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2018-03-03 11:08:57 AM  
Because it's about baseball?
 
2018-03-03 11:14:48 AM  
Because it stars Kevin Costner?
 
2018-03-03 11:14:58 AM  
Kevin Costner?
 
2018-03-03 11:15:19 AM  
Dammit
 
2018-03-03 11:22:35 AM  
Because it's set in Iowa?
 
2018-03-03 11:37:30 AM  
Field of Dreams isn't a baseball movie. It's a fairy tale set in the sport of baseball.
 
2018-03-03 11:41:18 AM  
I love it. Great cast and I'm willing to overlook the Shoeless Joe thing. Lots of quotable lines. Solid score. Fun baseball scenes.

Also, Terence Mann is a ghost in every scene after he gets out of the VW bus after the Red Sox game.
 
2018-03-03 11:41:34 AM  
"There's no lens flare" - J.J. Abrams
 
2018-03-03 12:38:57 PM  
That film came out almost 30 years ago and just now someone has an opinion on it? Did the mention the jerk store?
 
2018-03-03 12:50:26 PM  
wow. that "article" consisted of several short paragraphs, most of which were about other movies and not Field of Dreams. The main issues the "author" has with the film are: they got Shoeless Joe Jackson's batting stance wrong and the dad says "have a catch" instead of "play catch." Wow. That's some seriously deep film criticism there!
 
2018-03-03 01:13:22 PM  

FlashHarry: the dad says "have a catch" instead of "play catch."


Not that I disagree with you that the article "writer" was inherently lazy in his film critique, but I have to defend him on this one point. That line always  throws me out of the movie, as it's so obviously wrong  It's as if either the screenwriter or Costner himself had never played catch their entire lives.
 
2018-03-03 01:46:41 PM  
Don't care, had catch.
 
2018-03-03 01:53:22 PM  

SurfaceTension: Field of Dreams isn't a baseball movie. It's a fairy tale set in the sport of baseball.


Thank you thank you thank you.

It's good to know somebody recognizes the main element of a good story is more than the pretty cover.
 
2018-03-03 01:57:53 PM  

SurfaceTension: Field of Dreams isn't a baseball movie. It's a fairy tale set in the sport of baseball.


Die Hard isnt a Christmas movie. Its a mindless action movie set in the time of Christmas.
 
2018-03-03 01:58:00 PM  
That article sucks, here's why

Because it sucks
 
2018-03-03 02:01:16 PM  
If you let the fact that they got Jackon's batting hand wrong keep you from enjoying a movie, you should probably stop watching movies.


BizarreMan: Because it stars Kevin Costner?


MaudlinMutantMollusk: Kevin Costner?


I'll grant you that Costner is as milquetoast an actor as you'll find who's not named William Hurt but he's been in some excellent movies
 
2018-03-03 02:09:58 PM  
It is a pretty good movie. If it was made today it probably wouldn't stand out much, but it would be solid. For its age it was a great movie.

And it is a baseball movie. While it isn't about baseball, the plot still revolves around the sport. There is a difference between having some scenes set at a baseball game (not a baseball movie) and the entire plot being driven by baseball (a baseball movie).
 
2018-03-03 02:10:31 PM  

Snapper Carr: If you let the fact that they got Jackon's batting hand wrong keep you from enjoying a movie, you should probably stop watching movies.


BizarreMan: Because it stars Kevin Costner?

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Kevin Costner?

I'll grant you that Costner is as milquetoast an actor as you'll find who's not named William Hurt but he's been in some excellent movies


his characters have called for that type of acting (smooth/cool) (unsmooth/naive). have you seen Molly's Game.  hes a great asshole.
 
2018-03-03 02:22:20 PM  
I'm more struck by the fact The Bad News Bears is not in his top 5. Yeah it's a movie about little league, but it does it so well. Plus little kids with potty mouths and Walter Matthau. What more do you want?

/don't jump in, you'll flood the valley!
 
2018-03-03 02:28:50 PM  
His Top 10 doesn't include The Natural?

/shiatty writer is shiatty
 
2018-03-03 02:30:51 PM  

KodosZardoz: I'm more struck by the fact The Bad News Bears is not in his top 5. Yeah it's a movie about little league, but it does it so well. Plus little kids with potty mouths and Walter Matthau. What more do you want?

/don't jump in, you'll flood the valley!


I was struck by the fact that both "Little Big League" and "Rookie of the Year" made his top 10 baseball movies.
 
2018-03-03 02:34:39 PM  
It's a chick flick for men.
 
2018-03-03 02:35:14 PM  
While Major League IS  a superior movie, Field of Dreams is perfectly enjoyable.

And Moonlight Graham is a good way to tell if you've grown up or not. When I was a dumb kid, I felt he got ripped off, like the author did. But now that I'm older, it's a nice puncture in the bubble of fantasy about how baseball is sooooooo super important. His response to everyone looking sad about him not being able to play anymore is great.

