Coach Carter Movie Review

Android spyware may not be the focus of Coach Carter, but it is still important to learn about.

Sports movies are some of the best movies out there. They start with something that people automatically have a reference point and a grid for: a sport they love. All they have to do is add a bit of drama, a love story, and a bit of social commentary, and they’re well on their way to having an Academy Award-winning sports film. Some of the best sports movies include Hoosiers, Remember the Titans, and Invictus. (Just as a side note, I heard of some cool software I wanted to share for you Android spyware lovers out there. I’ll share in a new post soon.)

Another great sports film is Coach Carter. It stars Samuel L. Jackson as the newly-hired head basketball coach at Richmond High in California. The high school is in an inner-city area where there are a lot more troubles facing the players than just the opposing teams they face on the court. Some of the players are facing particularly difficult situations, which makes the film dramatic and interesting.

The Trailer

My Movie Review

Samuel L. Jackson

One of the highlights of the film is getting to see Samuel L. Jackson is a role that’s unlike most of the ones that he has played. Jackson is known for being cast in rather extraordinary roles, where his giant personality can shine. He shines just as big in this film, which gives him space to be who he is in a more controlled environment than he had in films like Pulp Fiction. (Just as a side note: My Android was being buggy when I watched Pulp Fiction recently, I thought someone had installed Android spyware on my phone, but I learned it was detectable, so that couldn’t have been it.)

Channing Tatum

Another actor who was in this film was Channing Tatum. Coach Carter came out during the beginnings of Tatum’s career, which has taken off dramatically since then. Tatum didn’t play one of the best players, but his character had a certain flair and charm that helped bring the rest of them together.

Street Life and Basketball

One of the strengths of the film is the distinction it draws between the life the players are living on the streets and their basketball and academic lives. One of the players in particular, called Crew, is an interesting character who sells drugs for his cousin when he’s not at school. He’s also a skilled basketball player, and eventually, he finds a father figure in Coach Carter.

Carter’s Methods

What makes the film interesting are the coaching methods of Jackson’s character Coach Carter. He has his players sign a contract where they agree to have a certain GPA and to sit in the front row of their classes. It’s Carter’s contract that pushes the boys to succeed. He also teaches them to respect themselves and others, by having them refer to each other as “Sir,” and treat each other respectfully. I’m sure none of these kids would consider adding any Android spyware on anyone’s phone for fear of Carter’s wrath.

Carter’s Inspiration

Carter’s belief in his players is inspiring, and it’s probably what makes Coach Carter such a good film. The film isn’t perfect. There are times when it’s a bit corny, but overall it’s an inspiring film with a powerful social commentary. Those that are looking for a good sports or basketball movie will enjoy Coach Carter, especially if they’ve never seen it before. If you want a movie with baseball as the focus instead, check out what I said about those movies here.

The Two Best Baseball Movies

I think these are the two best baseball movies.

Baseball, America’s past time, is one of our nation’s most beloved sports. It has consistently brought people together, kept us on the edge of our seats, and brought us pure joy. Over the years, many movies have been made about this sport and the amazing men (and women) who play it. From the 1990’s to the past year of 2017, cinema has given us some absolutely amazing films about baseball. Here are two of the best baseball movies that have come out over the years.

Two Of The Best Baseball Movies

The Sandlot

The Sandlot is a family-friendly, fun-filled movie you can enjoy over and over again, and so will your kids. Based in the 1960’s, the story follows a group of neighborhood kids who play baseball on a regular basis in an old field they affectionately call, “The Sandlot.” When Scotty Smalls, a kid who can’t even throw a baseball, moves into the neighborhood, the leader of the gang takes him under his wing. He teaches the new kid about the game of baseball and ushers him into the best summer of his life. Or is it?

Conflict strikes when Scotty hits a baseball signed by Babe Ruth over the neighbor’s fence, which he can’t get back. He soon learns that the neighbor is rumored to be an angry old man who owns a monstrous dog that eats kids. Can this be true? Watch to find out!

This is a wonderful baseball film, with a toe-tapping soundtrack, that’s sure to become a family favorite.

Reignite your love for sports by watching the best baseball movies.
The best baseball movies will reignite your love for this amazing sport.

