Winter

Film, Winter

Greenspun Blues

I’m not going to bury the lede here. This film was disappointing. If the image above looks like a bit of an unfocused mess, that’s intentional. Bud Greenspan Presents Vancouver 2010: Stories of Olympic Glory 2010116 MINUTESBud Greenspan, Nancy Beffa Vancouver marked the eleventh and final outing for the late Bud Greenspan, cementing what is […]

Food, Winter

Grunt if You Love Canada

I’ve been excited to return to Canada, because I’ve loved looking for local recipes to try. It was an easy decision on what to try, once I found the blueberry-filled recipe below. Of course, I had to go back to the drawing board on the chocolate chip cookies. Did I strike out again or hit […]

Film, Winter

Grit and Guts on Ice

In our ongoing review of Olympic films, we’ve begun to see some patterns emerge. We have the silent era films, which are mostly a string of newsreel-style segments. There is the mid-century meet-a-city tourism genre. There is a select group of films with artistic viewpoints. There is the enormous Greenspan body of work. White Rock […]

Food, Winter

An Austrian Delight

This week’s blog has been my favorite to date—on the film and baking side. It was 100% what I needed in this crazy time. If you have some flour and eggs lying around, you MUST try the local fare recipe below. It took a bit of time to make, but it’s not like there’s much […]

Film, Winter

Greenspan in Italy

Bud Greenspan’s Torino 2006: Stories of Olympic Glory 200788 MINUTESBud Greenspan Torino 2006 marks the fourth Greenspan film we’ve watched, the first from the new century, and the penultimate outing in his collection of 10 films. His signature formula is familiar by now. This particular film has a somewhat peculiar provenance, however: it’s one of […]

Food, Winter

Welcome Back to Italy!

We’ve returned to Italy and this time I’m making a sweet treat, because honestly who doesn’t need more yummy sweet treats right now? (Admittedly I did make risotto earlier this week, and actually had to look up the recipe on the blog. 🤦‍♀️) It also seemed like a great time to finish off some slightly […]

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, Winter

Jean-Claude Killy Builds a Highway

1992 was a particularly fascinating moment in time: in 1989 the Berlin Wall came down. In 1990 Germany was reunified. In 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed. Change was truly in the cold, crisp air of the French Alps. One Light, One World 1992104 MINUTESJoe Jay Jalbert,R. Douglas Copsey The XVI Winter Games at Albertville, France […]

Food, Winter

A French Discovery

And we are back in France again! It was an easy pick for recipes this time around, as I’d had my eye on both of these recipes for a while. It was an absolutely successful week of baking too—dieu merci! Now let’s get to it. Local Fare For local fare, I settled on a berry […]