My Road to Criterion Collection Completion ( The Curious Case of Being Film Strucked )

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The Road to Criterion Collection Completion

Collecting has always been a passion of mine while growing up in the Philippines which officially started when my dear father brought home  some comic books ( DC > Superman, Batman and the Justice League  and Marvel > X-Men and Spiderman ) from his travels as a military man. I vividly remember always looking forward to his arrival after months without seeing him and letting my imagination go wild as comic book heroes came to life upon reading them. My loving sister then introduced me to the world of science fiction when she bought me those classic Star Trek Fotonovels which  I truly loved and enjoyed!

Entering adolescence in the 80’s, I transitioned to collecting vinyl and cassette tapes often creating my own mixes a la High Fidelity and just enjoying and appreciating all types of music although I kind of gravitated to jazz ( Earl Klugh, George Benson, Alphonse Mouzon and Mike Francis)

Upon entering college, any form of collecting took a backseat as undergraduate and post-graduate education became the primary goal for next nine years.  Basketball being the primary sport back home was my main source of entertainment and was enriched further by my exposure to the NBA ( LA Lakers and Celtics Rivalry) and the MLB  ( LA Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays) in the late 80’s during my senior undergraduate internship at Clark Air Force Base in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines.  This started a phase of basketball  trading card collecting  most especially my favorite players during this time ( Magic, Bird, Jordan ) . This continued in the early 90’s with the entrance of Shaquille O’Neal  in 1992 and also coincided with my immigration to the US in 1994 after getting married to my lovely wife in 1993.

During the post-graduate residency years which started in 1995 in Arizona, The University of Arizona Wildcats won the 1997 NCAA basketball championship and The Arizona Diamondbacks won the 2001 MLB World series. I have already chronicled how this particular World Series in 2001 started my son’s passion for playing baseball and started my baseball coaching career and helped to fuel the collecting bug more.

Through all of this, I have always admired  both classic and contemporary films. I remember watching movies  in big theaters with the family back home and in the US  mostly by  watching rented VHS tapes and collecting some Disney VHS for my then 1-year-old son ( Aladdin was the only movie that can make him stop crying). I made a few laserdisc purchases but it was too expensive at that time. Watching movies has a lot of benefits but more importantly for me is bonding with the family and getting my mind off the daily grind.   Movies entertains you irrespective of your social strata.

As I started to work in 1998 , The home media market saw the introduction of the Digital Versatile/Video Disc which fueled the  DVD boom for collectors and  which hooked me into hopefully my final collecting phase.  I remember shopping at Costco during that year and I noticed  2 films by Mr. Jon Woo with a Criterion label which piqued my interest and purchased it.  I started to build my movie collection but at that time The Criterion Collection was at a higher price point I could afford and with a young and growing family to take care of , had to curtail the desire for completion.

In 2008, Once Blu-ray had emerged as the industry-standard high-definition home video format, Criterion expanded into releasing Blu-ray editions of select films from its collection, beginning with the Blu-ray release of Wong Kar-wai‘s Chungking Express !  I consider myself a little lucky for not being able to afford those Criterion DVDs as I was able to start collecting Blu-grades right off the bat.  Of course, Out of Print DVDs came with a premium but it was all good. I started to collect more starting in 2011 and gradually plugged along the holes and waiting for famous Criterion Flash sales ( February/March & October) ,the Barnes and Noble 50% off sales ( July and November), the occasional sales at Amazon and Best buy and hunting for more bargains especially for out of print titles at EBay.

On July 8,2014, the Criterion Completion Facebook Group  was born and am very thankful to have been a member since.  This opened the doors to meet new friends with the same love for film ( Criterion Reflections ) and collecting ( Criterion Completion, CriterionCast).  I was able to participate in the First Criterion Blogathon  which was hosted by the Criterion Blues, Speakeasy and Silver Screenings  in November of 2015  and was noted in the Criterion Current News Feed.   

