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Re-Watchterpiece Theater: For Love of the Game (1999)

Re-Watchterpiece Theater is a series that explores the organic way that attitudes about films change after you watch them a second time, a third time, or more, further down the line than the original viewing.

There’s been an amusing and completely accidental quirk that has developed through the years of Re-Watchterpiece Theater. Lots of films and genres have received the Re-Watchterpiece Theater treatment. But today marks the fourth- FOURTH!- Kevin Costner film in the spotlight, joining JFK, Waterworld, and A Perfect World. I guarantee no other actor has appeared that much. Most likely, I’m trying to make sense of how and why Kevin Costner was a star. Today’s re-watchterpiece choice is one of his baseball films- For Love of the Game (1999). Was it any better or worse the second time? Continue reading

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Actors and Their NES Game Equivalents

For a brief period of time in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Nintendo owned the video game market. If you’re in your late 20s or into your 30s, then there’s no doubt that you played Mario Brothers, Castlevania, Tecmo Bowl, Duck Hunt, and a ton of other popular games on a NES. Several NES games were tied into movies of the era. And now, some 20+ years later, there are 8-bit screen captures of popular actors from that era floating around the internet. Here are some of my favorites. Continue reading

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Re-Watchterpiece Theater: JFK (1991)

Re-Watchterpiece Theater is a series that explores the organic way that attitudes about films change after you watch them a second time, a third time, or more, further down the line than the original viewing. This week’s topic is Oliver Stone’s historical drama from 1991, JFK. Continue reading

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Re-Watchterpiece Theater: A Perfect World (1993)

Re-Watchterpiece Theater is a series that explores the organic way that attitudes about films change after you watch them a second time, a third time, or more, further down the line than the original viewing. Today, I’ll be talking about Clint Eastwood’s A Perfect World from 1993. Continue reading

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Don’t Watch It, John: Waterworld

The idea behind the “Don’t Watch It, John!” series is to find cinema that’s so rotten, so foul, so incredibly fetid that no other human being would dare recommend it to another human being. For this entry in the series, I’ve shaken things up a bit. I chose a film that I’ve already seen, albeit not since 1996- Waterworld (1995).

What is Waterworld? 
The IMDb plot description: In a future where the polar ice caps have melted and most of Earth is underwater, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw “smokers,” and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.

I don’t remember too much from the first time I saw it in 1996. I remember Kevin Costner drinking his own urine. I remember thinking the movie was awful. I vaguely remember it bombing at the box office and some critics calling it “Fishtar”, a clever nod to fellow box office bomb Ishtar (1986).

Who stars in this cinematic monstrosity? There are three major names of note. Kevin Costner is the protag, Dennis Hopper is the villain, and Jeanne Tripplehorn (of HBO’s Big Love) is the female lead. Jack Black is also in it, although only very briefly.

The Stats: Surprisingly, IMDb users have given it an aggregate 5.8 out of 10. Rotten Tomatoes places it firmly as rotten with a score of 42% fresh. RT audience members are slightly more kind, giving it a still-rotten score of 46%. However, 7 of the 9 “Top Critics” reviews are fresh. Between the favorable reviews among top critics and the 5.8 out of 10 on IMDb, had I improperly judged Waterworld? Continue reading

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Pitchers and Catchers Report (to My List of Best Movie Pitchers and Catchers)

All around baseball, teams have an official Spring Training report date for pitchers and catchers. They all fall between February 13th and February 18th, with the bulk of teams asking their pitchers and catchers to report to camp on February 14th this year. In appreciation for pitchers and catchers reporting, here’s a complete pitching staff made up of the best pitchers from the movies. I’ve even thrown in a handful of movie catchers for good measure. First, the starting pitchers: Continue reading

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