I've never really understood extreme sportsskydiving, bungee jumping, Zorbing, urban rappelling, base jumping, street luge, parkour (aka freestyle jumping), etc., etc. To me it's more like dumbass in the sky, dumbass on a rubber band, dumbass in a rubber ball, dumbass with a parachute, dumbass with road rash, bouncing French dumbassyou get the picture. (Sure, I'll watch someone else do it, but there's no way I'd ever do anything half as crazyjust because I have medical benefits doesn't necessarily mean I'd like to break anything.) The movie Steep tells the story of several such dumbasses, a band of big mountain skiers who'd much rather tackle impossibly steep cliff faces and avalanches than go for a leisurely slide down the kiddie slope. Well, welllookee here. According to the press materials, Doug Coombs, a legendary big mountain skier featured in the film, died in a skiing accident mere days after filming. Shocker. See a dead guy and his crazy hobby this Friday through Sunday as Steep screens at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Showtimes are 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8.50 ($6.50 for Modern members). Visit themodern.org.
Feb. 8-10, 2008