To bolster my film  knowledge, I was also able to complete 2 courses sponsored by Turner Classic Movies  and  moderated by Professor Richard Edwards  ( Executive Director of iLearn Research at Ball State University) the last 2 years namely  Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir in 2015 and Painfully Funny: Exploring Slapstick in the Movies this year.

On October 27,2016 I was barely able contain my happiness when I woke up with a message from a friend John Albert that Philippine cinema finally had a major breakthrough and as reported by the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Criterion Cast News that ” Manila in the Claws of Night” directed by the late Lino Brocka will be added to the Criterion Collection Canon in 2017. This is a really big deal back home and thanks to the efforts of Mr.Martin  Scorcese , World Cinema Foundation, Janus Films and of course the Criterion Collection this may help open up opportunitie for other talented filmakers in the Philippines 🇵🇭 and share it to the whole world!

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Finally  with much celebration from all cinephiles , Turner Classic Movies in close collaboration with the Criterion Collection  introduced and formally launched  Filmstruck   a new subscription streaming service designed for people who love independent, art-house, and international cinema. They are currently mainly US-based but with plans of exploring International opportunities as well ! For film fans, you can start a free 2 week trial and decide which plan would suit you.

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It took me eighteen years ( a little faster than a century it took for the newly crowned 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs  to finally win it all) to be able complete the Criterion Collection and it is definitely something more satisfying than all my previous endeavours . Now I just need more time to watch them all and makes me look forward to my retirement someday.

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Amidst all of life’s trials this past year,  I would like to thank The Lord and  all of  our family and friends from  all over the world for all the support and prayers to  help us get through this year. It is very much appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and Have a great 2016 Holiday season ! Peace!

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It seemed like an eternity since I last posted due to some life circumstances. As we are picking up the pieces and moving forward in a positive direction, I am very proud to say that my son graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Psychology  with Neuroscience concentration.  To celebrate this event, I picked the first film of Mr. Mike Nichols added to the Criterion Collection.

The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from the same college our main character in the film graduated from. The screenplay is by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, who appears in the film as a hotel clerk.

The film tells the story of 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a recent college graduate from William College with no well-defined aim in life, who is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), and then proceeds to fall in love with her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).

Like Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa , Williams College is a private liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States. Like any current college graduate, there is always going to be that angst on what lies ahead after college life. As I have told my son  ,  ” Pursue your passion with a purpose and do what you love to do best.” During these times of early uncertainty is where you must have a game plan on how to try to systematically map out the steps to take in positioning yourself to the best possible outcome in your career choice. Of course nothing is definite but if you persevere enough, you will eventually get to your destination. You will have some  bumps along the road but it’s how you get back up after you fall  where you gain strength in building the foundation of your life.  ” Life is a marathon and not a sprint. “

I won’t go much into the details about this critically acclaimed and very popular film as it has been ranked #7  in the AFI’s 100 years…100 Movies in the 1998.  The Graduate remains one of the most beloved American films of all time, The Graduate earned Mike Nichols a best director Oscar, brought the music of Simon & Garfunkel to a wider audience, and introduced the world to a young actor named Dustin Hoffman. Visually imaginative and impeccably acted, with a clever, endlessly quotable script by Buck Henry (based on the novel by Charles Webb), The Graduate had the kind of cultural impact that comes along only once in a generation.

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The Criterion Blu-Ray is loaded with special features galore that will cater to any avid film enthusiast.

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Lastly, I would like to share this moment during his senior season that I will remember the most during my son’s journey in college. It came during Mother’s Day weekend last May 2016. The lessons learned in and out of the baseball field will surely help him tackle what life brings  hereafter. We as a family would like to thank everyone who have played a part in our lives  and will continue to support us with love and prayers. Again, thank you very much from the bottom of all our hearts.

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He garnered  All Academic for his conference and helped his team set some athletic records and recognized by ABCA with a national academic honor. He ended up (in his own silent way) being the career team leader in Sacrifice Hits and HBP to cap off his career. He is also the NCAA Division III record holder for most sacrifice bunts in a game with 3  vs Coe College during his freshman year in 2013. 

