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´Field of Dreams´ came out 30 years ago Sunday and some people love it — but sorry, it is a terrible movie

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Posted By: MissMolly, 4/21/2019 5:17:28 AM

"If you build it, he will come.” Puh-lease. Thirty years after the release of "Field of Dreams," it´s time for a major reassessment. Sorry, all you folks who view baseball — and this movie — as some sort of timeless metaphor for connecting to your past and understanding what America is really all about. In reality, it´s just another terrible film. If you can somehow get past all the factual errors and horrible casting — Ray "Goodfellas" Liotta as Shoeless Joe Jackson? — you realize this is nothing more than an epic helping of corniness, passed off as some

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Reply 1 - Posted by: M2 4/21/2019 5:25:14 AM (No. 40729)
The Uber-liberal AP pouring cold water on another wonderful American icon. Do you people ever smile?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter 4/21/2019 5:38:39 AM (No. 40735)
The book was a lot better.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: George R. 4/21/2019 6:44:19 AM (No. 40738)
I really enjoyed watching and rewatching the movie. Whats a Paul Newberry?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: rusino 4/21/2019 7:32:46 AM (No. 40749)
I stopped reading when the author misquoted the Theme!
If you build it HE will come?
It should be ‘If you build it THEY will come!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hank Reardon 4/21/2019 7:43:13 AM (No. 40724)
The haters on the left always have to make it about whitey.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: NancyD 4/21/2019 7:53:01 AM (No. 40746)
A hit piece about one of my favorite movies.

I never thought of this movie as a historical documentary. It was a story about a guy who heard something and was determined to find out the meaning and it lead to his dad.

Liberals have to take everything literally. From this movie to Trumps jokes. They have ZERO happiness, not capable of a refreshing imagination and no hope or eager anticipation. Just gloom, doom and nastiness. They suck the joy out of a room just by entering it. AND they have this way of thinking that we all need to know what they think. Sorry, not interested. Joy killer.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Tank 4/21/2019 7:57:52 AM (No. 40756)
It´s a schmaltzy, over the top trip through Kevin Costner´s character´s past as he confronts some of his demons. It´s goofy at points, somewhat predictable, and probably not the best acted vehicle for Jones, Costner, Liotta or even Lancaster.

But all the pieces fit. It moves along, contains memorable moments, scenes, and lines, and after it´s over, you feel kinda good (and want to have a catch with Dad).

Like it or not, people like this movie. It strikes a chord with many, and certainly many men who have had a troubled relationship with their father (and many who haven´t). It does it´s job, and after forking over $10 or something to see it, you felt like you were entertained.

So by definition, it´s a good movie.

And it´s not a baseball movie.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Newtsche 4/21/2019 8:34:45 AM (No. 40737)
"..pushed by folks such as George Will and Bob Costas — that baseball was more than a sport..."

Yeah, baseball as metaphor gets pretentious, usually coming from little guys like above. It may have something to do with the bats.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: John Farson 4/21/2019 8:35:03 AM (No. 40752)
First it was Kate Smith then Field of Dreams.
Next Santa Clause?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: MISteve 4/21/2019 8:42:34 AM (No. 40741)
Somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed, today. Find his binky for him.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Paperpuncher 4/21/2019 8:52:22 AM (No. 40745)
"factual errors" Really? The movie is fiction not a documentary. On top of that, it was not about baseball it was a story about a man finding his past.

There were a few things that were off but, also there was some perfection in the story.

One of my favorites and always will be as it touched some of my own issues.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Lawsy0 4/21/2019 8:58:11 AM (No. 40730)
Anybody know who Paul Newberry is or why he pontificates about American movies? Is he from this planet? Does anyone care?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: AltaD 4/21/2019 9:06:28 AM (No. 40742)
I thought the movie was okay, didn´t love it or hate it (though I did find the wife to be painfully annoying). If this columnist didn´t like the movie, that´s fine but why is he concerned about factual errors in a movie which features ghosts? The premise isn´t exactly reality based so why worry about an actor who is too NY playing a Southerner or a lack of Negro League ghosts?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: AlpineLace 4/21/2019 9:34:48 AM (No. 40755)
A reporter for the AP who cannot tell the difference between entertaining fiction and factual events.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: 49 Ford 4/21/2019 9:41:22 AM (No. 40733)
The earlier posters are right - another hectoring, nanny leftoid who misses the point of it all.

I would hesitate before wishing this Newberry a happy Easter - probably be treated to a lecture about the Bunny being white, that all the chocolate ones get eaten and how UNFAIR it all is.

Happy Easter to all L-Dotters.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DustDevil31 4/21/2019 9:42:29 AM (No. 40731)
Lefty’s can screw up a good sexual fantasy. Just shut up.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Kate318 4/21/2019 9:44:55 AM (No. 40751)
It’s actually both, #4, referring at different times to Terrance Mann, the crowds, and Ray’s father. I love this movie. I always cry at the end when he meets his father and asks him to play catch.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: varkdriver 4/21/2019 9:48:51 AM (No. 40757)
Dude, it´s a fictional movie! If you didn´t like it, fine, but what ARE you on about?

