Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go

Movies

Swing, Batter Batter

While watching the 2007 Sean Astin vehicle The Final Season this weekend I was surprised to hear Chief Bender quoted — and by none other than Rachael Leigh Cook. From his Ten Commandments: “You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.” Have truer words been spoken?

It Just Doesn’t Matter

In these troubled times, everyone needs a hero, someone they can look up to, a person who knows what it’s like to face adversity, a figure who shows us that we, too, can prove all the doubters wrong. I speak, yes, most certainly I do, of the great Rudy Gerner. Rudy, of course, is the […]

Distant Replay

If you could do it all over again, would you? That is the question posed in Touchback, a movie I watched last night because, well, I’m a sucker for sports movies in which the good guys win in the end. I will confess to not being aware the film had been made until two minutes […]

Great Moments are Born from Great Opportunity

I rewatched Miracle last night. What I appreciate about that movie is not the games — we have live footage of those and you can’t mimic the intensity, and especially not the joy — but rather the moments, which are no doubt composites, that took place behind-the-scenes and before, frankly, there were scenes, as in […]

‘Blood’ Complicated

After I saw the first film by the Brothers Cohen at the Trylon the other night people asked what I thought. That is a decidedly simple question that I found surprisingly difficult to answer. While watching that film, Blood Simple, I squirmed in my chair. I picked at my fingers — a clear sign that […]

The Old Man and the Smile

The beauty of living near a movie theater is that you can decide minutes before a show starts to walk down the road, hand over a few bills, and have a seat in the calm dark, popcorn-stench that Netflix could never duplicate.[1] In recent years, I have watched far fewer movies than I did when […]