Some of you may not know this, but before I started this App State site I had a movie review site. I thought it might be fun to occasionally take a look at movies that were shot in the high country.
To start it off, this is 2008′s “Goodbye Solo”. The trailer doesn’t do it justice, it’s an uncomfortable, but worthwhile look at two unlikely friends; a Senegalese cab driver and an old Southern man filled with regret. Currently it’s sitting at a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. I can’t say it’s a great date movie, but if you’re in the mood for something like this, you won’t soon forget it.
The movie is primarily shot in Winston-Salem and Blowing Rock. Among other things you’ll see the actual Blowing Rock and the Linville Viaduct. The fact that you’ve actually been to these places adds an interesting element to the movie.
Director Ramin Bahrani was born in Winston-Salem and is highly acclaimed. This particular movie was an official selection at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival. It even won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at Venice.
So if you’re into artsy films about serious subjects, and you wouldn’t mind seeing some of the high country on film, check out “Goodbye Solo”.
If you like country music, this video just got uploaded to YouTube. It was recorded at Appalachian State and the video features images of the campus.
…cue the stoner jokes.
Other than the Fan Fest scrimmage, its been kind of a slow day for App State News. So I figured I’d start a new segment on weird/interesting things to do on your weekend visits to Boone during football season.
Those that know me, know that movies are my other passion. For my money, the Wizard of Oz is the best fantasy movie ever made. It may surprise you to learn that Oz is actually located just outside of Boone on top of Beech Mountain.
Don’t hop in your car just yet, it’s only open once a year. This year it will be open on Oct 6th & 7th (Homecoming/Elon game weekend). Buy your tickets early because they will likely sell out.
The “Land of Oz” theme park was founded in 1970 by Grover Robbins & Jack Pentes. Robbins was the guy who built Tweetsie Railroad. There used to be …READ MORE
5’9″ 177lb WR Tacoi Sumler, a 4-star recruit according to Rivals, is transferring from Oregon to Appalachian State according to tweets from his and QB Jamal Jackson’s twitter accounts.
He’s a redshirt freshman who still has a full 4-years of eligibility left with App State. He was a high school All-American, putting up 994 yds & 17 TDs for Christopher Columbus High School. He caught 3 passes for 15 yds in Oregon’s Spring Game.
Why did he transfer? Well frankly …READ MORE
I have officially committed to Appalachian State University….blessed 🙏
Looks like a good pickup for Capel and company. Eaves was selected to the NCPreps.com All-State 4A basketball team. According to MaxPreps.com, he averaged 17.7 pts a game and is the #30 recruit in the highly competitive state. You can watch some videos of him in action HERE.
App Baseball had a couple of games with EKU rained out this week. But it sweeped Furman in their 3-game series, allowing a slight move up in the Mid-Major polls and computer rankings. We’re currently on the bubble for the overall top-25 polls. This season has seen us climb as high as #27. Also, congratulation to right fielder Tyler Tewell for being named the SoCon Player of the Week. Next up we play High Point tonight @ 6pm in Boone.
App State Rankings by Poll
NCBWA Top-30 – Receiving Votes (No change)
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top-30 – NR (No change)
College Baseball Lineup Top-10 Mid-Major – #8 (Up from #10)
College Baseball Daily Top-25 Mid-Major – #14 (Up from #16)
USA Today/ESPN Top-25 Coaches Poll – Essentially #31 – Receiving 9 votes (Up from Essentially #40 – receiving 4 votes)
Perfect Game College Top-50 – #31 (Up from #33)
Baseball America Top-25 – NR (No change)
Well overall it was a slow news day for App. But maybe that’s a good thing. The next big news day might involve a search for a new AD. Here’s what did happen today:
- BASEBALL: When playing at the stink it’s better to be wearing a gas mask than a hockey mask, even on Fri the 13th. But apparently the #27 Mountaineers didn’t need either one as they deodorized the stink 5-1. Even starting future MLB pitcher Chris Beck wasn’t enough for the Eagles to pull out a win as undefeated Ryan Arrowood put on a fantastic showing for App. To have any hope or prayer of staying ranked after back-to-back losses earlier in the week, App will really …READ MORE