Thursday, February 16, 2012
TrustMovies is no football fan. No sports fan at all, actually. He didn't even bother, much to the incredulity of the check-out girl at Trader Joe's the following morning, to watch this year's Super Bowl. So when he tells you how appreciative he is of (and impressed with) the new documentary UNDEFEATED from the filmmaking team of Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, who also gave us that odd Beer Pong documentary, take this praise under advisement. That the movie was also surprisingly shortlisted and then included among the five nominees for a Best Documentary "Oscar" should not be overlooked, either.
The Help, anyone?) in which a white person enables a group of blacks to better succeed. Unlike The Help however, this film is a documentary and so it will be more difficult for naysayers to ignore or disparage it. Undefeated tells the story of a chubby volunteer football coach who determines to build a good football team at a school where none had formerly existed. How he knew that these kids could even play football, let alone become a viable and important team, is something of a mystery. Perhaps good coaches innately know these things. In any case, this one -- Bill Courtney, shown below (he's the white guy in blue) -- certainly did. And those football players -- and hell, the world we live in -- are better for it.
Pina, for Best Documentary (if that isn't apples against oranges, what is?). Another fine film is in the mix, too, If A Tree Falls, which tackles an incendiary subject and gives it a fine, fair and focused hearing. Good luck in choosing. Well, as Undefeated teaches us, winning is not everything. In fact, it's losing, rather than winning, that better builds character, notes our now favorite coach. His, and his team's, movie opens tomorrow Friday, February 17, in New York (at the AMC Lincoln Square, and the Landmark Sunshine) and in Los Angeles (at the Arclight Hollywood, The Landmark, and the Rave 18).