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Trailer: New Muhammad Ali Documentary “Facing Ali”

April 23rd, 2009 . by admin

If the Will Smith Ali movie, and the HBO Thrilla In Manila documentary were not enough for you, there’s a new doc on the way titled Facing Ali. This film is entirely composed of interviews with various boxers who faced Muhammad Ali back in the day it and it looks like a must see.

While the other films took a broad approach and covered things that happened outside of the ring, it appears that Facing Ali might be a little more straightforward and stick to the ins and outs of the actual fights. Check it….


Video: Mike Tyson on Ring Psychology & Robin Givens

April 8th, 2009 . by admin

Yesterday I got the chance to check out the Tyson documentary that I’ve written about here numerous times in the past. I’ll get into a review shortly, but first check out this short segment in which Mike talks about getting into his opponents head, and his relationship with Robin Givens.

Mike’s stance on his marriage to Ms. Givens is one of the few things in this documentary that really shocked me. The public perception has always been that she was a gold digger, and she and her mother used Mike for money and exposure. Whether or not thats true is up for debate (not really), but Mike Tyson doesn’t harbor any bad feelings about her whatsoever. He admits to cheating, but says he never emotionally or physically abused her and doesn’t know why she did what she did. In the end he chalks the entire experience up to “being two stupid kids who were too young to be married”.

If you’re a hardcore sports/boxing fan, then you’ll probably rate this documentary in the 9 out of 10 range. On the flip side, if you’re a casual observer and just like to watch how crazy Mike Tyson is then I don’t think you’ll find this as enjoyable (6.5 out of 10).

One of the best parts of the film is getting into his head and finding out why he behaves the way he does, and what caused him flip out at times. In a very general sense you’ll learn all about how Mike Tyson’s thought process works (flipping out in public, being overly aggressive, biting Evander Holyfield). But one of the drawbacks is the lack of detail he goes into as far as individual fights, which is something hardcore fight fans would love to see. His commentary on the fights with Trevor Berbick, Evander Holyfield, and Buster Douglas was damned good… but this entire documentary was only an hour and twenty six minutes long which leaves ample time for more analysis.

I don’t want to write much more because i’ll probably end up giving away details you want to see for yourself, but I definitely recommend the flick.

Lil Wayne To Star In Basketball Movie w/ Forrest Whitaker

May 1st, 2008 . by admin

Lil WeezyRapper Lil Wayne is currently shooting “The Patriots” alongside Oscar winning actor Forrest Whitaker. The Patriots centers around a basketball team comprised of students who previously went to five different high schools before Hurricane Katrina. “Lil Wayne has been tapped to play a character named “Lamont,” a student of Al Collins High School who is skeptical of the newly formed team.”

I’m guessing there will be conflict between the students because they don’t like each other, possibly have affiliations with rival gangs, and lack basic team work skills to win games. I will also assume Forrest Whitaker will play the coach who brings these kids through adversity and helps them realize that all they have is each other. At the very last possible minute the team will gel and go on an impressive winning streak and make it to the state championships, only to lose the big game by 1 point. That’s okay though, at least they still have each other!

Yeah… these basketball movies are fairly predictable.

I’d much rather Lil Wayne spend his time on more important things….. like finally putting out The Carter III. Judging by how many times it’s been delayed, America will pull out of Iraq before this album finally hits the shelves.

Baracky: The Video

April 21st, 2008 . by admin

Okay, Sportaphile is late on this…. but it’s too good not to post.

This mash-up of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and Sylvester Stallone’s boxing masterpiece is fantastic.

Sylvester Stallone Wanted David Beckham In The New Rambo Movie

March 7th, 2008 . by admin

Sylvester Stallone Rambo MovieHas anyone noticed that I’ve dedicated several posts to David Beckham on this site, and not one of them had anything to do with soccer? That’s because it’s boring and nobody watches it.

But the other reason I’m posting this is because Rambo was the single greatest movie I’ve seen this year. You simply haven’t seen a good movie until you’ve seen someone get a 3 foot section of their body torn off with the .50 cal.

Anyways, on to the story.

Sylvester Stallone recently told reporters that he strongly considered casting David Beckham as the new Rambo.

“”I knew that David Beckham would be received as a superstar when he came to America. Actually, I thought that maybe I should put him in the new Rambo film and chase him around the jungle for a couple of months.”"

Stallone went on to say that Rambo was the most physically exhausting thing he’s ever done, and that it made shooting the Rocky movies look like ballet. David shouldn’t have had any problem acting in the jungle, he runs around on a soccer field for 3 hours pretending to care every week. Stallone must have gotten the memo that although Beckham is interested in movies, he prefers the ones with nekkid beezies.

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