Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hey Dad, Wanna Have a Catch?

 Do You Have a Tissue?
I used to think that movies aren't supposed to make men cry, but I was wrong.  I have pinpointed the exact spot in a film that can make anyone with a substantial connection to either baseball or their father cry like a woman in labor.  The film is Phil Alden Robinson's magnum opus Field of Dreams.  In Field of Dreams, everyman corn farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) embarks on a strange odyssey in which he cuts down his corn to build a baseball field so that Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) can play baseball after being banned from the game along with his teammates by Judge Kenesaw Landis due to the Black Sox Scandal of 1919.  Ray cuts down his corn and nearly bankrupts himself because only he and a few others (his wife, daughter and James Earl Jones) can see the ballplayers playing on what should be his cornfield. Trimming the fat, Ray comes to realize that the true purpose of building the field is not to let Shoeless Joe play again, but to reconnect with his father who he loathes a great deal for "growing old."  The final scene is of Ray and his father playing catch on the "field of dreams" which is something that makes me want to suck my thumb and start to bawl like a little bitch

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