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John Ary Suggests Five Sports Movies To Watch Instead Of Those 'Boring' Olympics!!

Movies that are better than the Olympics

 

John Ary here with a bit of a complaint. The Olympics are BORING. If I wouldn't normally watch televised speed walking, why would I watch it now? There has to be something better to do with our time than watch snippets of men's water polo matches in between plugs for NBC's awful new fall lineup. That got me thinking... What movies from around the world with Olympic type events or themes would I rather be watching right now.  I opened up my Netflix queue and here are a few films I picked out...

 

 

The Robber - One of the most fundamental and basic Olympic events is the marathon, but frankly, watching people run for four hours can be... exhausting.  The Robber, a German film from 2010 tells the true story of Johann Rettenberger, a former marathon runner who has turned his unique gift into a brilliant method for robbing banks.  This is a thriller with some of the most unique chase sequences you’ll ever see in a film. It has a nice existential noir vibe and strong performances from its leads...  It’s definitely more exciting than watching the Kenyan marathoners win the gold... again.

Knuckle -  The chances of seeing a knockout in amateur boxing are fairly slim.  Who wants to watch a flyweight with oversized gloves trade blows with another guy wearing an oversized headpiece?  Instead, let’s get a little more down and dirty with some real bare-knuckle brawling.  The documentary Knuckle follows the McDonagh clan and their heated rivalry with the Joyces.  The two families put their honor and money on the line with bloody one-on-one brawls.  The director has captured most of those fights on camera over the course of nearly a dozen years and now he’s telling the story of the most revered fighter of all James Quinn McDonagh.  Will he retire undefeated or will his family’s honor throw him back into combat?  Either way, he’s definitely a guy you don’t want to piss off.

Men Who Swim - I was shocked to learn that men can’t compete in Olympic synchronized swimming... SHOCKED!  That’s a shame as the documentary Men Who Swim proves that the guys are just as competent as the ladies when it comes to fluttering in circles through the pool.  This film features a group of ordinary middle-aged guys who start a synchronized swim squad as a joke, but their hobby soon turns serious once they find out that there are other squads like them throughout the world.  The journey for this group of men is funny, moving and shows exactly why everyone needs a team of some sort to belong to.

The Minis - I like watching the NBA as much as the next guy, but when Team USA is beating chumps like Nigeria by 83 points, it’s time to change the channel.  Instead may I suggest to you a real gem of a basketball movie. No, I’m not talking about Hoop Dreams, Hoosiers or On the Shoulders of Giants.  No.  One film stood out to me while flipping through my Netflix queue.  The Minis.  Just check out the poster for this thing.  I mean, holy crap!!!  It’s Dennis Rodman on a basketball team of little people.  Let me tell you ladies and gentlemen, the film lives up to the poster.  It’s not quite as good as The Room, but definitely in the same ball park.  It’s epically unaware of its own shortcomings with some terrible green screen work, a script that makes Tommy Wiseau look like Billy Wilder and a nightmare inducing original soundtrack.  If there was a bizarre basketball movie event, this film would get the gold.

College - And finally, not everyone is meant to be an athlete.  For the folks who grew up getting picked last or were mocked because they preferred to read a book at recess rather than getting pelted in the face by a dodgeball, there’s Buster Keaton’s College.  The film follows a hapless bookworm, who must learn to play sports to gain the attention of the woman he loves.  Some of the humor feels dated, but getting to see Keaton put his athleticism on display in the world of college sports is at times a joy.  College is funny and heartbreaking. but not nearly as strong as some of his other works.  Still, it’s better than watching the Olympics...

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  • Aug. 6, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Uh...

    by grassh0pperunit

    Are the comments broken or is this how little people cared about this topic?