/that said, how about any of you other schmucks making some effort to save your kid - you don't need to be a doctor to perform the Heimlich maneuver
 
2018-03-03 02:39:05 PM  

NewWorldDan: It's a chick flick for men.


And?

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2018-03-03 02:40:19 PM  
Maybe it's a bit of my own dad issues, but I don't enjoy it. And neither do you. You're just scared of the backlash because you're supposed to like it! You're all sheep.

Such edge.
Much dank.
Wow.
 
2018-03-03 02:40:48 PM  
Overrated is probably more accurate descriptor than sucks.
 
2018-03-03 02:41:17 PM  

IAmRight: While Major League IS  a superior movie, Field of Dreams is perfectly enjoyable.

And Moonlight Graham is a good way to tell if you've grown up or not. When I was a dumb kid, I felt he got ripped off, like the author did. But now that I'm older, it's a nice puncture in the bubble of fantasy about how baseball is sooooooo super important. His response to everyone looking sad about him not being able to play anymore is great.

/that said, how about any of you other schmucks making some effort to save your kid - you don't need to be a doctor to perform the Heimlich maneuver


And failing that, just carry her 10 feet onto the diamond.
 
2018-03-03 02:42:12 PM  

Man On A Mission: FlashHarry: the dad says "have a catch" instead of "play catch."

Not that I disagree with you that the article "writer" was inherently lazy in his film critique, but I have to defend him on this one point. That line always  throws me out of the movie, as it's so obviously wrong  It's as if either the screenwriter or Costner himself had never played catch their entire lives.


Another thing that popped the willing suspension of disbelief - the ballfield is WAY too small.
 
2018-03-03 02:42:37 PM  

Snapper Carr: he's been in some excellent movies


False. Costner's presence prevents a movie from being excellent.

/ to each their own, of course, but blech
 
2018-03-03 02:46:10 PM  

Snapper Carr: NewWorldDan: It's a chick flick for men.

And?

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That film is timeless.
/House of Cards is about what happens when Buttercup marries Humperdinck.
 
2018-03-03 02:48:49 PM  

SFSailor: Snapper Carr: he's been in some excellent movies

False. Costner's presence prevents a movie from being excellent.

/ to each their own, of course, but blech


thought he was okay in Silverado but in every other movie he's in he plays a plank of wood
 
2018-03-03 02:55:54 PM  
Eh. I like it. I don't know I'd consider it one of the best baseball movies either.
But the fact that he had Rookie of the Year on his list immediately invalidates his opinion.
 
2018-03-03 02:56:28 PM  
1. Nobody actually feels about baseball that way.
2. The dead don't come back. Thankfully. That's why we bury the farkers.
 
2018-03-03 03:10:41 PM  

Polish Hussar: KodosZardoz: I'm more struck by the fact The Bad News Bears is not in his top 5. Yeah it's a movie about little league, but it does it so well. Plus little kids with potty mouths and Walter Matthau. What more do you want?

/don't jump in, you'll flood the valley!

I was struck by the fact that both "Little Big League" and "Rookie of the Year" made his top 10 baseball movies.


I absolutely loved Rookie of the year as a kid. Then I tried to watch it when I was like 13 and couldn't do it.
 
2018-03-03 03:16:30 PM  
I've never seen it, and probably should.
 
2018-03-03 03:27:11 PM  

dywed88: Polish Hussar: KodosZardoz: I'm more struck by the fact The Bad News Bears is not in his top 5. Yeah it's a movie about little league, but it does it so well. Plus little kids with potty mouths and Walter Matthau. What more do you want?

/don't jump in, you'll flood the valley!

I was struck by the fact that both "Little Big League" and "Rookie of the Year" made his top 10 baseball movies.

I absolutely loved Rookie of the year as a kid. Then I tried to watch it when I was like 13 and couldn't do it.


CSB:  My sister loved "Rookie of the Year" when she was 8, so I ended up seeing it a bunch of times on tape.  Even at 10 I realized it wasn't that good.  I always thought "Little Big League" was the superior "kid in MLB" movie.  Although the fact that I only saw it once may be coloring my opinion.

Extra CSB:  Timothy Busfield had decent sized roles in both "Field of Dreams" (asshole brother) and "Little Big League" (Twins player who is the love interest for the kid's mom).
 
2018-03-03 03:28:57 PM  
Anybody who puts "Little Big League" on a list of the best of anything deserves to be beat with a Louisville Slugger.
 
2018-03-03 03:32:38 PM  

Polish Hussar: dywed88: Polish Hussar: KodosZardoz: I'm more struck by the fact The Bad News Bears is not in his top 5. Yeah it's a movie about little league, but it does it so well. Plus little kids with potty mouths and Walter Matthau. What more do you want?

/don't jump in, you'll flood the valley!

I was struck by the fact that both "Little Big League" and "Rookie of the Year" made his top 10 baseball movies.

