FILMS THAT BABE RUTH
BASEBALL FILMS A VERY MIXED BAG
PLAYS ABOUT BASEBALL (part 1)
ONE MORE INNING ARTICLE FOR BASEBALL GURU
BASEBALL FILMS THAT ARE WORTH LOOKING AT
BUT DON'T EXPECT MIRACLES
This month we'll start looking at some of the better films dealing with baseball but by no means are they to be considered to be the best. We'll save those for two month's from now.
AMERICAN PASTIME:2007:CAST/GARY COLE, AARON YU, JON GRIES, MASATASHI NAKAMURA, JUDY ONG
During WW2 Japanese families were forced to live in Relocation Centers (the infamous EXECUTIVE ORDER 9006). The film deals with the Nomura family who while they were going through this organized a baseball team that challenged a local Minor League team.
The film explores the different feelings on both teams and the machinations of the local town. Many of the ballplayers on the American team were bigoted against the Japanese as were the towns people as well.
Wont give away the ending but the film pretty much explores what it means to be an American during adverse times.
BAD NEWS BEARS:1976: CAST/ WALTER MATHAU, TATUM O'NEAL, VIC MURROW, BEN PIAZZA:
The plot has been done over and over. A neer-do-well takes a bunch of misfits (in this case it's a horrendous Little League team) and through a various amount of simplistic plot changes molds them into a team good enough to play in the championship game against their hated rivals the LL Yankees.
Sounds Familiar? It is, but the performances (especially by Mathau and O'Neal are first rate, the misfits are for the most part fun to watch, and it gives us a graphic, scalding picture of competition in our American society.
As an aside the language is filled with profanity and not only by the adults!
FEAR STRIKES OUT: 1957: CAST:
ANTHONY PERKINS, KARL
To start off it should be mentioned that Jimmy Piersal disowned the film, claiming it was a distortion of the facts. The particulars did deal with events that happened in Piersals life. It dealt with his having an obsessive father who vicariously lived in his sons image. His father in real life drove Piersal so fierely to become a ballplayer that he ended up being hurt mentally and physically as well.
When he finally made the Major Leagues his erratic behavior caused problems on the field as well as in his personal life. The film does end with the suggestion that he had resolved his problems and had learned to cope with his behavior. To an extent that wasn't entirely true. Piersal felt that the film depicted his struggles in a pedestrian manner and didn't really capture the struggles he went through to resolve them
Having mentioned all that the picture does show what some parents put their children through to meet the goals that they set up for them. The baseball scenes are quite graphic and well done.
THE FAN: 1996: ROBERT DENIRO, WESLEY SNIPES, JOHN LEGUIZAMO: Presents us with a baseball plot that adds another element to the storyline.
The best way to describe this is to call it a psychological thriller using baseball as a fulcrum for it's plot.
A fan follows a ball player
he idolizes but when the player starts to struggle in the field and at bat,
the fan begins to harass him to do better. When the ballplayer does no better,
things take a turn for the worse. It becomes apparent that the fan is homicidal
and the player is in danger of his life. The movie
turns into a horror story while
dealing with our
The public seemed not to be ready to accept that kind of story when
it becomes part of the
It bombed in the boxoffice.
IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING: 1949: RAY MILLAND, JEAN PETERS, PAUL DOUGLAS:
A College professor and scientist is working on a chemical experiment
when a baseball crashes through a window and destroys the experiment. The
professor realizes that the ball that's covered with the chemicals repels
wood. He parlays that into a career with the
A charming and goofy comedy with a star performance by Paul Douglas as a crusty and typical old timer ball player.
Next month some additional better than average baseball flicks.
STATEMENT ABOUT MY WORK:
For the last few years I've been working on a series of paintings called:
Some of the scenes I was part of while I was growing up, the others I saw pictures or heard about.
All of the art depicts people and places that actually existed and are pretty exact.
There are a few that are part of my ethnic background.
All of them are areas I had been thinking of portraying for quite awhile but working as a freelancer was never able to get to.
As of now there are over 20 paintings ..and the list is growing.