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    What a childish and moronic article

    by mighty boosh

    You pick one sport as an example. Have you not been watching any of the other sports? The athletics, perhaps? Maybe try getting access to some decent coverage, like the BBC. Utterly stupid way to start an article rather than just using Olympics to generally frame a piece about sports-related movie recommendations.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    slow news day

    by Stifler's Mom

    This is the kind of stuff that passes for news lately, at least until Edgar Wright or Peter Jackson puts out another overrated fanboy opus.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Agree with Mighty Boosh

    by masteryoda007

    What a pointless article.

  • guy who called me Robby Benson's sister: the fact that you know who Robby Benson is means you arn't getting much action these days. You should be so lucky if a hairy Jewish princess with big naturals wants to have anything to do with you. Anyways I really love coming here and chatting about movies with you guys. I hope the fact that I'm a rich, famous celebrity won't affect our relationship. I'm still the Ultra you know and love. One more thing- Disney has asked me to refrain from getting to 'controversial' before Wreck-it-Ralf comes out, so I'll be toning it down the next few months. If you didn't see my coming out post- yes I'm Sarah Silverman. Yes I'm doing this as a lame pr stunt. The Funny or Die video this week will explain in full detail. Cheers!

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST

    John Ary needs to be banned

    by Martin

    His reviews are among the worst written/shot. Now this piece of crap....he must be stopped

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Everything he said to watch is fucking stupid. Much like him.

    by Jason Bartlett

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Piss off the Olympics are not boring

    by Logan_1973

    Unless you have the mind of a 3rd grader. Or a retard.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Any Credibility

    by GordyDuffNI

    You had as a film critic just imploded.... I'm frankly stunned you recommended watching a movie headlined by Dennis Rodman....

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry but I'm loving the Olympics

    by Wcwlkr

    Yes I'm not sure why you would watch Speed Walking. But the Tennis, the 100M dash yesterday! And yes I don't care that The Dream Team beat Nigeria by 83 it was fun as hell to watch! The Beach Volleyball alone smashes your argument.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    mighty boosh

    by John Ary

    In reply to your comment, "You pick one sport as an example. Have you not been watching any of the other sports?," I referenced several sports including, speed walking, water polo, the marathon, boxing, synchronized swimming and basketball. Also, I have been watching some of the Olympics. In between the never-ending Visa commercials, the dozens of Michael Phelps retrospectives and the equestrian events, I wrote this article.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    wcwlkr

    by John Ary

    Totally agree with you about the the men's tennis championship and the 100M dash.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    gordyduffni

    by John Ary

    Don't bash it until you try it. The Mini's is more interesting to watch than the women's 500m canoe sprint.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    No Rocky IV?

    by Mrhazard

    Cause if I can change... and you can change... WE CAN ALL CHANGE!!!!!!

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    mrhazard

    by John Ary

    Good call sir.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    John Ary

    by mighty boosh

    Slight inaccuracies in my point aside, it still doesn't excuse an article framed with bizarre attacks on the Olympics. Granted, NBC may not be transmitting the best coverage (BBC thankfully has no commercials and has interactive services providing dozens of sports options), but the athletics, the swimming, the tennis...it's been brilliant. And the other sports you describe - all well and good if they're not your bag but there's no need to dump on them purely as a beginning to your article. I don't care if you 'wrote the article' between those things you've listed - some of us are working full time jobs, watching the Olympics, writing fiction and articles/reviews, and volunteering. It's nothing to shout about, but your point is moot.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    mighty boosh

    by John Ary

    I'm not condemning anyone for watching the Olympics. I'm only saying that there are movies streaming now that deal with the same athletic events in a more entertaining way. I enjoyed several of the events this year (at least the ones not spoiled for me on Twitter), but for my tastes, the great moments have been sprinkled among a bunch of filler.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Wow, Ary hates America as much as Peter Jackson hates black people

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    And Video Reviews... seriously?

