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30 for 30 films

Post by azaggie » April 20th, 2016, 6:57 am

I just discovered these on Netflix. I watched Once Brothers last night- the story of the Yugoslavian basketball team from the late 80s- early 90s with Vlade Divac and Drazen Petrovic, along with Toni Kukoc and others. This was a great watch and it helped bring to life the war in the Balkans from the 90s. The friendship between Divac and Petrovic was shattered because of the war.

I've also seen the one about Eddie Aikau- the famous Hawaiian surfer. Also a pretty good one. The one to watch is Once Brothers, though if you were only watching one.

Anyone else seen any 30 for 30 films and which ones would you recommend?


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Post by blueblood » April 20th, 2016, 7:13 am

I watched Once Brothers a few years ago. It was very well done.


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Re: 30 for 30 films

Post by TrueBlue » April 20th, 2016, 7:32 am

Broke is a good one. I would also recommend The Two Escobar's, Brian and the Boz, and The U. They are all good.

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Re: 30 for 30 films

Post by providencealum » April 20th, 2016, 8:46 am

My favorites are Pony Excess, Bo Knows, and Trojan War.



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Post by sancho839 » April 20th, 2016, 9:01 am

The Reggie Miller and Duke Lacrosse ones are great, too.



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Post by Dwigt » April 20th, 2016, 9:17 am

You Don't know Bo, I Hate Christian Laettner, The Prince of Pennsylvania, Big Shot and Hillsborough.
Hillsborough can be hard to watch because of some of the visuals but it is worth seeing, especially if you haven't heard much about the story.


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Post by treesap32 » April 20th, 2016, 9:30 am

I love 30 for 30.

The two Escobar's is probably my favorite. Once brothers is great. I liked the one about the cubs fan who interfered with the fly ball. I forget the name, maybe Catching Hell?

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Post by pilotaggie » April 20th, 2016, 9:37 am

They are all pretty good. Episodes I may not have been very interested in kept me entertained. I agree with the Two Escobars being my favorite.

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Re: 30 for 30 films

Post by providencealum » April 20th, 2016, 10:11 am

I also like Rand University



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Post by ericsil7 » April 20th, 2016, 10:33 am

Ive seen most of them and have enjoyed them all for the most part. Theres been a few like the two escobars and the one on the ussr hockey team that lost that i had a hard time with because they had alot of subtitles and not alot of english. Ive got the one on the penny shaq teams from last week on my dvr that i need to get to. But I agree with all the ones listed and would add Elway to Marino as well. Also if you go to their website they have a bunch of 30 for 30 shorts that are 5 to 30 minutes that are pretty good. Theres one called posterized on Shawn Bradley that I enjoyed



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Post by SeattleAg » April 20th, 2016, 10:46 am

I liked Pony Express and the Reggie Miller one. Funny Little Game (?) is interesting, if one is interested in the origins of fantasy sports. (I watched because it's Dan Okrent, who was my favorite commentator in Ken Burns' Baseball.) Can't remember what others I watched, but they're always interesting. As a Liverpool fan, I dunno if I could sit through Hillsborough.



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Post by TheSauerkrautKid » April 20th, 2016, 11:04 am

"June 17, 1994." In my opinion the best piece on the OJ saga we've ever seen.



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Post by hipsterdoofus21 » April 20th, 2016, 11:27 am

The Bo Jackson one is my favorite.
I also liked:
I hate Christian Laettner
Miller Time
Rand University
The Bad Boys

I'm looking forward to seeing the Penny and Shaq one.

I wasn't a fan of the Red Sox one about the comeback vs the Yankees. I didn't like the format of Bill Simmons and another guy just shooting the bull in a bar the whole time.



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Post by aceofspadeskb » April 20th, 2016, 11:57 am

Binge watch session in my near future. Thanks for killing my brain cells guys! :thanks:



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Re: 30 for 30 films

Post by aggies22 » April 20th, 2016, 1:05 pm

I'm pretty sure there is a Karl Malone one as well. Most these are outstanding especially the football ones.



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Post by dyedblue » April 20th, 2016, 1:17 pm

Some other good ones are
Chasing Tyson
The Buffalo Bills one
Jordan Rides the bus was okay - some really good interviews in it
The Bears


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Post by elcheque2 » April 20th, 2016, 1:23 pm

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Post by Intermeddler » April 20th, 2016, 1:29 pm

There are only a handful I haven't seen.

My favorites:

The U (the best of all of the CFB 30 for 30s. The U Part II was not as good)
Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL is interesting and a story that most don't know about, which was the point of the series in the first place.
Once Brothers. Like most have said, it is excellent.
Elway to Marino. As a Broncos fan, I was really interested in it, but I think it would appeal to any NFL fan. A lot of great stories about that draft.
Of Miracles and Men. The Miracle on Ice game told from the Soviet perspective. One of the series best.

