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I love the Olympics and I love Olympic movies even more. A
great Olympic movie needs to pull at your strings, have some great sports
moments, and of course make you feel proud for those performing.
10. Without Limits
This excellent film starring Billy
Crudup focuses on the life of Steven Prefontaine, the famed marathon runner
whose life was cut short. Prefontaine is almost a mythical Olympian at this
point. This 1998 film also starring Donald Sutherland as his famous coach Bill
Bowerman is a good film but still not the best Prefontaine film on the list.
9. The Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens has to be one of the greatest American Olympians
ever. This film focuses on Jesse’s underdog story and is a solid portrayal of
Owen’s life on and off the Track and Field. Not the greatest Olympic film but
definitely worth a watch. The documentary/drama even won an Emmy award.
8. The Cutting Edge
I know it may be sappy but I loved this film. Moira Kelly (Everyone
Loves Raymond) gives a great performance as a stuck up privileged ice skater
who must find a doubles partner to win Gold. She finds D.B. Sweeney, an
unlikely partner, as he is a former hockey player who left the game due to an
injury. The couples back and forth makes the film and I promise you will leave
this film screaming, “Toe-Pick!”
This powerful film follows the story of the Munich Massacre
in which the Israeli Olympians were brutally murdered. The film is more about
what happens after the Olympics then the events themselves but this Spielberg
classic is still a must watch. With a fantastic cast, this won’t be a film you
will forget soon.
6. Blades of Glory
What could possibly be better than Will Ferrell in a film about
Olympic ice skaters? In one of his more underrated films, Chad Michael Michaels
gives a great performance as Ferrell makes complete fun of everything related
to the Ice Skating world. A hysterical film, one that will surely have you
loving the Olympics and laughing the next time you see a pair of ice skaters in
As mentioned, here is the real Prefontaine film. Jared Leto
plays the Olympic runner who died at the age of 24 of a car accident. He lived
a fascinating life and both films will give you a great look into the pressure
and life of a troubled Olympian.
4. D2- Mighty Ducks
Gordon Bombay is back to coach the under 18 team USA hockey
team in this follow up to the hit Mighty Ducks. This film is awesome, amazingly
funny and classic and will forever be having you hate Iceland.
3. Chariots of Fire
Many consider this the best Olympic movie ever. This
fantastic film follows two British runners who compete in the 1924 Summer
Olympics. The film follows the lives of the Jewish Harold Abraham and Christian
Eric Lidell and was a multiple Oscar winner including winner of Best Picture. A
must see film.
2. Cool Runnings
A Kolb-Family favorite, this film shows the true story about
the Jamaican bobsled team that shocked the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
John Candy, Doug E Doug star in this film. The film will have you laughing out
loud and will have you chanting with the Jamaicans because its “Bobsled time”!!!!
In my opinion there is no debate. Miracle, the beautifully
done Disney film about the 1980 US Mens Hockey team who as David, defeated the
Goliath Russians in what many call the greatest sports moment of the last
century. The film is amazingly cast; highlighted by Kurt Russell’s portrayal of
controversial coach Herb Brooks. This film will have you tearing and on the
edge of you seat chanting USA! USA! The climax of the film is amazing and you
will be begging for the Olympics when the credits roll.
Biav approaches, here are some amazing films that will have you in the right
mindset for the upcoming fast. These are all very moving and emotional films
and are widely watched on this perspective day.
film is an intense thriller about the real life daring rescue of 104 passengers
from a hijacked plane in Entebbe, Uganda. One of the most amazing and daring
rescues in the history of the world, this event in Jewish history was a true
miracle and the film will surely have you in the proper mindset on this intense
Diary of Anne Frank
person should see this film. Obviously based on the true real life story the
film follows a young Dutch girl who hid from the invading Nazis during WWII. There
is drama, intensity and heart breaking moments as the Frank family struggles to
survive. This movie will surely have you thinking.
consider this one of the best movies ever made. Steven Spielberg brilliantly
tells us the story of Oscar Schindler; a man who helped save thousands of Jews
during the Holocaust by having them work in his factories as opposed to serving
time in camps. The film is moving and horrifying in its brutality and reality. The
cast really pulls you in and has you believing in the nightmare that was the
holocaust and the triumph of those heroes who saved our forefathers.