  • I've actually been enjoying the Olympics. This is a site for people who love movies, not for people who hate sports, and the two are not one in the same.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    The original Bad News Bears is on Netflix

    by mgmontgomery

    Clearly the best sports movie.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Lets me guess

    by mus42

    I guess this from the same school of writing as Harry's TDKR review i.e. grade A shite.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    mgmontgomery

    by John Ary

    Good call. I was going to include it in this piece, but then I found out they no longer play baseball at the Olympics. Bad news Bears is brilliant.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Ary could read a phonebook with those silky tones...

    by Talkbacker with no name

    and I'd still spaff

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    I agree as well, the Olympics have been great!

    by Gregory Seifert

    Sorry John, but I don't think you were probably expecting the backlash you've been getting, and add me to the list. I absolutely LOVE the Olympics, and wouldn't miss them for anything. The movies you recommend will still be there after the Olympics are over! I'm not going to pass watching the Olympics, to watch a movie I could watch any other time. On a side note, I've also seen a couple of your video reviews, and I'm not a fan of the format, or your reviews.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    John Ary

    by mighty boosh

    Would probably help if you were British then. We've been having a fantastic Olympics. I don't think the coverage you've been getting has helped evoke your interest by the sounds of it. But my opinion remains that you needn't begin an article by describing the Olympics as boring. I personally think it would have been better to just say something along the lines of 'as an alternative', but that's just me. I'm sure you don't need my advice.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    And yes...

    by mighty boosh

    ...I'm aware China and USA have been bossing it with the most medals. It's obviously a personal one for us with it being in London/Britain, but for our small island, the athletes have done very well and there's a lot of pride.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    you people are amazing

    by ByTor

    OK, it's not the greatest piece of journalism to grace this site. But I can think of a half dozen articles without even looking that are much worse. And it STUNS me that on a site devoted to nerdly pursuits, people are SURPRISED that some of the writers and visitors might not be all that into sports. So John Ary writes a humorous article suggesting alternatives, and you people just attack him. It's official: AICN talkbacks are dumber than Youtube comments.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    NBC coverage is bullshit and ruined it for you guys.

    by Talkbacker with no name

    BBC coverage is what has got me in to the Olympics! I thought, like Ary, it was a load of old tosh before. Man, it's incredible that I can go online, watch every single event live or on catch up. It's basically Tivo with the amount of options and features. Hooked on the Fencing, Boxing and diving events mainly.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Watch Warrior

    by skoolbus

    Saw it yesterday. Best sports movie in quite some time.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    mighty boosh

    by John Ary

    I appreciate the feedback. I haven't been a fan of how NBC has broadcast this year's events and that has probably bled through to my overall enjoyment of the games. Looking at the feedback so far, you may be right about the 'as an alternative' approach.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    What a dipshit article

    by RoyBattysBatter

    and to make matter worse you recommend Knuckle. ITS SHITE. They arent 'honourable' people, theyre pikey scum that are nothing more than shills. To paraphrase Bronson, its gypos hitting each other in a field, hardly the hottest ticket in town. Avry, you are an idiot.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    skoolbus

    by John Ary

    Good call!

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    talkbacker with no name

    by John Ary

    I can always count on you talkbacker... I can always count on you.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    John Ary you are a fool. Worthless Article.

    by 5secondfuse

    NBC is a SHIT TV STATION and whilist 2 Billion people around are loving the coverage NBC continues to prove how much of a laughable joke it is. A Station run by retarded losers. No one gives a fuck about your sports movies Ary. Go and watch them yourself you sad fuck while everyone else laps up The Olympics. They only come around every 4 years and it's a priviledge to watch. Before you write another pointless shit article engage your tiny pea brain and think if that's at all possible. FUCKING LOSER.

  • Seriously, the Olympics need to say NO to professional athletes of any kind. It's fucking lame, lame, LAME!!! I don't care about watching some stuck up wife beating prick like Kobe Bryant represent our country while Serena Williams does a ghetto dance and completely humiliates the USA after she wins Gold. FUCK THAT SHIT!!! Bring back the old days of pure amateurs!!!