OJ Made in America debuts in June on ABC, and will be a 5-part series examining OJ Simpson beyond just the trial. A bunch of people who have gotten to see it already (Chuck Klostermann is one that comes to mind) have said it is the best Sports Doc ESPN has ever made.



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Post by Imakeitrain » April 20th, 2016, 2:46 pm

The 2 best 30 for 30s ever made (the yahoo one is better)


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Post by Socrates2121 » April 20th, 2016, 6:07 pm

The "Reggie Miller one" is called Winning Time.

Hillsborough is emotionally a very strong film.

Rand University is good.

I also like Brian and the Boz, The U, You Don't Know Bo, The Guru of Go, Trojan War, and I'm planning on watching "Fantastic Lies" tonight.

I hate Christian Laettner. But that has nothing to do with the 30-for-30.


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Post by Socrates2121 » April 20th, 2016, 6:08 pm

The "Reggie Miller one" is called Winning Time.

Hillsborough is emotionally a very strong film.

Rand University is good.

I also like Brian and the Boz, The U, You Don't Know Bo, The Guru of Go, Trojan War, and I'm planning on watching "Fantastic Lies" tonight.

I hate Christian Laettner. But that has nothing to do with the 30-for-30.


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Post by Jjoey52 » April 20th, 2016, 7:28 pm

The one about the high school girls basketball coach in Dietrich, Idaho was excellent.

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Post by WAaggieFan » April 20th, 2016, 11:19 pm

Imakeitrain wrote:The 2 best 30 for 30s ever made (the yahoo one is better)


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Those are fantastic. But I think this one might top them.
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Re: 30 for 30 films

Post by bleu » April 20th, 2016, 11:53 pm

I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned, but one of my favorites is the Jim Valvano one. I'm not sure what it's officially called.



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Post by jpswensen » April 21st, 2016, 1:47 am

Jjoey52 wrote:The one about the high school girls basketball coach in Dietrich, Idaho was excellent.

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I think that was an E:60, not a 30 for 30, but same general idea.

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Post by Dwigt » April 21st, 2016, 4:29 am

bleu wrote:I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned, but one of my favorites is the Jim Valvano one. I'm not sure what it's officially called.
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Post by AggieMan5 » April 21st, 2016, 9:02 am

One of my recent favorites is 'Sole Man' about Sonny Vaccaro.



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Post by Tr0ll » April 21st, 2016, 10:27 am

AggieMan5 wrote:One of my recent favorites is 'Sole Man' about Sonny Vaccaro.
One of the best movies of 1986
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Post by treesap32 » April 21st, 2016, 11:01 am

I watched "Fantastic Lies" last night and it was good. I didn't know a lot of the details of that one before watching it. It was nice seeing what appeared to be the correct outcome in that documentary after recently watching the Netflix Original "Making a Murderer".



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Re: 30 for 30 films

Post by Aglicious » April 21st, 2016, 2:36 pm

I've always thought this would be the perfect platform for the Estes story.



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Post by Dwigt » April 21st, 2016, 9:02 pm

Aglicious wrote:I've always thought this would be the perfect platform for the Estes story.
I've thought the same thing.
Merlin Olsen also.


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Post by aggiesdotcom » April 22nd, 2016, 7:19 am

I recently watched "Fantastic Lies" about the Duke Lacrosse team...very good.
My favorites:
1- The Two Escobars
2- Hillsborough
3- Once Brothers
4- Playing for the Mob
5- Ghosts of Ole Miss
Honorable Mentions:
1- Rand University
2- Youngstown Boys
3- When the Garden was Eden
4- Fab 5
5- No Crossover: Allen Iverson Trial/Story

There are some good 30 for 30 shorts too:
1- The Irrelevant Giant
2- Posterized



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Post by aggiesdotcom » April 22nd, 2016, 7:26 am

Another good story for the 30 for 30 series would be "The Black 14" about the African Americans kicked off the team and out of school at Wyoming for wanting to wear black armbands in the game against BYU in 1969 in protest of the priesthood ban on blacks.

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Post by aggies22 » April 22nd, 2016, 9:29 am

Another 30 for 30 short that I enjoyed was The Great Trade Robbery. It's about how Jimmy Johnson absolutely took the Vikings when then Cowboys traded them Herschel Walker. Johnson tells exactly how it went. I really enjoy hearing about front office stuff like this.



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Post by Intermeddler » April 22nd, 2016, 10:08 am

aggies22 wrote:Another 30 for 30 short that I enjoyed was The Great Trade Robbery. It's about how Jimmy Johnson absolutely took the Vikings when then Cowboys traded them Herschel Walker. Johnson tells exactly how it went. I really enjoy hearing about front office stuff like this.
That is a good one. That was what I loved about Elway to Marino. A bunch of agents, GMs, and players giving a candid account of the 1983 draft. Really interesting stuff.



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