Saturday, August 05, 2006

MOVIES I HAVE TO WATCH, PART ONE

When I'm flipping around on the TV, there are certain movies I come across that I have to stop and watch. Sometimes I'll hang around for 10 or 15 minutes; sometimes I'll sit and watch the rest of the film. Tonight I ran across a movie on one of the HBO channels that fell into the later category - "Field of Dreams."

It doesn't matter how many times I've seen it or how well I know the whole movie (and yes, I know a lot of the dialogue by heart...not that I could quote it to you if we were talking but I know it as the movie is rolling), I have to stop and watch. It's that combination of baseball, a fantasy element, and the emotional story of a son trying to connect with his deceased father. I love it. And yes, I cry every time. Not just at the very end either. Doc Graham's sacrifice gets me too. Then there's the game of catch at the end. Makes me think of my dad every time and becomes even more poignant the older he gets (though he still plays in a softball league at the age of 64). This year Grant expressed an interest in playing baseball, which made me very happy. He and I have played catch together too. Today he turned 9 years old and will start 3rd grade in a few weeks. Time keeps on moving...

Anyway, I love my father and I love my son and I love "Field of Dreams" too. Even if it makes me cry.

8 comments:

littletoyrobot said...

As unsemtimental as I think I am, I still love this movie. I can't help it either.

Though I do think Bull Durham is even better. :)

Justin said...

I like "Bull Durham" a whole bunch too. I'll stop and watch that one as well, even if it's a cleaned-up TV version.

theron said...

Sports movie + crying? I'll trump your Field of Dreams with Rudy.

Justin said...

You know, I've never seen "Rudy." Or "Brian's Song."

Oh, and is it possible to buy Billy Ocean: The Home Game The Album?

theron said...

I highly recommend "Rudy." I dare you to not cry. Sean (Samwise Gamgee) Astin, Charles S. (Roc) Dutton, and Jon (Swingers) Favreau - I dare you not to cry.

And if you're interested, it's Billy Ocean: The Game: The Home Edition.

Justin said...

Dare me, huh? Eh. But I should probably see the movie.

So, what if I don't have anyone to play Billy Ocean: The Game: The Home Edition with me but I still want to get that feeling? Is there a soundtrack?

theron said...

Billy Ocean: The Game: The Home Edition is designed for 2 players - no more, no less. You're SOL.

Justin said...

Crap.