Ballmer Reportedly Declines Prime Ticket's Extension Men In Blazers Planning To Hold Convention Hornets Announce New Broadcast Team ESPN's Mendoza To Replace Schilling Sunday Players' Tribune Launching Branded Video Series "Ballers" First Season Strong For HBO Media Notes NFL Reluctant On Long-Term "TNF" Deal Fox Execs Impressed With FS1 Progress Schilling Bumped From "Sunday Night Baseball"
SBD/February 1, 2013/Media
Former NHLer Chris Nilan Stars In New Documentary About NHL Enforcers
Published February 1, 2013
THE REVIEWS ARE IN: In N.Y., Farran Smith Nehme gives the documentary two-and-a-half out of four stars and writes Gibney "deserves credit for making a hockey film that the uninitiated can watch with interest, and for focusing on an issue even some hockey fans can't make up their minds about." Smith Nehme: "But he is awfully coy here. When 'The Last Gladiators' treats brawls like greatest-hits clips for more than half the movie, then suggests fighting is behind Nilan's decline, it feels like trying to have it both ways" (N.Y. POST, 2/1). Also in N.Y., Elizabeth Weitzman gave the film two out of five stars and wrote Gibney has "taken a rare misstep." There is "undoubtedly a great story within the bruised history of NHL enforcers," but why "did he choose Chris Nilan's?" There is "nothing here that proves his worth as a subject." Weitzman: "Mostly, he seems like an arrogant hothead who lucked into a career that allowed him to vent his aggression in legal ways. ... He tells his story honestly, but with no great sense of self-awareness or insight" (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 1/31). The N.Y. TIMES' Nicolas Rapold writes Gibney "scales down his approach considerably here, generally for the better, rather than extrapolate a theory of violence and everything." The film is "very much about a particular part of ice hockey, the heavies rather than the Gretzkies." Rapold: "That also means that the film can at times feel like stories of fights overheard at a bar, complete with the tale of woe" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/1).