Any Given Sunday directed by Oliver Stone
People mouth off about sports and movies with equally arrogant certitude, even though they probably know sports better than they know film. From the basis of observable, certifiable athletic achievement, adults (as well as children) become reasonably expert. They can glibly recite statistics and historical feats, sometimes without the recognition of grace and subtlety and art that movies require. (Most sports disputes start when connoisseurs correct mere enthusiasts.) And yet movies?and movie criticism?seems as popular a pastime as armchair quarterbacking. So why hasn't Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday received the acclaim it deserves as the year's All-American Movie?