Entries by Daniel Flener

What Makes a Rivalry?

As we get closer and closer to the start of the 2018 season, I keep thinking to myself, “what truly makes a rivalry.” Is it the talent of the players or the competitiveness of the teams? Is it the amount of people in the stands or the passion of those fans? It’s all these things, […]

It Was Never Even Close

Friday Night Lights (2004) put up the best fight of any film, but it was nowhere near enough. Remember The Titans (2000) beat Friday Night Lights 76% to 24% on Facebook, 65% to 35% on Twitter, and 68% to 32% in Instagram. It was never even close. When we first sat down to discuss the […]

It Was Always Going To Be These Two

Friday Night Lights (2004) and Remember The Titans (2000) are two very different kinds of films. One is a gritty, often difficult look at the harsh realities of growing up in a small town in Texas with the weight of the world heaped on your shoulders by everyone around you. And one is a feel-good […]

The Blind Side Must Be Stopped

Jerry Maguire (1996) lost in the opening round. We here at The Great American Rivalry Series debated whether it was actually a football movie. Most said, no. And so it lost to Remember The Titans (2000). If we had that debate then, we must debate The Blind Side (2009). Our central logic was that if […]

Denzel Washington’s Greatest Run

Denzel Washington is one of our finest actors. Period. The man has been going strong for three decades. No matter the role or quality of the film, Denzel is always immensely watchable on screen. It’s hard to take your eyes off him. Over the course of his career, he’s had some incredible runs of films. […]

A Celebration of Sandra Bullock’s 2009

Sandra Bullock is in elite company. She is one of only 3 individuals to win Hollywood’s most prestigious prize (An Oscar) and Hollywood’s least prestigious prize (A Razzie) in the same year. What a 2009 she had. She, of course, won her Oscar for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (2009), the feel-good […]

The Toughest Matchup So Far

I’m still considering who to vote for in this one. Thirteen-year-old me wants to shout “You Can Do It,” to The Waterboy (1998) and vote for it. But my more mature self understands that Friday Night Lights (2004) is probably a better film. But can I vote for Friday Night Lights? The TV Show is […]

Can Anything Stop Remember The Titans?

Look, I get it. Remember The Titans (2000) is a clear frontrunner. It’s got everything. It’s got the speeches, the team bonding, the overcoming of adversity, a great cast, a feel-good story (not counting the very end). And it’s a legitimately good movie. I’ve probably seen it a hundred times if you take all the […]