Play

Daniel La Russo moves to a new town with his mother, where he is bullied by a few jerks at his high school. Instead of running away like he usually does, Danny decides to start learning karate. Unfortunately, Daniel heads to the wrong gym, but sometimes that’s the beauty about fate. After almost giving up again, he learns that the caretaker of the block of units that he lives in is actually an amazing karate coach.

There was a second and third movie made, as well as a modern-day Karate Kid starring Will Smith’s son. I wouldn’t bother with any, apart from the first movie.

The Blind Side – Foxtel Go & Netflix

Sandra Bullock doing a non-comedic movie? Well, she does a great job in this one. The Blind Side is about a boy who needs to catch a break. He’s had a very troubled life, but luckily for him, he is taken in by a well to do couple who treat him right.

Michael, the African American boy discovers a love of Football and is recruited by the school team. He isn’t the brightest kid, but with the help of Leigh Anne (Bullock) and her husband, he improves his grades so much that he would be eligible for a top scholarship.

This one is based on a true story too; the best ones always are. Michael Oher was the first-round pick for the Baltimore Ravens in 2009.

Million Dollar Baby – Netflix & Stan

Hillary Swank stars as a boxer who is seeking a trainer. She is in fact seeking Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood), because who wouldn’t want that badass training them? He refuses her, but soon enough can’t help but say yes.

Yes, this is another boxing movie, but it looks deeper into how the pairs’ lives changed after working with one another. The movie is a good one, being nominated and winning many awards.

Remember the Titans – Disney Plus

Of course, it’s Denzel again. Remember the Titans is the true story about an African American football coach who is appointed to coach a mixed-race team after a ‘white’ school and a ‘black’ school merge into one. This was the first interracial school of Virginia and based off the actual events of 1971.

A new coach is appointed to coach the team, and there is outrage when it’s an African American coaching the team, instead of the successful white coach. A truly inspirational story, with the highest class of acting (once again) by Denzel Washington.

Rocky – Stan & Foxtel Go

Eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight…

Ok, so there have been about 500 Rocky movies made. In saying this, quite a few of them are good, but I encourage you just watching the first one and see if you like it. It’s quite an inspirational story about how Sylvester Stallone got famous with his screenplay for this one.

Rocky Balboa, a struggling boxer wants to make the big time. He gets his chance when a top boxer visits the town of Philadelphia, merely to destroy a nobody in an exhibition match. Will Rocky go on to make boxing history? Well, considering I mentioned about all the sequels earlier, it’s probably no surprise when he does.

Happy Gilmore – Netflix & Foxtel Go

I’ve written about this one before so I’ll keep it brief. A failed hockey player becomes a pro golfer in order to win prize money to buy his Nana’s house back off the bank. Stakes change when the house goes to auction, being bought by his rival, Shooter McGavin. Happy Gilmore needs to beat Shooter in a major golf tournament in order to get possession of the house if he loses he loses both the house and his new successful career.

 

Just Missed the Cut:

Warrior – Stan

Field of Dreams – Foxtel Go

A League of Their Own – Foxtel Go

Space Jam – Amazon Prime & Google Play

Michael is an educator and writer from Melbourne. He enjoys writing about movies, sport, education and Italian Life.

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