Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as
an eBook, this is the controversial story of John Wooden's first 25
years and first 8 NCAA Championships as UCLA Head Basketball Coach.
Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps said, "I used this book as an inspiration
for the biggest win of my career when we ended UCLA's all-time 88-game
winning streak in 1974."
more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach.
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the players telling their stories in their own words. This is the book
that UCLA Athletic Director J.D. Morgan tried to ban.
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Confessions of a Shopaholic (7/10)
by Tony Medley
Run Time: 105 minutes.
Warning to guys: This is NOT a typical chick
flick. I saw it at a non-press screening. The audience was 90% female.
Even so, while the film features a close friendship between Rebecca
Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) and Suze (Krysten Ritter), and concentrates on
Rebecca’s shopping fetish, it is not a film that only women can enjoy.
While men might not be able to identify with
her sickness, this is really an old-fashioned, feel good love story
between Rebecca and her editor, Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy). From two
books by Sophie Kinsella, several screenwriters (Tracey Jackson and Tim
Firth and Kayla Alpert) put together the final product. Director P.J.
Hogan keeps the pace up when the concept seems terribly thin. But the
movie owes its entertainment value to the outstanding acting by Fisher
(who sparkles), Dancy (who brings freshness and excitement to a role
that could have been pretty bland), Ritter (who creates a bizarre
character with aplomb), and the rest of the cast.
But I don’t want to end this with a mere
reference to “the rest of the cast.” There are some interesting actors
in the cast who contribute to the enjoyment of this film, two I haven’t
seen in awhile. First is Wendie Malick. I got to appreciate her in
her scintillating role in “Dream On,” an inventive HBO sitcom from 1990-96.
Then there’s Julie Hagerty, who always stands out in my mind for her
terrific performance in Albert Brooks’ brilliant “Lost in
(1985). Both of them can still bring it. They aren’t the only two who
give fine performances in the cast, either. Everyone contributes to a
pretty surprising result, at least for me.
This could have been really dreadful, but
everything seems to work for the most part.