World Series Week, Plus Our Favorite Baseball Flicks!

World Series Week, Plus Our Favorite Baseball Flicks!

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Tonight is Game 1 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. Technically, we don’t have skin in the game since neither of our two teams are in the series. Our teams are the Arizona Diamondbacks, but they were terrible this year, and the Washington Nationals, who at least made it to the postseason but alas, fell to the Dodgers earlier this month.

We visited Wrigley Field during a trip to Chicago, but didn’t get a chance to attend a game. It seemed like a lovely place and we enjoyed our time in a nearby store picking out plenty of Cubs paraphernalia. Consequently, we love the Cubbies.

Wrigley Field, 2009

That being said, we also like Cleveland. The Indians’ manager, Terry Francona, is a fellow University of Arizona alum, where he played baseball and along with his Wildcat teammates, won the 1980 College World Series. We have followed his career since his time at the Red Sox.

Baseball is not something that we grew up watching, but rather developed a taste for in college. However, we did spend a lot of time watching movies during our youth. Weekend mornings, we would wake up and eat our breakfast in front of the tv, watching either cartoons or movies. In those times, there weren’t 500 channels to choose from or internet programs to stream, so we had limited options. Movies were always being replayed and two of our favorite movie choices were Field of Dreams and A League of Their Own. Two great baseball movies.

Our Favorite Baseball Flicks
Field of Dreams was released in 1989, starring Kevin Costner and the wonderful bass voice of James Earl Jones. This movie is great not only because it is inspirational, but also because it has some baseball history in it. We love the down on his luck, family man Ray Kinsella played by Kevin Costner who is also a novice farmer. While walking through his fields one night he hears a voice say “If you build it, he will come.” You can see this scene below. We think it is one of the greatest scenes of the movie and the tagline is so relatable.

Ray goes on to plow one of his fields and builds a baseball field. Nothing happens until one night he and his daughter see Shoeless Joe Jackson appear who then brings other players from the 1919 Black Sox Scandal to play in Ray’s field.

The other character we loved in this movie was Terence Mann, a radical author, played by James Earl Jones. At the time, we only knew James Earl Jones from this movie. We were too young for the Star Wars Trilogy and Darth Vader. Plus The Lion King had not been released yet. He is a wonderful actor with a very memorable voice.

The other baseball movie we enjoyed watching over and over was A League of Their Own which was released in 1992. This movie follows a fictional team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The AAGPBL, however was a real league that existed from 1943-1954. During that time, over 600 women played in the league.

A League of Their Own has several stars in it, including Tom Hanks, Genna Davis, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donnell. You can read this news article from Time that talks about a real life group of women who played in the women’s league.

The most famous line from this movie that we love to quote is “There’s no crying in baseball!” which was screamed by Tom Hanks’ character, Jimmy Dugan.

We hope these two movies get you hyped for the World Series tonight and may the best team win!

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Goodbye Gene Wilder

Goodbye Gene Wilder

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We were so sad to here of Gene Wilder’s passing yesterday. His performance as Willy Wonka was iconic and inspirational.

Pure Imagination is one of the most beautiful songs ever and the YouTube rendition is worth a view, if you’ve had the worst day or best day ever. Either way, the song is life-affirming.

Letters of Note featured a letter from Wilder to Mel Stuart about Willy Wonka’s costume. His comments are thoughtful and astute, reflecting the depth of Mr. Wilder. It is definitely worth a read!

If You Want To View Paradise

We also loved Gene Wilder in The Frisco Kid with Harrison Ford. We previously blogged about our grandparents’ love of westerns and they were the ones who introduced us to this movie on their favorite channel: Starz Encore Westerns.

We had grown used to seeing Clint Eastwood and John Wayne in their serious roles as cowboys. We could hardly believe The Frisco Kid was actually a real movie. It was too funny! We especially loved the no riding on Saturdays scene, as well as the how my people dance scene.

The Frisco Kid takes the traditional western and turns it on its head. Gene Wilder is the hilarious wrench thrown into the works of a classic “cowboys and indians” tale. You can’t take your eyes off the screen! What will he do next?

Thank you, Mr. Wilder. We hope you are swimming and frolicking in a chocolate waterfall in heaven.

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The Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets

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The Secret Life of Pets opens across theaters today and we are pretty excited about it. We love all five of our pets and are pretty much obsessed with anything that includes talking animals.

What’s more, the Secret Life of Pets features an all-star vocal cast including Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, and Ellie Kemper. The trailer looks hilarious! (scroll down to watch)

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We are also excited about it because of our book, Scout and Malcolm. Last month, we released a middle grade mystery/adventure about two dog detectives who have to maintain a home life, appearing to be normal dogs who lounge around the house all day, and a work life, which takes them across their beach town searching for missing creatures. Secret Life, anyone?

If you love the Secret Life of Pets, we think you will absolutely love Scout and Malcolm: High Order of Undercover Dog Detectives Book 1!

We have previously discussed Scout and Malcolm here and you can see the description of the book here. Once you have enjoyed the Secret Life of Pets in your local movie theater, mosey on over and check out our awesome book.

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