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Most people are aware that Kevin Costner is an avid baseball fan, as he
has made four movies where he was either a rabid fan, active or retired
He understands baseball and must have been a fairly good amateur player himself, as his movements on the field are realistic, so his baseball movies are believable even without dissecting the plots.
In For Love of the game however, the underlying love story between Billy Chapel and Jane Aubry (Costner and Preston), enhances, but does not overshadow the baseball theme. In fact, without the love story, the film might be a flat, plot less story.
Some critics say the plot and particularly the ending, where we all know Chapel will pitch a perfect game, detracts from or imparts an artificiality to the film. But I would refer those critics to the 1984 film, The Natural, with Robert Redford. That film was predictable, yet its predictability was the stuff of Saturday morning matinées at the movies, where the good guy in the white hate defeated the bad guy. Same with For Love of the Game. Its predictability, which actually only becomes apparent near the middle of the last game, adds to the overall effect of the film.
Costner is superb, not only as a ball player, but as a man who is obviously falling in love with something other than baseball, for the first time in his life.
The best surprise of all is Kelly Preston. This is, by far, her best performance. She is totally believable as a vulnerable, insecure single mother, who is afraid of having her heart broken as a sports groupie.
As an avid baseball fan, I loved this film for its reality in depicting an aging baseball player's plight. But as a guy who isn't into "chick flicks" I have to admit that I was swept away by the love story.
I loved it, even though I am a die hard Yankee fan!
Along with High Noon (1952), The Searchers (1956) and The Magnificent
Seven (1960), Shane defines the western movie genre.
Everything is here; the wild and beautiful scenery; the unrequited love; and most of all the man with a bad reputation who does the right thing at the right time to protect the weak but righteous from evil. In fact, all three movies have this same thread: the man with a past ultimately redeems himself at the end of this story.
All the characters are quintessential representatives of their type: Jean Arthur is the image of strong but feminine womanhood; Van Heflin is the hard working homesteader; Brandon DeWilde is the young, trusting boy in all of us; Ben Johnson is the bad guy who turns good. There's a host of other bad characters, all topped by Jack Palance as the ultimate evil gunslinger for hire. And, of course, Shane himself represents every man who, for reasons unknown, has a bad reputation but is ultimately good.
The story builds throughout the film until the climactic ending. Even though we can predict the outcome, we feel good when it plays out. And after he kills the gunfighter, Shane's words to little Joey reinforce the child's image of both the evil killer and the ultimately good Shane. Joey: "Gosh Shane, he was fast." Shane: "Yes Joey, he was fast; fast on the draw". The last phrase, reemphasizing the misguided glamor of the gunslinger's speed plays up the unspoken truth that since Shane killed the gunfighter, Shane was the fastest. Shane was the best.
Outstanding classic western.
This is one of the worst films I have ever seen.
George Clooney is a great actor when he stars in a good (or even mediocre) film. But in many respects he reminds me of Steve McQueen; whenever he takes a role in a poor film, his presence alone is not enough to carry the story, and he is very poor at comedy or self parody.
"Oh Brother..." is a perfect example of a bad film that George Clooney cannot save. The acting is juvenile, the story is dreary and rambling and the only good aspect, the title song, is only sung once or twice.
Disappointing all around.
Actually I think Trapeze is a fairly decent depiction of a 1950s
European flyer's act. And I understand that Mr. Lancaster was an
acrobat whose career was ended due to injury prior to his becoming an
actor. So this may have enabled him to have a good feel for his role.
But I'm also a bit biased. I've been to a couple of circuses in Paris, which seemed to mirror the film's atmosphere and I actually met the actors who starred in this film.
In 1955 I was living on an American military base near Paris where Trapeze was being filmed. The USO hosted a gathering on base and Tony Curtis and Gina Lollabrigida appeared to promote the film and sign autographs. My older sisters got their photos taken with Mr. Curtis.
So naturally, whenever I catch this film on late night cable, I see it from a nostalgic point of view.
While I would agree that there is humor in almost every situation, and
certainly there were humorous events throughout WW II POW camps, the
premise of POW life being one big happy time is absurd. And though all
humor, no matter how macabre, has some basis in reality, this show
doesn't fit that bill.
I have a number of relatives and friends who were POWs in German Stalags. They all say that while the Germans did not torture them as they did concentration camp inmates, nor were they barbaric like the Japanese to military (and all other) prisoners; POW life was grueling, and bleak. There was little to eat, the barracks were cold and time passed ever so slowly. Lack of news from home about loved ones and family caused great anxiety. The memories of air battles and being shot down prior to capture were traumatic.
There was nothing fun about POW life, nothing. Despite its popularity, this series was an insult to both Americans and Germans. And the series' star, Robert Crane, turned out to be a sexual predator in real life who was murdered under mysterious circumstances related to his aberrant lifestyle. Hogan the POW was Crane the POS.
A bad dream would be washing up on a desert island and finding only two videos; Gilligan's Island and Hogan's Heroes.
Night Shift has a macabre funny premise; a milquetoast morgue attendant
and his BS artist partner become pimps using the "Night Shift" at a NYC
Morgue as corporate headquarters for a group of hookers whose pimp was
murdered by other crooks (Richard Belzer is perfect as the hood in
Henry Winkler completely sheds his Fonzie image and is convincing as the harried ex stockbroker henpecked by his fiancée, mother and future in-laws, and abused by everyone he meets, including the neighbor's dog.
