Ya, you heard him. Ever! Q Screenboy Jesse Wente is sticking his neck out again with another best and worst list, timed to this sporty time of year and to the arrival of a new documentary about basketball star LeBron James and his famed high school team in Ohio. Fans of Caddyshack 2, now's your chance to defend YOUR favourite sports flick.
JESSE WENTE'S TOP FIVE SPORTS MOVIES EVER
1/ Raging Bull - still brilliant after all these years and one of the biggest oversights in Oscar history. De Niro's crowning achievement as an actor and Scorcese's most definitive statements as a cinema artist.
2/ The Hustler - yes, it's about pool, which is perhaps more a game than a sport, but for me this counts and ranks as one of my all time favourite movies ever. Nothing beats Newman just as he's coming into his own, with Piper Laurie, George C. Scott and of course, Jackie Gleason. This is the movie that made be both want to play pool, and to never play it.
3/ Bull Durham - There is nothing bad about this movie, even for a moment. Made Kevin Costner likable, Tim Robbins a star, and Susan Sarandon into a lifelong crush.
4/ Slap Shot - the best hockey movie period, and don't try to even pretend there's another choice. Second movie in the top five for Newman, and they couldn't be more different. All Slap Shot sequels are awful.
5/ Hoop Dreams - the only documentary on this list, but it deserves it. A stunning portrait of modern sport and America, all wrapped up in the story of two young men who want to play basketball, and who come to the realization that it's not that simple.
IF THIS LIST WENT TO TEN: Rocky, Field of Dreams, Fear Strikes Out, Caddyshack, Eight Men Out
JESSE WENTE'S BOTOM FIVE WORST SPORTS MOVIES
1/ Rocky V/Rocky Balboa - yes, the first time he returns as an over-the-hill fighter to battle a much younger man - ties with the most recent time the character returned to fight a much younger man - still ridiculous even though 16 years separates them
2/ Any Given Sunday - okay, first show some ridiculous and unrealistic gridiron action, cut to Al Pacino yelling, cut to Cameron Diaz yelling, cut to Jamie Fox yelling, cut to Dennis Quaid wanting to yell but can't, and then cut back to Al Pacino yelling - that's a wrap folks, see you at the after party
3/ Rollerball (2001) - please note the date - I'm not talking about the wicked Norman Jewison movie with James Caan, but rather the appallingly awful remake starring Chris Klein - which one do you think is cooler? You can't even tell what you're supposed to do to win the game in the movie, plus, it has LL Cool J - a sign that any movie has gone wrong
4/ The Cutting Edge - a movie about figure skating. I've said enough.
5/ The Replacements - Keanu Reeves as a football player? I actually buy him more as The One than this. Plus it's a virtual remake of another amazingly bad movie, "Necessary Roughness" - so rotten they made it again.
IF THIS LIST WENT TO TEN: Major League 2, Caddyshack 2, The Babe, The Fan, The Air Up There