OLYMPIC DREAMS – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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Guerilla filmmaking is at its most charming in the sweet-’n’-salty Olympic Dreams, a melancholy romance that is a little bit Lost in Translation crossed with a potential first installment of a new Before Sunrise, etc, soap opera, only set at four-year intervals. Which I would love to see.

Olympic athlete Alexi Pappas — a long-distance runner who competed in Rio in 2016 — was invited to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang as part of the IOC’s Artist-in-Residence program to make a series of short films about life in the athletes’ village. She brought along her husband, filmmaker Jeremy Teicher, and actor and comedian Nick Kroll. They ended up making a delightful and delicately observed feature, shot in the two-week span of the Games, with Teicher serving as director as well as his own nimble crew, using a script improvised by the three of them. And shot, of course, in the wild midst of an Olympics fortnight. Continue reading…

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at FlickFilosopher.com, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her AWFJ.org archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).