Monday, May 06, 2013

Why Field of Dreams is the best movie ever

Beaches is fine. I cried. I cry every time I see it. I remember the first time I saw it at Jennifer Wolfe's house and how I had to go hide in the bathroom to sob. Terminator was the first really delicious mind-game movie. A complicated twisty idea boiled down into something so delicious, so action-packed and dark - how could you not love it. But Sinead and Steph are both very wrong. Field Of Dreams is the Best Movie Ever

1. Kevin Costner in worn Levis. I sort of feel the argument begins and ends there. If you are not a fan of Costner in worn blue jeans, you're missing out on one of the best parts of the movie.

2. It romanticizes sports, fatherhood and manhood in a way that makes me want to hug all the men in my life, stroke back their hair and tell them to go have a catch with their father. This might be because the men in my family are guys who play sports. And the sports they play is how they bond to other guys, it's how they work through their stuff. For my father and brother - it's how they talk. I know not every family is like this - but mine is. Mine totally is.

3. Amy Madigan owns that movie. She's perfect as a wife and mom. The realist and the dreamer. She was perfect. "Shut up you Nazi cow" is something I LONG to say to someone.

4. James Earl Jones. James Earl Jones and the "They will come, Ray." speech. "Memories so thick they'll have to brush them away from their face." It's stunning writing. Nostalgic and dreamy, but delivered in that voice? It's like a creedo. Who would argue with him?

5. It absolutely cements my belief that no matter what is wrong with you, what damage you carry, even if it's not that much. Even if for the most part you are totally happy, whatever causes you to make bad choices or selfish decisions - almost all of it has it's roots in your childhood.

6. Ray Liottas eyes - the first time wide-spread audience saw them. Blue like ice. Like a chlorinated pool.


Eileen said...

Finally! A movie I've actually seen! I saw it in the theater with a man who did NOT have daddy issues and we both cried. It was lovely. Best movie ever? I'm not sure. I have to think about that. I'm not even 100% sure I could give it Best Baseball Movie Ever. Not with Bull Durham rattling around in my head.

Maureen McGowan said...

Oh, now I am going to have to come up with my vote for best movie, aren't I?

So hard to pick one. Will not sleep tonight. Oh, the stress! :)

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