Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 43: Texas (Friday Night Lights)

Category: Drama/Sport

Quote of Interest:

“Gentlemen, the hopes and dreams of an entire town are riding on your shoulders. You may never matter again in your life as much as you do right now.”

–coach gary gaines

Three words to describe this film/state: Another football movie

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Journalist Jim, played by Jeff Gibbs
  • Jake the Flag Boy (uncredited), played by Charan Andreas
  • WalMart Buyer (uncredited), played by Dan Burkarth
  • Hottie with Boobie Miles (uncredited), played by Sharri Jones

State food/recipe to try: Slow-cooked Texas-style beef brisket / Topo Chico / Micheladas / Balcones Distilling Whisky

Earring Inspo Character: Mrs. Winchell

Other Notes: The quote above is one of the main reasons I don’t understand football and likely never will. I found no merit or depth in this film and this quote sums up that sentiment. I can admire almost any singular pursuit, but #sportslife is not one of them. The movie tried to be artsy and attempted what I call ‘art-doco’ style, with its fancy documentary-type filming and drama. This mostly translated into looking like an ad for Marine Layer (and certainly didn’t cause it to stand out from any of the other sports movies out there). As always, someone’s momma was trying to get in the way of her boy’s hopes and dreams–because football is all there is and all there ever will be. This one was based on a true story and the team didn’t even win in the end…I’m all about slices-of-life, but what was the point of this one? Go read any of its ‘notable’ quotes online and see if you don’t agree.

Grade: D+

State Facts:

Next up: Utah (SLC Punk). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

2 thoughts on “The Movie Project”

  1. Have you ever watched The Last Picture Show? That took place in Texas. I recently added that to my to-watch list.

    Also, as far as I’m concerned the only sports movie worth watching multiple times is Invictus 😉 (yes, it’s rugby). But it really touches on some intense themes because of the political climate of South Africa during that time, with the recent end of apartheid. (And Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela!)


    1. I’m trying to remember if I’ve seen that–I feel like maybe on Waikiki beach on a screen they set up in the sand! But I don’t remember and will have to rewatch. Thanks for the movie tips! 😀


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