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Monday, December 23, 2013

‘Million Dollar Arm” Trailer

Click TFA to see the trailer for “Million Dollar Arm”, starring Jon Hamm, Alan Arkin, Aasif Mandvi and the guy from “Life of Pi”.

Gamingboy Posted: December 23, 2013 at 04:34 PM | 45 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Guapo Posted: December 23, 2013 at 04:56 PM (#4623071)
‘Million Dollar Arm”


So this is a movie about the mopup guy in the bullpen?
   2. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: December 23, 2013 at 05:04 PM (#4623075)
So this is a movie about the mopup guy in the bullpen?


Good guess, but I'm pretty sure it's about the upscale housing market crash of aught-eight.
   3. Morph Posted: December 23, 2013 at 05:06 PM (#4623077)
Why does the white dude have to be the main character? Why are his financial problems, seemingly bought about by hubris, more interesting than the pitchers leaving their home for a basically impossible ambition? Why will the pitchers be used for comic relief as 'fish out of water?" Yeah, I'm sure there will be some emotional sequences where all the characters learn something. Look, I'm a fan of ham and Hamm. This will probably be a well acted, well intentioned film. But when is Hollywood going to, I don't know, change? Rhetorical question, I know. But seriously, considering the content of this movie, how is 'desperate sports agent' the main ####### character? Really? An entertaining supporting character, sure, but it just doesn't make sense thematically. One of the fellows actually throwing the baseball, the act in which the film revolves around, isn't the main character? OK. It's similar to the Eastwood movie. I'm sure a lot of scouts are cool, interesting people, but can a guy essentially watching a ballgame serve as the dramatic center of a movie? Who the hell liked 'Trouble with the Curve,' more than 'Sugar?" If you did, cool, but I doubt it.
   4. AROM Posted: December 23, 2013 at 05:10 PM (#4623079)
But seriously, considering the content of this movie, how is 'desperate sports agent' the main ####### character? Really? An entertaining supporting character, sure, but it just doesn't make sense thematically. One of the fellows actually throwing the baseball, the act in which the film revolves around, isn't the main character?


Every winter I wonder the same thing about Scott Boras.
   5. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 23, 2013 at 05:54 PM (#4623117)
But seriously, considering the content of this movie, how is 'desperate sports agent' the main ####### character? Really? An entertaining supporting character, sure, but it just doesn't make sense thematically. One of the fellows actually throwing the baseball, the act in which the film revolves around, isn't the main character?

Were you also bewildered by Jerry Maguire?
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:03 PM (#4623127)
Why does the white dude have to be the main character?


I'm willing to give this film a chance, but I have to admit, when I heard the plot and saw that Jon Hamm was the star, I was thinking, "what does the white guy have to do with this?"
   7. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:05 PM (#4623130)
Basebollywood is väry hard ! (to watch, probably!)
   8. ajnrules Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:07 PM (#4623135)
Jerry Maguire was understandable because that was the name of the agent in question, but this film purports to be about the Indian pitchers. And I know that Suraj Sharma can carry a film because he did so last year in a blockbuster film. I know Hamm is a big baseball fan but this thematic decision is disappointing.

And it also appears to be Curt Schilling as himself and not Philip Seymour Hoffman. I still want to see somebody take advantage of the fact they look so much alike to utilize it in a film. Come on, Hollywood. I'm waiting for the film about the collapse of 38 Studios.
   9. Jim Wisinski Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:09 PM (#4623137)
Does he have a ten cent head?
   10. PreservedFish Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:16 PM (#4623145)
It'll never top The Air Up There.
   11. Davo Dozier (Mastroianni) Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:18 PM (#4623146)
It'll never top The Air Up There.
Or The Scout!
   12. puck Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:22 PM (#4623150)

I'm willing to give this film a chance, but I have to admit, when I heard the plot and saw that Jon Hamm was the star, I was thinking, "what does the white guy have to do with this?"

C'mon, you know the drill. The white dude gets the green light. Like Tom Cruise in the Last Samurai. If they could have feasibly stuck a white guy in the boat it would have been the same for Life of Pi. Instead, the tiger had a white guy's name, and they had the white guy in the framing stuff. (I realize the tiger is named that in the book, too.)
   13. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:22 PM (#4623151)
And I know that Suraj Sharma can carry a film because he did so last year in a blockbuster film. I know Hamm is a big baseball fan but this thematic decision is disappointing.


I haven't seen the movie but even if Sharma was excellent in Life of Pi that movie didn't sell because of him, it sold because of the novel. Putting Hamm's name in lights is going to get attention that Sharma's name wouldn't. There is a reason Gamingboy referred to him as "the guy from Life of Pi."

