This week on End Credits, we’re going to play ball with sports politics! We head out to the theatre for a good old-fashioned adult drama about business dealing and inter-personal dynamics with Air. And since that movie is sports adjacent, we will let ourselves get sports adjacent by talking about some of our favourite sports movies (with caveats).
This Wednesday, April 12, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss:
Sporty Vice. Sports movies are almost always a winner with the general audience, and even if they’re bad, they’re still pretty good. Now Air isn’t quite a sports movie, but it takes place around a sport, so for the first part of this week’s show we are going to talk about the best sports movies but with a twist! We’re going to talk about the best true-to-life sports movie (narrative or documentary), the best underdog sports movie, and the best movie about a fake sport.
REVIEW: Air (2023). Believe it or not, there was once a time when Nike was not the pre-eminent name in basketball shoes, and there was a time when Michael Jordan was only the number three NBA draft pick. Nike needed Jordan, but how where they able to overcome the odds to win over the future man often called the Greatest of All Time? That’s the story of Ben Affleck’s latest movie starring his good friend Matt Damon as the man who bet it all on Jordan and won sports merchandising in the process. But can a movie audience thrill to this story about good branding?
End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros./Amazon Studios
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