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Category Archives: Movies

Everyone Wanted to Make a Movie About the Thai Cave Rescue. Did Any of Them Get It Right?

On June 23, 2018, twelve members of the Wild Boars, a youth soccer team based in the jungled mountains of northern Thailand, and their young assistant coach parked their bikes in the mouth of Tham Luang Cave after practice. The cave network was dry when they entered, but as they traveled more than a mile […]

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3 New Survival Thrillers That Almost Made Us Poop Our Pants

It’s been a slow summer for Hollywood, but there’s been no shortage of monosyllabically titled thrillers set in the outdoors. Prey started streaming on Hulu last month, Fall hit theaters on August 12, and Beast premiered last Friday. All three films are human vs. nature (or alien?) stories designed to prickle the sweat glands underneath […]

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Here’s Every Movie in Which Dwayne Johnson Walks into a Jungle

When I was laid up with COVID-19 earlier this summer (a two-week period that I like to call “Netflix and ill”), I noticed something: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appears in a lot of jungle-themed movies. They’re almost a natural habitat for his typical on-screen personas: he swings machetes, he fights dangerous wildlife, he raises one […]

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‘Nope’ Updates the Story of the West and Who It Belongs To

In the 19th century, an estimated one in four cowboys were Black, but you’d never know from reading and watching Western books and films. This canon has served as an act of cinematic and literary nationalism, portraying cowboys of the Old West as white, craggy men of few words and many pistols. And when Black […]

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How Viggo Mortensen Transformed into the Cave Diver Who Rescued a Thai Soccer Team

In June 2018, the rescue of twelve boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Northern Thailand captivated the world. Over the course of 18 days, thousands of volunteers, including more than 100 divers, extricated the soccer team amid monsoon rains. Not surprisingly, Hollywood was enthralled too: Tinseltown’s best screenwriter couldn’t have dreamt […]

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Everything Our Editors Loved in June

Outside editors spent June checking books off their summer reading lists, from novels in the Star Wars universe to emotive poetry compilations. Here are the movies, books, music, and more that we enjoyed last month. What We Read Last month I reread Chinua Achebe’s classic novel Things Fall Apart. I hadn’t read it since college, decades ago, but remembered its theme of a […]

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‘Make or Break’ Uses the ‘Drive to Surive’ Formula to Examine Pro Surfing

For a sport with roots that run centuries deep, surfing has been comically misunderstood by mainstream pop culture. It could be the fault of surfers themselves, who, when asked to describe the basic pursuit of riding waves, will often devolve into the babble of a religious zealot. Or it could be the simple fact that, […]

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Everything Our Editors Loved in May

In May, Outside editors leafed through motivational pages and hit the movie theater for a blockbuster release. Here’s everything that kept us entertained last month. What We Read I expected Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness, by former elite athlete Steve Magness, to focus on and celebrate […]

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Everything Our Editors Loved in April

Some Outside editors spent April scaling Mount Everest and exploring the Amazon’s tepuis through books and movies. Others turned to shows tracing scams and scandals. Here’s everything we enjoyed last month. What We Read It’s officially Everest season, one of our favorite times of year here at Outside. If you need something to dig your crampons into […]

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Everything Our Editors Loved in March

In March, Outside staffers turned up the volume on audiobooks, listening to authors get personal about broken hearts and human connection. Other literary pursuits included a book about a Montana reservation’s high school basketball team and the TV adaptation of Bridgerton. Here are all of our favorites from the month. What We Read The book I’m gifting and […]

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