As has become customary every four years, everyone is talking about the Olympics. While the conversation this year seems to mostly be about the conditions surrounding the games in Rio, Brazil this year, it’s still one of the most buzzed about topics right now, and even people who don’t care about the global sporting event end up pretending to just to be part of the conversation.
Now we have a reason to talk about the 2016 Olympics a bit (besides the new Rogue One trailer coming during the games later this week) as some of this year’s star athletes from Team USA have taken the time to share their favorite sports movies of all time. Did you favorite sports movies make the cut? Find out what the Team USA favorite sports movies the jump. Read More »
I caught the original Vacation on TV over this past weekend, and the scene with the Griswolds arriving at Wally World, constructed as a parody of the beach race from the British film Chariots of Fire, left me wondering about the lasting impact of the great 1981 film.
In 1983, anyone seeing Clark and Rusty Griswold run in slow motion to the tune of a pulsing synthesized score would have recognized the joke, that Clark had elevated his impulsive family vacation to the status of personal myth — a status that the characters in Chariots of Fire earned through real struggle.
Chariots of Fire had been a success both at home and in the US. That synthesizer theme, composed by Vangelis, didn’t just act as a perfect encapsulation of the film’s spirit; it became a hit as a pop single. Now, how many US viewers would link Vacation or any other parody use of the theme to the actual film? As it turns out there might be a chance for a resurgence in visibility for the ’81 film, as a de facto Chariots of Fire sequel is moving towards production, with Joseph Fiennes starring. Read More »