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Dave, Devindra, and Laremy chat about the improvements in VHS 2, the inanity of ATM, the backlash against the Zach Braff Kickstarter. You can buy Laremy’s book, Film Critic, at Amazon, or read up on the differences between Pain & Gain and real life.

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September is a great time to be a sports fan. College football is in full swing, the NFL is just getting started and Major League Baseball teams are fighting for their postseason lives. This September in particular, and today to be specific, sports fans have something even more exciting to look forward to as well. A documentary called Knuckleball, directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work) was released today, both on demand and in select theaters.

The film tell the history of baseball’s most scrutinized and joked about pitch, the knuckleball, through the personal struggles of pitchers Tim Wakefield, formerly of the Boston Red Sox, and R.A. Dickey, currently of the New York Mets. It’s a fascinating, inspirational documentary that will please both baseball and non-baseball fans alike. But especially baseball fans. And out of those, especially Red Sox and Mets fans.

/Film is proud to premiere an exclusive clip from the film. Check it out after the jump along with some other thoughts on the movie. Read More »

Speed and accuracy are generally considered to be the two most important skills while pitching. If a guy can clock in the 90s on the radar gun or paint the corner of the strike zone, he’s likely to be a millionaire. However, in Major League Baseball, two pitchers remain mostly unaware of where their pitches will end up and somewhat disinterested at their speed. They are Tim Wakefield, formerly of the Boston Red Sox and R.A. Dickey, currently of the New York Mets. These two men throw the knuckelball, a pitch that slowly floats around in the air, dropping down for a strike. Its lack of speed and unpredictable accuracy have made the pitch a dying art form, regularly mocked, but in a new documentary by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work) they telling the inspiring story of two pitchers who have made the knuckleball their pitch of choice.

After the jump, check out the brand new trailer for Knuckleball!, which opens in select theaters and on demand September 18. Read More »

The Independent Film Festival of Boston gets under way this week, and as I’ve mentioned in my past coverage, it’s probably my favorite film-related event of the year. Given that I’m moving out to Seattle within two weeks, this’ll probably be my last IFFB for awhile, but it looks like it will not disappoint. After the jump, find the five movies that I’m really looking forward to this year, and feel free to share your own in the comments.
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