10 exciting series and films to keep your sporting spirits high!

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10 exciting series and films to keep your sporting spirits high!

Sports are a genre where the filmmakers use a sport as the entire theme, or an event, or an athlete/player, or just based on the fan base pertaining to a particular sport as the subject. And it’s one of the popular genres where you get the fun of entertainment and sport clubbed into one. If you see in Hollywood this is quite an often repeated theme and there are a lot of movies based on famous athletes and coaches. We have handpicked few movies and series which will keep your sporting spirits high along with quality entertainment. 
 

Girls with Balls
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Girls with Balls is a French - Belgian horror film about a volleyball team lost in the woods. We believe it is one of the very few films in this genre. A Sports Horror Film where a woman Volleyball team uses their volleyball as their weapons against the evil. The film has a different level of dark humour in its screenplay. 
 
Falcons get lost in a remote part of the French countryside with their recreational vehicle and they encounter a group of secluded weirdos who don’t speak. Will they escape from that weird situation?? Girls with Balls is a fun, schlocky ride that you can passively view, but you won’t necessarily get invested in the characters. In the original 2012 script, the bad guys were half-men half-pig creatures that worshipped an 800-kilo hog. Morgane was the only member of the team to survive and was used at the end by the worshipers to birth a new race.
 
High Flying Bird
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High Flying Bird is a basketball film that deals with the sports itself and also the power dynamics playing out behind the sport. With the NBA's social media-heavy culture and appearances from actual NBA stars lending the narrative heft, Soderbergh accouches a quality film. André Holland plays the role of Ray Burke, a sports promoter striving to defend his client's concerns while also defeating a fraudulent regularity. In simpler words, the cinema tells the tale of a sports agent exposed in the crosshairs of an NBA lockout who tries to desist it on his own. A strong script from Tarell Alvin McCraney and a leading performance from André Holland make conceivably the narrative compelling, and the film takes on the NBA’s long history of exploiting Black athletes in the process engages you.
 
Steven Soderbergh’s recent basketball drama was shot entirely on the iPhone 8–you know, that smaller device you used to own–which makes this worth the watch, just for the cinematic achievement alone.
 
 
Invictus
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Big Names from Hollywood like Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood (behind the camera as director) make this flick one of the most loved sports films worldwide. The movie is based on the book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation written by John Carlin. Both the movie and the book are inspired by a real incident, which happened for the Springboks team on the famous 1995 Rugby World Cup. 
 
Plot The story deals with the post-apartheid situation in a sporting event and also how the springbok's team won the world cup in the same year. Matt Damon plays the Springboks Captain Francois Pienaar whereas Morgan Freeman played the important role of Ex-South African President Nelson Mandela. "Invictus" is an inspirational film. Some back-story could have been added to the characters and the first act could have been faster, but overall, the film is engaging and gripping. The film also proved to the world back in 2009, that you wouldn't need a big special effects setup or high octane action sequences to make a magnificent film. The film inspired by a real-life event was engaging than preachy. Nelson Mandela, himself said that only Morgan Freeman could portray him. 
 
 
Ali
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Will Smith perfectly exhibits and show us the story of boxing legend, Mohammed Ali in the 2001 movie. The movie also describes Ali’s provocative actions such as his Islam conversion, his determination not to support in the Vietnam War and also the federal delicacies in the US Post Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. slayings.  Muhammed Ali is known for his striking remarks and lightning-quick abilities on the boxing mat, but Ali is about much more than recreating the sports highlights. This film covers
 
Bottomline Will Smith’s turn as Cassius Clay isn’t the best boxing movie on the list, but it’s still an engaging take on one of the most extraordinary sporting lives in recent memory. Will Smith turned down the role of Ali in the film. He complied only after Ali called Smith and asked him to take the character because he was the only one as good looking as him that could impersonate the role.
 