Triumph of the Spirit
known film is an interesting film about the life of a Jewish Boxer (William Dafoe)
who survives Auschwitz by fighting in boxing exhibitions at the will of the
Nazis. Dafoe gives a great performance and the film focuses on the lives of
Jews in concentration camps.
Life is Beautiful
(Guido) gives one of the best performances of the last 50 years in this Oscar
winning WWII film. After his family is imprisoned in a concentration camp,
Guido goes to elaborate lengths to keep his son from understanding the truth of
their situation. He tells the boy that they are competing with others to win an
armored tank -- so everything from food shortages to tattoos is explained as
necessary for participation in the contest. A truly fantastic film.
The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas
One of the
more controversial holocaust films, this book turned movie focuses on an
amazing story of friendship as the son of a Nazi commander becomes good friends
with a Jewish boy in a concentration camp. This film will definitely pull at
your heart-strings; it’s a very well made film.
loved this film. The movie (also based on a book) focuses on the life of Salomon
Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics), a very talented artist who gets into the
counterfeit world. After being arrested by the Nazis, Salomon is put in charge
of a Nazi counterfeit project in which his producing of fake money help fund
the Nazi causes. Salomon is not sure if he should help the Nazis, sabotage
their efforts, or focus on saving lives. The moral struggle in this film is fascinating.
This was an Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film.
Based on the
true story of the Bielski brothers, this film follows the lives of a group of
Eastern European Jews who are forced to live and survive in the forest to
escape death at the hands of the Nazis. The group of Jews launch a desperate
fight to survive both mentally and physically as they are pushed to the brink
of their threshold. With a star studded cast including Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber
and Jamie Bell, the film is very well made and shows us the different struggle
each person of the resistant went through.
Escape from Sobibor
film portrays an amazing story of an escape from the Treblinka death camp. The
films intensity and nervous moments are truly awesome. As the planned escape
comes to a crescendo, the film will have you on the edge of your seat, hoping
the escape works out.
Guys, have you thought to yourself that it would be great if there
were some good chick flicks out there that we could enjoy and make our
significant others happy by watching. Well I am your savior. Here are some of
the best chick flicks ever that I think even some guys would enjoy. And for you
ladies reading this, I am sure you have DVDs of all these movies. If I have
forgotten anything, please feel free to let me know.
After The Blind Side, there is no
guy that doesn’t love Sanda Bullock. Girls love her goofiness and guys love her
attitude. Watching a manish Bullock drop her gun for high heels in this film
makes it a classic.
This 80s classic is a must watch
for every boy and girl. Though we may not all relate to this classic, every
girl who grew up dreaming of their first dance will absolutely love this one.
This is one of the most iconic and cliché
chick flicks of all time. The music is arguably one of the best soundtracks
ever and the dancing is awesome as well. The film has drama, comedy and every
classic moment that makes a chick flick great.
Harry Met Sally
Bringing the question of Platonic
relationships into question, every girl and every guy can love this film. Its cute
and funny and was filmed right next to my sisters apartment. There are so many
classic scenes from the flick, especially one crazy one involving Meg Ryan in a
Devil Wears Prada
personally loved this film which gave Anne Hathaway her first big break. Meryl
Streep puts on a performance for the ages and the two stars produce a great yet
original chick flick. There is plenty of humor here and yet the ferocious
Streep will win over any guy.
