A hardened American gunslinger is repeatedly thwarted in his attempts to mount a showdown in a friendly town in Canada where no one seems to understand or appreciate the brutal code of the American Wild West.
In the Men With Brooms movie we met a quirky group of curlers who hailed from the working-class town of Long Bay, Ontario. Now meet the next generation: The Takeout Artists is a group of ... See full summary »
When odd reports are received through official channels stating that the President of the United States is being held captive on a secret international moon base called Vegan and that he ... See full summary »
Long Bay resident Donald Foley, a life long curler and more recent curling coach, has just passed away. He has requested that his cremated ashes be bored into a specific curling stone he has just had retrieved from the bottom of Long Bay. His will also has a non-binding codicil to reunite the last team he coached to curl in the Golden Broom Bonspiel in town, a Long Bay team which has never won and that team which was the closest ever to doing so. Donald wants that specific stone in which he is buried to be delivered as the final shot to sit on the button for the win for the Long Bay team. Beyond the four team members not having curled at all since their last bonspiel ten years ago, they each have issues in their lives which may make coming together as a team and winning, and curling in its entirety difficult or a non-priority. Lead Neil Bucyk's life is directed by his controlling wife Linda, a right she believes she has as his livelihood is in her family's business, a funeral home. ...Written by
The University of Toronto Men's varsity curling team were used as stand ins for Paul Gross' team. See more »
In the championship game between the Long Bay and Butte rinks, Long Bay would not have had the last rock advantage in the final end as it is portrayed, as the rules have the last rock advantage going to the team that did not score in the most recent end in which a team did score. As such, Butte should have had last rock advantage in that final end. See more »
Throwing Off Glass
Written and Performed by The Tragically Hip
Written by The Tragically Hip
Weiner Art, Arte Humane, Dirty Shorts, Bhaji Maker, Ching Music (SOCAN)
p. 2002 Universal Music
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I remember hearing about this movie when it was in production and tucking the information away, because it sounded like it might be spiffy--Leslie Nielson, curling, Canadians... yup, sounds spiffy.
So when I was at the video store last night and I saw it sitting on the shelf, that information I'd stored away came hippety-hopping out of wherever it had been tucked, and I went, "Ooh!" and I rented it and was all happy-like and had expectations of spiffiness.
And then it blew.
First of all, what was up with all the humping? Who'da thunk a movie about curling would have so much sex? I wanted to press my nose up against the TV screen and tell the writers in a very slow and patient voice, "Guys, humping just isn't that funny." Okay so the *word* is kind of funny. If you say it over and over again in a really perky voice and let your eyes go kinda blank, that's sort of funny. But people humping every other scene? Eh, not so funny. Farting, old people who swear and/or are randy, dogs humping, poop, and people humping, these just aren't that funny. Given, this movie only gave in to one of those not-so-comedic pitfalls. Oh no wait, there's a scene with a cow farting and pooping, too. Okay but really, aside from the humping, it wasn't a *dumb* movie. Maybe that's why it ended up being so un-spiffy. The cast was good, the chemistry between everyone was good... it just... wasn't... funny. It's a bummer to see a smart movie with a good cast just meander along in the land of mediocrity. Not to mention it's a bummer to have curling and humping inextricably linked in my mind now.
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