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« Reply #90 on: October 12, 2007, 08:05:19 am »
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A very nice interview with Sean. I didn't realize he had a garden, or any desire to garden!

http://www.readexpress.com/read_freeride/2007/10/qa_sean_astin.php

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« Reply #91 on: October 12, 2007, 05:21:34 pm »
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Thanks Rach, that was a sweet interview and informative for me too
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« Reply #92 on: October 13, 2007, 06:18:56 am »
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Goodness, Sean says his next movie would be about cycling?  That sounds very interesting;  you really need to be in shape to do cycling and the best part...cyclists have the best bodies.  lol
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« Reply #93 on: October 13, 2007, 10:19:03 am »
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I think he was joking about the cycling, since it's one sport he hasn't done a film about. LOL

His next project is actually a kids' series for the Disney Channel. He's going to voice a comic teddy bear/secret agent for Disney's morning program block. Should be fun.

TFS is a film that seems to be drawing radically different opinions. The critics mostly hate it, claiming it is too "warm and fuzzy". But the average movie viewer LOVES it and wishes there was more like it.

Guess that shows the gap between the people and the critics.

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« Reply #94 on: October 13, 2007, 01:44:25 pm »
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Well I myself never listen to the critics I like to make up my own mind often they hate a film I love anyway.

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« Reply #95 on: October 14, 2007, 07:06:37 am »
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Quote from: Storyteller ~RSF~ on October 13, 2007, 10:19:03 am   

TFS is a film that seems to be drawing radically different opinions. The critics mostly hate it, claiming it is too "warm and fuzzy". But the average movie viewer LOVES it and wishes there was more like it.


The emphasis is just different.  As a movie goer I'm going to enjoy myself and find things I like about a movie while the critics focus on what they don't like.  AND they get to put their review in big bold letters in newspapers and magazines for everyone to see. 
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« Reply #96 on: October 14, 2007, 07:03:48 pm »
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I saw it today and loved it! Sean is brilliantly understated, just like small town guys often are. He said he chose to play it that way as soon as he met the real Kent Stock and realized HE was understated! LOL

I'll have my review typed up by tomorrow and posted here!

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« Reply #97 on: October 14, 2007, 10:30:53 pm »
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Oh boy! I can't wait to read your review, Rach! Ooooo...you lucky girl! I am green with envy.  Blast those critics...they seem so out of touch sometimes...However, the regular movie goers don't seem to pay any attention to them anyway.  We need a "warm and fuzzy" movie these days...especially for the kids (and the kid in all of us). 

Thanks for the article. It was sweet and interesting. I didn't know Mrs. Astin was from Indiana.
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« Reply #98 on: October 15, 2007, 07:15:50 am »
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I agree with the need for warm fuzzies! The thing is, if you take a loo at it, most of us HAVE warm fuzzies in our lives and there's nothing wrong with depicting THAT side of life, too. None at all!

And on that note:

The Final Season

I know why Big City critics pan this film.

They come from Big Cities.

Small town America’s short on movie reviewers. Its residents are too busy raising corn, teaching high school English, or building bicycles to sit in theaters during a working day, scoffing in disbelief at realities they cannot understand. They are estranged, by location and most often familiarity, from the facts of life in a tiny place like Norway.

What these “experts” fail to realize is that reality is, most often, completely perceptual, totally dependent for its definition upon the person experiencing it. Oh, they know that life in Middle America exists, aware only in the deepest, dimmest recesses of their minds that their goose liver comes from somewhere, that someone feeds the chicken that winds up on their sandwich, waters the lettuce, and picks the tomato. But that is where it stops, for within their limited vision, there can be no way of life not like their own.

Those of us who have never lived in a place where one can find a pusher on every corner or where bullets fly thick as gnats on a mid-August evening, find films depicting such a life every bit as alien and stereotypical as the Big City Critics have declared The Final Season to be. The very reviewers who call TFS “sickly sweet” claim the label of “reality” for cinematic efforts depicting inner city existence as uniformly dark and brutal, a viewpoint equally as stereotypical as anything that Norway can provide, and just as unbelievable to those  not a part of that world.

I am, however, experienced and open-minded enough to acknowledge that BOTH realities exist, and that a true story, no matter how “sweet” can never be a stereotype.

This is the reality of The Final Season, a story of baseball, but only just. The real story here is life in a minute town, in all the villages where people walk through their lives slowly, making their way not by aggression, but by being generally, genuinely, NICE to one another.

Sean Astin gives a serene performance as Kent Stock, the coach who was hired to fail, but didn’t. He keeps the role quiet, an idea he says came to him when he met the real life Stock, and succeeds in suppressing his own natural exuberance to the part. It’s the kind of presentation that should attract notice, but won’t, by virtue of its own brilliance. Mr. Astin chose to portray the coach as a low key Everyman and succeeded, possibly to his own detriment. It was a stroke of sheer genius and he carries it off with understated splendor!

Powers Boothe also excels as the coach fired because he did his job too well.

The only person who didn’t seem to fit was Tom Arnold, but I suspect that was more the result of choppy editing than Mr. Arnold’s performance.

And what’s to be the pill in all this jam? Yes, there were bitter spots in the sweetness like pieces of rind that escaped the strainer. Places in which the film seemed as rough as old dirt road. The film quality appeared less than perfect, almost skipping a beat at times. I couldn’t decide if this was the film, or the rather ancient and ratty theater in which I watched it. The bumps could also be the result of patchy directing or sub-par editing. All I can tell you is that the acting had nothing to do with it at all.

Keep your dark films declaring street gangs and gore as an all-encompassing truth. It has its place, as untruths go, but not here. Not just here. I’ll take the Final Seasons  of the world. It’s nice to see my side of life take the field for a change.

As another of Mr. Astin’s brilliant characters once observed, “There’s still some good in the world.” Thanks for reminding us. We needed that just now.

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« Reply #99 on: October 15, 2007, 11:30:55 pm »
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Hear hear!!! You hit the nail right on the head, Rach! Thanks for taking the time to share your review with us. I thank God everyday for places where "goodness and warm fuzzies" still exist. Without the small towns, America would lose its heart. 
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« Reply #100 on: October 16, 2007, 07:46:09 am »
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I read another of those reviews last night. It talked about the movie being full of sports cliches. Well, the reason that a saying BECOMES cliche is because it's usually true.

There's definately an audience for uplifting, heart-warming films. Maybe the violence rate would drop if we had more of them.

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« Reply #101 on: October 16, 2007, 09:48:20 am »
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I'm all for uplifting, heart warming films Rach, which is why I am looking forward to the final season being released over here
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« Reply #102 on: October 17, 2007, 11:35:43 pm »
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Bring 'em on! The more heart-warming the better! 
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« Reply #103 on: October 19, 2007, 01:23:49 pm »
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I don't often go to Sean's personal site because it really isn't a whole lot of help at times. I popped in there today, however, and was glad I did. There was a message from Sean himself about TFS. I'm SO GLAD I already sent out a recommendation!

http://www.seanastin.com/071019finalseason.htm
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« Reply #104 on: October 19, 2007, 04:49:43 pm »
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II'm SO GLAD I already sent out a recommendation!

I'm a little confused, what recommendation and where would it be sent?
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