Your Friday Five Lists for January 31–February 4

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Will Leitch


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Winter Olympic sports to watch in person

  1. Hockey
  2. Figure skating
  3. Snowboarding
  4. Speed skating
  5. Curling
  6. Luge
  7. Skeleton
  8. Bobsledding
  9. Freestyle skiing
  10. Biathlon
  11. Alpine skiing
  12. Cross country skiing
  13. Ski jumping

I saw them all in Sochi 2014, and let me tell you: Nothing in the planet is more dull than watching ski jumping in person.

Joachim Trier films

  1. Oslo August 31 (2011)
  2. The Worst Person in the World (2021)
  3. Reprise (2006)
  4. Louder Than Bombs (2015)
  5. Thelma (2017)

The Worst Person in the World opens this week, and it’s incredible, but you are talking to someone who believes Oslo August 31st is one of the best films ever made.

Roland Emmerich movies

  1. Independence Day (1996)
  2. 2012 (2009)
  3. White House Down (2013)
  4. Universal Soldier (1992)
  5. Stargate (1994)
  6. Moonfall (2022)
  7. Midway (2019)



Will Leitch

Author of six books, including “How Lucky” and "The Time Has Come." NYMag/MLB.. Founder, Deadspin.