Jeff King, on 24 February 2015 - 10:50 AM, said:
I agree that Eastwood's westerns are the best ones, but I love westerns in general. Here are some great non-Eastwood Westerns:
"Once Upon a Time In The West"
"The Wild Bunch"
"The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre"
"Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid"
"Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid"
"Dead Man" (One of my favorite films of all time, but be aware that it's written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, so it's weird as hell.)
"McCabe and Mrs. Miller"
"The Magnificent Seven" (Features Eli Wallach from The Good The Bad And The Ugly)
"3:10 To Yuma"
My general rule of thumb with Westerns: Stay away from it if it has John Wayne. He sucks.
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid is a favorite of mine. I liked Tombstone. I thought the "True Grit" remake was good but not as good as it was made out to be. Young Guns is also a good movie. I guess I've watched more Westerns than I thought.
My all time favorite baseball movies are:
Eight men out.
Just a really good movie in terms of story, characters, and they could actually play a bit.
Field of Dreams.
Great book and great movie. WP Kinsella is a great story teller. Costner is good in baseball movies. Again, the actors could actually play.
Bang the Drum Slowly.
This is actually Brian's Song set to baseball. It's a buddy story in a baseball story. DeNiro and Michael Moriarty can't play baseball for shit but they are really good actors.
. This movie was very well done. Barry Pepper is one of America's most underrated actors. He was great as Roger Maris. An interesting side note is how they had Anthony Michael Hall "throw" left handed. In all of his pitching scenes, he actually threw right handed. His number and NY insignia were reversed. Then they reversed the image so it looked like he was throwing left handed.
A League of Their Own.
Tom Hanks makes this movie. Jonathan Lovitz is really good. Madonna however sucks. Still it's a good movie.
Fear Strikes Out
A great story and well done, even if it's a bit over acted. Anthony Perkins couldn't play baseball for shit but it is a good movie. If you ever heard Jimmy Piersall call a baseball game, you will have a great appreciation for this movie.
Robert Redford is older than Satchel Paige but he could throw and had a nice swing. The basis of the story is when a crazy fan shot Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkis. The story is good, even with a different ending, and the baseball scenes are good but a bit overly dramatic.
The first one is very entertaining. Charlie Sheen can play, most everyone else can't.
. At first I hated this movie because I hated the Nuke Laloosh character so much. Tim Robbins isn't good and he can't play baseball. After watching it again, I still hate Laloosh but Costner's role is very good and again, he can play. Aside from Robbins, IMO it is second only to Eight Men Out for the best baseball scenes.
(google it). This was a really good book and movie about life in the south in the 1950s within the context of minor league baseball. IMO, it's better than Bull Durham. William Petersen (CSI) is very good as a Crash Davis type character. Virginia Madsen was hot back in the day. Durmot Mulroney plays his role as the up and coming prospect much better than Tim Robbins did. This was a very good movie.
Fortunately, it took a big step away from the book. I can't imagine how dull this movie would have been if it had focused on a bunch of stat heads. Brad Pitt is very good as Billy Beane. Jonah Hill and Phillip Seymour Hoffman also do a really good job in this movie.
Before anyone rips me a new asshole for leaving out 42, I still haven't seen it.
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