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My Favorite Scene: Any Given Sunday (1999) “A Game of Inches”

Either you’re a huge fan of Oliver Stone, or you likely can’t stand anything about Oliver Stone: the man’s polarizing.  Personally, I’m not a fan.  Any Given Sunday is, to me, one of Stone’s best films.  It’s overlong and hackneyed at points, but it also was a prophetic and revealing portrait of the real culture of professional football and its consequences to those who play it long before the issues it raises became mainstream sports conversation.  The centerpiece of the film is, without a doubt, another great monologue from Al Pacino.

Is there another actor who has more memorable career monologues than Pacino?  The most iconic is, obviously, Scent of a Woman, but there’s Dog Day Afternoon, And Justice for All, a couple from the Godfather films, Heat, and on and on.  “A Game of Inches” has to be counted right up there.  As pre-game speeches go, they don’t come better.  As the best sports-related motivational speeches do, it also translates to life as a whole, and whatever else you may take away from Any Given Sunday.…this scene makes the career portfolio of one of the greatest actors of all-time.

Al Pacino and Jim Brown in Any Given Sunday

My Favorite Scene: Sully (2016) “The Human Factor”

Sully was one of last year’s best films (and in a weaker year would have received a lot more awards attention).  Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks teamed to bring one of the most astounding true life stories in recent memory to life by doing a very un-Hollywood thing: they didn’t glamorize it.  If you watch the documentaries and compare it to the film, there’s only embellishment to make it believable.  Sully was actually CALMER than Hanks, who only amped it up a slight notch.  The crash scene is meticulously recreated.  Eastwood knew he didn’t have to give the story any more glitz, because “The Miracle on the Hudson” was already a miracle.  It didn’t need a pounding score or extra complications.

Sully, Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart

My favorite scene is where you really understand how extraordinary Sully’s quick decision-making and piloting skills are: during the NTSB hearing when he challenged results showing he could have done anything other than what he did.  We all know the range of Hanks.  He can literally do anything onscreen, but it takes a seasoned actor to mimic the restraint of the real hero and let that power carry the scene.  As a bonus, if you missed Hanks reprising his role on Sully on Saturday Night Live , I’m including that as well because 1) it’s hilarious and 2) it shows the massive Hanksian range I just mentioned when compared to the film.

 

 

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Movie Review: Sully (2016) *Relive the Miracle on the Hudson*

Sully, Tom Hanks

There aren’t many feel-good stories in the world in which we live.  It’s a sad fact of modern life that most of the news we hear is bad, and even events that can be considered triumphs by some have a downside for another group.  In January 2009, America got an honest-to-God miracle, and an authentic hero.  No qualifications, no asterisk, nothing but one of the most amazing stories in aviation history put the right man in the right cockpit to save 155 lives in a spectacularly-executed water landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson River.  Over seven years later, the event dubbed “The Miracle on the Hudson” is a feature film helmed by director Clint Eastwood with Tom Hanks portraying the man in the pilot’s seat for the incredible hair-raising flight: Captain Sully Sullenberger. Continue reading Movie Review: Sully (2016) *Relive the Miracle on the Hudson*

In Theaters This Week (9/09/2016) – Sully, When the Bough Breaks, The Wild Life, The Disappointments Room

When The Bough Breaks

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  September 9th kicks off a September so unusually strong that it’s actually a more intriguing slate of films than October sports.  The biggest opener is the Tom Hanks/Clint Eastwood film about “The Miracle on the Hudson”: Sully, but there are three other new films looking to end Don’t Breathe‘s reign at the box office. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (9/09/2016) – Sully, When the Bough Breaks, The Wild Life, The Disappointments Room

Trailer Time: Sully IMAX Trailer *Brace for Impact!*

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

“Sully” also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger. Sully opens September 9, 2016.

Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Sully