"Blades of Glory" meets "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" on a pommel horse.
Rory was an amazing guitarist. He is missed.
Eddie the Eagle said it all during a press conference at the Winter Games: "Where is it written that the Olympics are only for winners?" An East German newspaper had a different take: "Where would the Olympic Games go if the Eddie Edwards of this world took their place in every discipline and so discredited the sporting achievements of all those who far outstrip them in ability?" The IOC quickly sided with the East Germans....in 1990, a new qualifying standard ("Eddie the Eagle Rule") was established: an athlete had to be in the top 30% of international competitors or ranked in the top 50, whichever was fewer. Edwards never again competed in The Games, though he will always be associated with the joy of competing and doing your best -- against all odds.
Jesse Owens encapsulated his biggest fight of them all --- struggling to earn a living when the color gold did not trump the color of his skin --- through several quotes: “After I came home from the 1936 Olympics with my four medals, it became increasingly apparent that everyone was going to slap me on the back, want to shake my hand, or have me up to their suite. But no one was going to offer me a job,” // "I had four gold medals, but you can't eat four gold medals. There was no television, no big advertising, no endorsements then. Not for a black man, anyway.”
I wasn't really into it from the previews.....but this review made me want to see it!
At least we don't have to wonder what the movie is about.
The bear attack scene was absolutely incredible!
It's "Bowl Season" for Oscar voters and entertainment media types.
Brie. Who the hell names their daughter after cheese, fer chrissakes?
Chuckles the Clown
Is this the same Spike Lee who did "School Days" and "Do The Right Thing" 25+ years ago? Can't be.
If Real Life Chicago wasn't such a deadly nightmare, this movie would be a hilarious satire. But the dialogue alone will send most sensible viewers, even those in Chicago, reeling from the theater in search of a reliable vomit bag.
Sounds like Spike really blew it...better to call it "Did The Wrong Thang"...
Think I'll pass. Thanks for the heads-up...this cinematic abortion sounds terrible. Spike should buy up every print and burn it.
Chuckles the Clown
Complimentary explorations of the sordid era of U.S. history chronicled in "Trumbo" include the book "Being Red: A Memoir" by Howard Fast and the 1983 movie "Daniel".
Dan Rather - the egomaniac who believed he should be treated like a rock star - was on full display years before "the fall".....in September 1987, he walked off the temporary set in Miami due to the start of CBS Evening News being preempted for U.S. Open tennis coverage. The network failed to transmit a picture for six minutes....until the executive producer finally convinced Rather - who also held the lofty title of managing editor - to get back to work.
The movie bombed at the box office -- it probably didn't help that the pop artist manager had been featured on the big screen earlier in the year through Christopher Plummer (Frank Grubman) in "Danny Collins".
Timing may tell the whole story -- like those Halloween-themed flicks that get released around the time of March Madness; you just know the scariest 30 seconds are being shown in the non scary ads. And a family movie bypassing the major signposts for release on the Columbus Day "weekend"...... it may be best to wait for the Blu-ray director's cut.
The film may ultimately have a strong cult following in the orbit of "The Man Who Fell to Earth".
The World Chess Championship of 1972 was a 24-game match, not 12 games as mentioned in the article.
Fischer win in game 21 concluded the match, giving him 12.5 points and the title.
Media coverage during that time was one-half Cold War jingoism and the other half like a heavyweight championship fight; at the height of his popularity, Sports Illustrated photographed Fischer "working out" on a heavy bag while inside a gym. For many children of that era , the best-selling book - "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" - became their pathway to learning the game.
Seemingly forgotten is an impeccably-researched book from the early 1990s - "Steve Jobs & the NeXT Big Thing" by Randall E. Stross - that sliced through the finely crafted myth of a brilliant and benevolent leader with the magnificent Midas touch.
Five months ago you wrote about "It Follows, describing a scene with the boyfriend where "He drugs her, ties her to a wheelchair in a vacant parking garage and informs her that "a thing" will begin to follow her."And then, according to your account he deceptively tells her, "The only way to get rid of it, he says, is by sleeping with someone else." But in this case you say the film, "this one feels fresh."
But now comes a film about a teenaged girl living out her sexual awakening and you trash it as a "descent from virginal schoolgirl to sex-crazed outcast is portrayed not as a descent, but as an experiment rather in keeping with the spirit of Left Coast bohemia." Since when is the awakening of sexual desire a "descent"? Why is the timeless human experience of puberty, with all its effervescent lust and desire, in the case of a 15-year-old female labeled as "crazed"?
Are you being prudish? The lament to the "descent" of the "virginal schoolgirl" makes that blantantly obvious. Did you misread the intent of the film? According to nearly every other review that I have read - Time Magazine, Vanity Fair, Washington Post - yes, you blew it. The film represents the coming of age from a female point of view. Yes, 15 year old females can get horny, just like the guys. And that's normal and its okay; even if its a girl.
September 21-27, 2016
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