Obviously the subject matter is such that the guys playing Rinku and Dinesh should be the stars but Disney isn't in the business of making good movies, they are in the business of making movies that make lots of money.
   14. Jose Molina wants a nickname like ARod Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:25 PM (#4623154)
Groan, now that Mad Men is over, Jon Hamm is going to get real annoying real fast. He was perfect for Mad Men, but I haven't seen anything else which makes me think he can be anything other than Don Draper or some other white dude with seriously curtailed emotions.
   15. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:26 PM (#4623155)
Jerry Maguire was understandable because that was the name of the agent in question, but this film purports to be about the Indian pitchers.

Perhaps in your imagination it does. It's Jon Hamm's name above the title and his face on the poster, and the trailer pretty unambiguously shows that the narrative arc involves him using the pitchers as a means to save his business, then growing as a person and coming to realize that emotional attachments are what really matter. "I want a different story centering on different characters" is not the same as "the story centering on the character it does makes no sense 'thematically.'"
   16. Bitter Mouse Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:26 PM (#4623156)
Like Tom Cruise in the Last Samurai.


And Keanu from 47 Ronin I suppose. Sigh.
   17. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:26 PM (#4623157)
Groan, now that Mad Men is over, Jon Hamm is going to get real annoying real fast. He was perfect for Mad Men, but I haven't seen anything else which makes me think he can be anything other than Don Draper or some other white dude with seriously curtailed emotions.

I would submit you've never watched him in anything else, then. He's an excellent comic actor, for instance.
   18. Srul Itza Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:47 PM (#4623167)
Keanu from 47 Ronin I suppose


For anybody who knows anything about 47 Ronin, and its role in Japanese culture, this movie looks like a complete abomination.
   19. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:48 PM (#4623169)
If they could have feasibly stuck a white guy in the boat it would have been the same for Life of Pi.


Was Sir Ben Kingsley not available?

He was perfect for Mad Men, but I haven't seen anything else which makes me think he can be anything other than Don Draper or some other white dude with seriously curtailed emotions.


He is pretty awesome in every comedic performance (SNL, 30 Rock, "The Greatest Event In Television History", Bridesmaids) I've seen, and he was pretty good as a jerk in the meh movie "Friends with Kids". IIRC, he has said he turns down a ton of roles because producers want him to be Don Draper all the time, and he tries to do other stuff.

   20. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:52 PM (#4623171)
I would submit you've never watched him in anything else, then. He's an excellent comic actor, for instance.


Concur.
   21. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: December 23, 2013 at 06:57 PM (#4623173)
He was a great talking toilet on "Bob's Burgers"
   22. Greg K Posted: December 23, 2013 at 07:02 PM (#4623174)
I was following these guys when they first came to America (they had an awesome blog), how have they been doing?

Looking it up, I see Rinku Singh had an alright season in 2012 (8.1 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 as a 23 year old in A ball), but didn't pitch in 2013.

Dinesh Patel hasn't pitched since 2010.

EDIT: Wikipedia is a bit ambiguous, but it sounds like Singh might be pitching in Australia?
   23. Doris from Rego Park Posted: December 23, 2013 at 07:06 PM (#4623177)
   24. JH (in DC) Posted: December 23, 2013 at 08:09 PM (#4623199)
Lake Bell is playing the love interest, which is a nice casting choice, too.

(I'll use this thin segue to mention that Lake Bell made my favorite movie of this year, In A World..., and that if you didn't catch it during its limited theatrical run, it's worth a watch when it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray next month.)
   25. Morph Posted: December 23, 2013 at 08:25 PM (#4623204)
My comment up in the thread is a little spicier than I would have liked. Unfortunately the edit button isn't working on my CPU. I think I was a little annoyed with the trailer when Hamm's issues were portrayed with utmost seriousness, and the pitchers' attempting to adjust to a new culture played mostly for laughs. Obviously a trailer isn't indicative to the complete content of the movie, but I really am getting burned out on one experience (or perspective) being the filter and another experience consistently being the observed, the curious. I wasn't trying to boil down all the work put into the movie into a condensed dismissal, or anything.
   26. Misirlou is on hiding to nowhere Posted: December 23, 2013 at 08:38 PM (#4623211)
I would submit you've never watched him in anything else, then. He's an excellent comic actor, for instance.


He was great in 30 Rock.
   27. puck Posted: December 23, 2013 at 08:42 PM (#4623217)
For anybody who knows anything about 47 Ronin, and its role in Japanese culture, this movie looks like a complete abomination.


Yeah, I was surprised at the title, and then the trailer. They sure didn't seem to go together.
   28. Random Transaction Generator Posted: December 23, 2013 at 09:18 PM (#4623227)
He was great in 30 Rock.


I can never tell if it's the actor or the writing when it comes to guest appearances on "30 Rock".
Hamm, Damon, Martin, Hayak...almost everyone they recruit for a role is hilarious.

It's probably a combination of choosing good actors and giving them great roles/lines.
   29. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 23, 2013 at 09:22 PM (#4623229)
"the guy from Life of Pi"

Pi Guy?
   30. McCoy Posted: December 23, 2013 at 09:32 PM (#4623232)
He's an excellent comic actor, for instance.