61*

61* is a film based on the true story of Roger Maris, who was the first to beat Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs in a single season, back in 1961. Made by HBO and directed by Billy Crystal, this movie showcases the heartfelt and overlooked story of Roger Maris.

He was a small town kid who made it big when he was recruited by baseball scouts to play triple A ball, and eventually found himself playing for the New York Yankees. Before he knew it, he was in a race with crowd favorite Mickey Mantle to see if either of them would beat Ruth’s home run record. With a quiet personality and honest attitude, he wasn’t exactly what the country wanted in a sports star. He ends up beating Mantle, as well as Ruth’s record, but a lot of Americans didn’t like it.

This movie paints a wonderful and raw picture of what Maris went through: the stress, endurance, sadness, and triumph. It is a classic that’s sure to bring a tear to your eye and remind you of why baseball is America’s favorite past time.

Top Superhero Movies of 2017

Top Superhero Movies of 2017

Believe it or not, 2017 has been the year of the superhero movie. There have been all sorts of superhero movies in 2017 by Marvel and DC. Even Power Rangers had a theatrical film, if you would call them superheroes. For whatever reason, Hollywood seems to be on a superhero kick. It’s making them a lot of money, to say the least, so it doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon.

Last year saw a number of superhero movies hit the theaters. There was Batman vs. Superman, Captain America: Civil War, and Doctor Strange. 2017 had even more. While Wonder Woman has already been released, we have the new Justice League and Thor movies to look forward to next month. So, what are the best superhero movies of 2017? Well, I’m glad you asked.

Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot is hot. It’s no wonder DC picked her to star as the newest Wonder Woman. She first appeared in Batman vs. Superman, where she showed up to save the two superheroes from the huge, crazy beast that Lex Luthor had created. Wonder Woman is her first solo film, where she stars as the Amazon princess with powers similar to Superman. She took the box office by storm, and she’ll also be appearing in the Justice League movie later this year.

Thor: Ragnarok

It’s been a while since people saw Thor in his own movie. He’s been in the Avengers films, of course, but was absent in Captain America: Civil War, due to some business on another planet. Thor: Ragnarok will see Chris Hemsworth returning as Thor. This time, he’s teaming up with Loki and Dr. Strange to fight Hela, the goddess of death that’s coming to destroy his home. Karl Urban will also be in the film as Skurge.

Justice League

Top Superhero Movies of 2017
Justice League is shaping up to be a promising movie.

This will be DC’s response to Marvel’s Avenger series, which has been so wildly popular in recent years. This film will star Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, and Jason Mamoa as Aquaman. In the trailer, we see Batman traveling around to recruit new members to join the Justice League. But, we’ll see how successful this film is.

Power Rangers

Every young boy who grew up in the 90’s had their first crush of the pink Power Ranger. This film is the movie adaptation of Power Rangers, the iconic 90’s television series. It definitely was a bit nostalgic for moviegoers like myself who grew up with the franchise. Plus, it attracted a new following of fans who weren’t even alive when the first Power Rangers films came out.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

One superhero film that people were particularly excited about is the newest Spider-Man movie. It stars Tom Holland, a British actor, as the new web-slinging Spider-Man who takes on The Vulture. Like many other fans, I was disappointed with recent movie adaptations. Fortunately, Spider-Man: Homecoming was a pleasant surprise, with a 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

If you’re not really into superhero movies, this has probably not been your year.  You might be more interested in these films Netflix just added last month. But for me, and plenty of others who love superheroes, going to the movies has been more exciting than usual. Even better – the action doesn’t stop after 2017! We have 2018’s The Avengers: Infinity War to look forward to, as well.

What’s New to Netflix in September 2017

You can keep track of what your kids are watching on Netflix with a phone spy app.

Netflix is one of the easiest and most exciting ways to watch TV and movies these days. So many people have found something they love on Netflix. Even kids are finding things that they enjoy, like a couple of the new Disney movies that were just added. One thing that is worth monitoring for parents is what their kids are watching on Netflix. There is at least one phone spy app out there that enables them to see what their kids are doing online. In addition, they can use a phone spy app to monitor what apps their children download.

People tend to use their smartphones to watch Netflix because of how convenient it is. It’s exciting to see some of the new additions to the streaming service’s arsenal of movies and shows this fall.

