Netflix Instant Picks: Price of Gold, Spaghetti Westerns, Airplane!

Netflix Instant Picks: Price of Gold, Spaghetti Westerns, Airplane!

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30 for 30: The Price of Gold (2014) / Documentary

Netflix Instant Picks 30 for 30: the price of gold

I wrote more about this in my weekly updates.

ESPN’s 30 for 30 series is pretty great all around. I’ve seen a few others, most notably “Broke”, exploring how athletes lose their millions. “The Price of Gold” is just as interesting as we learn Harding’s side of the Tonya Harding v Nancy Kerrigan debacle that happened 20 years ago.

To this day, Harding is sticking to her story that she had no prior knowledge of the event. The editing comes off slightly skewed but without an obvious bias. Though there is a funny edit where she says “that wasn’t my handwriting” and a press interview clip says “we found Harding’s handwriting”.

Editing aside, we get to learn a lot about Tonya Harding. I knew nothing about her past but was aware of her “athleticism” in contrast to Kerrington’s “ice princess” quality. Harding’s tale is pretty tragic. She grew up in an abusive home, married an abusive husband, and poured her heart into skating. There may not be sympathy felt for her, but at least understanding. An understanding of her tragic need to win. The entire episode is sad for everyone involved.

In celebration of the Olympics, this look into one of the more famous Olympic scandals is definitely worth watching.

Starring: Tonya Harding
Runtime: 60 min
Leslie Rating: 4/5
Summary: The infamous Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan scandal told from Harding’s point of view


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) / Western

Netflix Instant Picks The Good The Bad The Ugly

This is my absolute favorite movie. And I mean it. It’s #1 in my top ten. I wrote a paper on the soundtrack.

The “Man With No Name” trilogy was directed in Italy by Sergio Leone, hence them being coined ‘spaghetti westerns.’ The dialogue is terse with Ennio Morricone’s score filling each scene, providing all the emotion you need.

Clint Eastwood’s character, the man with no name, is played perfectly as an anti-hero. Despite the name, there are few ‘good’ guys in this movie. Eastwood certainly isn’t one of them. Yet you’ll end up rooting for him anyway.

Starring: Clint Eastwood
Runtime: 179 min
Leslie Rating: 5/5
Summary: Director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone create a brilliant end to this trilogy


Airplane! (1980) / Satire Comedy

Netflix Instant Picks Airplane!

Surely, you’ve already seen this. (Don’t call me Shirley). If you haven’t seen this movie, you should just so every few seconds you can go “oh! that’s where that joke came from.”

Starring: Robert Hayes, Leslie Nielsen
Runtime: 87 min
Leslie Rating: 3/5
Summary: Spoof comedy at it’s finest


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7 Replies to “Netflix Instant Picks: Price of Gold, Spaghetti Westerns, Airplane!”

    1. It’s especially interesting because I was old enough to remember it (11) but not quite old enough to really understand what was happening or what it meant. And I hadn’t realized that Harding still is sticking to her story of not knowing about the attacks.

  1. I remember when the Tanya Harding event happened and you are now the second person I know who has recommended this which makes me think I should see it, but it is just such a sad story and I don’t want to be more depressed after watching it.

  2. Love, love, love the Spaghetti Westerns. So many things that are part of our cultural experience actually come from those movies (despite having so little actual spoken dialogue). And Airplane is just a comedy classic.

    I lived in Portland, OR during the whole Harding-Kerrigan debacle (I was 26 or so) and it was really polarizing for the city at the time. I’ve never seen this particular movie about it and I honestly don’t know if I think she was involved or not, but in a lot of ways I feel very sorry for her. She just seemed like one of those people who could never get her act together. There was always something – a bent blade, a broken lace, a car that broke down, some excuse as to why she wasn’t 100% on her game right at this very moment. I dunno. Maybe I’ll watch it and see what her side has to say in retrospect.

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