Baseball

The Best Short Films

Why Watch? Baseball is at the heart of Mike Eisenberg‘s short film, but its life blood is the bond between family members and the hard reality of losing that bond. In it, Sam (Steffan Argus) has to come to grips with his grandfather’s death. Gorgeously shot on the Red MX, it’s not the kind of bombastic genre fare that usually gets notice. It’s contemplative and relies heavily on strong acting work and characters that mirror ourselves. Heavy in the right ways, this movie draws out emotion without leaving you empty. In the spirit of full disclosure, I know Mike, but the quality here should speak for itself. What will it cost? Only 14 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar winner Barry Levinson – who directed The Natural, Wag the Dog, Rain Man and about a dozen other notable flicks – is on board to helm a Hank Aaron biopic which focuses on the baseball icon’s quest to beat Babe Ruth’s career home run record. Writer Adam Mazer (You Don’t Know Jack) is also on deck. The project is born from the Howard Bryant book “The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron,” and Aaron will reportedly be on hand to aid in the production. The Hall-of-Famer is one of the greatest ball players of all time. He got his start in the Negro American League and ended up playing 23 seasons in the major leagues, but the movie will most directly focus on 1972 – 1974 when Aaron was chasing the Sultan of Swat amidst death threats and an overwhelming amount of people who didn’t want to see a black man beat a white man’s baseball record. As a project, it sounds stirring – something that could use a steady hand. Yes, it’s been a while since 1984 and The Natural, but Levinson is an obvious choice given his background both with baseball and with a style that celebrates uplifting tales of triumph.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr decides he’s going to learn history from Hollywood. After all, why not when three out of the four major releases are based on or inspired by a true story. He learns about the true history of baseball with Moneyball (and was sorely disappointed it wasn’t called Monkeyball because a movie about monkeys playing baseball would have been awesome). Then he learns all he needs to know about marine mammals and depressed children in Dolphin Tale. Finally, he faces the cadres of screaming tweenage girls to see Taylor Lautner in ABduction. That’s based on a true story, right?

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Roy Halladay, the starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies just became the second person in history to pitch a no-hitter in a post-season game. Even those apathetic about baseball can appreciate the incredible rarity of this cleat-footed feat, and to celebrate, I’ve put together a list of the best baseball movies out there. What goes into a great baseball film? Is it a sense of Americana? Is it a well-paced presentation of the game itself? Is it the players being brought to life and rounded out so that they become something more than just Gods of the Mound? Would Gods of the Mound make a great title for a porn version of Clash of the Titans? I think it’s a combination of all of these things. So, without further ado, and since “5 No-Hitter Baseball Movies” doesn’t make sense, here are 5 Perfect Baseball Movies in honor of Roy Halladay.

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Goonies might never say die, but the kids on the sandlot will call you a butt sniffer and then make out with a hot lifeguard. Celebrate their bad ass status with us, won’t you?

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mwl-leagueoftheirown

“We are the members of the All American League. We come from cities near & far. We have got Canadians, Irish ones & Swedes. We are all for one, we are one for all, we are all American!”

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The actor’s production company, Evil Twins, plans on telling the story of a former baseball player who becomes the talk of the suburbs. Is Butler making Eastbound and Down: The Movie? I hope not.

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carrey-gyllenhaal-damn-yankees

The long gestating plans to remake “Damn Yankees” have finally come to fruition with the news that Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal will play the leads.

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Tim Robbins in Bull Durham

Moviehole is reporting on a story in the Durham Herald-Sun that claims a sequel to Bull Durham has been green-lit and will begin shooting next spring.

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Robert Redford to make Jackie Robinson Biopic

Robinson’s story of breaking the color barrier in major league baseball is one of the most legendary stories in this country’s history (sports or otherwise), and now that story – the story of his life – is going to be brought to the big screen with ESPN and Robert Redford producing.

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