Monday, July 24, 2006

"I'm gonna do it in glue stick."

I saw the documentary Wordplay yesterday, and I highly recommend it. The film focuses on Will Shortz, the editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, and on the annual crossword tournament. The bulk of the movie is about the various contestants in the tournament, and these people's lives are so strange and quirky that it makes for top-notch entertainment.

But another major part of the movie involves interviews with celebrity crossword fanatics, including Jon Stewart, Bill Clinton, the Indigo Girls, and Mike Mussina. Clinton, as always, is fascinating to watch, but it should come as no surprise that Jon Stewart steals the show. He is hilarious in this film.

But not all the laughs come from professional comedians. Some of the crossword makers are very funny, and you cannot help but laugh at some of the contestants, especially the ├╝berpathetic Ellen, who does puzzles and twirls a baton! Also, the competition itself is an edge-of-your-seat thrill.

A documentary about the world of crossword puzzle enthusiasts may not sound exciting, but trust me -- it is a rollicking great time and one of the best films of the year.


At 2:35 PM, Blogger Kelsi posited...

I thoroughly love to do crossword puzzles. This is now on my list of things to see, though Movie Gallery probably doesn't have it. Being Brainerd and all.

P.S. I was under the Kiwanis bridge the other day taking pictures and I saw "C-Dub" written up there. I wonder if there is a connection to you.

At 6:38 PM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

No connection to me, but I like it!

(The movie is in theaters right now, so it will definitely not be at Movie Gallery.)

At 7:32 PM, Blogger Kelsi posited...

Hmm, good point there..:)

At 12:07 AM, Blogger Samwalkertron posited...

Have you seen Unflinching Triumph? It's a documentary about proffesional Staredown (aka Staring Contests), which notably has been released for free download on their website by the director. I downloaded it and must say I enjoyed it quite a lot, however, I was distracted by the fact that despite their claims, its actually quite obviously a mockumentary. It's still a good movie, (and quite funny) but for some odd reason they are claiming it's a real movie, even to the extent of not crediting the actors and creating fake websites for the organisations mentioned in the film, and writing fake reviews which play it straight on a variety of movie information sites (the same couple of reviews are posted on several sites with different user names associated with them). the movie is good, but I found all this trickery odd, expecially since apparently no one else on the internet has made note of it.

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Jake posited...

I'm glad they finally mad a documentary about my favorite pastime.

After sleeping, of course.


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