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Rewatching "Draft Day," The Only Place The Browns Enjoy A Hollywood Ending

Kevin Costner's NFL front office opus "Draft Day" is alternately weird, discordant, and improbable—but then again, the real-life Cleveland Browns finally getting their shit together would be the same.
Tom Keiser
12.30.16
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'The Jesse Ventura Story,' the Perfect Election Movie for Our Times

The Jesse Ventura Story should not be the first place to turn to if you're looking to learn the story of Minnesota's 38th Governor. After some 17 years between viewings, it is even crazier than I remembered.
Tom Keiser
10.28.16
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Revisiting 'For Love of the Game,' Which Is as Dull as Baseball But Has More Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner made a lot of sports movies, and some are good. 'For Love of the Game' gets baseball's glacial pace and self-seriousness right, but not much else.
Tom Keiser
10.14.16
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Cuckolding, Roster Construction, October: Watching 'Major League' in 2016

When 'Major League' was released in 1989, Cleveland was only halfway through an epic championship drought. Surprisingly, the movie still feels fresh.
Tom Keiser
10.7.16
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There's A Good Movie To Be Made About College Football, But "The Program" Wasn't It

In 1993, "The Program" set out to address the corruption and compromises of college sports. It didn't do a very good job then, and looks even worse now.
Tom Keiser
9.16.16
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Revisiting "Paper Lion," the Greatest Movie Ever Made About NFL Preseason

In 1963, George Plimpton went to training camp with the Detroit Lions and wrote a book about it. In 1967, with Alan Alda subbed for Plimpton, it became a movie.
Tom Keiser
9.2.16
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Rewatching "Personal Best," an Almost-Great Olympic Decathlon Romance

In "Personal Best," the legendary writer Robert Towne set out to make an honest lesbian romance and a movie about training for the Olympics. He sort of succeeded.
Tom Keiser
7.29.16
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Twenty Years Later, "Happy Gilmore" Is Still Shooting Right Around Par

Twenty years ago, Adam Sandler was not yet a star, let alone an emblem of fame-burnout. In "Happy Gilmore," he did his thing, squared off with Bob Barker, and won.
Tom Keiser
7.1.16
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Rewatching The Lost Stallone/Pelé Nazi Soccer Epic "Victory" 35 Years Later

Stallone defeated communism in "Rocky IV," but the film in which he teamed up with Pelé and Michael Caine to beat the Nazis at soccer is forgotten. Let's fix that.
Tom Keiser
6.24.16
nba

Rewatching "Thunderstruck," Kevin Durant's Bricked Attempt At A Supernatural "Space Jam"

In 2012, before he was an MVP but when he was already a superstar, Kevin Durant teamed with (um) Jim Belushi in a body-swap basketball comedy. It's not great, but also: what?
Tom Keiser
6.1.16
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Revisiting "Big Wednesday," a Movie About Vietnam, Surfing, and Gary Busey

John Milius wrote "Apocalypse Now," directed "Red Dawn," and was the inspiration for "The Big Lebowski"'s Walter Sobchak. His deeply personal surfing-and-war movie is appropriately weird.
Tom Keiser
5.27.16
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Revisiting "Celtic Pride," Judd Apatow's Extremely '90s NBA Playoffs/Kidnapping Comedy

Twenty years ago, a pre-genius Judd Apatow wrote a dark comedy in which superfans Daniel Stern and Dan Aykroyd kidnap Utah Jazz star Damon Wayans. It has...aged.
Tom Keiser
5.13.16
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