A couple of films to you get you by in these trying times

By Nicole Ganglani | Photo from Netflix

The coronavirus outbreak has been a nightmare for everyone. Multiple nationwide events, including sports tournaments and games have been postponed and canceled. For sports fans, March was supposed to be an exciting time especially with the NBA playoffs fast approaching, NCAA’s March Madness, UAAP volleyball season and of course the PBA. Yes, there are more pressing issues to worry about right now and it’s important to stay indoors but if you’re looking to pass time and get your sports fix, here are five sports films you should stream right now: 

Space Jam 

It’s ironic because “Space Jam” predicted this pandemic exactly 23 years ago. We don’t mean to spoil it for you but the film saw the NBA shutting down because of a virus spread by aliens. Aside from this, it’s a good movie for basketball fans who miss watching Michael Jordan and the 90s basketball superstars back in the day. Space Jam is currently sitting in Netflix’s daily top 10 and it’s a great teaser to watch before we see LeBron James take over the next “Space Jam” film. 

Available on Netflix

Any Given Sunday 

“Any Given Sunday” gives you a peek into a professional football player’s life behind closed doors. According to writer and director Oliver Stone, the film is an authentic depiction of what NFL players go through during their careers—partying, drugs, fights and more. Watch this if you want to see how professional athletes live their lives and find success in the sporting world. 

Available on Netflix

Kobe Bryant’s Muse 

Kobe Bryant may be gone but his legacy lives on. In “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” (released in 2015) Bryant narrates his comeback from one of the most challenging times of his career when he suffered an Achilles injury. The five-time NBA champion also talks about the genesis of the Black Mamba, the sexual assault scandal he faced in 2003 and his journey behind winning two championships right after. 

Available on YouTube, Showtime, Hulu and Amazon Prime

Goon

“Goon” is a feel-good comedy about Doug Glatt (played by Seann William Scott) who finds personal fulfillment as an enforcer for a minor league ice hockey team. Glatt’s knockout punches are one of a kind, which leads him to become an important member of a team playing a sport he barely knows. It’s all because of his heart and camaraderie that has helped him excel in his new role. 

Available on Netflix

Southpaw 

“Southpaw” follows the life of a boxer named Billy “The Great” Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) who hits rock bottom after losing his wife in an accident and daughter to protective services. Filmed in the suburbs of New York City, watch this drama if you’re looking for inspiration to get your life back together. Billy teaches us that we can always bounce back from the darkest moments of our lives. 

Available on Netflix

Click the link if you want to know more basketball or fitness-related films you can stream on Netflix. 

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