Here I am, trying to wake up, but this week is not just another week: this is gonna be the first week after Kobe Bryant’s last game on 13 April and I really need some boost to start It.
If we were talking about just a really good player I wouldn’t be writing any article, especially because I am a supporter of Boston Celtics (renown archenemies of Kobe’s Los Angeles Lakers), but Kobe is a great man who got where he is today not because He was talented but because He worked harder than anyone else.
So here are for you seven sports films for seven days over your limits.
Monday: Kobe: Doin’ Work (2009)
Directed by Spike Lee
Let’s start this inspirational week with the ultimate example of how Kobe has inspired everyone. This documentary sees Spike Lee, well known supporter of New York Knicks, following Kobe Bryant with 30 cameras for an entire day exploring the player’s work ethic in the game against San Antonio Spurs on 13 April 2008. Maybe not the most entertaining film for a not-basketball fan, but definitely a must-see for everyone who wants to know what’s behind the curtain of a sport legend’s life.
Tuesday: Rocky III (1982)
Directed by Sylvester Stallone
I know, I know “why didn’t you pick up the oscar winner Rocky?” because Rocky III is about what we are talking about: hunger. In the third chapter of this lucky and cult series about boxing, Rocky Balboa, the champion who came from Philadelphia suburbs, has won everything and the worst thing happened to him as his mentor Mickey bitterly says “You got civilized”. He will have to get back to his legendary eye of the tiger and fight against the most cruel opponent: fear.
Wednesday: Any Given Sunday (1999)
Directed by Oliver Stone
Al Pacino’s ending speech alone would be enough to make you fight against the worst of the days of the week (I hate Wednesdays), but the entire film will do It even better. A veteran american football coach who struggles against a new managing team that understands just money, the injury of the historic team’s quarterback and a new talented player who doesn’t care about team working. A trip behind the scenes of one of the most beloved sports in America and his inner workings.
Thursday: Seabiscuit (2003)
Directed by Gary Ross
It’s Thursday, let’s jump on the saddle of Seabiscuit. A cheap joke? Come on I just needed something to start with after surviving the infamous Wednesday, just give me a break! Based on the true story of the “incorrigible” horse Seabiscuit which won the duel of the century in 1938, this is a film about can-do spirit during the big depression years. Charles S. Howard (Jeff Bridges) a fallen automobile dealer who lost everything but the winning instinct, Tom Smith (Chris Cooper) an old fashion hot blooded cowboy and Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire) a jokey/boxer from a disgraced family, together dedicated to a single purpose: victory.
Friday: The Natural (1984)
Directed by Barry Levinson
Thank god is Friday, they say, but for you who like me will work on weekends there’s need for a big boost to survive. Here’s for you a film full of adversities, struggles and even symbolisms with Robert Redford playing a young up-and-comer baseball player who was born for the game, but whose career is suddenly shattered by the meeting with a mysterious woman. He will come back and will do what He was meant to or die trying. A real inspirational tale of struggle and iron-will.
Saturday: Miracle (2004)
Directed by Gavin O’Connor
It’s Saturday, so what do you do? Go out, drink, have fun and why not, put the cold war on ice. This is the true story of the miracle victory of the American Hockey team and its underrated coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) against the Soviet Union team during the Olympic games in 1980. I should probably mention that USA team was made by ordinary college kids while Soviet Union, let’s just say they were considered the best team in the all world.
Sunday: Victory (1981)
Directed by John Huston
Sunday is the football’s day, isnt’ It? So here is a football game in which contenders have a lot to lose. The game takes place in Paris during World War II, when nazi Major Karl Von Steiner (Max Von Sydow) organizes a match between german soldiers and Allied prisoners captained by Captain John Colby (Michael Caine). The Major’s aim is to exploit the game for Nazi propaganda, but allies are planning to escape during It. A not-conventional sport film which sees the participation of some football stars like Pele, Bobby Moore and Osvaldo Ardiles.
Now that you have had your great inspiration weekly injection you can start fighting for you dreams until next article.
Have you got other sport films you use to get inspiration? Let us know in the comments.