Even the most dedicated cinema fans have yet to name one aspect of human life that has not been turned into a movie. Perhaps a true movie freak would come up with a surprisingly dark topic, but that’s pretty rare.
The thing is, we already have a lot of ground under our feet. It turns out that exercise is usually an engaging topic, even if it is a little less popular discipline.
This niche sport has a rich history. If we talk about images with unusual disciplines, we might as well start with a classic. The 1993 Cool Runnings must surely be described as such. Granted, bobsleigh might not be the most fashionable activity, but if you put it in a captivating context, you get an unexpected hit. This famous American sports comedy is considered one of the best “underdog” films about sports.
Indeed, the term “outsider” could be a bit of an understatement here. No doubt stronger words come to mind when I think of a team from Jamaica trying to compete in the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Yet a unique and uplifting story like this doesn’t come up too often. Especially if it is inspired by actual events, even if the exact details differ greatly from real life. Although the Jamaican bobsleigh crew did not bring home any medals, they prevailed against their film opponents and won our hearts.
Poker may not feel like a sport in the traditional sense. However, the game’s popularity and the well-documented presence of many professional players encourage us to take it a little more seriously.
It also explains why filmmakers make poker films or use the game as a beautiful backdrop or a fashionable subject. Sometimes it just looks cool to see a James Bond guy dressed up and ready for casino action.
The basic rules of poker are not difficult to understand, even if this is your first time playing. Therefore, the action in the film is easy to follow. The excitement, high-stakes gameplay, and the potential for exciting moments make it perfect for the big screen. Titles that have made it into the mainstream include Rounders, Maverick, Casino Royale, and Molly’s Game.
While the activity seems like an excellent idea for a fun night out, there aren’t that many films about bowling. Those who take the subject seriously did not seem to make a significant impression on the history of cinema. On the flip side, at least a couple of bowling movies with a more comedic approach might have got stuck in audience memories.
Knocking down the pins with a cool bowling ball was such a big part of the Cohen brothers’ iconic The Big Lebowski that one of the key characters and a great player got its spin-off in 2019 (The Jesus Rolls).
That being said, a wacky Woody Harrelson comedy like Kingpin undoubtedly stands out from the crowd. The 1990s don’t disappoint with this one. When a former professional bowler (Harrelson) becomes the manager of a promising young protégé from the Amish community, what can go wrong?