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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A Serious Man (5/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 105 minutes.
Not for children.
Joel & Ethan Coen have been responsible for
some entertaining movies, like “Fargo” (1996) and “Burn After Reading”
(2008). This time, however, they make a film based on their Jewishness
and growing up in the Midwest in 1967, and, unless you
are Jewish, it misses the mark.
Larry Gopnik (Tony Award nominee Michael
Stuhlbarg), a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has
just been informed by his wife Judith (Sari Lennick) that she is leaving
him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances,
Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed), who seems to her a more substantial person
than the feckless Larry. Larry’s unemployable brother Arthur (Richard
Kind) is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny (Aaron Wolff) is a
discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter
Sarah (Jessica McManus) is filching money from his wallet in order to
save up for a nose job.
While his wife and Sy blithely make new
domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a
burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry’s
chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to
be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time
threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next
door (a luscious Amy Landecker) torments him by sunbathing
nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three
different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and
become a righteous person – a mensch
– a serious man?
While sitting through all the travails Larry
patiently endures I kept thinking that this was just the Book of Job
updated to the 20th
Century, but the Coens never mention any such inspiration. Still, I
think the analogy holds, except for the ending.
Alas, "A Serious Man” is not nearly as funny.
Even so, the acting is
uniformly good. In addition to a fine performance by Stuhlbarg,
especially outstanding are Lennick, who is particularly hateful, and
Melamed, who us particularly unctuous. But for a world that is
predominately goyim, unlike “Seinfeld” this seems too esoteric to
appeal to a wide audience.