Author: Travis Losh

Wild Horses

Overview: A missing person case is reopened after a detective suspects murder may have been involved. Entertainment One Films; 2015; Rated R; 100 minutes. Lack of Direction: Robert Duvall, James Franco, and Josh Hartnett; okay, good deal, right? That’s what I thought going in (even if the title is plastic, and despite the fact that I don’t care about horses). What I was left with after watching the film was one valuable lesson in filmmaking; Just because you have big names, a good track record, and an understanding of the filmmaking process, that does not mean you can throw...

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6 True Sports Stories as Movies

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who is not emotionally invested in either a single sports franchise or their country’s Olympic team. We live in an age where sports fanaticism is borderline theological, and it’s hard to remember that off the field these athletes are normal, everyday people, and that their actions will have the same implications as anyone else’s. On the 30th birthday of a man who personifies this duality, Michael Phelps, we have chosen to celebrate his image with a list of good and bad stories from the world of sports that should be made into...

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Criterion Discovery: The Vanishing

Background The Vanishing (originally titled Spoorloos) is a French mystery/thriller directed by George Sluizer. The original 1988 film (which was followed by a rather depressing American remake in 1993) came to The Criterion Collection as Spine #133 on Blu-Ray in late 2014. This is the only Sluzier film to make it as part of the Collection. Story A young couple is traveling to their designated vacation spot when Saskia convinces Rex to veer off to a local spot. After a pit stop at a local gas station Saskia goes missing. Years after hearing nothing, Rex begins to receive odd...

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Netflix Hidden Gem #41: Winnebago Man

Winnebago Man Director: Ben Steinbauer Genre: Documentary/Comedy The Bear Media Synopsis: This documentary follows angry, yet lovable salesman, Jack Rebney, whose outtakes from a Winnebaggo sales video circulated for years before becoming a viral sensation without his knowledge. Overview: There is something inherently special about Jack Rebney. Even those who just discovered him by watching Winnebago Man (like I did) are still engulfed by his aura. He has two special talents: he can cuss better than anyone and he can sell some Winnebagos. Through his stinging personality, his ability to be lovable while being the biggest asshole we have...

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Champs

Overview: An examination of Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, and Bernard Hopkins: boxing greats of the ‘90s. Bert Marcus Productions; Not Rated; 2015; 85 Minutes. The Sport: Champs exists to illuminate an entire sport through the mistreatment of its star athletes through the egocentric effort of its proprietors. In a sport that pushes forward millions of dollars a year, boxing has no system in place to protect the athletes physically or financially. Highlighting these problems brings on a different identity to the film, making it far more about the protection of the athletes than what they achieved in their career. The shift...

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