Hustle And The Fate of the Mid-Range Movie in 2022

The scope and scale of the Adam Sandler Netflix contract has been a recurring meme at various points through the years since he signed it. Hustle effectively asks what if that contract produced some genuinely solid dramatic material. Taking Sandler’s love of basketball and slotting it into a standard underdog sports narrative is one ofContinue reading “Hustle And The Fate of the Mid-Range Movie in 2022”

McEnroe. (2022) Review.

As a huge tennis fan, It should be obvious that this viewer was inclined to check out this new documentary covering the career of John McEnroe. Even if McEnroe’s achievements and his cult of personality feel like they have been thoroughly covered across various projects in both drama and documentary. What surprised this onlooker wasContinue reading “McEnroe. (2022) Review.”

Father Stu. Quick Review.

The prospect of an even nominally faith-based film will give certain audiences an allergic reaction regardless of whatever content or merits the actual piece has. One way filmmakers could in theory get around this is by offering a distinctly harder-edged alternative to religious-centric stories. Enter this Mark Wahlberg vanity project directed by Mel Gibson’s girlfriendContinue reading “Father Stu. Quick Review.”

Naomi Osaka (Netflix.) “ Honesty“ VS PR.

It’s rare that this writers passions for tennis and media reviewing cross over. Here is a rare example. Off the back of her Netflix documentary, it’s a good chance to have the Naomi Osaka conversation. Osaka is unquestionably a great player and 90% of the time a fantastic ambassador for the sport. Then the 2021Continue reading “Naomi Osaka (Netflix.) “ Honesty“ VS PR.”

Finding The Way Back. Review

In 2011 Director Gavin O’Connor made the MMA drama Warrior starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte. Nolte received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor and it was one of the best films of that year. It was also the kind of project showcasing the fact O’Connor was a very capable filmmaker andContinue reading “Finding The Way Back. Review”

One Man And His Shoes. Review.

How much can you expect a potential audience for something to have seen a very recent incredibly acclaimed very similar piece of content. (in this case a TV mini-series. )This was the question this critic was faced with after watching One Man and His Shoes. This feature documentary focuses in large part on the impactContinue reading “One Man And His Shoes. Review.”

My Wimbledon Experience and The Championships Place Within British and Tennis Culture

I sat down to write the first draft of this piece at around 11:00 AM on Monday 29th June. Traditionally I’d be sitting down in front of BBC Two and seeing the reassuring faces of Sue Barker and her team of pundits as they look ahead to the opening day’s play at Wimbledon and discussContinue reading “My Wimbledon Experience and The Championships Place Within British and Tennis Culture”