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Subject: RE: Hood To Coast Movie - Tonight (1/11/11) Only!! - Anyone Going?
I just got back and thought it was great - very well done. My quick impressions:
1) As I started watching the pre-film stuff and saw Bart Yasso, I was wondering, "Are all runners this geeky? Am I that geeky and don't realize it?" I thought he did a good job and his enthusiasm shined but it scared me a bit. I liked how they did the black tie stuff to lead in to get people excited.
2) I thought the stars of the film were the non-runners. Everyone in the audience loved them and the girl on their team was the star of the film in my mind. I loved them as well as the mom and widow of the guy that died. I thought the widow really came to live as the film progressed. I thought the heart attack survivor was a bit scary addicted to running and totally self-absorbed. Were the dead jocks totally sexist or what? I meant they were guys being guys but I'm not sure if I'm them if I want that on film.
3) The elite runner team barely had a roll which was good as I thought they came across as douchey and I thought again like I did at the beginning, "My god, is this how I was viewed back when I was obsessed with running fast? I hope not."
At the very beginning, I almost felt like I was watching a characterization of elites as douches. Dressed in all white they reminded me of Ben Stiller's team in that movie Dodgeball.
A non runner friend was pleased they included the elites and didn't think they came across too bad and pointed out that it was important they were in the film to show that side of it albeit briefly.
4) In the post-race stuff, I thought Alberto came across as great and think there is a human element to him that shined. I obviously was disappointed to see Mary Slaney in the post movie stuff and didn't listen to what she had to say.
5) I was impressed by the turnout. In tiny Ithaca, where I'd seen zero mention of it around town, there were probably 50 people in the audience. A friend of mine in DC said a huge theater there was sold out.
It was fun to go to a theater to see a 'live' screening. I think in this day and age of DVR, it's great as it gets everyone talking about stuff at the same time.
6) I'm impressed by artistic people. How that one girl could produce the film without ever having done the race was interesting as that part of my brain is just missing.
7) I now realize how my stomach/diet is much different than the average runner. Everyone in the audience couldn't believe that guy was eating a burger before running and laughed when they were eating cheetos. Like that guy, I love fast food and cheetos and would probably be eating cheetos for sure between runs.
Overall: Very much worth the $12.50 I spent tonight. A great night. Can't wait for Hood To Coast 2.
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