Sideways is a fantastic movie. It’s a film with amazing characters that zap you into a trance. Before you know it, the movie is over and you realize you spent the last two hours of your life wrapped up in a well told story.
There is one moment that still makes me laugh because of how strongly the character Miles feels about Merlot. Yet it fits so well with his character. It’s the All Time Best ‘Why So Angry’ movie moment:
“I am NOT drinking any *&$^ing Merlot!”
Oh wine snobs…
It’s such a random issue to be angry about and that’s why it’s a perfect movie moment. Here are two men about to eat dinner with two lovely ladies and Miles loses it at the very thought of a glass of Merlot. As far as random angry moments go, this is by far one of my favorites.
Shortly after I started The Athletic Nerd, I began a feature called All Time Best. I wanted to create a feature that allowed me to talk about specific movie moments. All Time Best is about memorable characters, hilarious lines, horrific scares and touching moments. It’s about our fondest, and not so fondest memories.
We all have favorite movies but it’s a lot harder to narrow it down to a single moment. Like many categories on this blog, All Time Best is due for a face lift so expect to see a lot more posts containing variations of an incredibly thought provoking question:
I fell in love with basketball long ago. I played non stop for years but it wasn’t my first love. That distinction belongs to baseball. In the six years I played competitive baseball there were many moments I will never forget but one in particular rises above the rest.
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
It was my second season and I wasn’t old enough to play hardball yet so it was softball for me. I was basically an infielder my whole ‘career’ but for some reason, this was the only season I was a catcher. Our team completely dominated that year and made it to the championship game.
So there I was at the end of the summer, in the final inning with 2 out. We were only up by one or two runs so the pressure was on. The batter took his final swing and popped it up directly above my head. I had to hustle but I caught that ball and we won the championship. There’s nothing like making the final play to win a title, even if it was only little league softball.
Strangely enough, another memory I have from that day was a meteor shower that everyone was talking about. Back then, I was a little naive and I remember a few people messing with me causing me to ‘worry’ about one of the meteors crashing down to earth.
“The chances are slim but it could happen” They told me.
I stayed up that night and watched the only meteor shower I’ve ever seen. I haven’t witnessed one since.
It was an amazing day.
It wasn’t long after that when I became obsessed with movies as well and films like The Sandlot captured my imagination. I ran a bit of a poll on my Facebook account last week and asked people what their favorite baseball movie moment was.
I started it off with one of my favorite moments: Kevin Costner’s character playing catch with his father in Field of Dreams. Great moment. Many people mentioned their personal favorites like ‘The Pickle with Hercules’, ‘There’s no crying in baseball’, a whole bunch of awesome Bull Durham references and more…
It was so easy for people to select their favorite moment. Like it was instinct. Ask a question like ‘What is your favorite baseball movie moment?’ and people just know. It’s a part of them. People love baseball movies. I love baseball movies!
The more I thought about it, the more I kept going back to my favorite little league moment and how much fun I had. And so…
The Sandlot Wins For Me
Field of Dreams is a close second but I knew my favorite baseball moment would come from The Sandlot the second I started writing this post.
This classic is permanently etched in my mind but this isn’t about picking my favorite baseball movie. It’s about my favorite baseball movie moment. So I decided to go with ‘The Omen’ when Benny crushes the ball with such force it literally rips the ball apart.
I chose that particular moment above all the hilarious and quotable lines because it’s all about baseball. It’s about playing the game and being a part of something amazing.
That’s what baseball means to me. Even if the Blue Jays haven’t won for a million years…
There really are countless incredible movies that are based on the lives of extraordinary people. It’s actually a dream of mine to write one someday. I can’t guarantee it will be incredible but it would be so much fun to research and immerse myself in someone’s unbelievable tale.
What about movies you WISH were based on true stories?
Think about it. It can be any movie. Fantasy, Drama, Science Fiction, Aliens, Lightsabers, Neo and more…
Star Wars is real isn’t it? It happened a long time ago in a galaxy far far away so how do you know George wasn’t given a book or something?
I tried to be realistic with my pick but ultimately caved and decided to go with a strange but AWESOME pick.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Think about it realistically… Sort of.
How bad ass would it be to go bombing around in Toon Town?
It would be non stop laughs. Who wouldn’t want to go play cards with Bugs Bunny or try and sabotage the Road Runner?
Even drinks at the Ink & Paint Club would be a blast.
I’m choosing to ignore losers like Judge Doom and his retarded freeway plan because deranged toons can’t be real right?
At the end of the day, you can’t say Toon Town wouldn’t be the number one tourist attraction on the planet. Literally anything is possible when you are hanging out with legendary cartoon characters all day.
Can you imagine how much fun it would be to drive Benny The Cab around, duel with Yosemite Sam or play Tennis with Mickey Mouse?
Note: I think it would be hilarious if Mickey sucked at tennis and was a sore loser. I’m not that great either but I could take him.
What would you do if you could spend one day in Toon Town?
It’s that question that made this edition of All Time Best an easy pick. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is an amazing achievement that still holds up to this day. It’s one of the most entertaining movies in history and you should be finding a copy to watch right now!