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    John Ary

    by mighty boosh

    No problems - as with much internet forum chatter, it was a bit of a kneejerk reaction on my part, the kind I usually try and avoid/complain (mildly) about. I accept that AICN's stereotypical audience *might* not be as sporty as that of a more 'mainstream' website, but from the responses I guess it's a good thing to see people enthusing about sports, especially on a supposedly 'geek' site. I was never picked for the team and some of the events have brought back somewhat painful memories of even attempting some sports at school, like everyone else, but it's been really good to watch these people perform on BBC. I guess I'm thankful we have uninterrupted, impartial coverage that seemingly just wants to deliver as much coverage as possible. Naturally that's likely to be the BBC's prerogative during a British Olympics too...

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Boring does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    The talkbackers are right this time. John Ary - what a fucking stupid declaration. I personally love watching sport and dont find it boring at all. This olympics has been great viewing - and Ary if you think your video blogs are any competition for them then youre even more a fool than this article has made you appear.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    johnary - "I'm not condemning anyone for watching the Olympics."

    by my liege

    There has to be something better to do with our time...

  • just doesn't work

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    cobra--kai

    by John Ary

    Touché.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    BBC Coverage of Sports is THE GREATEST in The World.

    by 5secondfuse

    When it comes to Sports, the 1 thing, probably the only thing that BBC can do is Sports Coverage. They've lost a lot to Sky but they're Olympic Coverage and World Cup Coverage is unparalled. When it comes to montages BBC also rules by lightyears. I'm loving The Olympics and feel proud of my country Great Britain. Were currently 3rd in the overall standings behind China and The USA thanks to some incredible performances from our athletes. Yes this is a site for movies and it might attract a certain type of geek but I'll bet there are just as many other types of fans on here that love watching or competing in Sports just as much as watching the latest movie or talking about them. The Olympics Rule. THE END. And you wannna know the best part about BBC Coverage............ NO FUCKING ADVERTS. Just Imagine that my American friends. Just imagine watching sports of anykind without adverts!

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Actors can't run 27 fucking miles per hour.

    by Von_Trierstein

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    I am proud to call myself a fan of the Olympics...

    by Charles

    ...but I am no longer proud to call myself a reader of AICN. Your journalists pick apart everything that I find fun and inspirational. The Olympic athletes have offered their very lives to the advancement of human achievement. It amazes me how easily you dismiss their efforts. So, allow me to dismiss yours. From now on, I will be getting my pop culture news from sources that respect the efforts of artists, athletes, and anyone trying to make an impact on this world. Goodbye, AICN.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    You could have a Prefontaine biopic double feature

    by skoolbus

    And then have a fun Leto vs. Crudup discussion

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    skoolbus

    by John Ary

    Good call on the Prefontaine debate. A great athlete who deserves a truly exceptional film.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Ah, so you were picked on at school for being unsporty

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Too many times on the sidelines? The Olympics are not a fiction, but real life. Some of the individual stories of the years and struggles the athletes are more unbelieveable than a Michael Bay film.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    @notcher and johnary

    by TallanDagwood

    notcher, it is plainly obvious that you have not watched one second of olympic basketball involving team USA, otherwise you would not have made such a sweeping and ignorant of the facts assertion. Team USA - the heavily favored NBA star driven team barely escaped against team Lithuania in one of the best pool play games of the entire olympics. johnary - it is just as obvious that you miscalculated the stereotypical response that people expect from geeks- on this site at least, about sports. Lets bury that stereotype along with the hot pockets and pocket protectors. Geaux Saints! Who Dat nation!