People keep saying this but it isn't true. Bryan Cranston is an excellent comic actor. Jon Hamm is a famous TV actor doing the occasional comedy bit that's funny because "ZOMG, famous TV actor is doind something ridiculous".
   31. Pirate Joe Posted: December 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM (#4623244)
Looking it up, I see Rinku Singh had an alright season in 2012 (8.1 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 as a 23 year old in A ball), but didn't pitch in 2013.



I believe Singh had Tommy John surgery last year and that's why he didn't pitch at all last season. He is still (as far as I know) in the Pirates organization.


   32. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: December 23, 2013 at 11:04 PM (#4623263)
People keep saying this but it isn't true. Bryan Cranston is an excellent comic actor. Jon Hamm is a famous TV actor doing the occasional comedy bit that's funny because "ZOMG, famous TV actor is doind something ridiculous".


All I know is that when Jon Hamm shows up on a comedy podcast, he's excellent.
   33. Der-K: Hipster doofus Posted: December 23, 2013 at 11:04 PM (#4623264)
Obviously the subject matter is such that the guys playing Rinku and Dinesh should be the stars but Disney isn't in the business of making good movies, they are in the business of making movies that make lots of money.

Yup. The trailer looks terrible, which is a shame as I like several people in it.

I believe you're correct, Pirate Joe, about Singh.

Jon Hamm is a very good comic actor who seems to be absolutely nuts -about- comedy in general. Listening to he and Nick Kroll riffing as the Chupacabros in the just released CBB's best of '13 clip show this morning made me chuckle.
   34. Randy Jones Posted: December 23, 2013 at 11:26 PM (#4623268)
As others have said, Jon Hamm is a good comic actor who became famous from a dramatic role that he happened to be perfect for.
   35. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 24, 2013 at 12:21 AM (#4623286)
Why does the white dude have to be the main character? Why are his financial problems, seemingly bought about by hubris, more interesting than the pitchers leaving their home for a basically impossible ambition?

If the pitchers had gone on to Major League stardom, they'd probably have bigger roles. Since they haven't, the focus is on the guy with the idea of converting cricket players to baseball pitchers. Seems reasonable.
   36. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: December 24, 2013 at 07:34 AM (#4623335)
Why does the white dude have to be the main character?


Because the movie doesn't get made elsewise?
   37. Lassus Posted: December 24, 2013 at 09:51 AM (#4623361)

God, this looks terrible.
   38. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: December 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM (#4623387)
I'll use this thin segue to mention that Lake Bell made my favorite movie of this year, In A World..., and that if you didn't catch it during its limited theatrical run, it's worth a watch when it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray next month.


Been waiting for that ever since seeing the trailer on some Netflix DVD at least a couple of months ago. Though I'm still trying to convince myself that Bell & AnnaLynne McCord aren't the same actress.
   39. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: December 24, 2013 at 01:01 PM (#4623517)
For anybody who knows anything about 47 Ronin, and its role in Japanese culture, this movie looks like a complete abomination.


Much like 300, then.
   40. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: December 24, 2013 at 01:22 PM (#4623527)
   41. Squash Posted: December 24, 2013 at 01:50 PM (#4623547)
My guess is in the end Simmons will have about as much actual contribution to the movie as I do - Disney putting him on it is a marketing move, they want him to tell his millions of followers how great it is. He also seems to be constantly coming to the end of a contract, so they want to keep him in house and happy so he doesn't jump to Google or wherever. Making him into a movie producer is a good way to do that.
   42. vivaelpujols Posted: December 25, 2013 at 06:46 AM (#4623787)
Yeah Jon Hamm was funny in 30 Rock, and Bridesmaids was such a piece of crap that it's hard for me to judge fairly, but I guess he was ok. Like McCoy I have no idea how he got the reputation of a great comedic actor. He's been in a couple things that are kind of funny but you can say that about a gazillion other guys.
   43. AndrewJ Posted: December 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM (#4623797)
Alan Arkin's been in several baseball movies now: The 1981 film Chu-Chu and the Philly Flash (opposite Carol Burnett) and the 1983 cable movie Cooperstown.
   44. Greg K Posted: December 25, 2013 at 01:30 PM (#4623834)
Just saw Hamm in Clear History. I enjoyed it, though he has a relatively minor part and isn't really asked to do much.

Overall a good movie I thought, though it was funny that we are led to believe Larry David's character has built up a reputation as a friendly guy everyone loves in town...and yet from the beginning of the movie he's still pulling his usual (yet still funny) Larry David schtick of being impossible to be around. Kind of makes you wonder what it is he's done to make people like him so much in that town.
   45. Greg K Posted: December 25, 2013 at 01:31 PM (#4623837)
I think of Alec Baldwin as a great comic actor who for some reason early in his career was thrown into a lot of dramatic roles. EDIT: Haven't seen enough of Hamm to know if this is true of him.

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