Things I Hate About You
Ledger is in this movie; it should already be in your Netflix queue. This was one of the first in a stream of
awesome 90s chick flicks. It takes all the classic boy-girl, sex, prom, high
school clichés and pulls it off beautifully. Plus you see the Joker sing “I Love
modern day retelling ofPride and Prejudice
is every girl’s favorite. Diaries, love interests, New Year
resolutions and of course Colin Firth/Hugh Grant. Every girl and will love this
of the best chick flicks ever, this film originally called “Three Thousand”
(the amount for one night with the lady) features a youthful Richard Gere and
Julia Roberts. Who would have thought a hooker and a sleazy businessman would
produce one of the best check flicks ever. Guys and girls alike can enjoy this
is not only one of my favorite chick flicks ever, its one of my favorite
movies. Ewen McGreggor and Nicole Kidman are stunning in this dark musical
taking place in the famous Paris brothel. The music is a mix of contemporary
and classic music and the fantastical feel to the film along with the beautiful
love story make this one of the best ever.
is no denying it, we all loved this movie. Everything from the goofiness to the
ridiculous Plastics, this film became an instant classic. Lohan actually gives
a good performance and though we all deny it, we all have a little mean girl in
remember when I first saw this film. I was visiting the Faber’s at the Nevelee
hotel over Pesach and we watched this film. Though it has some darkness to it,
the love story is quite beautiful and the film has an awesome balance of drama,
laughter and sweetness. No one will ever view pottery making the same.
greatest love story ever told, Rose and Jack will forever live in the lore of
Cinema. The sweetness of their romance surrounded by the beautifully crafted
disaster of Titanic produced one of the most iconic films and greatest love
Adam Scott went to the 15th tee of the Open
Championship with a 4 shot lead over Ernie Els. On his way to the first Major
of his career, Scott imploded with 4 bogeys on the final four holes. Els scored
a beautiful birdie on the 18th hole and when Scott’s par put went
wide left on the final hole, Els stole the major from Scott. Scott was great
all week but even Stevie Williams could save him here. Let’s look at some of
the worst collapses in sports history.
The term "Boston Massacre" was used to refer to a
season-changing weekend when the Yankees swept Boston
at Fenway Park to help erase a 7.5 game Boston lead with 32 games remaining. After
the sweep the Sox lost 14 of 17. To save some grace they were able to win their
final eight games to force a one-game playoff at Yankee Stadium. Sadly the
Yankees and Bucky Dent continued Boston’s misery as Dent’s homerun sent the Sox packing.
Last year, 2011 was one to forget for the Detroit. The Tigers were
in first place from May 10 until the final day of the season. They led
Minnesota by three games with four to play and somehow didn't make the
playoffs. The Twins beat
the Tigers with four days remaining then swept the Royals while Detroit won
just one of its final three. This all set up a one-game playoff in Minnesota
where the Tigers actually led in the 10th inning before losing to the Twins in
Have A Problem
The 1993 AFC Wild Card game may be one of the best comebacks ever
but is also one of the biggest meltdowns as well. Up 35-3 at half, the Oilers
seemingly played prevent defense the entire second half, making Bills backup QB
Frank Reich look like Joe Montana. The Oilers lost 41-38 in OT, and the
franchise never recovered from the devastating loss.
The 1996 had to have been in Adam Scott’s mind while he blew the
Tournament. Greg Norman was a great golfer but in 1996, Norman entered the
final day of the Masters with a six-stroke lead over Nick Faldo. Then in
shocking fashion, Norman shot a horrifying 78 while Faldo shot a 67 to win the
green jacket by five
We all watched the 2003 NLCS game 6 and expected the Cubs to finally
make the World Series. Sadly the Marlins had other plans. Five outs away from
ending the game while leading 3-0 in the top of the eighth, Moises Alou
attempted to catch a foul ball before Steve Bartman interfered with the play
causing Alou to drop the ball. The Cubs then gave up eight runs in the inning, lost
Game 7 the next day and disappeared into baseball oblivion.
Adam Scott joined Norman and Jean Van De Velde. At the 1999
British Open Van de Velde had a three shot lead going into the final hole. Van
De Velde sadly hit it into the rough, then the water, then the sand to card a
triple bogey seven. Velde then lost in a tiebreaker, ending the greatest one
hole collapse in golf history.
