Title: Any Given Sunday Director: Oliver Stone Year: 1999 Run time: 2hrs 42m
“Life is a contact sport and football is life when three-time academy award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and a dynamic acting ensemble explore the fortunes of the Miami Sharks in Any Given Sunday. At the 50-year line of this gridiron cosmos is Al Pacino as Tony D’Amato, the embattled Sharks coach facing a full-on blitz of team strife plus a new, marketing-savvy sharks owner Cameron Diaz) who’s sure Tony is way too old school. An injured quarterback (Dennis Quaid), a flashy, bull-headed backup qb (Jamie Foxx), a slithery team doctor (James Woods) and a running back with an incentive-laden contract (LL Cool J) also provide some of the stories that zigzag like diagrams in a playbook. and throughout, there’s the awesome spectacle of motion, sound and action orchestrated by Stone.”
1:26 – Forgive me for noticing the small things but the grass on that field is a lot longer than I thought it would be. 3:55 – Why is that guy being so horrible? 6:24 – Heck of a cast in this film. 15:55 – Inspirational speech: “Believe me when I tell you, you can only get better.” 22:22 – Take a knee! 29:57 – Training drills always look fun… bet they’re not though! 31:36 – “Start over, start a family.” Pfft. 36:54 – Even the cheerleaders are annoyed at how rubbish they are. 51:06 – “I’ma call your momma.” I don’t think you should win arguments that way. 54:07 – Having horses prance up and down the field can’t be good for the grass. 59:15 – I didn’t know Under Armour had been around so long. 1:04:46 – Oof, there’s a whole other film about the head trauma. Like a sequel. 1:13:14 – Interesting facts ref African-American players versus coaches/owners. 1:17:00 – “This game has got to be about more than winning.” 1:26:50 – Football in the rain always looks amazing but must be so horrific to play. 1:35:13 – “Since when?” The Hippocratic oath! 1:43:46 – What is up with the terrifying wife? She must really like being a footballer’s wife. 1:53:44 – All of this has only been six weeks? Wowser. 1:57:32 – This pep talk could do with a bit of work, I think. They seem to like it though. 2:11:31 – Damage to his eye, oh my god. 2:18:15 – All very well being worth a million dollars but it’ll have to go to all his medical bills. 2:24:59 – Always amazes me when they do stuff with just seconds to go.
It being Super Bowl weekend, we opted to go for a sports film, that is blatantly about the NFL even if they’re not allowed to actually say it. It was long, but for the most part enjoyable. The story was good, great cast, and although some of the actual football scenes were quite drawn out, the music made them interesting.
Oliver Stone has the distinct style in this of close up shots, right in the face of the actors no matter how shaky that gets. At first, that’s good because it draws you in, but after about ninety minutes, it was starting to give me a headache.
Also, I refuse to talk about the injury that that one guy sustained, which will haunt me forever.