 
Dangal
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The Aamir Khan blockbuster film established a new bar for sports-centred movies in the Indian Subcontinent owing to the power-packed performance by the actor. Dangal is the story of a father who wants his kids to complete his dream of representing India in wrestling. And that did not stop him from asking his daughters to wrestle. Aamir Khan plays the role of a father, who receives backlash for training his daughters but he eventually succeeds as they both win the Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. The film focusses on the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan), who goes on to break social stigmas to train his girls. The film discusses important social issues whilst using the backdrop of sports and the politics and stigmas attached to it. 
 
This is the story of India’s first-ever Gold medallist in women’s wrestling, Geeta Phogat and her sister, Babita Phogat. The sisters were coached by their father Mahavir Singh Phogat. 

 

Spinning Out (2020)

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Spinning Out follows the story of an up and coming high-level single skater Kat Baker (Kaya Scodelario) who turns in her skates after a tragic accident. Skating requires a tremendous amount of stamina and fitness to maintain a balance. But Kat gets a second chance to pursue her career as a pair skater, where she partners with a talented skater which puts her in a tight spot. She risks exposing a fiercely kept secret that could destroy her life and career. Kat battles on and off the ice facing daunting odds, which scars the body and the soul. But the couple is determined to pursue the Olympic dream. Kaya who was recently seen in the movie “CRAWL” has given a commendable performance. The series comprises of 10 episodes. It’s currently streaming on Netflix and unfortunately, it’s one of those series whose second season is doubtful.

 

Selection Day (2018-2019)

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Selection Day is Netflix Original sports drama based on Aravind Adiga’s novel of the same name. The series follows the life of two brothers Radha (Yash Doyle) and Manju (Mohammad Samad) who are raised by a father who is obsessed in making them successful cricketers. The family hails from a small village and decides to move to the city of dreams, Mumbai. It’s a beautiful story which shows the struggle and life choices of the younger generation. The series is directed by Udayan Prasad and produced by Anil Kapoor and Anand Tucker. The series premiered with 6 episodes on 28th December 2018 leaving the audience asking for more and later 6 more episodes were added on 19th April 2019. As of now, a second season is in development. The first season is currently streaming on Netflix.

 

GLOW (2017)

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Set in the backdrop of Los Angeles during the ’80s a struggling actress along with many other aspiring women in an emerging professional wrestling promotion called Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) is trying to make a career out of it. Ruth (Alison Brie) stumbles on GLOW’s director Sam (Marc Maron) for his cynical and unconventional style of work. Later she encounters her former best friend Debbie (Betty Gilpin) who fell apart after Ruth sleeps with her husband. The series follows the personal and professional lives of both these characters. A perfect blend of sports and cinema which keeps you entertained with a lot of interesting aspects. Currently, there are 3 seasons available on Netflix and the 4th and the final season has been renewed. 

 

Prison Playbook (2018)

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Don’t go by the looks of it and jump to the conclusion that this would be just another run on the mill prison drama. This South Korean television series follows a superstar baseball pitcher Kim Je-hyuk (Park Hae-soo) whose major league baseball debut is right around the corner but lands in prison convicted for assault after saving his sister from a sexual attack. Unfortunately, Kim is seen navigating a different playbook inside the prison. It’s a very engaging drama which runs high on emotions and dreams and highlights individualistic performances. The first season is currently streaming on Netflix and it is said the second season is in the works.

 

Club de Cuervos 

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Also known as Club of Crows is a Mexican comedy-drama series which marks the first Spanish language Netflix original series. The story centres on the football club Cuervos FC set in the backdrop of a fictional city in Mexico. The power struggle which follows the death of its long-time owner Salvador Iglesias Sr. the siblings wage a war among themselves when the younger brother (Luis Geraldo Mendez) gets selected for the role of the new president, despite the fact that Isabel (Mariana Trevino) is better suited to run the team. Isabel resents this decision and vows to do whatever it takes to take her brother’s place away as the president. The series is a perfect blend of sports, drama and comedy. There are currently 4 seasons which are streaming on Netflix.


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