UCLA’s Sadiqua Bynum is in Black Panther

Stunt woman.

Simone Biles movie – a review

There’s no score on Rotten Tomatoes for The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar | Lifetime | as I post, but I’m guessing it will be quite popular with the target audience. Young girls and their families.

Simone’s story is inspiring.

Before seeing the made for TV family movie I’d listened to Spencer and Jessica’s review on GymCastic. I agreed with their analysis.

The Gymnastics is silly. As usual. Poor editing. Dumb choices. It wouldn’t cost much more to do a better job.

It was hilarious to see a little girl and her brother wander into Aimee’s Gym club. And to see Simone doing press handstand series with no training. (Though I once had a boy in Rec who did a good press the first time we showed him how.)

Jeanté Godlock is quite good as Simone Biles. What an intimidating role to have to play!

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Julius Tennon as Ron Biles, her father, is excellent. My favourite character.

Tisha Campbell-Martin as Nellie Biles is good too.

Marilyn Norry as Marta Karolyi is, perhaps, weakest cast.

Kathleen Rose Perkins looks the part of Aimee Boorman, but she’s very unconvincing as a coach. Especially compared with Jeff Bridges in Stick It who was quite believable.

There are a few WRONG messages for kids. Simone being forced to do things, for example.

I’m sure the folks at Lifetime considered reshooting some scenes as the Nassar scandal broke.

The Ranch, now cancelled permanently as a training venue, is portrayed in a positive light in this film. As is Marta.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

related – Behind The Scenes Of The Simone Biles Story Movie (Nov 2017)

new film – teen molested by a coach

… Writer-director Jennifer Fox dives into the sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager, and proceeds to interrogate her own memories with unflinching clarity. …

In the age of #MeToo, The Tale shows how every story of sexual abuse is unique …

The Tale, about a teen molested by a coach, is Sundance’s most unexpectedly vital film

Laura Dern plays the victim as an adult, Isabel Nelisse the teen.

The teen comes to terms with sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her running coach. At the time — age 13 — she believed it was a romantic relationship.

By coincidence Isabel Nelisse was a gymnast at Gymnix, as was her sister Sophie.

Thanks GML.

Russian doping documentary – Icarus

Icarus is a 2017 documentary film by Bryan Fogel. …

(it) happening upon a major international doping scandal when he asks for the help of Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory. …

… Rodchenkov had his own system in Russia to help Russian athletes using performance-enhancing drugs without being detected. News reports suddenly surfaced that Rodchenkov was a key figure in Russia’s state-sponsored doping program during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Fearing for his life, Rodchenkov fled to the United States  …

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

You can watch it on Netflix.