The Barkley Marathons: The Race that Eats its Young (2014, Annika Iltis, Timothy James Kane)

Categories: 2014, Movies, and Sports.

This is a very conventional documentary about one of the craziest races you’ll ever hear about. Not only is it insane (somewhere between 100 and 130 miles in 60 hours, over hills and through the woods) but is run in such a kooky way. Part of the appeal of this film is the sheer accomplishment of these people – I could never do anything like this, I’d merely be able to complete 1 loop walking and then I’d be done like dinner. But the other part is the sheer kooky traditions of the race – the conch shell that gives Read More

30 for 30: Into the Wind (2010, Ezra Holland, Steve Nash)

Categories: 2010 and TV.

If you grew up in Canada in the 1980s, you know Terry Fox and his story. He ran the year before I was born, but despite that, I know the legend/myth just like most Canadians my age. Here’s the real connection I have to the story: This is the view from the memorial outside of Thunder Bay. I apologize for the shitty picture. I didn’t take a picture of the memorial…because? I guess there wasn’t a view…But I didn’t know the story this well, so this was still a new experience for me. It’s interesting to see how different something Read More