Sunday, February 21, 2010

Skates + Drama + Olympics = Film Festival!

US Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir
during his long program skate at the 2010 Olympics last week

This past week of the 2010 Winter Olympics has allowed me to relive some of my childhood adoration for the great athletics and artistry of skating. It also allows the unusual pleasure of combining a love for Stephen Colbert - who has been goofing it up in Vancouver while taping tons of material for his upcoming shows - with love for outspoken, sexy and stylish fabulousness: in this case personified by figure skater Johnny Weir. Johnny, by the way, now also has his own TV show as well! I hope you are watching it: Sundance Channel is in the midst of running the 8-episode series, called BE GOOD JOHNNY WEIR.

Stephen Colbert salutes the Canadian Mounties for his 2nd visit
to Bob Costas' NBC Olympics studio on Friday night
(click image to see video)

FanGrrl Magnet Fandom Mashup FTW!

With all eyes on Vancouver this week, there's been plenty of hilarity and skating dramas to witness - which gave me inspiration for an adhoc, at-home film festival, courtesy of Netflix...

From the Netflix Watch Instantly selections: the best film about hockey ever made, SLAP SHOT; 70s drama ICE CASTLES; and in honor of the outspoken, inspiring verve of Johnny Weir, FOOTLOOSE.

Other films to rent on DVD: cult classic romance THE CUTTING EDGE; MYSTERY, ALASKA with Russell Crowe and Hank Azaria; wacky BLADES OF GLORY of course; ICE PRINCESS with Hayden Panettiere and Michelle Trachtenberg, THE ICE PRINCESS with Olympic skater Katerina Witt; Olympic hocket drama MIRACLE with Kurt Russell.

Anyone have any other favorites I should be watching? Shout 'em out!

1 comment:

tekalynn said...

My favorite is the superb Carmen on Ice, with Katarina Witt as Carmen, Brian Boitano as Don Jose, and Brian Orser as Escamillo. It's like 1988 all over again, but longer. Great stuff!