Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as
an eBook, this is the controversial story of John Wooden's first 25
years and first 8 NCAA Championships as UCLA Head Basketball Coach.
Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps said, "I used this book as an inspiration
for the biggest win of my career when we ended UCLA's all-time 88-game
winning streak in 1974."
more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach.
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the players telling their stories in their own words. This is the book
that UCLA Athletic Director J.D. Morgan tried to ban.
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by Tony Medley
David Rice (Hayden
Christensen) can transport his body anywhere he’s been in an instant.
He’s a Jumper, and he’s not the only one. Roland (Samuel Jackson) is a
Paladin. Paladins have been trying to kill jumpers since time began. So
Roland wants to kill David. Alas, David is a novice at this game and
involves his innocent girlfriend, Millie Harris (Rachel Bilson),
thereby putting her in all sorts of jeopardy. Along the way David meets
Griffin (Jamie Bell), another Jumper, who sort of takes David under his
wing and explains the facts of life to David. So, in essence, this is a
chase film. Roland is chasing David and Griffin, and they, in turn,
would like to put an end to Roland.
Don’t be put off by the fact
that it is directed by Doug Liman. Liman was responsible for the only
“Bourne” movie I didn’t like, the first one. Then he followed that up
with the deplorable “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” To call that disappointing would
be an understatement, but it was the vehicle that got Brad Pitt and
Angelina Jolie together. I'm not sure if that's a plus or a minus, since
it led to the breakup of Pitt's marriage; not that that's any big deal
in Hollywood whose values are, basically, what's good for me is all that
If this film is any
indication, however, Liman has improved. Sure, there are plot holes. You
can’t make a sci-fi film without plot holes. But there are fewer than
there could have been and the special effects (Joel Hynek) are pretty
good. Here’s how Hynek explains what he did, “There’s always a blur
factor involved, which is basically a time exposed motion blur generated
by the Jumper’s evaporation into space. There’s what we’re calling a
vacuum condensation flow, which is the vacuum and the rapid suction of
air the Jumper leaves behind when he suddenly departs. And then there
are the “jump Scars,” or which is the swindow, or more accurately the
discontinuity in space, the Jumper creates to travel from one place to
another.” Well, OK. Anyway, combined with Liman’s beloved hand-held
camera technique, it works extremely well.
Liman takes advantage of
David’s ability to put himself anywhere in the world by having David
jump from one exotic location to another, like Toronto, Rome, Tokyo, New
York, Mexico, London, Paris, Rome and Egypt. Not unlike a travelogue and
the photography is good enough that this is a real plus for the film.
This film isn’t one of the
all-time greats, but it’s not bad. Be warned, however, if you’re a fan
of Diane Lane, don’t blink or you’ll miss her. Her total time onscreen
is probably less than a minute.