Sunday, August 18, 2013

'30 in 30' LEGACY - Undefeated

My lack of sports documentary posts have not been because of a lack of me watching them (in fact, I've watched a few really good ones), but just sheer time to post about them.

ESPN's '30 for 30' will be ramping up again in October and first up will be a doc about the New York Islanders and John Spano.  A story definitely worthy of a doc.  ESPN has also branched out and has been airing a series called 'Nine for IX'.  It's a series of documentaries that are female focused and produced by females.  Some good subjects like Pat Summit, Sheryl Swoops and the first female reporters allowed into the locker room.

But one film I watched over the weekend urged me to sit in front of the computer and type.  A film that has been on my watch list since last October.  A film that won the Oscar in 2011 for best long form documentary.

A film worth watching.

Undefeated (2011)
113 mins.
Rated: PG13 ( a little bit of language)

Undefeated is a documentary that follows the Manassas Tigers football team, a severely underfunded and underprivileged team as they try to reverse their fortunes, thanks to head coach Bill Courtney.

We go through a season of ups and downs, heartbreaks and triumphs.  But this doc is more than just a season on the field.  It's about passion, character, perseverance and teamwork.  You begin to really attract to the players and especially the coach.

It's a riveting season that had me wondering how it would end.

Coach Courtney really shines in this film.  His efforts for his players is something I've never seen the likes of.  The words resonated and direct approach was refreshing.

If you like Hoop Dreams or films like that, then you'll enjoy Undefeated.  After's an Oscar winner.  Here's the trailer...

4 out of 5

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