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    As for the telecasts themselves...

    by TallanDagwood

    NBC has at least five cable channels devoted to day long and live coverage - excluding the over the air broadcast channel. They have also made content available online and to your phone. In short the Olympics, are fun and accessible if you are willing to look beyond the end of your nose

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Sport is real life drama

    by cosmic_dolphin

    It's not scripted , there's no reshoot or pickups - Most of these athletes have dedicated years of their life to training , most have made huge sacrifices, others have battled the odds or turned their lives around through sport. Quite how you can find a bunch of mediocre Netflix movies preferable is beyond me. Like I said, this is real life drama of the highest order, and there's no spoilers to be had if you watch the live broadcast.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    John Ary thinks people want to see him and hear him.

    by Fries Against

    And they don't.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Around 2bn people watched the 100m SPRINT live

    by Mikey Mike

    But the timing was wrong for the US market? One word: Illuminati. Jay Z, Kanye and Rihanna didn't want you to see that shit without cgi'ing in a pyramid and Baphomet.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series

    by A_Banned_Apart

    was made available on Netflix's instant watch a few days ago. While few deal with Olympic sports, most of them are solid watching.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    tallandagwood

    by John Ary

    Very true. I had little idea that people felt this passionately about the Olympic games, especially on AICN. It's always been my personal policy never to bring up politics or religion in my posts. My goal is not to drum up controversy. I will now add the Olympics to that list of forbidden topics. As far as the Olympic coverage by NBC, it has not been good. By holding the main events until prime time, hours after they've been completed, then allowing their own nightly news to spoil the results for you, that's unacceptable. While they have broadcast the less popular events live via their many outlets, they continue to push the pause button on the big events and then insult the audience's intelligence by pretending that those events are live. Don't get me started about the opening ceremony and NBC's refusal to run the tribute to the 7/7 bombing victims in favor of yet another Michael Phelps interview...

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    a_banned_apart

    by John Ary

    The 30 for 30's are very solid indeed.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    best alternative

    by gregg benac

    Movie that i would recommend in honor of the Olympics is Miracle. The story of the 1980's U.S. Hockey team is second on my All-Time top 10 list. (Nothing beats Star Wars.) Its the only movie i've seen 9 times in the theatre.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    notcher.....99 percent of athletes taking part are pros

    by walt

    according to former ioc standards its up to the usa to choose not to send the nba...but the ioc wants them to come

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    ary...watch tonites womens pole vault

    by walt

    specifically the czech

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Hey John - for your next trick

    by Timmid

    Why not tell us 5 space movies to watch rather than being interested in a bunch of geeks who have managed to launch a vehicle 35 million miles through space and land it with pin point accuracy on another planet. Because we 'd much rather watch movies than be exhilarated, excited and just down right inspired by what people can achieve in real life. Half-wit.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    thegman, thanks for the recommendation!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Never heard of it before now. Kurt Russell 2004!? was it a tv movie? Either way I'm hunting it down now for a watch. Looks good and has prasing reviews.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Touche kidicarus

    by james

    I retract my statement about competition

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    johnary

    by TallanDagwood

    I do not believe the issue of the Olympics is a forbidden topic, it is simply that your approach in your lede as well as subsequent paragraphs, made it seem you were playing to the geek stereotype of hating sports. That is not the case in general, and from what I have learned about AICN, only the most introverted and closed off of TB'ers share such a view. As for the critique of the over the air NBC coverage, I do agree with that. But NBC is in a bind because the events are not live and they can not assume that everyone who watches has access to the internet or even the motivation to access the results before the broadcast. Even so, I agree the over the air broadcast is lacking. I prefer the cable broadcast, but NBC keeps the big events for their flagship channel

  • IT'S INCREDIBLE, OUR COUNTRY HAS WON THE BRONZE MEDAL. HE/SHE HAS MADE HER COUNTRY PROUD ETC. and oh yeah Country X won gold. The BBC is particularly bad in this regard because Great Britain is hosting. Of course this kind of vomit-inducing chauvinism happens in every country, including mine. Be sure to switch to other channels to get more objective commentary.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    "Ping Pong Playa" - Love the opening.

