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.
This is the only book that gives a true picture of the character of John
Wooden and the influence of his assistant, Jerry Norman, whose
contributions Wooden ignored and tried to bury.
more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach.
The players tell their their stories in their own words. This is the book
that UCLA Athletic Director J.D. Morgan tried to ban.
Click the book to read the first chapter and for
ordering information. Also available on Kindle.
by Tony Medley
Meryl Streep has
proven, at least to me, that she is not a comedienne, not a musical
comedy star, and not an impressionist. What she is, is a fine dramatic
actress. When she gets the right role, she can blow me away, as she did
in Doubt (2008), just as she seems to blow others away by simply
appearing on the screen in any old role.
Here she lights
up the screen in translating a deep, perceptive script by Vanessa Taylor
in her first screenplay for a feature film. For the last ten years
Taylor has written for TV. TV's loss is movie goers' gain because this
is the best script of the year, at least so far.
David Frankel, whose biggest success to date has been The Devil Wears
Prada, Streep and Tommy Lee Jones seem trapped in a loveless,
sexless marriage, much to Streep's displeasure. Jones is one of the more
disagreeable husbands one could hope to meet. Streep cajoles
him to visit Maine and therapist Steve Carell.
are a few other people in the cast, this is basically a film of three
people, all of whom give Oscar®-quality performances. While it is
labeled as a romantic comedy, it's not very funny. Oh, there are a few
lines and situations that might bring some chuckles, but this is more
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf than it is Pillow Talk or
When Harry Met Sally. It's not nearly as rough or brutal as
'Woolf, but it explores the relationship between husband and wife
just as thoroughly and probably with more depth because these characters
are far more typical than the drunken couple in 'Woolf. The talk
is frank, and the acting by the three is mesmerizing, especially Streep,
who really pulls at the heartstrings.
his usual role as a deadpan comedian for this one as a caring
psychoanalyst, and he nails it.
Even though it's
sometimes difficult to watch, this should be rewarded as one of the best
of the year. Taylor is a screenwriter to watch.