As I was packing up my apartment I stuck in a DVD I’d picked up from some free pile (there were a lot of us leaving Beijing around the same time). Pride is about the integration of swimming in Philadelphia in the 70’s, think 42 for baseball or Remember the Titans for football. Sadly probably every sport can have a movie along these lines made; unsadly, I would watch it!
I’ve heard from a few of you jokingly saying, enough of the sports movies, OK?! Your feedback gave me a holy pause, creating the space to ask God why I’m going on and on about a subject that has garnered very few comments (one way to gauge engagement).
Before this series started I hadn’t put two and two together that sports movies are woven into my story. As I am in the process of re-figuring out who I am and what is “China Amy,” what is “American Amy” and what is “Just Amy, Amy,” I can see that sports movies have been used to anchor me to me.
Most likely (based on the cricket chirping in the comment section) they have not been used to anchor you to you. And that is cool! The God of all creation isn’t limited to Kevin Costner (thank heavens!). But this is why there will be one final post on movies, part walk down memory lane, part reminding me I am ME, and part allowing you to see a bit of how I think. Without further ado …
We’ve already looked at why I love Hoosiers so and four reasons I am drawn to sports movies. Today we finish off this train of thought (for now!) with 15 sports movies I like, complete with stream of consciousness commentary.
- The Cutting Edge – Does the phrase “toe pick” bring back memories? Figure skater chick and wounded hockey player become pair skaters after working out considerable differences and styles. Probably more of a chick sports flick.
- Remember the Titans –or as I call this “Remember Charlie.” Charlie was my boss and we all knew when he was drawn to something because he could not help but mention it in every conversation. This is a great movie for discussions on leadership. I’d know, Charlie had us watch and discuss it a gabillion times. And for a reason. It’s a keeper.
- We are Marshall—and we are. This one points to the power of empathy in experiences and the ways we can walk in each others’ shoes. (And Matthew McConaughey as a football coach doesn’t hurt the cause.)
- Glory Road—Basketball and a shout out to KU. Enough said.
- Secretariat—The underdog, or in this case underhorse, gets me every time. And a shout out to Denver in the early 70’s!
- Seabiscuit—Once again the underdog, but this time in the 1930’s, a time that needed hope! Thought about my grandparents watching this one.
- Cool Runnings—Love those Jamaicans and the reminder to be willing to be laughed at if you believe in a cause.
- Rocky (and let’s be honest, many in the series)—Yo Adrian! Who hasn’t pictured themselves running up those stairs and fist pumping in the air!
- The Blind Side—Please read the book as well! It’s a good read on both the people involved and the evolution of football. I believe we each have a “Michael” in our path.
- Coach Carter—One summer when I was in the US I saw Coach Carter with a depressed gal from Romania. I was asked to entertain so that she wouldn’t hurt herself and the family she was staying with could have a break for one evening. I’m not sure this gave her (or anyone) the best impression of the U.S. and it most certainly is not a reason to live, but I still enjoyed it.
- Field of Dreams—If you build it they will come. Luke I am your father. Oh wrong movie, right voice.
- Finding Forrester—Basketball, books, and a difference made. What more could you want?!
- Invincible—Don’t we all dream of going from ordinary to extraordinary, in this case hanging out in a bar to hanging out in the NFL? OK, maybe it’s just me. But this movie taps into that stream of my personality (and it’s football!!!).
- Soul Surfer—Be related to girls of a certain age and you too will watch this more than you might have otherwise. I love seeing the nieces, in all innocence, acting out scenes from the movie (you can tell the difference between Alana and Bethany by who has one arm up in her shirt).
- Bend it like Beckham—I watched this with my soccer loving friend and am all the better for it. Thanks Lisa!
(And obviously 42 and Hoosiers and Pride. So, really it’s 18. Oh well, shoot me. Now that might make an interesting sports movie …)
What helps anchor you to you?