To fill airtime and help us navigate through the Void Network has been airing an off season series of baseball movies. Sports movies are a tricky proposition and baseball flicks are literally a hit or miss thing with fans and critics
but a good one is treasure and timeless. Like our game.
Watching MLB's play list selection of movies has kind of given me the urge to play baseball movie critic as I have some experience in both baseball, softball, and cinema criticism realm. My film critic experience is driven primarily from my experiences with my wife. You see when we go to the movies I embarrass her by giving a thumbs up/down
Ghetto review whenever a preview comes up on the screen. When perfuming my ghetto review on a baseball movie I use the same qualities I use to define a good game to define a good movie
- Realism - too fake or easy is wack in both
- Competition - good players and actors
- Meaning - It's more than just a game
- Sentimentality - I'm a sucker for heart break
- Conflict - Tension and Pressure are thrilling
- Drama - a must, but must happen naturally
My Top Ten Baseball Ghetto Review list is as follows:
True kids movie. "You throw like a girl" - best line in flick. Very fun.
9. Major League
Pure late 80s early 90s comedy. You can't take this movie seriously especially Wesley Snipes swing. Yikes
8. Damn Yankees
Yeah I know you’re thinking "that's a musical", but it was also made into a movie. More ntly, who hasn't never contemplated selling his soul to the devil for a hit or win in baseball? Plus every Yankee hater loves the title
classic tear jerker. Sorry but this movie does prove "Their is crying in baseball. Uh but that's another baseball movie.
6. Bull Durham - This film is number one on many baseball fans list, but only makes #6 on mine. Great movie and very realistic. Maybe too realistic. However, I cannot deny that it is well made. Crash Davis
was the Man.
5.Original Bad News Bears - ghetto 70s little league to the fullest.
Coach drinking at the field (coaches still do it). Cursing, Asshole parents. Mean politically incorrect kids. Peer pressure. Little League trauma and drama to the fullest. Awesome
4. Field of Dreams -
"If you build it they will come" - true mystical quality takes center stage. Last scene with Costner and ghost Dad catching proves the game is about Fathers and Sons.
3. Eight Men Out
"Fixing" the World Series. How can you go wrong with that storyline?
2. The Natural - "My name is Roy Hobbs the best their ever was". The softball gods would approve of this movie. P.S. The Wonderboy bat
would sell for a lot more than a Miken
and the #1 Thumbs Up
Baseball movie on my Ghetto Review is
1. A League of Their Own -
The film captures so many things to perfection:
- how precious time is
- heart break
Love this film as I never get tired of it.
My favorite part of the movie is when Geena Davis tells Tom Hanks that she is quitting "because its too hard". he replies "it's supposed to be hard. The hard is what makes it great".
P.S. You know a film is good when Madonna doesn't mess it up
A critic wouldn't be a critic is he doesn't do a thumbs down baseball movie blog. Soon.