Saturday, November 07, 2009

the sandlot (evans, 1993)

Sorta watched the last few reels with the sound off. Long story. Seems to have no real rep, but while it appears to end in Field of Dreamsy schmaltz, the extended sequence involving the kids attempting to retrieve a Babe Ruth-autographed baseball from the Cujo-like dog next door is fun.

What really caught my eye was the 'Scope photography, which is vividly colored, spacious, and has an exuberant, free-falling effect. You'd think the director thought he was composing for 70mm or IMAX, and given the delirious, larger-than-life perspective of the kids, and the equivalent performances of the cast, the charm is hard to resist.

Notes on an underexplored genre: studio-made kid/teen films.

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