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In Theaters This Week (2/9/2018): Fifty Shades Freed, 15:17 to Paris, Peter Rabbit

The 15:17 to Paris

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  Sports is again challenging movies this weekend as the Winter Olympics in South Korea begin tonight.  Marvel’s not shying away next weekend, but this weekend studios are counterprogramming largely with three wide releases. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (2/9/2018): Fifty Shades Freed, 15:17 to Paris, Peter Rabbit

Movie Review: Eddie the Eagle (2016) *Worst Olympian Ever is Still an Olympian*

Eddie Edwards, Taron Egerton, Eddie The Eagle
The 2016 Summer Olympics will begin a week from tomorrow in Rio.  Those games will undoubtedly be the swansong of the greatest Olympian (in terms of medals won) of all-time: Michael Phelps.  If you were to try to find his polar opposite in the annals of Olympic lore, a very good case could be made for British ski jumper Eddie Edwards.  The 1988 Winter Olympics were a strange games, producing the infamous Jamaican bobsled team (for which there is a great movie in Cool Runnings) and Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards.  The ski jumper became a polarizing figure in 1988 when only after a brief time in the sport, he slipped through some rule oversights not corrected in half a century and onto the British Olympic Team.  He finished last (spoiler), but I’m not sure anyone has ever been happier to be an Olympian or more embodied the determination to push yourself to your personal best than Edwards.  He now has his own film to complete the Calgary Olympics Weird Stories Boxset with Eddie the Eagle. Continue reading Movie Review: Eddie the Eagle (2016) *Worst Olympian Ever is Still an Olympian*

2014 Winter Olympic Fever Notice

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Casual viewers might believe the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to begin tomorrow.  Officially, yes, you are correct.  NBC will begin broadcasting the Opening Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night.  COVERAGE begins tonight from 8-11 on said NBC.  This is the post where we have a little chat about Dave and how he is during an Olympics.

I recognize the term “Olympic Fever”; I do.  Olympic Fever is what some casually interested people have on weekends or for gold medal games or who know enough to talk about it at the office.  What I have is OLYMPIC HEMORRHAGIC FEVER or the “Ebola” strain of the disease.  NBC is airing three hours of qualifying in snowboarding, figure skating (which I will watch even though it, like gymnastics, has disqualified itself from being considered as a sport due to a scoring system that doesn’t even approach sense), snowboarding, and something else I CANNOT EVEN REMEMBER BUT ALL CAPS ARE WARRANTED BECAUSE THIS IS THE OLYMPICS!!!!

I know the rules to luge.  I have owned a Sochi hoodie for MONTHS.  They’ve awarded the Olympics through 2020 and I am prepping for each of them.  Rio in 2016?  Oh I’m thinking about it.  Why is this relevant in what is primarily an entertainment blog?  Well, here’s the thing, time stabbers.  I’m going to be watching five to twelve hours of coverage a day for the next 18 days.  Conservatively.  Thanks to my handy Chromebook, I may be able to multitask and write on commercial breaks or when the abomination that is ice dancing fouls the screen.  Normally I post 4 or 5 times a day Monday through Friday and at least 1-2 times on weekends.  If that pace continues, it will only be because I’m turning this into a forum to urge Bob Costas to run for President of the World.

In all seriousness, in a world where I am cynical and skeptical about pretty much everything that isn’t a LEGO or my nephew….yeah I need to make a LEGO version of my nephew, someone take that down on the idea pad…the Olympics matter to me.  It matters to me that in this stupid, deeply screwed up world, we all get together and play games together for two weeks every two years.  I think it’s one of the best things we do.  I think it matters.  I’m not blind to its flaws.  I know so much on the Olympics, I have written small books on it to break teachers who asked for a simple paper (sorry, Jill).  Heroic, human things still happen at the Olympics and if I don’t recharge by bathing in sparkly Olympic awesome, I will become Sauron in a fortnight.  Best case scenario.

The posting pace may slow.  I may decide to do posts about the games.  I don’t know.  I’m just saying, I’m on day three of writing a piece about Tom Hanks and you’re not getting that kind of free effort out of me during the Olympics.  Summon the heroes and let the games begin (tomorrow)!  Let’s all get together, thow ourselves down frozen things as a united world community and be better for it!  I’ve got a fever….and the only cure….is more SOCHI!
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