What’s up? Welcome back to the Sportcodex Sports Movies brackets, the first day of the final 16. I’ll bring you the first four matchups once again. We’re getting down to the really tough stuff now. Here we go!
1. Ford V Ferrari vs 17. The Karate Kid
Ford V Ferrari
Stars: Christian Bale, Matt Damon
Directed by: James Mangold
RT Score: 95% (92% critic, 98% audience)
Path So Far: Beat 64th seed The Air Up There with 65.2% of the votes. Beat 33rd seed Bend It Like Beckham with 66.7% of the votes.
The Karate Kid
Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita
Directed by: John G. Avildsen
RT Score: 85.5% (89% critic, 82% audience)
Path So Far: Beat 48th seed Above The Rim with 75% of the votes. Beat 16th seed Miracle with 77.8% of the votes.
The #1 seed has had an easyish road so far, a perk of being the top seed I guess. Definitely nothing as tough as the #17 seed The Karate Kid, a family favourite and one with new life thanks to the Cobra Kai series. Interesting to see if our top seed continues on after this one.
34. Cool Runnings vs 15. Field Of Dreams
Stars: John Candy, Leon
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
RT Score: 78.5% (76% critics, 81% audience)
Path So Far: Beat 31st seed Caddyshack with 83.3% of the votes. Beat 2nd seed Raging Bull with 69.2% of the votes.
Field Of Dreams
Stars: Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta
Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson
RT Score: 86.5% (87% critic, 86% audience)
Path So Far: Beat the 50th seed Lords of Dogtown with 53.3% of the votes. Beat 47th seed Blades of Glory with 55.6% of the votes.
Whilst Field of Dreams (Costner’s lone remaining of his five appearances) is the higher seed, it is going to have a hard time beating Cool Runnings, which took out the #2 seed Raging Bull in the last round. All the momentum gotta be with the lower seed on this one.
30. Rocky vs 46. Talladega Nights
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers
Directed by: John G. Avildsen
RT Score: 81% (93% critic, 69% audience)
Path So Far: Beat 35th seed The Longest Yard with 75% of the votes. Beat 3rd seed The Wrestler with 85.7% of the votes.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby
Stars: Will Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen
Directed by: Adam McKay
RT Score: 72% (71% critic, 73% audience)
Path So Far: Destroyed the 19th seed Rudy with 80% of the votes. Also destroyed 14th seed Slap Shot with 93.3% of the votes.
While Rocky has the more impressive victory, beating the 3rd seed The Wrestler convincingly, Talladega Nights has absolutely dog-walked both of it’s opponents, including getting the biggest victory in Round Two. This one should be much, much closer though.
51. The Waterboy vs 13. Warrior
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates
Directed by: Frank Coraci
RT Score: 52.5% (34% critic, 71% audience)
Path So Far: Beat the 4th seed Creed with 55.6% of the votes. Beat the 29th seed The Color Of Money with 57.1% of the votes.
Stars: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton
Directed by: Gavin O’Connor
RT Score: 87.5% (83% critic, 92% audience)
Path So Far: Beat 52nd seed Ali with 53.8% of votes. Beat 45th seed Invincible with 66.7% of the votes.
This matchup worries me. The Waterboy already eliminated one of my all-time favourite sports movies in Creed and now comes up against another of my all-time favourites. Warrior also hasn’t really impressed so far, squeaking through it’s two matchups against not the greatest of opponents. I love Adam Sandler, but I will be heartbroken if Warrior is eliminated.
There we have it, four more matchups. As always, follow The Sportcodex on Twitter to keep track of everything, and just because it’s what all the cool kids are doing.
Until next time, PEACE!