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‘Trash Talk’ Doesn’t Get Down and Dirty Enough

‘Trash Talk’ Doesn’t Get Down and Dirty Enough

Trash Talk is a fun read, but it doesn’t get down and dirty enough to take down racism, sexism, and homophobia in sports’ verbal one-upmanship.

Waxing Moustaches: A Hair-Brained Interview with Humourist Aug Stone

Waxing Moustaches: A Hair-Brained Interview with Humourist Aug Stone

What do sports, music, comedy, and neuroplasticity have to do with waxing moustaches? This hair-brained interview with humourist Aug Stone explains.

‘The Iron Claw’: In the Company of Men

‘The Iron Claw’: In the Company of Men

Ostensibly a biography about wrestler Kerry Von Erich, The Iron Claw grips viewers with its dark tale about the company of men.

‘Ballyhoo!’ Professional Wrestling’s Wild West-Like Origins

‘Ballyhoo!’ Professional Wrestling’s Wild West-Like Origins

Professional wrestling’s Wild West-like origins kick up a lot of dust in Jon Langmead’s history of the sport’s rough housers and con artists, Ballyhoo!

Shane Warne Biopic ‘Warnie’ Is Not Quite Scorsese-Like

Shane Warne Biopic ‘Warnie’ Is Not Quite Scorsese-Like

Although it imitates some Scorsese methods, rather than giving us an insight into the real Shane Warne, Warnie instead gives us a series of showreels of the controversies in his life.

There Is No Place Like ‘Ted Lasso’

There Is No Place Like ‘Ted Lasso’

Ted Lasso‘s frequent allusion to the Wizard of Oz shows its guiding principle of selflessness triumphs, no matter the score in the end.

Vince McMahon and the Damaging Impact of Failing Upward

Vince McMahon and the Damaging Impact of Failing Upward

WWE’s Vincent McMahon has brazenly failed upward over and over again, profoundly impacting (and damaging) American culture along the way, argues Abraham Riesman in the biography Ringmaster.

Ben Affleck’s ‘Air’ Wills Itself to Victory

Ben Affleck’s ‘Air’ Wills Itself to Victory

Ben Affleck’s likeable and engaging Air walks a fine line between success and defeat. It’s a fitting culmination of the director’s exploration of drama and its sub-genres.

Ben Affleck’s Nike/Michael Jordan Film ‘Air’ Tries to Elevate Marketing

Ben Affleck’s Nike/Michael Jordan Film ‘Air’ Tries to Elevate Marketing

Ben Affleck’s ridiculously crowd-pleasing Jerry Maguire-like movie Air, about Nike landing Michael Jordan, makes a nearly too-late pivot into meaningful marketing.

Billie Jean King’s ‘All In’ Takes a Swing at Gender Equity and the Big Game Called Life

Billie Jean King’s ‘All In’ Takes a Swing at Gender Equity and the Big Game Called Life

A maverick force in promoting women’s sports, Billie Jean King’s courage and diligence also helped transform acceptance of gay and lesbian culture in America.

Tribeca 2021: ‘LFG’ Shows the Struggle and Sacrifice in Fight for Equal Pay

Tribeca 2021: ‘LFG’ Shows the Struggle and Sacrifice in Fight for Equal Pay

Sean Fine and Andrea Nix’s new documentary, LFG, focuses on the women’s national soccer team’s court battle to get paid what they’re worth.

Julie DiCaro’s ‘Sidelined’ Tackles Sexism in Sports

Julie DiCaro’s ‘Sidelined’ Tackles Sexism in Sports

Sports journalist Julie DiCaro mixes research and experience for a compelling and troubling revelation in her book, ‘Sidelined’.