Binge Watch: The Winter Olympics

Another Winter Olympics has come and gone. Did you enjoy it? Are you missing the action? It felt strange this year as the Winter Games followed so closely to the Summer Games, with the Super Bowl right in the middle. But, if like me, you enjoy the games and miss them when they’re not going, let this week’s Binge Watch soothe your soul. This week I’m looking at five tales about the Winter Games that can fill that Olympics-sized hole in your life.

Cool Runnings (1993)
Jamaica has a bobsled team! In case you didn’t know about that, this biopic tells the story of the first group of four men, and their coach, that added a winter sport to the Jamaican Olympics repertoire. John Candy plays the coach, and he’s a lot of fun, along with the guys. This is a goofy and at times uplifting tale.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Miracle (2004)
Few things are as great when they work as a good sports biopic. That’s the case with Miracle, which focuses on the 1980 Men’s Hockey Team that stunned the world and won a Gold Medal. Kurt Russell takes the lead as coach Herb Brooks in a film that’s interesting, engaging and thrilling. If you love a good sports film, this is for you!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Blades of Glory (2007)
: And if you’re looking for an Olympic-sized comedy, there’s Blades of Glory. Will Ferrell and Jon Heder play star skaters who brawl and get banned. In response, they decide to team up in the pairs competition. It’s unorthodox and rankles the favorites in the competition, a brother-sister team (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler). This is one of Ferrell’s better comedies and it has some great moments. The cast also includes Craig T. Nelson and Jenna Fischer, and this one is a lot of fun.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Eddie the Eagle (2016)
This feel-good biopic is about Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards, a Britain who wants to become a ski jumper. He practically wills himself to learn the craft and make it to Olympic competition. This one boasts a cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walker and Taron Egerton. It’s a cute story but probably the least engaging of the ones on this list for me.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I, Tonya (2017)
If you were alive and following the Olympics, it’s impossible to forget about Tonya Harding and the scandal that loomed over her Olympic appearance. This biopic, featuring Margot Robbie as Harding and Allison Janney as her mother, was a player at the Oscars. It’s funny at times and engaging. It’s a wild story but it also happens to be true. The performances are great and it’s worth checking out.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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