Saturday, October 5, 2013

Baseball

 Baseball is America.We marvel at it's width and  breadth, gaze at it's splendor, rejoice in it's simplicity and shake our heads at it's foibles. The purity of the game reflects the purity of the freedom's promised in our own constitution yet equally as guilty in reflecting how society has oppressed those freedoms from certain groups over the years. It is a game played by men and women, whites and blacks. by Columbians, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Koreans and Japanese.It is a game that has changed the entire culture of nations. A game that can make a man leave his family behind for the possibilities of a new future. It is a game that can do no wrong for those who love it, but yet, like America, it promises you nothing.
  It is a game that can make us feel the beauty of what it is to be an American regardless of where we come from, where we are, or where we are going. It is a game that makes grown men weep, and young men squeal with delight. It is a game that can make us all feel shame and disdain at those who try to work outside the ropes, yet delight in their achievements all the same. Because baseball, like Americans, loves an underdog, likes to see a bad man make good and secretly, likes a good man to go bad (as long as he doesn't get caught, then we are merciless).

 Baseball is about draft picks and farm teams,free agent contracts and waiver wire steals, 16 year old children and 45 year old men.Trades,salary dumps,mutual interest and screwing the "other guy".  It's a game of never ending statistics yet can be explained quickly to a novice viewer. It is a game that can make the poorest of us wealthy and the wealthiest of us cry in pain at just a single loss, just a single loss out of  162 games....Yet it is these 162 games that make baseball what it is. It is the sport where the best team loses 60 and the worst team wins 60 and nobody runs the table. It is a game of marginal victory and we Americans love marginal victory, we love to think we are just one extra hit away from the big time and we are, if we can just choke up a little bit more and swing away.

 But most of all, Baseball is uniquely American because it is a game about failure. It is a game where failing to get on base 60% of the time will make you an all time great. A game where good pitching means failing less, because ALL pitchers fail and most pitchers fail EVERY SINGLE GAME and they fail often. America is about failure, and learning from failure and rising above that failure to become a better person for it.

 Baseball is a game played in many lands, in many ways and with many levels of skill, yet it is uniquely American. It is our game, because it welcomes all, forgives those who want for forgiveness and yet endeavor to persevere through any scandal, because, at it's root, the game ,just like America, keeps trying to get better.








Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vote Today!

 Make sure everybody gets down them poles and votes No on Proposition 23,  we gotta keep party liquor illegal so I'z can stay in satterlite TV and flip flops!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Honey Boo Boo and the Decline of Western Culture

 I come in from stirrin my mash the other day and my wife/goat was watchin some damn show called :Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

 The basic premise (as best as I could tell) is that there's this fat redneck family that has a fat redneck kid that they put in them little girl beauty pageants. (and you can already tell she's gonna be a heifer when she makes it to high school).  The entire family is white trashier than free meth fridays at the truck stop so it's apparently just a "let's laugh at the rednecks" type of sideshow.

here's a clip:




Yep............



 Now this ain't a good natured look at southern folks ala The Andy Griffith Show,The Beverly Hillbillies or The Dukes of Hazzard,  hell it ain't even a glossed over version of southernness like Designin' Women or Evening Shade.  Nossir, this here is exploitation all the same.


 When other folks derive self amusement and comfort by watching the exploits of those they think are 'beneath them" ain't that a sign that things ain't goin well?   I mean, have we let yankee culture override our sense of southern pride so much that we are joining in when they call us retards, rednecks and dumb,ignorant white trash?   Ain't that just lettin them win?


 I don't know bout y'all, but i myself, have always believed in havin a healthy sense of humor and not taking yourself seriously,  but this crap crosses the line. It's perpetuating the stereotype that all us southern folks ain't right.... but we are, hell, if it weren't for the south, what culture would the USA have?  George Plimpton and Air Supply?  You wanna live in that world?



see ya at the fishin hole!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Greatest Films of All Time (one Hillbily's opinion)

 I reckon I done talked bout movin pitchers enough to make me one of dem "Greatest of All Time" lists. so here we go!

(and this don't mean Favorite, it means Best (the difference being that Favorite means personal, based on emotion and such, but Best ,to me anyway, means it was superior in all facets, technically, emotionally, script, performances...etc.)

In other words, these are the movies I'd put in a time capsule if I could only save 20 (and my list is 20 instead of 10, cuz 10 ain't enuff!)

If I think it might be a little obscure, I'll put up a you tube trailer


In no particular order:


 The Godfather/Godfather part 2-

 These count as one , as they are purty much one 7 hr movie really.  I can't really find a durn thang wrong with anything, in either one of em.


Apocalypse Now


It's powerful, surreal, impacting and the acting and writing is just stellar


Jaws

 My favorite Spielberg movie and it just might be a perfect thriller, this movie may have been ripped off more than any other one in history


Lawrence of Arabia

 One of the great performances in history,  the landscapes, the scope, the beauty of the cinematography...


The Searchers

 The greatest of all the John Wayne Movies,  and maybe the best John Ford movie ever,  I could watch it every day and marvel at it's technique



Taxi Driver

 If you've seen it ,you know why,  amazing combination of score and film, the best movie about a city ever made

The Third Man

 The second best film about a city ever made,  it's vivid depiction of Vienna in stark B&W is divine


The Seven Samurai

 Kurosawa's best film IMO, a nearly 4 hr masterstroke of adventure that never feels long

The Good the Bad and the Ugly

 Leone' changed the way we think of cinema, from his ability to turn a landscape to a closeup, to his use of score and long takes.


The Red Shoes

Powell and Pressburger at their finest,  and it's just a story about ballet! but oh what a story!




