‘Infinite Football’ (2018) is long and nothing happens

Infinite Football (original title Fotbal Infinit) is still running the festival circuit and has been favorably described by some very big reviewers, who spout flowery and philosophical essays with sentences too complex to understand. When so little happens in the film, you end up filling the unused space in your mind with meditations on what Director Corneliu Porumboiu is really trying to say. 

Continue reading “‘Infinite Football’ (2018) is long and nothing happens”

‘Sassy Player’ (2009) is a trans-gender soccer romp

Sassy Player (2009)

You can look at Sassy Player in two ways: either it’s a screwball comedy, or it’s an LGBT coming of age in Thailand soccer movie. Director Poj Arnon’s film แต วเตะตีนระเบิด is a weird combination of the two genres. The 16 new boys in a formerly all-girls high school are forced to form a school soccer team, even though 6-7 of them would rather be cheerleaders.

The flamboyant queens scream whenever the ball comes towards them, but they hang together enough to arrive at the league championship.

Continue reading “‘Sassy Player’ (2009) is a trans-gender soccer romp”

‘The Final Goal’ (1995) is a unique kung fu soccer movie

The Final Goal (1995)

Is this worth watching? When Erik Estrada has top billing, you know it’s going to be cheezy. The best line in The Final Goal is when Estrada’s henchman tells him, “You should have been an actor.”

Estrada is the bad guy bribing 6 players to lose a semi-final game in the Global Cup. The only thing in his way is backup goalkeeper Steven Nijjar, who BTW is also a master of martial arts.

Continue reading “‘The Final Goal’ (1995) is a unique kung fu soccer movie”

‘Life of Ryan’ (2014) might not be so dull if it were more truthful

Life of Ryan (2014)

It’s hard to believe that Life of Ryan: Caretaker Manager is from Fulwell 73, the same company that produced Class of ’92 and other good football films.

The company had released Class of ’92 in Nov-2013. David Moyes was abruptly fired the following April, not even finishing ManU’s dire 2013-2014 season. Ryan Giggs was promoted to interim player-manager for the last 4 games. Life Of Ryan appears to have leveraged some of the interviews from the prior movie, and it picks up from there.

Continue reading “‘Life of Ryan’ (2014) might not be so dull if it were more truthful”

‘Gracie’ (2007) – made by people who love the game

Gracie (2007)

Gracie is one of the few fictional movies where the director and producer work hard to make the soccer look authentic. It’s the story of a soccer-crazed family whose first born son dies in high school, so his younger sister Gracie tries to take his place on the boys’ soccer field. In the 1970s in New Jersey, that required invoking Title 9.

Continue reading “‘Gracie’ (2007) – made by people who love the game”

‘Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal’ (2007) British Hindu issues

Dhan Dhanna Dhan Goal (2007)

In Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal, a South Asian community in England has a struggling semi-pro football team. They need to win the league or the stadium will be sold for redevelopment. Sadly, their star is enticed to play for their better all-white rivals. But the star player encounters racism on his new team. He returns to his community and saves the stadium. Lots of singing and dancing ensue.

Continue reading “‘Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal’ (2007) British Hindu issues”