The makers of Sonicsgate, which examines how Seattle lost its NBA team, felt so strongly about its message (the team's fans were screwed by a whole lot of people) that they gave the movie away on their website. Don't be fooled by the price tag: This pitch-perfect documentary shows the collateral damage when a team leaves town.
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James Toback's documentary, Tyson, is mostly just Mike Tyson baring his soul to the camera, but it doesn't suffer for its lack of objectivity. The disgraced heavyweight asserts that being beaten up by bullies as a kid gave birth to the rage that served him so well in the ring but tripped him up so frequently out of it. Maybe that's not why Tyson became who he did, but he thinks it is, and that just might be more interesting.
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Brüno wasn't the smashing success that Sacha Baron Cohen's previous film, Borat, was. But Cohen hasn't totally lost his touch, as evidenced by a ridiculous meeting—seen only on the DVD—between his titular effeminate Austrian and baseball's hit king, Pete Rose. The substance of the talk is less notable than the chairs upon which it was conducted: a couple of kneeling Latino laborers.
If nothing else, bringing home a copy of The Official Major League Baseball World Series Film Collection guarantees a good workout. The 20-DVD set weighs only slightly less than a small child. If a Series moment isn't in these 50 hours of coverage, it probably isn't worth seeing.
A year after his script for The Wrestler helped revive the career of Mickey Rourke, Robert Siegel once again made the most of a peculiar casting decision, directing funny man Patton Oswalt in the very dark Big Fan. As a man whose life revolves around the Giants, Oswalt turns in a stellar performance that establishes him as a rival to Paul Giamatti if directors are looking for someone to play a schlub whose life is spinning out of control.