WATCH THE OLYMPICS OR…

finalringsDo you like the Olympics, but don’t need to watch EVERY minute?  Only interested in certain events?  Do your eyes need a change of pace once in a while?  My TV Guide lists over 100 movies on various networks —in prime time— during the Olympics that may meet your needs.  Does your service provider give you such an option?  If so, look for these (and other) films, and then return to the Olympics to watch Michael Phelps win another medal or see if the USA’s track team drops the baton in this Olympics.

Something For Everybody:

1) Air Force One (“Get Off My Plane”)

2) Ali (Will Smith as The Greatest)

3) Captain America: The First Avenger

4) City Slickers (Jack Palance wins Oscar for being funny)

5) Dirty Dancing

6) Dumb and Dumber to

7) Eat Pray Love

8) Fast and Furious 6 (there are more; I know)

9) Freddy vs. Jason

10) Friends with Benefits

11) Fugitive (watch Tommy Lee Jones win Oscar for saying “I Don’t Care”)

12) Gone Baby Gone

13) Hulk…and The Incredible Hulk

14) Jurassic World (Dinosaurs prove Man wrong again)

15) Legally Blond (Reese Witherspoon at Harvard)

16) Men in Black (funny aliens)

17) Monsters University (Billy Crystal, funny)

18) Mrs. Doubtfire (Robin Williams, funny)

19) Napoleon Dynamite (quirky, funny)

20) Night at the Museum

21) Pacific Rim

22) Pitch Perfect

23) Pretty Woman (Julia Roberts becomes famous)

24) Ratatouille (cartoon: rat cooks; kids laugh)

25) Ray (Jamie Foxx is Ray Charles: Oscar)

26) RED 2 (Bruce Willis is violent AND funny)

27) Ride Along

28) Rocky (the bi-centennial Oscar winner)

29)  Scream

30) Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Robert Downey, Jr as Holmes)

31) Snow White and The Huntsman (Charlize Theron is Evil)

ed (Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock become famous)

33) Star Trek Into Darkness ( with Benedict Cumberbatch)

34) Ted and Ted 2 (double your fun)

35) The Blind Side

36) The Hangover III

37) The Matrix (does Neo take the Blue pill or the Red pill)

38) The Perfect Storm (George Clooney never works this cheap again)

39) The Transporter (Jason Statham and a car: an unbeatable combination)

Hidden Gems:

1) Brave (A great animated film, especially for young girls)

2) Brooklyn (Saoirse Ronan is a great actress -at 22)

3) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (a movie with this name made $128 mil —in 1977)

4) Deep Impact (great cast and a better movie than “Armageddon” from same year)

5) Gravity (7 Oscars; great special effects)

6) Hoosiers (best basketball movie ever?!)

7) Judgment at Nuremberg (11 Oscar Nominations; won for writing and Actor; a magnificent film)

8) My Best Friend’s Wedding (Good story, but watch Rupert Everett: great supporting actor)

9) Naked Gun (and 2 sequels = Frank Drebin (AKA Leslie Nielsen X 3)

10) No Country for Old Men (2008 best film; Javier Bardem will give you nightmares)

11) Shaft (1971 version; Issac Hayes theme won Oscar)

12) St. Vincent  (Bill Murray, great as usual)

13) Straight Outta Compton (AFI’s best film of year)

14) The Aviator (nominated for 11 Oscars, won 5; watch Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn)

15) The Breakfast Club (A John Hughes film: wonderful; Ferris would like it)

16) The Equalizer (People make Denzel angry;  they all regret it)

17) The Fifth Element (bizarre sci fi fun;  Leeloo, AKA Milla Jovovich, saves the world; Bruce Willis helps)

18) The Grifters (wonderful, serious film: Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening star)

19) The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch solves Germany’s Enigma code in WWII; he’s not just Holmes, folks)

20) The Inside Man (Denzel tries to solve a bank robbery; brilliant story)

21) The Intern (absolutely delightful film; Robert DeNiro stars as a 70 year old business intern)

22) The Shawshank Redemption (A truly great film: Perhaps Morgan Freeman’s finest performance)

23) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Great film, performance by Bogart; in this movie, no one needs any “stinking badges”)

24) Trainwreck (Amy Schemer acts —and she’s good)

25) True Grit (A great film; the Coen Brothers’ version, with Jeff Bridges: “Fill your hand, you SOB”)

26) Up in the Air (Fine film; George Clooney can act, and so can Vera Farming and Anna Kendrick)

And of course, if nothing I’ve mentioned is available where you are, many “Favorites” will also be available.  For example: James Bond films, and stuff from Mad Max, Quentin Tarantino, Tyler Perry, Tom Hanks, and Clint Eastwood.  And, if all else fails, you can always fall back on: Sunday AM talk shows, The Weather Channel, and your local news.  (Ouch)

*****

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About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures above...it's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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