The 3-0 comeback for the Red Sox in 2004 was also a Yankee
collapse. From pitching to poor hitting, the once World Series bound Yankees,
seemed almost destined to lose 4 straight to the Red Sox. Especially vs their biggest
rivals, this was one of the darkest moments in Yankee history.
Bayern Munich can still taste the 1999 Champions League Final.
Sadly fate would see it differently that night in Barcelona. The German club
led Manchester United 1-0 in injury time. With three minutes left to become champs
of Europe MU’s David Beckham
sent two corner kicks that led to two goals. United stole the title 2-1 and
Bayern Munich still is not over it.
A Quarter Away
Rookie driver JR Hildebrand was a quarter lap away from winning
the 2011 Indianapolis 500. Sadly he crashed his car on the final turn,
gift-wrapping a win for Dan Wheldon. Well, don’t worry, JR, it was only the
100th anniversary of the Indy 500. No big deal. Hildebrand was able
to nudge his destroyed ride across the finish line for second place, an
impressive feat by any measure.
The 2011 Red Sox can only be compared to the 2011 Detroit Tigers. The Sox led Tamba by 9 games in September.
Later in the month they only needed to beat the last place Orioles just to
force a one-game playoff for the wild card. Unfortunately, with the Babe
watching from above, the Sox were leading 3-2 in the 9th inning but
gave up two runs, ending one of the biggest collapses in baseball history.
If you are
reading this then you have no doubt spent countless hours reading about and
anticipating Christopher Nolan’s epic trilogy ending film, The Dark Knight
Rises. Before attending the 12:01 IMAX showing all I heard about was how there
was no way this film could live up to expectations. I now strongly and proudly
can say that this movie lived up to the expectations; it was awesome.
A very brief
synopsis: 8 years after Batman took the fall for Harvey Dent’s killing spree,
Batman has disappeared from action as Gotham appears orderly and lawful. All
appears well but a growing separation between the 99%ers and the rest of
society has been growing and all reached a boiling point when Bane, a masked
and mysterious mercenary wreaks havoc in Gotham demanding the people take
control of their lives. With the help of a sly thief, Selina Kyle, Bane helps
the people take over Gotham as Batman is forced to back into action.
Spoilers Below- Don’t read further if you have not read the film.
Wow! What a
movie, what an end to arguably the greatest trilogy of all-time. Let’s break it
thought Nolan could ever create a villain close to the same level as Heath
Ledger’s Joker. While I will not stand here and say Bane was better than the
Joker, I cannot honestly say that Bane won’t go down as one of the most
infamous villains ever. Tom Hardy physically transforms himself for the role
(see Bronson) and nails it. Bane’s brutal force and evil make him one of the
most horrifying villains ever. His physical dominance over Batman was shocking
and awesome. Honestly, every scene he is in, I sat there anticipating how Bane
was going to next brutally deform somebody. Bane was methodical and exact in
his plans as he turns Gotham inside out.
Every time I
go into a film of Anne Hathaway’s I don’t expect her to be good; yet she always
shocks me and rocks every role she is given. This film was no different. Anne Hathaway probably stole this film. She
in my opinion was the best and most outstanding performance. Her character
Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) was perfectly done. An “adaptable” scavenger, Selina
does what she needs to survive, even when that means leaving Batman to die.
Hathaway was sly and intriguing. In other words, when she was onscreen I loved
every second of it and when she was not onscreen, I wanted her there.
Gordon Levitte is one of the best actors in Hollywood. With his breakout role
in Inception, JGL proved he can play a crucial role in a film and nail it down.
His John Blake offers us a character of morality and normalcy in a world of
Batmans and Banes. JGL plays the straight arrow perfectly here as Gotham’s best
cop. As the ending suggests…. We will get to the ending soon.
Cotillard is one of the most breathtaking actresses in all of Hollywood. She
opens her mouth and you find yourself mesmerized by her. TDKR is no exception.
