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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Men Who Stare at Goats (5/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 93 minutes.
OK for children.
Although inspired byJon Ronson’s non-fiction
bestseller of the same name, an eye-opening and often hilarious
exploration of the government’s attempts to harness paranormal abilities
to combat its enemies, screenwriter Peter Straughan was brought in to
develop the goofy story of strange government-sponsored projects into a
workable, fictional story. “What I added was the more mundane stuff that
was needed pull it all together,” he adds. “People may think we’ve added
the goofier, more slapstick stuff, but it’s all true. All of the
backstory, like trying to walk through walls, or kill a hamster by
staring at it, is taken from various different experiments that were
tried out in the Army or the CIA
throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.Some of the sillier scenes
in the film are taken word for word from interviews Jon did.”
Even so, the story makes no sense. Lyn Cassady
(George Clooney) is the spaced out protagonist to whom writer Bob Wilton
(Ewan McGregor), who is apparently the fictionalized Ronson, attaches
himself to find out what’s going on with what he hears is something
called the First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers
in their missions. Director Grant Heslov tells the story in a
light-hearted, entertaining way, and Clooney and McGregor give
performances that do the material great credit. But Heslov seems like a
pianist hired to do a plumbing job. He’s got all the pipes and
connections and stuff, but he just doesn’t know how to put it all
together in a cohesive form.
The film is fun, mainly due to the acting of
Clooney and McGregor. Lyn is off the wall nuts and Bob follows him
around, hoping he’ll find out something about which he may write. When
it’s all over Bob says that he felt that Lyn wanted him to tell the
story of what happened. The problem is that I couldn’t figure out what
happened, or exactly what that story was he thought he should have
written, and neither could my guest. It was incomprehensible. Maybe you
have to be nuts to understand it. But I walked out feeling as if it had
been enjoyable, even though the word on my lips was, “Huh?”