It’s probable your enjoyment of “The Battered Bastards of Baseball,” premiering on Netflix tomorrow, will be dependent on how much you love the game of baseball itself, and that would be a shame. The story about a B-level actor starting an independent minor-league sports team in the mid-1970s is about far more than just baseball, and you’d be depriving yourself of quite a bit of fun.
Steve James’ touching new film about the late Roger Ebert is one of the hardest films to write about. Practically everyone who has been doing this sort of thing for the past thirty years or so owes the man an astonishing duty of appreciation, and many of us may have never considered attempting it had we not seen him and his success.
Dinosaurs have fascinated mankind for millennia. We as a people have a seemingly voracious appetite for all things dinosaur, especially after John Ostrom’s works about the Deinonychus Antirrhopus became public in the mid-1960s. And before we take another journey back to “Jurassic Park” next year, we have the animated anthology movie “Dinotasia” to keep us engaged.
The first warning that “The Freebie” might not be everything it could have been is the omission of a credited writer in the opening credits, and that lack of a structured storyline resonates throughout star and first time director Katie Aselton’s film.
As many people may know, Best Short Film is a category recognized by the Academy Awards. What most people may not know is that, through the years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has actively been attempting to eliminate this category from official competition. “Invisible” is a good reason not to.
Exceptionally well executed, this product of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women demonstrates the relevancy of the short film as a format and why it is so important to encourage the development of women filmmakers.