Michael Keaton is a riot as the complete cartoonish caricature of every BS artist you've ever seen.
Unfortunately Shelly Long is both unconvincing as a hooker and unattractive as the leading lady (her complexion looks bad). The other ladies of the evening are unconvincing and the last 30 minutes of the film drag as if no ending was written and the director realized he had more film than dialog left.
It's funny the first time around if you stop 3/4 of the way through.
To my mind "...Ax Murderer" is one of those films like "Clerks" or
"Swingers". Its plot is fairly pointless but you watch it over and over
for the few really cleaver sight gags and one liners it contains.
Anthony LaPaglia is excellent as an undercover police detective who wants his life to be like that of Starsky and Hutch. He constantly begs his mild mannered supervisor, Alan Arkin, to scream and yell at him like their boss did. When he shows up disguised as Huggy Bear I laughed my insides out.
The sequence where Mike Myers introduces Nancy Travis to his family (Myers also plays his own father) is riotous. The sexual undertones of the "big heed (head)" insults to Myers' little brother are great. It takes a little while to grasp the point of why the the old man keeps insulting the boy for his over-sized head as well as to develop the mental image of Dad telling his wife to show Travis the family photo album..."show her the one where he **** his pants in Niagara Falls!" The whole idea of such a photo is so absurd and pointless that its pointlessness becomes humor, like jokes about passing gas in a space suit or a pay toilet in a hospital diarrhea ward. Duh. This scene would make the 3 Stooges proud.
Best seen with the guys, after having a few beers.
As another viewer already stated, Bogey's character would have been
brought up on sexual harassment charges for this kind of behavior
Plus, his character was just a plain bore-he made a couple of passes at a subordinate and she politely declined. Instead of taking the hint he used his rank and position to wear her down. Both Allyson and Bogart were better actors than to have accepted their cheesy roles in this film. I can't believe either of them needed the money that badly.
The only saving grace in the film was that it gave the viewers an idea of the MASH concept. The difficulties in providing state-of-the-art medical treatment to front line troops on a fluid, fluctuating battlefield in WW II resulted in the inception of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) in Korea. Instead of having to wait days for treatment of major combat wounds, patients in the Korean War, and subsequent conflicts, were often undergoing lifesaving hospital surgery in a MASH within hours.
It's a film worth watching if it's showing on cable but not worth buying or renting.
This film is just as bad as "The Birdman of Alcatraz". I do not refer
to the acting but rather the premise of both films, which try to
portray psychopathic criminals as heroic figures. Moreover it disturbs
me when well respected, revered actors like Alan Alda (and Burt
Lancaster) play such roles, because their status tends to lend
credibility to the director's intent to elevate the film's subject, a
I was in junior high school during the last years of Caryl Chessman's life and his death penalty appeals and books were very much in the news. I remember the groundswell of opinion that the death penalty was wrong and Chessman was the victim.
Get a grip people. Read the history. Chessman was a criminal and sexual predator. He drove around the LA streets at night with a stolen police light in his vehicle. He stopped cars with attractive women inside under the ruse of making a traffic arrest; then abducted and raped the women. Rape is the worst trauma a woman can experience and many victims say they would prefer death to its horror and humiliation.
Chessman got exactly what he deserved, it just took a decade too long. No sympathy for the devil here.
Remember the trailers for some of those campy 1950s sci-fi
flicks..."just keep telling yourself it's only a movie"...and "no one
with heart problems should see this movie"? All the folks who are
criticizing this film, and particularly those who use the film as a
spring board to criticize America, get a grip! Every military person
I've known has loved this movie. We know it's a spoof of us and of the
dark days of the Cold War. We don't take it personally. In fact, we've
all known people similar, if not exactly like, the characters in this
film, which makes the movie all that more fun. It's JUST a movie!!!
Humor and satire are always best when based on some small truism. But I see nothing sick or mean spirited about Dr. Strangelove. For the information of the person who was disturbed by the image of MAJ Kong riding the A Bomb down to the target like it was a rodeo bull, relax, it was only a movie! Slim Pickens didn't die in the film and I'm sure James Earl Jones was not offended by any ethnic humor, especially when he cashed his paycheck. Or I could be wrong, in which case, the good citizens of Bear Creek are up in arms over MAJ Kong's comment about them being all hair-lipped. Find me one joke, one stand up comic, one internet repeated cartoon that doesn't base its humor on some human characteristic or frailty.
I don't expect everyone to like this film. As the man said, that's what makes horse racing. But I am surprised at the hostility among the people making comments to one another when discussing this film.
And one last thing, why are so many of you hostile to America? I suspect most of you are not from the USA. Americans are not the only people to steal land or kill others. Man has been killing his fellow man since the beginning of time. The Greeks, Romans, Visogoths, Huns, Anglo Saxons; you name them, races have been fighting and conquering long before the Americans did it. And by and large, the US does far more good in the world than it does bad. We bailed Europe out of two world wars and we still try to ease the suffering of millions. The guy who listed all the supposed NBC crimes we've committed since the dawn of the 20th Century has obviously got an ax to grind no matter what reality tells him. He probably hates The Christmas Story, Snow White and The Wizard of Oz.
Lighten up folks.
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