Another Netflix Review guest post from Bryan James Dougherty. Enjoy.
Director: Warren P. Sonoda (Unrivaled)
Writer: Eric Lunsky
Starring: Jim Annan (Repo Man), Jason Blicker (The Day After Tomorrow), Liam Card (Textuality)
Genre: Action, Sports, Comedy, Hockey
Review: There have been many great Hockey movies over the years; Slap Shot, The Mighty Ducks, Les Boys and recently, Goon. These are films that encapsulate the purity and excitement the sport inherently possesses and reminds fans why they love the game. The Puck Hogs is a film that understands why these films are successful and imitates them to almost parody-like effect. Not to say I didn’t like the film.
I can’t dislike this film because it’s not really about Hockey. If this film were about the 12th annual butter-slathering championships it would not have been different. In fact, it couldn’t have hurt as they could have done that more believably than play hockey. This mockumentary is campy and lacking seriousness, although the latter was probably somewhat unintentional. It’s light-hearted and doesn’t try to make a statement. And most surprisingly, it’s funny at moments.
All my complaints about the film are small and do not affect the film too much, except that no one affiliated with the production of this film knows much about the sport. How do I know? Take this line from the coach of the Puck Hogs:
“Shoot at the net!”
This is advice I would expect to hear one poacher tell another poacher, not a guy who is supposed to be coaching Hockey players. It’s something I imagine a women’s basketball player would scream during climax. How that line made it in to the film is absurd but not implausible.
If it had tried to be a Hockey film instead of a film featuring Hockey, I would have resisted it wholly because I take hockey seriously probably due to my otherwise uninteresting character. I don’t know. The point being that the greatest strength of the movie is that it doesn’t go deep into the game because it would have failed horribly. Since it didn’t, it stands as a mediocre sports comedy with some redeeming attributes.
Score: 16 missing teeth out of 32
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Creator: Terrence Sacchi (Facing Trauma), Paul Reitano (Facing Trauma), Brandon Gross
Starring: Jay Rosenkrantz (The Micros, Deuces Cracked), Dani Stern
Genre: Reality, Poker, Sports
Episodes: 10 Episodes
Why You Should Watch It: I hate to say it but I can't imagine you would much enjoy this show if you have never played poker, don't watch poker, or know nothing about the game. The show isn't centered around the actual playing of the game, it's more about the goal of making $2 million dollars and the summer Vegas adventures of four friends, but I'm not sure some people would appreciate the lifestyle or stories in the show. It took place during a time when playing online poker, while not the easiest to do in the USA, was still a large business. Since the infamous Black Friday last year, things for the online poker world, in the United States, look pretty glum. So, the playing you see in the show can't really be done at the same scope anymore. Sadly. The four friends, Dani "Ansky" Stern, Jay "KRANTZ" Rosenkrantz, Brian "flawless_victory" Roberts, and Emil "whitelime" Patel all share a Las Vegas home for the summer while, collectively, trying to make $2 Million dollars. Each week they have friendly competitions on who makes the most money and the loser has to usually do something humiliating as punishment. It also shows the different lifestyle that a professional poker player lives. It's defiantly a good watch if you like poker, and even though you might not know much about the game, give it a try. It's only 10 episodes after all.