Everyone knows there’s no crying in baseball thanks to the iconic line yelled by Tom Hanks’ in the beloved sports comedy A League of Their Own. But fans might be crying tears of joy when they hear Amazon is developing a TV series adaptation of the 1992 film from director Penny Marshall about an all-female professional baseball league that pops up in the Midwest while most of the athletic young men are enlisted in World War II. Read More »
There are an abundance of great baseball movies out there, from Field of Dreams to The Sandlot. But more often than not, ladies who play baseball don’t get the spotlight on the big screen. That’s what makes A League of Their Own so special, and that’s why it was previously selected for preservation in the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress in 2012.
This past weekend, fans of A League of Their Own who happened to be attending the Bentonville Film Festival, which was co-founded by star Geena Davis, received a special treat by seeing a mini-reunion featuring some of the key players from the movie, along with a real member of the AAGPBL who played for the Rockford Peaches, the team portrayed in the film. See the A League of Their Own reunion photo after the jump. Read More »
On Saturday June 13th 2015, Gallery 1988 celebrated the opening night of “No Sad Stuff,” a group art show paying tribute to the film career of Tom Hanks, but only depicting movies from the years 1984-1994. The show features paintings, prints and sculptures inspired by films like Big, A League Of Their Own, The Money Pit, Turner & Hooch, The Burbs, Forrest Gump, Splash and Bachelor Party. Hit the jump to see some of the best pieces from the Tom Hanks art show “No Sad Stuff”.
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Sports and movies are incredibly similar. Each are complex with intricate characters, comprised of long, detailed storylines. They can make you laugh, cry, and scream. On occasion either can build to a transcendent moment that you’ll never forget.
Those similarities are why the sports movie is such an enduring sub-genre in cinema. A sports movie can be anything: a dirty comedy, an inspirational drama, a documentary, a kick-ass action movie, a kids movie, it can even be a sci-fi or horror movie. Sports are such a universal language, they can be translated at will and never lose their power.
This week, another film enters the sports movie conversation: McFarland, USA, the true story of a cross country running team from a very poor town in central California. It’s a solid, entertaining sports movie that gets by because it adheres to the beats of the genre while adding a little something extra and different.
Because there’s a new sports movie out this week, I decided to take the occasion to rank my favorite sports movies of all time. Now, these are not the best sports movies of all time. Just my favorites. And there are major omissions, because we all have those. But to me, these are the 15 sports movies I can watch again and again. Read More »