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What better way to end 2015 than to share this cool year end report prepared by Word Press. I would like to take this oppotunity to thank all of you  who took time to read my blog. I wish all of you a great blogging start of the year in 2016!

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 720 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

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CCU16: February 2016 New Releases & The #CriterionBlogathon

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The first Criterion Blogathon is over but this celebration of films especially from the Criterion Collection will go on. As long as Criterion continues to release these gems, there will always be a reason for fans to celebrate. I want to personally thank our hosts Aaron ( Criterion Close Up ), Kristina (Speakeasy) and Ruth (Silverscreenings) for all their efforts in making this event a big success including their excellent posts (including Mark’s also of the Criterion Close Up) on this month’s Criterion releases.

This is the best episode thus far  of the Criterion Close Up due to amount of material covered. Thanks to all the host who read all the posts and all the participants ( including our COOL HOSTS) who poured out their passion in writing for this event. It was all worth it. Gained some new friends, strengthened friendships.

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Aaron, Mark, Kristina Dijan (Speakeasy) and Ruth Kerr (Silver Screenings) discuss the February 2016 Criterion Collection line-up and then we delve into the Criterion Blogathon, which was an epic experience for all of us. We talk about some of the behind the scenes info, give out prizes, talk about the social media thrills with the #CriterionBlogathon, and give our thanks to all who participated.

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The Criterion Blogathon is Officially Here

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The Criterion Blogathon is officially here and would like to acknowledge our COOL hosts at the Criterion Blues, Speakeasy and Silver Screenings for all their hardwork in preparing and bringing this together . Would also like take this opportunity to thank all participants for all their efforts in making this a succesful week and all fans around the world for reading and re-tweeting the blogs.

My first offering scheduled on November 17, 2015  is a French noir double murder mystery.

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My second offering scheduled on Novemeber 19,2015 is a  baseball story set in Japan in the 50s.

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Very glad to be part of this week long celebration! Real exciting times for criterion and film fans in general to enjoy reading these articles and discover or re-discover these gems.

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It is hard to believe how much time has passed since we announced The Criterion Blogathon. I know that quite a few are typing with fury as they finalize their submissions, and there have been a few early entries (thank you!).

This is going to be a huge event. How huge? Just take a look at the full schedule posted at Speakeasy. She will kick it off on Friday with a summary of the day’s posts, and I’ll follow on Tuesday, and then Ruth, and so on. Please note that we will be reblogging each other’s posts, so subscribers will get an email every day of the week.

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Elevator to the Gallows “Ascenseur pour l’échafaud“ (1957)

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The only exposure I had with Mr. Louis Malle was his last film in 1994, the experimental Vanya at 42nd street. A stark contrast to his first full feature noir film in 1957, Elevator to the Gallows (Original title:  Ascenseur pour l’échafaud ) “I was split between my tremendous admiration for Robert Bresson and the temptation to make a Hitchcock-like film,” was how director Louis Malle described his debut feature, made when he was just 24. In fact the film stands at a stylistic crossroads between the French cinema of the classic period and the new wave films that were about to usher in a new mode of expression a year later.

Louis Marie Malle (French last name pronounced  “mal”; 30 October 1932 – 23 November 1995) was a French  director, screenwriter and producer. He worked as the co-director and cameraman to Jacques Cousteau on the Oscar and Palme d’Or- winning (at the 1956 Academy Awards and Cannes Film Festival respectively) documentary The Silent World (1956) and assisted Robert Bresson on A Man Escaped (French title: Un condamné à mort s’est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut, 1956) before making his first feature, Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (released in the U.K. as Lift to the Scaffold and in the U.S. originally as Frantic, later as Elevator to the Gallows) in 1957.

