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"Spirit of the Marathon" Decent Film for a Marathon Documentary





Well, the other day I was having one of those nights where I just clicked on the first movie I saw of any mild interest on Netflix and watched it. The movie I picked was a documentary called "Spirit of the Marathon" and the reason I picked it was because it said in the "about" blurb that the film had Dick Beardsley.

Now, anyone who has run Grandma's marathon has heard about Dick Beardsley. The guy comes up there and speaks most years, and one year Neal Lundeen took me to go and see him and I'm glad he did. He's a really good public speaker, and you can tell that it's something that comes naturally to him. He's not smooth and polished like Kenneth Brannaugh...and frankly, I can't stand to watch Kenneth Brannaugh for more than five seconds (I'm not even sure if that's how you spell his name but I am not about to take the time to go and look it up since Kenneth Brannaugh is so irrelevant that his version of Hamlet can't even make me forget the one Mel Gibson did [a statement like that is the type of thing that really gets a British Shakespearian trained actor like Kenneth Brannaugh {herafter to be known as "Scott"} really and truly riled up {he shouldn't be playing any German's either because he never gets the accent right}] [notice how I closed all my parenthesis there? Reading my articles is like doing a mathematical equation], actually old Scott's not all that bad, heh heh).

AAAAANNNNNYYYYWWWWWWAAAAYYYYY.....

This "Spirit of the Marathon" documentary follows about 5 or 6 people ranging in ability from elite contender to just regular people trying to do another marathon. Their marathon of choice is none other than Chicago, so this documentary will be of special interest to those of you who've run that one (wimps...everybody knows Chicago is the easiest marathon course out there...I mean come on, why not challenge yourself a little bit...Scott!...[I'm just giving you a hard time, all marathons are easy, but seriously...Chicago?]).

So, if you're bored one night and there's no more whiskey left in your bottle and you feel like watching a movie about running but you've seen both "Prefontaine" and "Without Limits" so many times you want to throw up (and your tutu hasn't come back from the cleaners so you can't watch "Chariots of Fire"), give "Spirit of the Marathon" a try (and if any of you ever make a documentary about running and want me to write a review/press release for it, my services are almost always available).
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