It’s August, let’s watch a movie with men in T-shirts and shorts.
Not just any men, though — Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, the young men who’d become British Olympians in 1924, running very fast and very hard and becoming friends along the way.
That’s the story of Hugh Hudson’s 1981 historical sports film Chariots of Fire, a movie that four decades later is remembered mostly for its score than anything else … but which has plenty of other elements worth celebrating, as actor Graham Abbey tells me in this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie.
Which isn’t to say that you can’t remember it solely for Vangelis’ score, of course. Just remember, it contains multitudes.
And then make sure you’ve caught up on the latest editions of my Shiny Things newsletter — I wrote about Amazon’s fun new time-travel show Paper Girls and Kino Lorber’s 4K release of Eastern Promises in Sunday’s paid edition, and the bizarre experience of stumbling across a terrible, terrible movie I had totally forgotten seeing – twice – as a kid in the free weekly mailing.
I think that’s it for this week, other than a few hundred e-mails I need to send. Oh, and you should also know that I Love My Dad is opening at the Lightbox on Friday; it’s very funny and very weird, and this Claudia Sulewski kid is really going places.