Top 10 Movie List Has Begun!— 10. Remember the Titans
On top of an awesome cast that includes Denzel Washington—who is never anything short of THE MAN—and a goofy Ryan Gosling before he acquired copious amounts of swag and inexplicable sex appeal, Remember the Titans has heart and soul. I’m not a huge sports fan; I’m more of a sometimes-if-I- feel-like-it sports watcher, but I quite enjoy sports films. They make you feel good, often showing the championship of the human spirit. The way they highlight the ability of people from diverse backgrounds to forget their differences and come together on the field (and off) for a common goal is inspiring. It’s the perfect vehicle for a film about racial tensions and segregation.
The way these young players, taught to hate each other because of the color of their skin, are able to pull together as a family touches me deeply. But their experience as a football team leaves them in a social bubble where the outside world is just as segregated as the day they all met. I love the way Remember the Titans shows how sports can bring people together, especially in a time when it was so desperately needed. Somehow it transcends football. It transcends our racial differences. It’s about our community.
Ok, ok, there’s another reason I adore this movie so: “Sunshine.” My heart skipped a beat and did a triple back-flip when I first saw Kip Pardue who plays quarterback Ronny “Sunshine” Bass! Not sure if it was the role or the man but my 12-year-old-self was having all sorts of emotions about him. Oh, jeeze! I can’t even go there because that would be an entire post in and of itself, and would probably implicate me as a down-low creep. I like to keep that side of me hidden. *winks*
Kip Pardue—look at his cutie face.