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Just a week ago, I “swam” in Puget Sound (note the liberal quotes) in mid-May for a solid ten minutes. I was quite pleased with myself for my endurance (I was paddling around with friends) and I decid…
The underdog sports movie has a tried and true formula: An unlikely hero tries, and usually initially fails to master their sport, only to persevere and triumph at the end. Nyad, the true story of lon…
I have to admit, I've been waiting for this one! Generations of my family went to the University of Washington, and the lore of the UW crew, both men and women, is legendary in Seattle. None more so t…
What little I know about lucha libre, the super-popular Mexican wrestling involving face masks, character personas, and elaborate costumes, has been from glimpses in mainstream American pop culture, t…
For a movie that is about Michael Jordan, the first thing you notice is that you don't see Michael Jordan. Sure, there are a few moments of the real Jordan in quick news clips, but as a character he i…
This plot has been tread and retread in countless feel-good sports comedies: A down on his luck jerk of a coach is matched with a ragtag group of underdog players. Then, to everyone's shock and fist-p…
Ben Affleck is here to remind us that he is more than awards arm-candy to his new superstar wife, but is himself a Best Picture Oscar winner for the thriller Argo. This time he is directing his buddy …
Everyone loves a feel-good movie based on a true story... the more outlandish the pretense, the better. And now that we are in the post-holiday movie doldrums, what sounds better than a feel-good budd…
OK, as a Seahawks fan, I'm NOT a fan of Tom Brady... but damn, he's good. Now there is a movie about four 80-ish-year-old gal pals who love the Patriots-era Brady, and are bent on going to the Super B…
It's a few days before the college football national championship. All players, coaches, and high roller supporters are firmly ensconced in a hotel overlooking the stadium. It's 72 hours away from the…
The Alpinist introduces us to Marc-André Leclerc, a goofy young man in his 20s who seemingly came out of nowhere to wow the climbing world with his solo ascents of some of the Americas' most challengi…
Show me a horse movie that didn't make me cry. Black Beauty made me openly sob. The triumph of Seabiscuit? Don't even get me started. Heck, my throat starts to catch just even talking about Carol Ball…
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