Having had participated this past summer in the Turner Classic Movies sponsored Canvas Network  On-line course from Ball State University,  “Into The Darkness: Investigating Film Noir” , I gained more appreciation and deeper understanding for the genre and  for this particular film the relationship between film noir and jazz.  It was amazing to know that the great Miles Davis improvised the musical score of the film after watching scenes from the film and provided more layers to Malle’s visual design. To quote Professor Richard Edwards from one of his Daily Dose of Darkness lectures, “Although Davis’ music was for a French film that was not strictly a film noir, in that it did not exist within the established American series of films, this score has often been cited as an example of the relationship between the idioms of jazz and film noir.”

The excellent score by Miles Davis (a soundtrack worth picking up, jazz aficionado or not) heightens the unpredictability of the plot with freeform jazz and grooves while, at its core, provides one of cinema’s most pensive musical themes: a majestically remote trumpet.

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The classic opening scene engages the viewer right away with close-ups of a couple obviously in love and professing their devotion to each other. Within the first minute of the film, we already have an idea about the plan of our femme fatale Florence Carala (Jeanne Moreau) and her flawed lover former French Foreign Legion paratrooper Julien Tavernier (Maurice Ronet) to kill her husband Simon Carala (Jean Wall), a wealthy middle-aged industrialist and arms dealer who also happens to be Julien’s boss. After their conversation ended, the classic haunting music of Davis and his quintet then permeates and sets the mood for the film creating a sense of separation and longing between the two lovers.  Davis’ lonely mournful tones on his trumpet echo the heartbreak of Julien in his work tower and Florence’s isolation in the phone booth.  The panning of Julien from his office window out into the business world of tall buildings emphasizes the physical distance between Florence and him.  The whispered voice of Florence shows her anguish in longing to be with Julien.  Davis’s quintet captures the desperation of these lovers across the distance. So close yet so far.

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After Julien seemed to have committed the perfect crime and a step closer to the lovers’ dream escape, he uncharacteristically realized that he left evidence behind. He hurriedly gets back in the building leaving his coat and belongings including the murder weapon in his car. As it was getting dark and close to closing time he gets trapped in the elevator after power was shut down for the day. This left Florence hanging and waiting in vain for him to show up and eventually convinced herself that her lover deserted her.

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Meanwhile, as Julien struggles to free himself from the elevator. His parked car is stolen by a teenage couple — the braggart Louis (George Poujouly) and his girlfriend Veronique (Yori Bertin). They get into a fender-bender with a German tourist and his wife, and the tourists rather improbably invite them to party with them at a motel.

What occurs next  are chain of events that led to several parallel crimes, mistaken identities involving the young reckless couple, a tightly wound double murder investigation, and some classic noir night shots with the mesmerizing jazz music during those scenes. These crimes were not committed in a vacuum. In this case, murder has a ripple effect, and the fates of the characters were inescapable and unfolding over one seemingly endless Parisian night.

Will the lovers find a way out of their predicament and consummate their rendezvous or face the consequence of their actions.

“Together forever somewhere!”

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I Will Buy You “Anata Kaimasu” (1956)

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With the conclusion of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets and the coronation of the never say die  Royals as the  2015 World Series champions, what better way to celebrate our national pastime than to write something about the game of baseball.  Baseball has been a very big part of our lives since the Arizona Diamondbacks won the 2001 World Series in dramatic fashion. My son who was eight years old at that time became interested with learning the game and then began our journey into reaching his maximum baseball potential.

Going into his senior year and last year of playing college baseball next spring, I have a bittersweet feeling imagining that he will eventually hang his cleats and call it a day after having played competitively for the last 15 years. Having coached him from Little League, PONY and watching him play Club baseball and High school baseball I have to also learn to navigate the waters of College Prospect Recruiting to guide him in making a decision to find the right college that fits his needs. A fit that I am grateful he found at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

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Currently the most memorable moment of his College Career

 

What are the Probability of playing College and Professional baseball ? Very tough! Here are the facts.

