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.
Click the book to read the first chapter and for
ordering information. Also available on Kindle.
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Wow; this is a movie! Much as I loathe movies that rely on special
effects, this one is, well, special. With a cast of two, George Clooney
and Sandra Bullock (others receive voice credits), it is spellbinding.
They are floating around in space, weightless, the entire film. The
special effects are mind-boggling. Whatís past is prologue, though; the
scenes of the inside of a devastated space station are strikingly
similar to the scenes of a similarly devastated WWII bomber limping back
to England in 1946ís A Matter of Life and Death. Writer/director
Alfonso Cuarůn creates the isolation and solitude of space brilliantly,
making the audience feel the desperation of the two astronauts when
things suddenly go terribly wrong.
Armstrong Lie (10/10):
the fascinating tale of Lance Armstrong, who is presented in this
documentary as one of the most notorious liars of the 21st
Century (so far). Any documentary that lasts over two hours is probably
too long, but I actually hated to see this end. Itís beautifully shot
and edited. Even in the end, when you know the horrible things Armstrong
did to good people who only wanted the truth to come out, you canít help
but realize how likeable he is. Thatís what allowed him to carry off his
scam. But you really have to see this to appreciate the story. Opens
guys Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger acquit themselves
admirably in this brutal thriller about escape from what seems to be an
impossibly secure prison, headed by warden Jim Caviezel. Whatís
unfortunate is that director Mikael HŚfstrŲm inserts absurdly violent
torture and fights in which the victims irresponsibly are shown
suffering little or no lasting damage, looking unmarked and movie-star
coifed in the very next scenes. Despite this and the hackneyed climax,
the story provides good escapist tension.
Director Paul Greengrass, who has a string of terrific action films to
his credit, and writer Billy Ray, who wrote and directed Shattered
Glass (2003), one of the best print media movies ever made,
make this worth the two hours plus runtime. Greengrass films it like a
docudrama, in the style of Roberto Rosselliniís Rome, Open City
(1945) and Gillo Pontecorvoís The Battle of Algiers (1966),
striking a happy medium, obtaining the influence of the older films
without sacrificing what makes Hollywood Hollywood, which is slam-bang
action. Unfortunately, the film gives a relatively sympathetic picture
of the pirates, especially their leader, Muse (well played by Barkhad
Abdi), and actually makes the Navy look deceitful and dishonest. Maybe
this is what happened, but you come away feeling that Muse ended up as a
Your Darlings (2/10):
Pardon me if I do not genuflect at the altar of Jack Kerouac and Allen
Ginsberg. This is a film about the germination at Columbia University in
1944, when Ginsburg was a naÔve freshman, of the people who defined the
Beat Generation, a group of writers
influenced by Eastern philosophy and religion and known especially for
their use of nontraditional forms and their rejection of conventional
Up until an outrageous murder that occurs near the end of the film it is
a tangle of talk that is marked by how uninvolving it all is unless you
buy the credibility of the fame of these people. Director John Krokidas
has a style of quick cuts and time warping jumps that is more annoying
than entertaining. Replete with graphic homosexual sex scenes, the only
interesting part of the movie came before the end credits when graphics
indicate what happened to the characters. I still didnít care.