more than a game - over a year later for me

Friday, October 2, 2009

in september 2008 i was lucky enough to attend the toronto international film festival with my mom and cousins.

it was an awesome experience that allowed me to sit mere rows behind major A-list celebrities like brad pitt, anne hathaway, the coen brothers, john malcovich, zac efron, claire danes and many many more.

you can read my two re-cap post here and here.

there was one movie out of the 8 i saw that weekend that i
made my mom attend with me - it was her compromise to me....

in toronto (over a year) ago i witnessed lebron james and company view the world premiere of the basketball documentary more than a game.

here's a bit of what i said about the movie in sept '08:

when the director of the whole toronto international film festival announced the film saying that more than a game was his favorite film of the festival my mom and i were like, huh, maybe this is going to be better than we thought. it WAS.

we were both balling out eyes out by the end because although basketball was at the core of this film, i'll be cliche and say that it was about a lot more than a game of basketball.

it was about a group of friends who grew up and played ball together from 5th grade, it was about a coach who cared, and family - that was at the heart of it
all. it just so happened that one of these players became the chosen one, pretty convenient eh? i seriously can't gush enough about this film - GO SEE IT if you get a chance.

for the viewing the documentary director, the whole team and coach dru (minus cotton) got together for the screening. my boy lebron said on stage that he has only cried two times in his life from basketball. this screening being one of them - the big man cried on stage!!! i heart him.

the director, stars/players, coach dru and lebron himself on stage answering questions after the premiere of more than a game at TIFF '08

ultimately i thought so highly of this movie that i not only stole the movie posters on my way out of the theater but have been talking it up to my family and friends forever.

i've been waiting so long for more than a game to be in local theaters and with it finally premiering here this weekend, i feel like i must urge everyone to go check it out.

it's going to be raining in cleveland all weekend anyways - perfect fall movie weather!

have a good weekend kids, i'm off work today...... nice ride.


  1. I love Lebron, despite being a hardcore Mavs fan. Plus, if you have to pick a team in the East to root for, how could you NOT pick the Cavs?

    I'll keep my eyes peeled for this movie, it looks awesome :).

  2. Wow. I can't say I've ever even contemplated watching a documentary about basketball, but this post has piqued my curiosity to dangerous levels. I think I'm going to check it out.

    I'm also directly relying on this post (and, hopefully, a viewing of the film, but that is neither here nor there) to make up my mind for my highly competitive annual Oscar Pool. If pressed, I may or may not rattle off whole sentences of your commentary in a pretentious tone to scorn my fellow Oscar-watchers who haven't seen any of the docs... ;-)

  3. I have never heard about this movie, but now, I have to see it. However, in college, my now-fiance played in the NCAA tournament in Cleveland (a long time ago!). Lebron happened to be friends with one of our other players and came to our team dinner. The team (minus his friend) didn't have great things to say about him. He was pretty rude (to put it nicely). I hope he was just having a bad day, because he seems like a good guy, otherwise!

  4. Matt will need to check this out. He loves EVERYTHING and ANYTHING that has to do with basketball.

    I'm sorry lady, but I hearts me some Kevin Garnett, although I will admit Lebron is one awesome bball player.

  5. I am an avid movie goer, I love movies. I am not a big sports fan. That being said, I wasn't excited to view this movie, I only went because Alexa wanted to, the rest of our group opted out...ha. To my surprise it was sooo much better than I ever anticipated and I did enjoy it. And yes, we did get a bit weepy.

  6. Rainy weekend are my favorite excuse to not leave the couch for three days. ;-)

  7. i always THINK i don't want to watch sports movies, then there i am crying like a big ol' sport loving boy every time. who knew.

  8. Lebron James is pretty sexy.

    The end.

  9. i can't wait to see this. wanna go again?

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  11. I just went and saw this tonight and I thought it was great! I too was weepy.


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