The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

In 1973, the Portland Beavers left town a few years ago and PGE park was converted into a soccer + football stadium for good. Which I like to joke further establishes that city’s hipster credentials that it got rid of the American pastime for soccer.

Anyway, the first time the Beavers left, Bing Russell (father of Kurt) acquired a Northwest League team for $500 in the first year of that league’s history and placed an A-Ball minor league team in the city to replace them. 

If you know nothing about baseball know that AAA baseball — what the Beavers originally were — is the Off-Broadway to major league baseball’s Broadway play. Using the same analogy, Single A baseball isn’t even the touring company, but a downtown theater version of professional baseball. These guys could beat a college baseball team, but 85% of them are never going to spend a day on Broadway.

The Mavericks showed up in town and Bing brought Hollywood flair to the team, conducting an open tryout to court players and hiring a bartender and former pro baseball player as their manager. 

In four years, the team took the city by storm and broke minor league attendance records averaging 3,800 fans per game in their final season, at the time a record and unheard of for such low-level baseball.

The Battered Bastards of Baseball talks about their reception, the characters that made up the team and all of their antics. Even if you don’t like baseball, it’s really a delightful story full of interesting people and everyone who delivers it makes you want to watch and hear more.

If you’re looking for something light, without being bored to tears, I’d make the recommendation to check out The Battered Bastards of Baseball.

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"Let’s Be Cops" (2014)

I have a friend who never watches trailers. He brings headphones to the theater and listens to his iPod, eyes closed, while the previews roll. His rationale is that he doesn’t want to be exposed to anything from movies he already knows he wants to see, and doesn’t want to be tempted by any of the trailers that clearly show all the best parts in the trailer. It’s a little annoying, but he’s been my friend for years, so I let it slide. When considering whether to see Let’s Be Cops, I wish I had been more like him.

Not since Snakes on a Plane has a movie’s title so perfectly summed up its ambitions. Cops is about two under-employed losers in their 30s who show up to a costume party dressed in realistic police uniforms and, on their way home, realize that people actually believe them to be the law. They decide to roll with it, and the decision seems pretty fun until they run into local mob syndicate with strong-arm techniques and a nefarious plan.

The film tries to be this decade’s Lethal Weapon, but it fails at both action and comedy. Director Luke Greenfield, not known for many successful movies in the past, can’t seem to get the plot rolling until the last 20 minutes. The only saving grace here is Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr., whose New Girl chemistry shines in the murky mess. Their likability might be the only thing that keeps the audience invested long enough to see the end. Well, that and a fantastic appearance by Keegan Michael Key.

The simple fact is this: on first watch, Let’s Be Cops is painfully unfunny. Even the scenes that were featured in the trailer - the scenes that were funny enough to get me in the theater - fall flat. Is it possible that it could catch fire on cable and become a sleeper hit? Sure. Might mega-fans of Johnson and Wayans enjoy it? It’s plausible. For the rest of the moviegoing public, I can only recommend this: watch the trailer, then go see something else.

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Hunger Games Mockingjay Pt. 1 - Trailer

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Take Me To The River (2014) - Trailer

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All About That [Upright] Bass - Jazz Meghan Trainor Cover ft. Kate Davis - Postmodern Jukebox

I’d actually play this in public, whereas the original is what it is.

. Oops meant to post this on the music blog sorry!
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Girlhood (Bande de Filles) - 2014

French film anyone?

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Memphis (2014) - Trailer

Well this looks fascinating.

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Frances Ha (2012) - “It’s That Thing”

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- Quvenzhané Wallis (then age 9) correcting an AP Reporter who said she was “just going to call her Annie” instead of learning how to pronounce her name. Never forget.  (via thechanelmuse)

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"It just shows you how important it is to represent everyone in our profession." (x)


I will re-blog this and the ones like it every time with the same message: Representation matters, for good or bad, it matter. This I know for sure!
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New WHO!

imageIt feels like a shift away from massive convenient, convoluted series plots dominating, to a monster of the week with some overarching involved. 

I think Peter Capaldi did a great job in the transition episode which is always hard, the reference to series 2 was well done (but if you got it quickly it spoiled part of the plot), there is a new darkness and depth to it, but I think it. Somehow I liked Clara better, I don’t know why. I had always wanted to like her and Jenna Louise Coleman had always done a pretty good job, but today her character clicked. 

Can the crime solving victorian trio stay (not that they’re new)? I like them. As scattered as this review was (mainly to avoid spoilers) it feels like the out of control bouncy ball that Doctor Who was is finally coming under control.

A few small quibbles aside (and really they’re tiny), I liked it very much. What did you think?

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An 11 year old girl wants equal representation on Guardians of the Galaxy Tee-shirts ]

So there’s an 11 year-old girl (who happens to be the daughter of a former history teacher) out there displeased that Gamora isn’t on any Guardians of the Galaxy tee-shirts at children’s place and that they’re only considered to be for boys. Here’s a link to what happens if you search guardians of the galaxy, and select girls as an option online. 

Let’s be real, super heroes aren’t just for boys, so I’m posting this here so that people can “like” it and we can start spreading the idea that nerd culture and super hero aren’t just the domain of “the guys” at a young age 

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So is Boyhood (2014) as good as everyone is saying?

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Dear White People (2014) Trailer

In Theaters October 17th.

I feel like this movie is a decade too late. 

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A website that allows users to search for triggers in movies ]

Trigger warnings are something rapidly entering the mainstream. It’s fascinating that a database could be built through public information for this. It’s still fairly new right now and some of the organization may not be helpful to some individuals.

Hopefully this could be a useful resource to some of our readers.

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