    by replica

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I feel bad for anyone who finds the Olympics boring...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    There's nothing better than seeing pure athletes compete against others. I mean, even watching some of th less glamorous sports are pretty amazing when you consider how much time and effort people put into perfecting their minds and bodies to compete. I love it.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    koborover, awww somebodies country isn't winning any medals :p

    by Talkbacker with no name

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    @Tallandagwood

    by notcher

    Yeah, yeah, post shit to me when they aren't wearing gold medals around their necks. GUARANTEE they win the Gold! I for one am not on the edge of my seat worrying if Team USA is gonna win Gold. Do you know why Team USA barely won? Because they didn't give a fuck about that game!

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    @Waltkovacs.

    by notcher

    Yes, I understand why they are there, I just think it's fucking boring. Imagine if we had sent pros to Lake Placid? Probably wouldn't have had the Miracle on Ice considering the Soviets blasted the NHL All Star team earlier that year. Just a sham if you ask me, which of course nobody did.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    What, no "Personal Best"?

    by Zardoz

    Because lesbians!

  • Same goes for that gymnast Gabby whatshername. Jeebsus you are a clueless cynical douche. Just because you were too fat to participate in any activity, doesn't mean you have to shit on something as constructive and exciting as the olympics.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    jet_jaguar

    by John Ary

    Long live Gymkata!!!

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    stalkeye

    by John Ary

    Constructive? For the cost of this year's Olympics we could have sent 6 Mars rovers into space. Perhaps I am a bit cynical.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Nerds versus Jocks again, John?

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Damn you, Dean Bitterman!

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    America didnt pay for

    by GordyDuffNI

    The Olympics, I as a British tax payer along with the rest of the nation paid for them, as well as donors and sponsors and I'm more than happy that for once the money has gone towards something that will inspire generations, if that isn't constructive in a positive way then I don't know what is....

  • Aint it cool kimda sucks now. Exclusives. Test screenings. Gossip/rumours Something of fuckin interest please!

  • Also, I'm surprised you're not a fat couch potato just like the rest of the AICN crew. I guess they wanted some diversity.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    That's: The Olympic Games are far from boring.

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Where's the Edit button when you need it?

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Olympics boring????

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    I dunno what you're watching but I suggest you watch the women beach vollyball and volleyball games!!! Those are easily the most hottest babes in all of the Olympics sports! Then I suggest you watch some women track and field, women field hockey, some women soccer matches to finish yourself off! If you made it to my #2 suggestion then you have endurance because I was finish before the women Brazilian volleyball team game!

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    The Olympics Is The Best Event On Planet Earth.

    by proper

    And if it cost 10 billion quid for Great Britain and prehaps all nations on earth to get thier pride back through hard working athletes that provide real working role models to inspire people and offer hope and an example to the youth who are being brainwashed by quite frankly a load of complete idiots in all quarters of society and "entertainment" who have nothing to offer the Earth then so be it. I just wish it lasted a month so that every sport gets full coverage. And dammit I never get tired of hearing this http://tinyurl.com/cok5elh and if you don't understand that then you deserve to live in a earthbound hell in which you get to watch everything you ever wanted to see but the price you pay is one day you can't move even if you wanted to................Genre Power Represent. PS Danny Boyle Pulled Rosario Dawson did he, I'm Glad My Tax Money Helped With That ;>.

