By George Rose
October 21, 2009
Welcome to Take Five, your weekly list of five random movie recommendations. Most people don't have time to watch five movies in a week. Most people don't even have five minutes to take a break and relax. Take Five is here to quicken your search for reliable entertainment (or at least movies that I deem entertaining) so you can enjoy what little free time you have. And really, who reading this article doesn't want to spend their free time watching movies? It's not like you're on sports Web site.
If you're really looking for something fun to do with your free time, you might want to make your way to New Jersey this week. That's right, the place known as the Garbage State... I mean the Garden State. Yeah, I know, it's quite possibly the dirtiest state in America, but for the next few days it will be known as something completely different, something that might revitalize its tourist intake and finally attract those that have feared the pollution it is so well known for. This week is... my birthday! From 12:00 a.m. on October 21st (my actual birthday) to late Sunday night, New Jersey will be transformed – Michael Bay style – and will become the latest stomping grounds to feel the wrath of my college-trained, Greek blooded liver. Don't worry, though. This doesn't mean I won't make time to go to the movies. After all, Halloween is my favorite holiday and people keep raving about Paranormal Activity. Who is ready to come to NJ for a week of movies and drinking? Nobody? I guess I'm the only jobless one in America with a bunch of free time. Well if you decide not to come celebrate with me in NJ, here are a few movies you can watch instead.
Remember the Titans (2000)
I was reminded of this movie when it came on TV earlier this week. Normally I'm not a big fan of sports or sports movies but Remember the Titans is one of the few that sticks out as enjoyable for me. It was one of the movies that really solidified Denzel Washington as a bankable lead actor, which worked out well for us (the audience) because he is amazing. More importantly, this movie introduced me to someone else, someone whose career has been a roller-coaster ride ever since: Hayden Panettiere. I probably shouldn't have followed her career so closely, since nothing after Titans (besides TVs Heroes) has registered with the mainstream. Joe Somebody? Raising Helen? Bring it On: All or Nothing? At least Denzel leveraged his role in Titans to better effect.
He stars as Herman Boone, an African American (in case you didn't know that's what Denzel is) high school football coach during the 1970s integration era. As the new head coach, it is up to him to bring together his interracial team and the still segregated mindsets of their friends and families. Obviously this task isn't easy or there wouldn't be a movie. It's also pretty obvious that the football team goes on to win all sorts of victories, both on the field and in their town. What better way to bring two distant groups of people together than a sporting event victory? This is a formula Disney knows well but it's rarely as entertaining in their other films as it is in Remember the Titans. Maybe it's because Denzel is the best of their coaches. Maybe it's the added layers of racial tension and acceptance. Or maybe it's because Hayden hasn't been as darn cute as she is here. Regardless, this movie is (super lame joke in 3... 2... 1...) one titan worth remembering!