Star Wars

It's here  due to it's innovation and amazing storytelling, we all love it, but it's also an important film


Rear Window

I still don't know how Hitchcock pulled this off, one set, one POV, very few characters, but it's riveting and thrilling!

Schindler's List

 very few people put this on their lists, and I frankly don't know why, name a more harrowing realistic glimpse of the holocaust that isn't a documentary?


2001

Kubrick blowing our minds, nuff said

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

 another Powell and Pressburger film that is near perfect, it's light and airy, yet riveting and beautiful to look at


The Exorcist

 so scary that some people have to shut down and laugh because they can't handle it,  a perfect mix of mood, atmosphere and dread

Dr Strangelove (or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb)

black comedy has never been this on point, it's a fantastic film that get's overlooked I think

Casablanca

 Bogie is awesome, Ingrid is beautiful, Claude Rains is gayer than ever, lol, no, it's just amazing it is!!


Rashomon

 a film so important they named a condition for it, it's so good that I often think it's Kurosawa's best film instead of seven samurai

The African Queen

2 actors in a boat for 2 hrs, and you will want to watch it over and over



Honorable mention:

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
8 1/2
La Dolce Vita
Blade Runner
Alien
Yojimbo
Sanjuro
Ikiru
Raging Bull
Goodfellas
Millers Crossing
Fargo
The Wild Bunch
Once Upon a Time in the West
North by Northwest
Psycho
Dead Man
Black Narcissus
Pulp Fiction
The General


next will be a list of my favorite movies!
enjoy!


and see ya at the fishin hole!





Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Beautiful Cinematic Magic of Powell and Pressburger

  I'm a big ole movie nerd as many of you know.  But I've recently caught some more movies by one of my favorite tag teams, Powell and Pressburger. They made them a bunch of fancy ole pitchers during and after ole dubya dubya two, that were just fantastic.

 here's a short list and the trailer fer each of em! (my wife/goat likes The Red Shoes, the best)




  The Red Shoes



The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp



Black Narcissus



A Matter of Life and Death





there's plenty more of em too!  enjoy  and when yer done,


I'll see ya at the fishin hole!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Funny New Bigfoot Photo

 I was perusing my favorite Bigfoot sites last night and stumbled upon this new picture.



 Hmmmm, look at it!!!!  I'm of the opinion that the evidence in favor of the big feller bein real is sketchy at best, but this freakin pitcher is hilarious!!!   Now what sorta critter has fur and looks this unkempt?  Is Bigfoot's hair just random?  Seriously?  Notice how it conveniently ain't lookin at the camera/

 I dunno folks, but somewhere Chewbacca is laughin

Monday, July 30, 2012

Ten of the Most Underrated(and underseen) Movies (I done seen)

  I don't how many of you folks know this, but I'm a bit of a movie buff and I reckon this here's a nice list of movies y'all ain't never seen before.  But you should, cuz they's awesome.

In no part'cler order:


 Dead Man- (deerected by Jim Jarmusch, Starrin Johnny Depp)

 It's one of them westerns shot in the purtiest black and white you ever saw. It's a very deep movie about life and death and such, kinda like that there existentialism.




Juggernaut (directed by Richard Lester, Starring Richard Harris)

 It's one of them excitin thriller's from the 70's, takes place on a cruise ship and there's bombs involved. not a lot of action, but a shit ton of tension.


Suspiria (directed by Dario Argento starring Jessica Harper)

 It's the king of 1970's Italian horror movies, it's all about the beauty of violence and is one of the last movies shot on that old timey 3 strip technocolor process. It don't make no sense,  but man is it purty to look at and full of creepy atmosphere.




Manhunter (directed by Michael Mann , starring William Petersen)

 First movie to feature Hannibal Lecter and I reckon it could give Silence of the Lambs a run for it's money.  Great performances, kickass villain, a great performance of Lecter by Brian Cox too. Check it out.





Point Blank (directed by John Boorman, starring Lee (fuckin) Marvin)

 Lee Marvin is pissed off and he wants his money....... that's enough to wanna see it ain't it?




Bronson (directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Tom Hardy)

 Hardy plays the longest servin prisoner in Britain (based on real feller) and he is a big time badass,  one of those all time great actin performances that got lost at Oscar time.  It's brutal but boy is it a good movie.




Life is Beautiful (directed by and starring Roberto Benigni)

 Yeah , he won the Oscar for best actor for this movie, but I reckon not many folks have actually seent it. It'll make ye laugh, it'll make ya cry, it'll make you love the movies again. It's a wonderful wonderful film.


The Ballad of Cable Hogue (directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring Jason Robards)

 It's kind of a western, but it's really just a fun movie that makes ya thank bout yer future and how to live yer life to it's fullest. (hell I made the best batch a corn liquor in 20 years after watchin this here flick)   It's just a great , small little film that I happen to really like a lot.




Wild at Heart (Directed by David Lynch, starring Nicholas Cage)

 Many of my older readers mighta seent this'n already,  but if you haven't run right now out and by it (or watch it on that Netflicks)  it's the Wizard of Oz....kinda....via David Lynch and Nick Cage.  It's a freakin whirlwind of awesome wrapped up in a big ole ribbon of holy shit



and last but not least...........

Reanimator/From Beyond/Dagon (all 3  directed by Stuart Gordon)

 Stuart Gordon is an underappreciated pitcher maker.  All 3 of these here movies are damn good entertainment, he doesn't just make scary movies, he doesn't just make gory movies, or funny movies,  he makes good movies that happened to be scary gory and funny!!  Most of his movies are good, but these 3 in par'tickler are my favorites.








Watch any of em, and let me know how ya liked em!!! (and looky there, ya thought you's gettin 10 movies and I threw in 2 more for free!!!!  enjoy!!!!


see ya at the fishin hole!!