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HCA: Which movie should WSU see before taking on Colorado?

The Cougs apparently have a traditional team movie night. We’ve got some ideas.

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The USA Today did a fun little story yesterday on a Mike Leach coaching tradition: Team movie night, which takes place the night before a game. (I, for one, was not aware of movie night.)

Leach has got some guidelines for the movie, though.

“We try to avoid tragedy movies, because you don’t want to go to the movies and watch somebody have cancer the whole time,” Leach said. “You want it a little more uplifting.”

He also has a ban on horror movies.

“Too many guys don’t sleep well, they’re uneasy, and they’re freaked out,” he said.

As the story goes, players get a choice of up to four movies to watch. No word on how the selection is made, but it got me thinking: Which movie that’s out right now should the Washington State Cougars go see tonight before they take on the Colorado Buffaloes tomorrow?

Leach says he wants something uplifting, and I imagine they also want a movie that doesn’t suck. Personally, I think I want something that’s going to inspire the team to crush the Buffs. Here are some options of movies currently playing:

Dr. Suess’ The Grinch
Rotten Tomatoes: 64% fresh

The Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.

This will inevitably fit the bill of uplifting — it’s Dr. Suess after all — but I’m not sure it’s going to get me all the way to inspiring.

Bohemian Rhapsody
Rotten Tomatoes: 60% fresh

Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock ‘n’ roll band Queen in 1970. Surrounded by darker influences, Mercury decides to leave Queen years later to pursue a solo career. Diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s, the flamboyant frontman reunites with the group for the benefit concert Live Aid -- leading the band in one of the greatest performances in rock history.

Uplifting? I guess it depends on your definition. The rise of Queen is definitely remarkable. Maybe even uplifting! Freddie Mercury’s demise? ...... not so much.

A Star Is Born
Rotten Tomatoes: 90% fresh

In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

It might be 90% fresh, but maybe we should avoid the movie about a rock star drinking and drugging himself to death.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Rotten Tomatoes: 33% fresh

Young Clara needs a magical, one-of-a-kind key to unlock a box that contains a priceless gift. A golden thread leads her to the coveted key, but it soon disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. In that world, she meets a soldier named Phillip, a group of mice and the regents who preside over three realms. Clara and Phillip must now enter a fourth realm to retrieve the key and restore harmony to the unstable land.

Um ... nope.

Rotten Tomatoes: 29% fresh

Reporter Eddie Brock develops superpowers after becoming a host to an alien parasite.

OK, I think now we’re getting into the neighborhood. Usually can’t go wrong with Marvel, especially if we’re talking about a movie to fire up a football team. However, the “rottenness” of the rating, plus the fact that it’s pretty dark, make me want to take a pass.

The Girl In The Spider’s Web
Rotten Tomatoes: 49% fresh

Fired from the National Security Agency, Frans Balder recruits hacker Lisbeth Salander to steal FireWall, a computer program that can access codes for nuclear weapons worldwide. The download soon draws attention from an NSA agent who traces the activity to Stockholm. Further problems arise when Russian thugs take Lisbeth’s laptop and kidnap a math whiz who can make FireWall work. Now, Lisbeth and an unlikely ally must race against time to save the boy and recover the codes to avert disaster.

OK, now THIS is what I’m talking about! Let’s get an ass-kicking woman on the screen to kick lots of asses for a couple of hours. If that doesn’t inspire a bunch of testosterone-fueled young men to go out and pummel their opponent the next day, nothing will.

What would be your choice?


Which movie should WSU see tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    The Grinch
    (34 votes)
  • 23%
    Bohemian Rhapsody
    (88 votes)
  • 4%
    A Star Is Born
    (18 votes)
  • 2%
    The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
    (8 votes)
  • 16%
    (61 votes)
  • 43%
    The Girl In The Spider’s Web
    (158 votes)
367 votes total Vote Now

Soccer in the NCAA Tournament

Tonight’s the big night! The Cougs host Montana in the opening round of the NCAA women’s soccer tournament. Kick off will be at 7 p.m., and there will be a live stream. If WSU wins, they’ll advance to (mostly likely) play No. 1 seed Georgetown. Here’s what you need to know:

NCAA Play Begins Friday at Lower Soccer Field - Washington State University
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Weaver Leads Four Cougars On All-Pac-12 Teams - Washington State University
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Football Links

Pac-12 Bowl Projections: Why the Huskies, not Cougars, should be smelling Roses | The Seattle Times
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Mustachioed Heisman Trophy contender Gardner Minshew of Washington State almost wanted to compete at Alabama this year with the Heisman frontrunner.

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One of the best quarterbacks in the country is traveling to Boulder to matchup with a banged up Colorado secondary.

Leach praises Cougars OL Lucas | Washington State University |
WSU coach Mike Leach, renowned for his admiration of the offensive line position, heaped praise on the rookie from Everett during his weekly news conference Monday.

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Since becoming conference rivals with Colorado, Washington State holds the edge, winning three of five meetings straight up and going 3-2 against the spread. The Cougars, questing for their first-ever appearance in the Pac-12 championship game, battle the Buffaloes on Saturday afternoon in Boulder.

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Washington State Cougars vs. Colorado Buffaloes Prediction and Preview - Athlon Sports
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Pac-12 Football Notebook: Week 11 Power Rankings & What To Watch For - Building The Dam
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WSU Athletics Links

Women's Golf: Cougars Complete Play in Hawaii - Washington State University
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Men's Golf: Washington State Stays Put at 17th to Complete Saint Mary’s Intercollegiate - Washington State University
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Rowing Wraps Up Fall Season - Washington State University
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