Movie Quote Monday

So… I made a reference to this movie on a conference call yesterday and no one got it. Hell, 2/3 of the people on the call had never even heard of this movie and the others hasn’t seen it. Boggles my mind.

Today’s quote is never said in the movie. It’s the opening lyrics to the theme song.

Are you ready for the summer?
Are you ready for the good times?…”

Remember your days at Camp below.

The Threeway: Top 3 Sports Movies

So really, we’re doing this one? Sports movies? Have I seen three sports movies in my lifetime? I’m not sure.

Does “Predator” count? It’s almost like hunting and that mini gun that Ventura has to tote around looks rather heavy.

No? Like there needs to be balls and sweat and stuff? I’m pretty sure “Predator” had that too.

Siiiiiigh. FINE.

3. “Finding Forrester” is utterly forgettable. I can’t remember a single thing in the plot and I even had to look up the name of the movie. So why is it here? For the sole fact that Sean Connery utters bombastically “YOU’RE THE MAN NOW, DOG!” to the deep confusion of everyone, everywhere, at all times. I still use the line in my worst Connery accent, much to the deep confusion of everyone, everywhere, at all times.

2. “Bring it On” is¬†unapologetically formulaic. The acting, as it were, is atrocious, the cheerleading even more so. But it’s fun and I’ve probably logged more hours watching it than I’d care to admit. It might not bring the sense of accomplishment and burgeoning joy that traditional “sports movies” bring; but answer me this: Do they feature a car wash scene with Eliza Dushku in a bikini?

That’s what I thought.

1. “Caddyshack” also has none of the merits or tropes of traditional sports movies, and that’s exactly why it’s my number one choice. Even without the golf backdrop, say if it was set at a yacht club, it would have been an amusing movie; but then we would have been denied Bill Murray’s “Cinderella Story” scene and Chase’s “Be the ball.” They managed to take the most boring sport in the world and weave in a cast of characters to make a ¬†comedy masterpiece who’s lines and scenes have stayed with me for years (even if I haven’t seen it in…wow, almost 20 years? I really need to fix that).

Threeway: Top 3 Sports Movies (Adam’s Take)

With the Olympic flame dying out for another four years (no one counts the Winter Olympics, right?), we felt it was necessary to relive our favorite sports movies. What are the Top 3 Sports Movies of all time? Glad you asked. I probably need to clarify criteria first. I’m going with my favorite ones. “Bang the Drum Slowly” isn’t going to make the list. Neither will “Brian’s Song.” They are great – but not something I can pop into the DVD player on any given day.

Before I start, the real question is… does “The Big Lebowski” count as a sports movie? It’s all about Bowling. Speaking of Bowling… this list doesn’t contain “Kingpin” and I realize now that that is a shame. Speaking of Bill Murray movies, I also didn’t include “Caddyshack.” This list is obviously incomplete.

3)¬† “Bloodsport” – Hell’s yes! Starting off this list with some Van Dammage! I remember my dad seeing this one late night when he couldn’t sleep. The next morning he kept telling me about it. Encouraging me to stay up late in a few nights and watch it. I think I was in 9th Grade or something. Stay up late to watch a karate movie? OK! I was instantly hooked. I’ve seen the sequels (they are awful) and I followed Van Damme’s career ever since (as painful as that has been). Always hoping that someday I’ll see something this awesome again. Please Mr. Van Damme? Do your jump kick again for me.

2) “Victory” – Wait, what? You’ve never seen “Victory”? Wait, what? You’ve never heard of it? Come on, it’s the Great Soccer Movie! Or, the only soccer movie? It gives you the cinematic connection of Pele and Sylvester Stallone! I mean – how have you missed this? OK, in all honesty, this probably isn’t on my Top 3. “Rocky III” is likely the Stallone sports movie that I’d include. But, since I don’t know anyone else that’s seen “Victory” I wanted to give it some extra love. “Rocky III” is the one with Mr. T., for those fools that I pity that don’t remember.

1) “The Natural” – About every 10 years I think to myself “I wonder if ‘The Natural’ is as good as I remember.” So I re-watch it. And it always amazes me. I’m not a big baseball fan, but “The Natural” makes me believe. Whereas the others on this list are cheesy greatness that I adore, this is an honest answer. “The Natural” is a fantastic movie with Robert Redford at the height of his charm. It’s been about 10 years since I’ve seen it… might have to revisit it soon.

And, of course, an honorable mention has to go to “The Karate Kid.” I mean, serious, it gave us… Sweep The Leg!