Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we thrill at the pairing of some Coronas and luchadores, uncover a sinister family secret, I opine about my unnatural and abject love of This Old House, give Jessie Owens his due and pray it’s not a Disneyfied version of it, and get serious about families and what happens when the patriarch isn’t there.
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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 »
Posted on Sunday, January 24th, 2010 by David Chen
Today on Dave’s random Sundance encounters: I talk with the director of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, about why she chose Joan Rivers as a documentary subject. I also bumped into /Film fan and Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers about why /Film ruins the moviegoing experience.
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