Summer

Film, Summer

First in a Class

First is the story of the Games of London 2012; or rather, the story of a selected group of first-time Olympians. Director Caroline Rowland—who won the job after creating the London bid film—has developed a new approach to Olympic documentaries. Though at first blush it seems to have a common thread with Bud Greenspan’s films, […]

Food, Summer

London Bake is Falling Down

Well, it’s been quite a while since we’ve posted. I’d like to say there was a good reason, but really … we were just tired. There was also a period of time when I couldn’t find what I needed to bake. One of the recipes here failed because of that, which was disheartening. But we’re […]

Film, Summer

Long Did They Wait

The Games of the XV Olympiad were held in Helsinki, Finland in the summer of 1952. It was a long-awaited festival: Helsinki had originally been selected to host the 1940 Games after the original host, Tokyo, withdrew due to Japan’s invasion of China. But the city never got to welcome the world in 1940, because, […]

Food, Summer

A Finnish Lesson

Today we’re traveling to Helsinki and I get to share the super fun lesson I learned about how not to make a cookie. Luckily the gluten free muffins I made worked out without a problem! Now let’s get to the good stuff. Local Fare There were no questions about what I was going to bake […]

Film, Summer, Winter

Watching Olympic Films in Digital Formats

As a follow-up to last week’s summary of official films on the IOC’s YouTube channel, we thought it would be nice to take a look at another interesting selection. Criterion has broken out a subset of 11 films from the full box and made them available at digital retailers like iTunes. (All iTunes/Apple Books links […]

Film, Summer, Winter

Watching Olympic Films Online

With the news of Tokyo 2020’s postponement, we’re looking for ways to fill the void. Happily, the Olympic YouTube channel contains a playlist of 15 official films for our (free) viewing pleasure! This is a great resource for a selection of films, and can certainly assist you in following our discussions as we go through […]

Film, Summer

Stockholm, Sharp & Silent

We’ve reached the final silent summer film in the Criterion Olympic Films collection, (LW: thank goodness) and it happens to be the very first one, from Stockholm 1912. We’ve already discussed a few of these silent editions (here, here, here), and by and large there’s no significant deviation from the format here. However, there are […]

Food, Summer

Hello Sweden!

Today I’m going to open the blog not with our baking escapades, but with a note about what’s going on in the world right now. There’s a virus leveling countries and economies. Things are pretty rough. We will make every effort to keep our posting schedule (as we had the year planned out to time […]

Film, Summer

Melbourne 1956: Once More, with Feeling

Last time we discussed the two small films of Melbourne/Stockholm 1956. This week we’re going to move on to the Summer Games proper with a pair of films focused on the breadth of events held in Melbourne. Despite having a similar scope, they’re incredibly different. Overwhelming Speed Olympic Games, 1956 195660 MINUTESPeter Whitchurch Olympic Games, […]

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Down Under Again

Round 2 for Australia and on the docket we have a traditional kid’s treat and yummy zucchini muffins. Let’s dive in! Local Fare LW: I started out making chocolate crackles, which are like rice crispy treats but with cocoa powder and sugar instead of marshmallows. Yeah, they are as good as they sound. Also much […]