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Mar 13 2019

SXSW: "Olympic Dreams"

Guest contributor Tony Ruggio reporting from SXSW...

Olympic Dreams,starring comedian Nick Kroll and real-life Olympic athlete Alexi Pappas,is both innovative and a little mundane.Shot behind the curtain in Olympic Village during Pyongyang,it's a romantic two-hander set against the 2018 games.It also doubles as a real deep-dive into an unknowable subculture.Blurring the lines between narrative and documentary,with many athletes and employees playing themselves,director Jeremy Teicher is a one-man band capturing the unglamorous side of the games.The dorm-like bedrooms,spare game rooms,and impending doom of life after it's all over...

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Feb 12 2018

Doc Corner: 'The Price of Gold' Brings Clarity to 'I, Tonya'

ByGlenn Dunks

The defining trait ofI,Tonyathat has separated it from a glut of biopics is that darkly comedic tone achieved significantly through fake direct-to-camera interviews by an assortment of ghoulish villains and anti-heroes.One could argue that with its cast of monstrous characters and flamboyant yet true-to-life costumes and wig-work,the film's mock documentary device was entirely unnecessary at achieving its desired laughs.

Yet while I saw the value of its method as a sort of short-hand directorial device used to wrangle the story's many real life contradictions and he-said-she-said-he-said-she-said-he-said narrative,having watched Nanette Burstein's sublimeThe Price of Gold,it comes off as actually just lazy...

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Jan 25 2018

Olympics at the Oscar and "I, Tonya"

by Nathaniel R

Margot Robbie recently shared this pic from "exactly a year ago"when she was training for I TONYA

Is Margot Robbie the first actress to ever be nominated playing an Olympic athlete?I legit don't know the answer but I can't think of any others.The only previous Oscar nominated performances that we could think of were men: Will Smith as Muhammad Ali (though the focus there wasn't on the Olympics) and Mark Ruffalo as David Schultz (thanks commenters for this one!)

If you think back over movies that revolved around the Olympics in some way they aren't usually acting showcases (Chariots of Fire) or aren't focused on the Olympians themselves (Munich) or they're films that were either aimed at wide audience crowd pleasing or just didn't connect with awards voters (The Cutting Edge,Personal Best,Running Brave,Prefontaine,Eddie the Eagle,Cool Runnings) or they're documentaries which by their nature can't score acting honors.

There have been Olympians with movie careersbut I can't think of any actors except Margot and Will Smith (who coincidentally co-starred inFocusin 2015) who have been nominated for playing an Olympian.Can you?Am I forgetting something totally obvious?

Jan 18 2018

The Planet of the Links

Pull it together,Nathaniel!There is so much showbiz news of late that we've been buried in avalanche of it.How to stop and collect the linkage?So herewith a looooong list of links in a vain attempt to catch up or but by the time you've read it we'll surely have missed another 20 stories in addition to those that already slipped by in the past two weeks.What I'm saying is "too many things too many things too many things"

So read on and click away forThe Avengers: Infinity War,Paul Thomas Anderson,Jessica Chastain,Big Little Liespaydays,Sundance buzz,and much much more.Please to enjoy or at least peruse...

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Aug 29 2017

Doc Corner: 'Icarus' Doesn't Fly

ByGlenn Dunks

It is easy to see why Netflix purchasedIcarusfor a record five-million dollars.Charting director-and-subject Bryan Fogel's attempts to prove how easily it is for athletes to dope and how easy it is to get away with it before getting sucked into the Russian Olympic doping scandal of 2015,it's a premise that swings between two wildly popular forms of documentary.But blending the personality theatrics of Morgan Spurlock'sSuper Size Mewith true crime,Icarusultimately isn't able to replicate the entertainment and the sheer chutzpah of that 2004 perfect storm of charming lead and grotesquely captivating experiment.

For starters,Fogel greatly overestimates the desire to watch somebody screw the system and (attempt to) get away with it.After all,we live in a world with Lance Armstrong already in it – and it takesIcarusjust 58 seconds to feature him in archival sound and video – so there seems little need for a talented,but self-admitted amateur cyclist to muddy the waters and prove how scandalous it all is...

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Aug 19 2016

Links: Nate Parker,Ben-Hur,and Donald Trump as Film Critic

VarietyAmber Heard donates her entire divorce settlement from Johnny Depp to charity
Pajiba...she also apparently passed on receiving residuals from his movies
Monkey Seefunny talk about the newBen-Hurand the long shadow of its 1959 Best Picture predecessor
Kenneth in the (212)alerts us to a new webseries on Woody Allen movies.10 things aboutInteriorsthis time

Olympic play,Nate Parker controversy,and Donald Trump as movie critic after the jump...

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