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: https://www.factmonster.com/us/states/texas

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Movie Night Monday

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Week 14: Indiana (Hoosiers)

Category: Sports/Docudrama

Quote of Interest:

“Sun don’t shine on the same dog’s ass everyday, but mister, you ain’t seen a ray of light since you got here.”

–Opal Fleener

Three words to describe this film/state: Small-town redemption

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Gorilla Player (Cedar Knob), played by Dennis Farkas
  • Spotlight Blocker (uncredited), played by Bill Gulde
  • Angry Citizen (uncredited), played by Hugh Richard Heinsohn
  • Basketball Fan (uncredited), played by Darrin Murrell

State food/recipe to try:

Earring Inspo Character: Myra Fleener

Other Notes: As both a sports and feel-good family film, Hoosiers was not our favorite. I didn’t know til looking it up that it was loosely based on the 1954 Milan High School basketball team, the smallest school ever to win a single-class state basketball title in Indiana. The acting was okay–Dennis Hopper was a little cartoony, and Winger’s RBF was pretty good (though also trite). It’s fun that the movie was based on a true story, but it was just another formulaic sports film in our book. The classic 80s synth-infused score, however, did not disappoint.

Grade: B-

State Facts: https://www.factmonster.com/us/fifty-states/indiana

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