Friday Night Lights (2004)

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I don’t know how many of you actually know this but I really don’t care much for football. It’s a bit ironic that I do what I do for a living and love every Friday night. I really don’t understand the rules and regulations of the game but the camaradarie and team spirit that a football team can bring to a community is priceless.

After being an extra in the upcoming TV version of Friday Night Lights, I figured I should go ahead and watch the movie it’s based upon. As everyone I’ve spoken to has said, it’s a good movie. I really enjoyed the documentary styled cinematography they used on this movie. I kept wondering if they are going to do the TV show the same way, seeing as the director (as well as other crew) is the same for both.

I remember Odessa Permian football being the end-all-be-all of Texas football in the late ’80s. I also remember how Midland Lee was their big rival. The summer after my senior year in high school, DCI World Championships were in Dallas and the Midland Lee band kids stayed in the same hotel as our band kids did. I met one of their percussionists and the two things other than drum corps he could talk about was going to North Texas State University and Midland football. When did Westlake or Judson become tops?

Anyways, I really enjoyed the movie and if you haven’t seen it yet, consider it. Have some tissues for the end. It really grabs your heart.
4 out of 5 stars.

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