The Top 100 Project

The Top 100 Project

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Ryan and Bev Ellis are partners in film nerdery who share their often humorous musings on the AFI’s 1998 & 2007 lists of the greatest 100 American films ever made. But we finished with that in December 2015, so now we just review anything we feel like!

Rich-what? Richmond! Two white Canadian adults tackle a movie about the real-life basketball adventures of black & Hispanic Californian teenagers in the 55th edition of Scoring At The Movies. Samuel L. Jackson holds his R-rated tongue in this one, but still gives yet another dominant performance as Coach Ken Carter. The man who demanded his young players focus on their grades as much as their game also challenged his young sirs to stop belittling others…and themselves. What an excellent message we all need to hear right now! And always! We didn’t entirely pick this more-than-adequate movie for the subtly-handled racial issues. That was just a timely bonus. So don’t be a Timo Cruz and quit (then come back, then quit…) on this podcast. Be a good sir and invest some time in hearing us jaw about an underrated b-ball flick. Otherwise, we might make you do a lot of push-ups…and we aren’t going to volunteer to do some of them for you!

Pedantry Alert: Coach Carter is actually rated PG (as was Deep Blue Sea), not PG-13. Also, the season depicted was indeed 1999, although Ken Carter started coaching at Richmond a few years earlier. Also also, Lebron James was drafted in 2003 and was still too young in 1999 to be THAT well known, so being name-dropped in this movie is just an anachronism. Also also also, Richmond lost in the 2nd round of the district playoffs, not in the 1st round of the state tournament.

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In 2 weeks, we’ll polish our knee-bashing batons and lace up our Olympic skates as we dig into I, Tonya.

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