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Friday Night Lights
Hope comes alive on Friday nights.
Gary Gaines, the coach of a local football team in small-town Odessa, Texas, propels his squad to the state championships. But the path to glory is paved with racial and economic strife, and the coach must help his players navigate through the maze so they can play like winners.
Top quality high school football movie which is more about the the pressure place on these young men living in small town Texas as about the game itself. The film expertly swings between uplifting and heart wrenching as it tells the story of these young men in what will most likely end up the greatest year of their lives. The young cast all put in terrific performances and Billy Bob Thornton is at his best as the coach who keeps his composure under mounting pressure from the people of the town where football is the only thing that matters. Special mention to the soundtrack as well which for the most part steer's clear of the usual heavy rock that accompany's football movies in favour of Explosions in the Sky's more instrumental soundings.
Its a clichéd sports movie.... Who doesn't like clichéd FUCKING! sports movies!
Director Peter Berg has a patchy directorial record. He's plumbed the depths with some right old shit, but every now and again he makes something really good, and Friday Night Lights is certainly one of them.
This may be a sports movie based on actual events back in 1988, but as you'd expect this is a Hollywood version of the Permian Panthers High School Football Team's exploits of that season.
Billy Bob Thornton plays the teams coach that is under pressure to deliver the State Championship to justify his salary and appease the School's hierarchy. Billy Bob is always worth watching, but he gets upstaged by some strong performances by the younger actors on view. The likes of Lucas Black…
"It took me a long time to realize that there ain't much difference between winnin' and losin', except for how the outside world treats you."
When "your team" wins it's somehow supposed to be a reflection of yourself. A concept that turned me off to organized sports years ago. The unending and incongruous debates about a physical activity governed by hundreds of derisory rules is representative of the kind of behavior I've grown to resolutely dislike. I have an aversion to the perceived importance of athletics and the carnal fandom it creates. The societal pressure that accompanies being an athlete in the United States is pathetic.
Friday Night Lights captures the destructive nature of a win-at-all-costs mentality and how it…
Well this was a piece of trash. I didn't care about a single aspect of the movie, not the characters, not the story, and especially not any of the football games. I hated the digital look of the movie, as the look does nothing to support the 80s setting. The look of the movie, coupled with the lack of 80s style football equipment made the games look like any game from any other football film. I'm done thinking about this meaningless flick, but I will let you know that the film ends with one of the graduating players throwing a football to a group of young kids. It doesn't get much more heavy handed than that.
This is not only an exceptional sports film, but an exceptional drama surveying the inhumane amounts of pressure placed on coaches and their student athletes in a town where football is the only thing that matters.
Peter Bergs films have been mostly mediocre, (I'm thinking of Battleship) depending on sentimentalism and shoddy premises. I feel that this is his best film. (Though Lone Survivor was not too bad) The film is a surprising melancholy look at the importance of Football in Americas small towns as a means of opportunities for poor student athletes. The films drama is good and the acting and look of the film is gorgeous. There are weaknesses which is primarily the camera work. Its handheld for most of the movie which I felt made it look shoddy. Worth the view though. I say see it.
Transcends the usual genre tropes and becomes something pretty interesting.
"Clear eyes, full hearts.." oh that's the TV show.
The movie is pretty good, but I'm more of a fan of the TV Show.
One of those rare movies that actually impacts an audience without preaching to the choir. While it might not live up to the high standard of the legendary TV show that succeeded it, the film stands on its own as a moving portrait of the dark American underbelly of small-town high school football... and the relentless hope held within those who play it.
Great ensemble cast. Seems very natural and authentic. A little more real than the few episodes of the tv show that I've seen.
"Friday Night Lights" relishes in its well acted performances, sterling camera work, and heartfelt story resulting into a well made sports film.
Billy Bob Thornton is excellent in this. When playing the manager of a sports team it is much easier to go down the drill instructor route and start screaming and shouting. Thornton is mostly calm and calculated but when he does dish it out he let's em have it. A terrific performance. I know nothing about American Egg Chasing but the action sequences looked great and it has a solid soundtrack.
What hath masculinity wrought. This scene tears my heart in two. I'm still crying just thinking about Boobie Miles.
Solid, cliché, and ultimately unremarkable sports drama. Explosions in the Sky is the lifeforce that powers this movie.
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[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…