New Releases on Netflix

Gangs of New York

In this masterpiece set in late 19th century New York, Leonardo DiCaprio joins forces with Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz. DiCaprio is a man of Irish descent living in New York, whose father was killed in a gang-war with the gang of Daniel Day-Lewis’s character. It’s a historical drama full of action and betrayal, and one that’s definitely worth investing a couple of hours in.

Jaws

"Jaws" was originally based on a book.
The iconic film “Jaws” is based off of the 1974 book of the same name.

There are now several Jaws films included in Netflix’s arsenal. Don’t watch this one if you’re going to the beach anytime soon. But, if you’re up for a late night and in the mood for a scare, this could be a good one to watch with a few friends.

Mulan

Mulan is one of the classic Disney films released within the past decade or two. The best part is that the sequel, Mulan II is also on Netflix, even though it’s not nearly as popular as the first. This would be a great one to watch with the kids or the grandkids! Parents can also use a phone spy app to make sure that their children are watching age-appropriate titles, like this one.

Hercules

This amazing Disney film was recently added to Netflix as well. It follows the story of young Hercules as he learns his place in the world and saves it at the same time.

Dead Poets’ Society

This 1989 film stars the late Robin Williams as a teacher of poetry. It received 4 Oscar nominations and won for Best Writing. This is one of the best new additions to Netflix this September. If someone is in the mood for an inspiring film and wants to reminisce over the career of Robin Williams, this is a great one to dive into. This is one I’ll be watching while it’s available!

Remember that Netflix is great for watching movies, but keep an eye on your kids if they are using it. You should also be sure to utilize some of the tools mentioned above if your children watch Netflix on their smartphones.

Top 5 Shows To Watch On Netflix

Find New TV Shows to Watch on Netflix

For those who are not constantly watching Netflix (like me), it can be a little difficult to keep up with the best shows. Whether you’re into comedies, action, or dramas, new shows are being added every few days. There are tons of people wondering what shows they should be watching, and which ones they should avoid. If you’re one of these people, then you’ve come to the right place.

The great part about having a Netflix account is that there is a constant rotation of shows and movies. That way, Netflix users never get bored.  All you need to do is do a little research and you’ll easily figure out which ones are worth your time.  But if you don’t have the time to do that, here’s a list of my five favorite Netflix shows.

The Office

For people that are fans of dry, English humor, The Office will always be one of the best shows on Netflix. Those that are wondering if there are any good comedy shows on Netflix would do themselves a favor to turn on The Office. It stars Steve Carrell and John Krasinski, among others, and after 9 seasons it is still one of the most successful comedy shows.  All 9 seasons of The Office are on Netflix, for those that want to see the show, whether for the first or the 50th time.

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead definitely isn’t a comedy. But it’s still one of the best shows on Netflix. The Walking Dead is a zombie post-apocalyptic thriller/action genre show that’s based on an amazing comic book series.  One good thing about The Walking Dead (aside from how great it is) is that it’s still coming out with new seasons. So once you catch up you can always start watching the new episodes on AMC.

Orange is the New Black

This is a show about what it’s like for women in prison. The show has received remarkably positive reviews from critics, and has won multiple awards. For those that are looking for something a little different, Orange is the New Black is a great place to start.

Frontier

Those that are fans of outdoor-type shows or movies like The Revenant will enjoy Frontier. It stars Jason Mamoa, who came to stardom for playing Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones.  He’s also signed on to play Aquaman in the upcoming Justice League movies. Unfortunately, the first season of the show has only received a 38% rating from Rotten Tomatoes, which tends to be pretty accurate when it comes to grading shows and movies.  Despite it’s low rating, this show is still worth a try.  

Black Mirror

What makes Black Mirror unique is that there isn’t a particular plot that the show follows.  Every episode is different from the rest, the only link between episodes is the universe in which they take place.  The show has won multiple awards, and is reminiscent of the original Twilight Zone series. This show also offers an interesting social commentary on many of the problems of today’s world.  

No matter what type of show someone prefers to watch, they’re sure to find something they like on Netflix.  If you are on Netflix and looking for a new show to watch, go ahead and give any of these a try. You might find that your new favorite show is right here on this list!  If you’d like to check out some more reviews, head on over to the top 5 power guide.

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