For my part, I´ve seen it once or twice, and it is a well-done story with baseball in the periphery. If I want to watch a good baseball movie, I´ll watch "Major League", "Bull Durham", "Eight Men Out", or "Pride Of The Yankees". And I have watched them all numerous times ["Juuuuust a bit outside!]

Happy Easter to one and all.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: bigfatslob 4/21/2019 10:01:56 AM (No. 40740)
Never trust a man who mistreats his horse or his dog I´ll add to that a man who criticizes the ´game´ of baseball be it fictional or fact.
Who is this uptight jerkweed? One question to Paul Newberry what is you favorite movie so I can critic it.
Happy Easter to all L.dotters!
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Sunhan65 4/21/2019 10:23:12 AM (No. 40736)
I´ve never seen it. During the pause while you gasp and tell me what I´m missing, I will wish you all a Happy Easter.

I did see For the Love of the Game and quite liked it.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: StormCnter 4/21/2019 10:24:33 AM (No. 40723)
Don´t feel bad, #20. I´ve never seen "Casablanca" and my family is appalled.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: earlybird 4/21/2019 10:36:23 AM (No. 40739)
The guy on the left is Paul Newberry, a sportswriter. Another doofus who looks like the guy on the stool at the end of the bar, yammering at the bartender at 1.59AM “jush one more liddle one?”

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DyjFy-wVsAA6ZXS.jpg
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Nevadadad46 4/21/2019 10:37:18 AM (No. 40727)
But, "A League of Their Own" was honest and spot-on. And filled with actors who are all flaming America hating leftists- but, I loved it as an entertaining few hours and a great story. I love baseball movies. But, "Field of Dreams´ was not my kind of movie. And, amazingly, the world kept right on turning.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: earlybird 4/21/2019 10:45:08 AM (No. 40744)
(Hit submit too soon)

Here is how Newberry describes himself at Twitter:

Banal pseudo sports writer whose style is akin to a toilet brush coarsley scrubbing the commode, leaving behind the stained agony of an unrequited career.

The spelling is his.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Sunhan65 4/21/2019 10:55:55 AM (No. 40743)
Now I do feel bad, #20. I saw Casablanca later in life as a cynical teenager expecting to be thoroughly disappointed. I was under medication at the time, and halfway through I was taken out for surgery. (It´s a long story.)

When I woke up in recovery, my first priority was to see the second half of the movie, certain that it couldn´t be as good as the first. It wasn´t. It was better.

If memory serves, we might be nearly neighbors. If you agree, I will try to find a copy of Casablanca and leave it anonymously at mile zero of the Katy Trail.

No questions asked except tell us if you liked it.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: StormCnter 4/21/2019 11:04:38 AM (No. 40748)
[grin]
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Reply 27 - Posted by: red1066 4/21/2019 11:16:37 AM (No. 40725)
Don´t let this guy watch "THE TEN COMMADMENTS" I´ve watched it probably a couple of dozen times at least. Watched it last night. Talk about bad acting! Some pretty famous actors in that movie. All of them are bad. I blame the director. However, I watch the movie for the message, not the acting.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: Chuzzles 4/21/2019 11:21:43 AM (No. 40732)
The last sentence above was all I could stomach from a liberal today of all days. #1 is onto something. They have lost the ability to just enjoy a great family movie and to accept that it doesn´t need to attack anyone or thing to be a great family movie. Ray Liotta is a good actor given the right role.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: Strike3 4/21/2019 12:27:03 PM (No. 40754)
If you don´t like a movie you don´t have to bash it just ignore it, it´s much easier on the blood pressure.

I liked "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," even though it was a super-low budget film and starred Sean Penn. Something about it.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: Smart11344 4/21/2019 1:11:04 PM (No. 40722)
Once was enough for me regarding Field of Dreams. It was not a home run.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: LooseCannon 4/21/2019 1:13:28 PM (No. 40726)
Trust me on this--anything that celebrates America, American values, American traditions, American pastimes is on the left´s target list for destruction.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: red1066 4/21/2019 8:35:48 PM (No. 40728)
I know why I watch "Fast Times At Ridgemont High", and it wasn´t because of Sean Penn. However, I do think it was Sean Penn´s best performance in any movie.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: kidsmom 4/21/2019 8:50:08 PM (No. 40750)
Saw it. Loved it. If that means I have bad taste in movies, so be it. I watch what I want to please myself. Oh, my favorite movies?? Anything by Mel Brooks, but especially Dracula, Dead and Loving It.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: pensom2 4/21/2019 9:29:16 PM (No. 40747)
I dare say that Kevin Costner made more money from "Field of Dreams" than this Newberry stooge will earn in his life.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: doctorfixit 4/22/2019 3:57:54 AM (No. 40734)
For me, Costner ruins every movie in which he appears - except Open Range, where Duvall is just so damned good he more than cancels out Costner´s mediocrity. Also The Untouchables, which had DeNiro and Connery to cancel Costner.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: cheeflo 4/22/2019 7:48:02 PM (No. 40753)
Sad to say, #14, but that describes a lot of people these days.
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