Karsten and I just watched Murderball the other night, and were both moved and impressed. It’s exactly the kind of “truth is stranger than fiction” documentary I love, where the people and situations in the story are so unbelievable that any seasoned screenwriter would stay the hell away from them. I mean, the aging player who got pissed off for not making the USA team becoming the Canadian team coach as a giant “fuck you” to the USA? The guy who got injured in a motocross accident, described by his family as loving “anything with wheels,” getting depressed at being stuck in a wheelchair… until he learns about wheelchair rugby?
And I love the guys they profiled. They all had the kind of smartass sense of humor that made me want to hang out with them.
The filmmakers get a little manipulative with the editing at times, like when the defector-coach talks about how he’s so good at disciplining his son, and the next clip is his son acting up and the coach guy getting irritated. But it’s a fantastic story, and a very well-made documentary. If you haven’t seen it, see it.
Incidentally, it put me in exactly the right frame of mind to see these. I want these to be printable stickers so I can affix them to every damned disabled parking space I encounter.