Friday, November 27, 2009

Rover Film Review: The Blind Side

The Blind Side

Directed By: John Lee Hancock (The Rookie)
Starring: Sandra Bullock (lots of things)
Tim McGraw (Friday Night Lights, Four Christmases)
Quinton Aaron (Be Kind Rewind)

Rating: PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references.
Running Time: 128 min.

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%

Based upon the 2006 book by Michael Lewis, The Blind Side highlights the origins of current NFLer Michael Oher. If you're looking for a film that details the Christian spirit, while proving that anyone can overcome long odds with the right support, this film is for you.

Michael ( Quinton Aaron ) arises from a dysfunctional home torn apart by violence and drugs in the project. A wealthy Taco Bell franchisee ( Tim McGraw ) and his strong Southern wife ( Sandra Bullock ) take the orphan in, clothe him, feed him, shelter him, and raise him.

Several montages follow, with some memorable cameos by former and current SEC coaches (including Notre Dame's own Lou Holtz), depicting the development of this young man from the ghetto to the top of the recruiting lists. He decides on Ole Miss, following in his new family's foot-steps, but not without some trouble along the way.

The film follows the plot of so many other movies and "true-life stories" in depicting the triumph of one over long odds. Although I was slightly bothered by the negative portrayal of every black person except Oher, in the end, the Christian message of charity and love triumphs over stereotypes (of which this film abounds). The movie is decent, although fans of the books might miss the analysis of the Left Tackle position that Lewis detailed.

A largely family friendly movie and one churning towards a nice box office return and Oscar buzz for Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side is a decent movie that follows the trajectory of so many other sports movies of the last years (including the director's own The Rookie)


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Picture of the Day

Happy Thanksgiving! From the Irish Rover

Monday, November 23, 2009

Bishops and Politics

Not to make this a blog solely dedicated to health care, but...

This piece on Politico provides a nice, relatively unbiased account of Bishop's lobbying in the debate over health care.

Although it refuses to call out Rep. Kennedy as acting contrary to his religion as the reason for Bishop Tobin denying communion to him, the article is a nice overview. It highlights the Catholic Church's advocacy for withholding federal funding of abortions, support for a conscience clause, and appeal for coverage for all - legally and illegally - within the United States.

The Catholic Church is also highlighted as one of the largest providers of health care in the country right now - an important fact that should be remembered by Congress as they seek to reshape the country.