Game 6 Reviews
"It's opening night... Let the games begin."
I really wish I would have liked Game 6 more. I like the story. A writer has a new play coming out, that is supposed to be his best work. Everyone is informing him that a tough critic is going to tear his play apart and this begins to worry him. As that is going on it's also the night game 6 of the 1986 World Series is being played(most remembered for Buckner's less than impressive play). Nicky is a Red Sox fan, but doesn't hold out to much hope for the Red Sox winning the World Series.
What seems like a really cool story turns out to not make a great movie. At least in the hands of Michael Hoffman. As much as I wanted to like the movie; nothing in the actual movie was able to allow me to like it. The cast is fine with some pretty big names like Keaton, O'Hara and Downey Jr, but the movie has many flaws and the actors aren't able to make the movie anything special.
All in all Game 6 is a pretty joyless experience. It's also very disappointing because I believe it could have been so much more.
Lastly - why were the Mets fans in the bar chanting "Hendu, Hendu"? He was a Red Sox player!!!
Interesting Side Note: I did find it odd that they made Michael Keaton's character of 1986 look like Michael Keaton of today. In my mind Michael Keaton always looks like he did in 1986. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I miss the 80's.
"It's opening night... Let the games begin!"
Movie came and went, one of the few (and better) movies staring Michael Keaton in a while, with good support from Griffi Dunne, Robert Downey Jr., and Harris Yulin. The stressig over each pitch of a game his team will eventually lose, and the thoughts and things he says to talk himself threw it are very accurate.
Nicky Rogan: The Red Soxs are always winning, until they lose.
Nicky Rogan: I coulda been happy. I coulda been a Yankees fan.
Nicky Rogan: When the Mets lose, they just lose. It's a flat feeling; there's nothing there. Now the Red Sox, now, here, we have a rich history of really fascinating ways to lose a crucial game. You know what I mean? Defeats that just keep you awake at night. They pound in your head like the hammer of fate. Yeah, you can analyze a Red Sox game day and night for a month and still uncover really complex layers of feelings. Feelings you didn't even know you were capable of having. Yeah. That kind of pain has a memory all of its own.
[They are watching the baseball game in a pub]
Toyota Moseby: Life is good!
Nicky Rogan: Baseball is life!
Anatoli Kaganovich: I opened thousands of brains.
Nicky Rogan: What'd you find?
Anatoli Kaganovich: Big mess every time.
[Nicky Rogan, in a taxi cab, sees his daughter in an adjacent taxi, exits his, and joins her in hers]
Nicky Rogan: How come I don't see you any more? Where are you, all day?
Laurel Rogan: [laughs sardonically] I'm at college. Thought you knew.
Nicky Rogan: You wanna get a coffee?
Laurel Rogan: I don't drink coffee, Daddy. This is not what we should be talking about.
Nicky Rogan: What do you want to talk about? I'll talk about anything you want to talk about. What's this?
[He picks up her radio]
Laurel Rogan: Senior Play tonight, remember?
Nicky Rogan: Why do you need a radio?
Laurel Rogan: So I can listen to the ball game at intermissions! Do you know that Mother is seeing a prominent divorce lawyer?
Nicky Rogan: Don't talk like that! Man! How prominent? What are you implying?
Laurel Rogan: She's doing like those Iranians. I divorce thee. I divorce thee. I divorce thee.
Laurel Rogan: [to her father] You know what Mother said to me? That Daddy's demons are so intense, he doesn't even know when he's lying.
Nicky Rogan: I don't get it. What's the fuss?
Elliott Litvak: He reviewed that one-act I did at the Fulton Fish Market. We did this play at four in the morning. Outdoors. In the rain. One performance. For fish handlers.
Nicky Rogan: And he was there?
Elliott Litvak: Steven Schwimmer. I memorized every line of this review.
Nicky Rogan: That's awful.
Elliott Litvak: I recite it to myself with masochistic relish.
Elliott Litvak: I can't write one word without imagining what his response is going to be. I am paralyzed as an artist.
Nicky Rogan: See, I don't have the problems you artists have.
Elliott Litvak: You've been saying that for years.
Nicky Rogan: What?
Elliott Litvak: "No, I'm just a professional. I'm a dues-paying member of the Guild." You are afraid, Nicky. That's the darkest part of you.
Joanna Bourne: [to Nicky] I just can't take it any more. He forgets simple lines, he forgets where to stand, and we tell him and we tell him and we tell him. I know he's a sweet man; I love Peter; I know it's not his fault. But I have never worked on a show where the leading man has a parasite in his brain.
Paisley Porter: [describing theater critic Steven Schwimmer to Nicky:] Steven not only wears disguises. He goes to the theater armed.
Paisley Porter: I didn't understand until today how much pain and anxiety you've been causing everybody with your reviews. Steven, it's completely unfair.
Steven Schwimmer: It's unfair?
Paisley Porter: Yes.
Steven Schwimmer: The truth is always unfair.
Paisley Porter: Well, it doesn't have to be.
Steven Schwimmer: Why do you think I live this way? Why do you think I'm, I'm taking electricity from the lamp-post
[he gestures outdoors]
Steven Schwimmer: and hiding out? Why?
Paisley Porter: Because you choose to.
Steven Schwimmer: No. Because people who write the truth are the outcasts of society. I can't live openly. I can't live in a nice door-man building, with my name on the mailbox, because they'd, they'd come after me in packs!
Paisley Porter: Not if you wrote the truth gently.
Steven Schwimmer: [in an upset tone] But the truth is never gentle.
Lillian Rogan: I want to be fair-minded, Nicky.
Nicky Rogan: [taking his attention away from the ball game on the pub's television] All right. All right. Okay. What's going on?
Lillian Rogan: I've been talking to a prominent divorce lawyer.
Nicky Rogan: [very seriously] How prominent?
Lillian Rogan: He has his own submarine.
[Toyota has mistaken Nicky for a murderous gangster, but because he speaks quietly, she speaks fearlessly]
Toyota Moseby: Your problem is, you want to take the easy way out. Losing is easy.
Nicky Rogan: No. Winning is easy. Losing is complicated. Losing's a lifetime's work.