Everything is Practice: A Different Perspective on Soccer

Everything is Practice: A Different Perspective on Soccer

Everything is Practice is a  black-and-white short film, which documents filmmaker and Oscar nominee Spike Lee coaching his son’s soccer league practice in New York City’s Chinatown.  The film guides viewers through the parks and ball fields of New York City, and blends Spike Lee’s distinctive narrative voice with the patter of kicked soccer balls, the chatter of sideline spectators and the constant sounds of the honking, screeching grind of New York City.

Lee’s narrative describes coaching children, his son’s soccer practices, the relationships various people have with soccer and simply being a parent.  The film gives the viewer a new perspective about soccer, very different from the glitz, action and glamor that one sees in the broadcasts of World Cup games.  Behind every goal and every moment in life, everything is practice indeed.

Everything is Practice: A Different Perspective on Soccer

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The Heart is a Metronome: A Father and Son’s Love Despite Themselves

The Heart is a Metronome: A Father and Son’s Love Despite Themselves

Le Coeur est un Métronome (The Heart is a Metronome) is a wonderfully moving four-minute animated short film by the young French filmmaker Jean-Charles Mbotti-Malolo.  What happens when children really grow up and become young men, when they no longer necessarily accept admonishment from their fathers for their misdeeds.  What happens when both adults throw a tantrum and storm out of the house?  Do they fall out of love with each other?

In this touching film, dancing is the high point of the exchanges between the two characters, because it is their only means of communication.  And it is the street dance routines that entertain and mark this movie out as so special, slick, rhythmic movements, quite perfectly animated and indeed choreographed, as father and son perform together almost despite themselves.

While watching this inspiring film, I could not help but reminisce about the legendary Gregory Hines-Sammy Davis Jr. Tap Challenge in the movie Tap.

The Heart is a Metronome: A Father and Son’s Love Despite Themselves

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