Cotillard is awesome as Miranda Tate, a high level Wayne Enterprise executive
who has a thing for Bruce Wayne. It is only revealed at the end that she is
actually Talia al Ghul, Ras’ daughter who has been working with Bane all along.
We will discuss more of the ending.
Commissioner Gordon, Luscious Fox, Alfred
that the supporting cast of this film includes 3 of the greatest actors of the
last 50 years does nothing but add to the greatness of the film. Oldman is
always amazing and good for a laugh or two. Freeman is Freeman and there is no
man wiser. But of the three, Michael Caine brings the most to the film as
Alfred. His relationship with Bruce gets more focus and we get a glimpse of a
much more personal and emotional character. His pain when Bruce/Batman suffers
reminds us why Caine is such a good actor.
Bale is the best Batman ever. He is believable as the rich snobby Bruce Wayne
(see American Psycho) and awesome as the Dark Knight. Bale is asked to play a
brittle and frail Bruce Wayne who cant shake off what happened with Dent. Bale
of course does a great job and fights back as Batman better than anyone else.
This film focuses more on Bale than TDK and I have no complaints.
I don’t have
many complaints about the film and the ones I do have are really nitpicky. But
if I had to question anything in the film it would have to be the following.
Firstly, I thought the pace of the film was slightly off. At a solid 2:44, the
film is quite lengthy and though I don’t mind the length I feel like the film
was oddly paced. When moving fast, the film was amazing and Nolan delivers as
he always does. It was more the middle slower parts that I thought actually
slowed the film down a bit too much. That being said, the film was amazing.
Additionally, very un-Nolan-like, I actually felt that he telegraphed some of
the films biggest surprises. The film’s two biggest surprises John Blake
possibly taking over for Batman and Miranda Tate actually being Ras al Ghul’s
daughter were both hinted to way too much. There were just too many hints and
long speeches given to John Blake to not expect him to take over for Batman.
The second twist was better hidden but still slightly predictable. A final
issue that didn’t bother me so much but I got asked about 1,000 times was how
John Blake know Bruce was Batman. So Blake recounts how he met Bruce
Wayne years ago when Wayne made a visit to his orphanage. He intuited
that Bruce was hiding a big secret. Blake says he'd learned to put on a
false face to hid his own pain and he recognized that same mask on Bruce.
And that is how he knew Bruce was Batman. Still don’t get it.
to the film was amazing and executed perfectly. I loved the story line of
Miranda being the daughter of Ras al Ghul, as she infiltrated Wayne Enterprises
for the League of Shadows was a great “coming full circle” touch by Nolan. Nolan
was probably asked a million times about the film’s ending and whether or not
he would kill off Batman. As the film culminated with the bomb going off,
seemingly killing Batman, I felt that Nolan had given everything we wanted.
Then as the surprises kept coming, we learn of the fixing of the autopilot on
The Bat, of Blake’s seemingly assignment to take over for Bruce while running
the orphanage, Blake’s middle name being Robin and Alfred seeing Bruce and
Selina at the Paris café brough the beautiful story of the Dark Knight to a
Batman was always about something greater than Batman himself. Batman in this
trilogy represented an ideal, a fear in the minds of criminals. In a world with
so much corruptness and evil, the symbol of hope and good is something Nolan
truly establishes with this final film. Blake is almost too perfect of a man
and that is exactly what we need to know the Batman mantel will be in good
hands. This trilogy was really perfectly crafted. The story comes full circle
in terms of the League of Shadows and Ras al Ghul and we are truly given a full
analysis and portrayl of everything that Batman is. From vigilante, to Dark
Knight, to Hero; Batman is by far the most intriguing and complicated character
in comic book history and Nolan has done him justice. I personally thank Nolan
for his incredible work on this project. TDKR is an amazing film as part of an
unbelievable trilogy. What the future holds for Batman is unsure but what I can
tell you is that as of right now, his name has never been greater.