  • lol

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 7:17 p.m. CST

    I think all sports are boring PERIOD.

    by Blarg Barfington

    My entire life I have never understood how people cheer for this shit. DUDE! YOU ARE NOT DOING THESE THINGS! A complete fucking stranger is! If they win, YOU don't get a trophy. And let's not forget that as soon as the season is over, everything resets back to zero any-fucking-way. So yeah, it just makes no sense to me whatsoever. Sometimes I wonder what is going through na sports fan's head while they are watching football for example..... "WOAH! That guy threw a ball! Hey wait a minute.....that guy's going to try and catch it! HEY! That guy's going to stop him from catching it. Man, that was totally unexpected!" "WOAH! That guy threw a ball! Hey wait a minute.....that guy's going to try and catch it! HEY! That guy's going to stop him from catching it. Man, that was totally unexpected!" *repeat for 4 hours* Seriously? This is the best use of your time? Watch a fucking movie! At least you'll be artistically ande culturally enriched! ANYTHING is better than watching a buncha jock assholes spit water and slap each other on the ass.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    john_ary. FUCKING TRANSCRIPTS! YOU FUCKING PUSSY!

    by adeceasedfan

    Why did you cave? You're the video man, it's your niche. Stand up for yourself. Don't listen to these assholes. They would obviously still hate you without bowing to their constant bitching. Damn.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Not a bad article...

    by HarveyManfrenjenson

    What do you know.... Ary is a reasonably good writer. (Whether or not I agree with his premise-- that the Olympics are incredibly dull-- is besides the point). Frankly, I've never made it through more than 10 seconds' worth of his video reviews. I agree with the talkbacker who wrote "that kind of shit belongs on Entertainment Tonight", or something like that. I'll watch a video review by Siskel & Ebert or the redlettermedia guy, but that's pretty much it.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Just watched the Tigers beat the Yankees

    by Ed

    it was fun. And I didn't have to call Ary any names.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST

    thats got to be the worst graphic I've seen in my life

    by rakesh patel

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 11:20 p.m. CST

    MMA>Olympics

    by Andrew Quinsatt

    UFC Bitches!!!!!

  • for the athletes its amazing.and to them i fully respect, their hard work and dedication and sacrifice. But living right next to it here this documentary for me hits the nail on the head. no hippie bullshit either. http://www.vice.com/en_uk/rule-britannia/the-vice-guide-to-the-olympics-part-1

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 11:24 p.m. CST

    But what should have really been discussed

    by rakesh patel

    is..how a lot of the talkbackers in the states are watching coverage by the BBC and how they're watching it.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    He's talking about NBC telecast you British cunts...

    by Andrew Quinsatt

    He's not bashing the Olympics/ the sport in general, but the horrible disease that is NBC telecast of the Olympics... So calm the fuck down and drink your fucking tea...

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 12:38 a.m. CST

    this is making fun of NBC, is this really what its coming to?

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    not buying chic-fil-a is politically correct now. and liking the olympics is also politically correct now.so if i dont like the olympics, im automatically a fat loser. excuse me for really not giving a shit either way. and i mean REALLY not giving a shit.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:02 a.m. CST

    MIRACLE, PREFONTAINE, ICE CASTLES, VICTORY, COOL RUNNINGS

    by CherryValance

    You're welcome. :P

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:22 a.m. CST

    BRIAN'S SONG

    by CherryValance

    I'm switching it with PREFONTAINE because skoolbus already mentioned it. :P

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Notcher, you racist prick

    by BALTIMOREJACK

    Bryant never beat his wife. And your use of the term "ghetto dance" makes me wonder if you're wearing a white hood with eyeholes right now. Dick. And Ary, first and last post I read by you. A waste.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:55 a.m. CST

    by AllieJamison

    Great post with some beautiful recommendations. I'm actually watching some of The Olympics ...always have. Sure, some of it is boring, but some of it is also thrilling, inspiring, weird and entertaining and makes for good tv. Anyway...it's shockingly (maybe because I mostly don't look at the TBs anymore) sad to see how most folks in this TB aren't able to look beyond a totally legitimate opinion about the Olympics they don't share and just appreciate some nice movie recs. I ask myself: Why are people, who spew hate on a person recommending awesome lesser known films -because, allegedly, the graphics in his video are shitty- even visiting this site? Isn't our curiosity for new films our common bond?! WTF?!