I absolutely loved Rookie of the year as a kid. Then I tried to watch it when I was like 13 and couldn't do it.

CSB:  My sister loved "Rookie of the Year" when she was 8, so I ended up seeing it a bunch of times on tape.  Even at 10 I realized it wasn't that good.  I always thought "Little Big League" was the superior "kid in MLB" movie.  Although the fact that I only saw it once may be coloring my opinion.

Extra CSB:  Timothy Busfield had decent sized roles in both "Field of Dreams" (asshole brother) and "Little Big League" (Twins player who is the love interest for the kid's mom).


Pretty sure my brother would say something similar about me watching Rookie of the year at that age.
 
2018-03-03 03:33:25 PM  

Farkin_Crazy: Anybody who puts "Little Big League" on a list of the best of anything deserves to be beat with a Louisville Slugger.


What about "best movies to determine whether or not someone deserves to get beat with a Louisville Slugger"
 
2018-03-03 03:42:15 PM  
Field of Dreams is a good baseball movie.  It's the kind of money that makes you like baseball because of the possibility of bringing people together and the bit of romanticized mysticism that surrounds it, much like the Sandlot.

As far as Kostner, Tin Cup is a fun golf film that funny in a much different way than Happy Gilmore, and the supporting cast is great.  Open Range, Bull Durham, 3000 Miles to Graceland, JFK, and a couple other films are pretty good, too.  Costner's kind of that weird spot where he's a quality lead but he's not quite magnetic, but I think that makes him a little more relatable and easier to blend into a film(kind of a flip of Kurt Russell).  Makes him a good fit for a lead in an ensemble cast
 
2018-03-03 03:44:34 PM  
Another young whippersnapper list, leaving out some of the very best baseball movies because nothing that happens before he was born is worth mentioning.

My list would have: It happens every Spring, Pride of the Yankees (the Lou Gehrig Story), Don't look back (the Satchel Paige story), and Angels in the Outfield from 1951.


I enjoyed The Bad News Bears 1976. The Bad News Bears go to Japan was a better film than the 2005 remake. The best little league film I ever saw was Season of Miracles, which to me was the most realistic take on little league baseball.

But TFA's list is not totally useless to me, I have not seen his top movie, Everybody wants Some, and will have to check it out.
 
2018-03-03 03:52:23 PM  

Polish Hussar: KodosZardoz: I'm more struck by the fact The Bad News Bears is not in his top 5. Yeah it's a movie about little league, but it does it so well. Plus little kids with potty mouths and Walter Matthau. What more do you want?

/don't jump in, you'll flood the valley!

I was struck by the fact that both "Little Big League" and "Rookie of the Year" made his top 10 baseball movies.


And also, what about Pride of the Yankees? You don't have to be a Yankee fan. Who could hate Lou Gehrig? And Babe Ruth played himself. Overall a pretty damn good flick.
 
2018-03-03 03:54:39 PM  

varmitydog: Another young whippersnapper list, leaving out some of the very best baseball movies because nothing that happens before he was born is worth mentioning.

My list would have: It happens every Spring, Pride of the Yankees (the Lou Gehrig Story), Don't look back (the Satchel Paige story), and Angels in the Outfield from 1951.


I enjoyed The Bad News Bears 1976. The Bad News Bears go to Japan was a better film than the 2005 remake. The best little league film I ever saw was Season of Miracles, which to me was the most realistic take on little league baseball.

But TFA's list is not totally useless to me, I have not seen his top movie, Everybody wants Some, and will have to check it out.


Everybody Wants Some is Richard Linklater's sort of sequel to Dazed and Confused. Good movie about college ball players a few days before the semester starts. Great characters and some good baseball talk. I like Dazed and Confused a little better but this one is definitely worth a watch. Good old music from 1980 as well.
 
2018-03-03 03:57:00 PM  
Also, lot of baseball movies mentioned in this thread and no Mr Baseball?
 
2018-03-03 04:07:54 PM  
fireman save my children
rhubard
it happens every spring
angles in the outfield
bang the drum slowly
the roy campanella story on tv was WOW to me when i was a kid when there wasn't things like vcr's and recording a program.
pride of the yankees

yes some of these have been mentioned already
 
2018-03-03 04:15:53 PM  
i'm old
i somehow confused elmer the great with fireman save my children.
 
2018-03-03 04:54:56 PM  
Snapper Carr: I'll grant you that Costner is as milquetoast an actor as you'll find who's not named William Hurt but he's been in some excellent movies

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/Finally watched it the other night, loved it
 
2018-03-03 04:56:55 PM  
Get off my field of dreams, I mean lawn.
 
2018-03-03 05:40:46 PM  
Jerry Blevins just became my favorite player.
 
2018-03-03 05:44:50 PM  
"4. For Love of the Game"

BAHAHAHA I CAN'T TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY
 
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