Bernardo Villela is like a mallrat except at the movies. He is a writer, director, editor and film enthusiast who seeks to continue to explore and learn about cinema, chronicle the journey and share his findings.
It’s been too long since I wrote up and update post. I thought it was about time. Especially when you consider that we’ve passed the midway point of the year, and that’s usually when there’s some overhauling done around here.
First, since an update around this time last year I no longer conglomerate film reviews. Therefore reviews are usually either categorized as Reviews (full-length; 400 words or more) or Mini-Reviews (Under 400 words).
You may see more instances of multiple posts in a day as I have now scheduled almost all the remaining backlog of reviews that have not gotten their due.
This should allow me to dedicate the time needed to creating new content and keeping up on films and reviews.
This is a post that is a repurposing of an old-school Mini-Review Round-Up post. As stated here I am essentially done with running multi-film review posts. Each film deserves its own review. Therefore I will repost, and at times add to, old reviews periodically. Enjoy!
Let Them Wear Towels
I have been a bit behind but have wanted to start up on the Nine for IX series by ESPN Films. What Nine for IX is is a companion series of documentaries to ESPN’s acclaimed 30 for 30 series. The difference in the two is that this series of films is that this series started to commemorate the passing of title IX, which assured equality of opportunity between the sexes in college sports; and therefore, focuses on stories about female athletes or women in sports in general.
The first tale I took in was the corollary-to-women’s-liberation tale of the struggle for female sports writers to be allowed into pro locker rooms so that they could do their jobs. In factual terms it’s an interesting, incisive survey of the battle in three of the major sports leagues in the US (MLB, NFL and NHL). The NBA is conspicuously absent and why that is so is never mentioned. Another thing is that while it’s effective didactically it’s not as strong dramatically. Its briskness absolves its slightly repetitive nature. It’s an important story that needed telling and deserved being told in a somewhat more compelling way.