Everyone loves to hate the sports movie. Oh it’s so predictable, oh it’s so dull, oh it’s so boyish. But now that the Oscars are routinely rewarding boxing films for being rather good, and Sandra Bullock walked away with a Best Actress nod for her part in a film about American Football, we decided it was high time to celebrate the great and good of sports movies. Because they do exist. Honest.
Why? It doesn’t make sense! DO YOU HEAR ME, WORMS?
Leonardo DiCaprio has confirmed that shooting on Clint Eastwood’s biopic of J. Edgar Hoover is set to begin early next year. This is an exciting collaboration between two heavyweights of..
The world of film is awash with Marmite topics – actors, genres or even cinematic styles which make some movie-goers dampen their plush seats and others tear the stuffing from the punter in front. In our J’accuse series, two of Best For Film’s writers go head-to-head and debate a controversial aspect of cinema. This time round it’s the worst nightmare of every indie Japanese director – the Hollywood remake.
On February 11, 1990 when Nelson Mandela walked free from Robben Island after more than a quarter of a century of incarceration in his eight feet by eight feet cell, he discovered a country divided by apartheid. How could he bring people together? By uniting team and supporters on the rugby pitch. Director Clint Eastwood has done it again with Invictus, a wonderfully uplifting film that follows the true story of Nelson Mandela’s quest to reuinte his fractured country through the peaceful bonds of of giant men bashing into each other.
Gran Torino is vintage Clint Eastwood at his best. From Dirty Harry to Million Dollar Baby, he’s made his signature character into an art form, a hypnotising, hardened beast of a human that you can’t take your eyes off, and yet one that’s never without redeeming qualities either. In this self-directed tale of a bigoted retiree coming to terms with his Asian neighbours in middle America, Eastwood gives us enough bad-ass attitude, along with poignant drama to stand Gran Torino alongside his earlier Oscar-winning efforts.