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST

    The best thing about the Olympics

    by buggerbugger

    ...is that I don't have to bother looking at my TV guide to see if there's anything interesting on BBC1 for the next couple of weeks. Because there isn't.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 6:36 a.m. CST

    If you don't like the Olympics....

    by pearlanddean

    ...then bollocks to you! And the best sports film ever is 'Caddyshack'. RIP Rodders....

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Boring? WTF?

    by IEatHippies

    I don't know why but that comment makes me think you're an idiot. You might not be, but you sure sound like one.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 7:36 a.m. CST

    adeceasedfan

    by John Ary

    Just doing a bit of an experiment.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST

    johnary.

    by adeceasedfan

    You're the best around. Nothing's gonna ever keep you down.

  • One of the main reasons why the Olympics are far from boring, is the excitment of having your country compete against others and obviously a native is gonna root for the Home Team. Then there's the stories behind the atheletes; Rivalry between two swimmers, A cancer survivor, A double amputee who through techilogical advancements can actually compete with other Runners on the track field, Then of course, there's the lil Gabby.etc. The Olympics are a culmination of varios Sports and not just one event but many. Basketball,Track and Field, Tennis,etc. Seriosly, you should have put more thought before posting or atleast try to convey your message a bit more "informative". FIN

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Olympics? Borning? That's HORSESHIT MONGO!

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    Great matches yesterday between USA & Canada, USA vs Argentina, and then some other stuff. What, you don't like the beach volleyball uniforms? weak. article.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    And I'd like to see MMA as an Olympic sport.

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    There is a global interest and many fighters already compete from all around the world. Sad to say, but boxing is a dying breed of sport.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Speaking of horseshit...borning? Ugh.

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    Thanks, spell-check.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    blarg_barfington - because of empathy.

    by IEatHippies

    It goes both ways. It feels good to some people to see other people feeling good. It takes a good man to recognize a great man. America used to be full of good men. I'm going to abstain from the obvious political argument to be had.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Also - football is essentially turn-based strategy warfare...

    by IEatHippies

    ... and that makes it awesome.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 8:05 p.m. CST

    wow

    by dengreg31

    that's the classic "waste of time article" the internet is full of.. horrible take

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Plus, the Olympics are like cocaine for a workout

    by SK229

    Our gym (probably all gyms) have it on and I must say, it makes you think, "Shit, these people go to the very edge, physically, surely I can finish this set/miles, etc." Like listening to Rocky music. Just awesome. And nothing beats some of the drama... even that balance beam appeal last night and then she comes back and gets a GOLD? In a movie, ANYONE would say that could never happen, yet there it is... and it's FUCKING REAL.

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I'll take that US vs Canada Soccer Semifinal

    by tailhook

    Over John Ary vs His Hand in this masturbatory article. Or the Beach Volleyball. Seriously man.. you shit the bed on this one. This year's Olympics have been anything but boring. It all comes down to what you like in terms of Sports.. and when you only like your hand, you get boring articles like this one.

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I DONT LIKE SOCCER

    by tailhook

    but you don't have a pulse if you didn't find that game exciting.

  • ...oh wait... shit. Never mind. <p> Also, I like the Olympics. I like them quite a lot and feel absolutely no need to defend that like. If it ain't your thing, great. But I dig 'em.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST

    sorry that should read 'Ary' but then he is fast becoming forgettable

    by AllThosePowers

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    The Olympics...

    by ihatefanboys

    should be on their own channel so the losers that actually think theyre still fun to watch can watch them unhindered. They have no business being on network television interrupting regular programming. @Jaonicus they are BORING, it doesnt make anyone that thinks theyre boring is a , as you put it, a faggot. Why ? because its un-american to dislike them ?? Get over it. The olympics are from a time when people thought that having a world event that forced nations that generally disliked each other into friendly competition would be good for world peace. Its almost a century later, its old news and a waste of a week of television. Sunday cant come fast enough.