  • Less than three in 50, or about 5.6 percent, of high school senior boys interscholastic baseball players will go on to play men’s baseball at a NCAA member institution.
  • Less than eleven in 100, or about 10.5 percent, of NCAA senior male baseball players will get drafted by a Major League Baseball (MLB) team.
  • Approximately one in 200, or approximately 0.5 percent of high school senior boys playing interscholastic baseball will eventually be drafted by an MLB team.
  • Base on above numbers, you can deduce that education and experience will give you a higher probability to advance professionally.

Baseball is often considered to be a typically American sport, but that doesn’t mean other nations don’t have it. In fact, there are countries, such as Japan, where baseball is just as popular as any other big sport, if not more popular. I am pretty sure that the above numbers mirror those in Japan or any other countries where youth baseball is popular or more popular than in the United States.

In Japan, baseball is played on several levels like here. There is the amateur baseball, high school baseball, college baseball and, of course, professional baseball. Baseball was introduced to Japan around 1873, during the turbulent times of the Meiji restoration. Since its beginnings, baseball in Japan was a club sport. The first ever baseball team was Shinbashi Athletic Club Athletics, which consisted of the players associated with the country’s first railroad, from Shinbashi in Tokyo to the treaty port of Yokohama.

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Today, Japanese professional baseball consists of 12 teams, divided into two leagues: the Central League and the Pacific League. As for the minor league baseball, there are two leagues: the Western League and the Eastern League. This pales in comparison the MLB which consists of a total of 30 teams playing in the American League (AL) and National League (NL), with 15 teams in each league.

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With these facts in mind, we can now begin our journey against Kobayashi’s system. A few words on the director Mr. Kobayashi (not to be mistaken to the character Mr. Pete Postlewaithe played in The Usual Suspects). Masaki Kobayashi (小林 正樹 Kobayashi Masaki?, February 14, 1916 – October 4, 1996) was a Japanese film director who embarked on a career in film in 1941 when he entered Shochiku Studios as an apprentice director under the successful and respected director Keisuke Kinoshita. His work with the Shochiku film company was interrupted by becoming a POW during the Sino-Japanese war. One of the most important filmmakers to emerge from Japan’s cinematic golden age, Masaki Kobayashi is remembered in great part today for his three-part epic The Human Condition (1959–61) which is partly based on his life altering experiences as a soldier and POW during World War 2, but that is just one of the blistering films he made in a career dedicated to criticizing his country’s rigid social and political orders.

He began making his own films in the early 1950s, and when he earned the right to choose his own projects, these turned into highly controversial film subjects. Eclipse’s four-disc collection Masaki Kobayashi Against the System groups three of his strongest 1950s efforts with a similarly scathing 1962 film, made amid other celebrated successes as Harakiri and his atypical color ghost story, Kwaidan. With these last two films he came to be known in the 1960’s as a master of both the samurai movie and the supernatural genre.

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I Will Buy You, is Kobayashi’s 8th but  first great film. For its part, I Will Buy You utilizes a fairly simple story of a baseball scout attempting to sign a hotly tipped college prospect to detail the greedy and morally corrupted scouting world  in a profession geared toward entertainment. What results is a subtly dramatic, morally complex tale of loyalty that forgoes the conciliatory in favor of the tragic.

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The film tackles the emergence of cutthroat capitalism in postwar Japanese life, specifically within professional baseball. The anti-hero is the slick, young, ambitious talent scout Daisuke Kishimoto (Keiji Sada). We first see him chasing down an ace pitcher. But when he finds out he has lost a finger in a mining accident, we never hear about the pitcher again. Daisuke turns his attention to Goro Kurita (Minoru Oki), a seemingly innocent college player who reveals a sharp streak once a bidding war breaks out between several major professional teams. Oki is a young man who is a very talented and successful college baseball player.

What was not shown in the film is how Goro got to this level coming from the countryside. It takes talent, drive to succeed, a lot of hard work with consistent on and off the field training during pre and in season as well as luck to even get the chance to play college and professional baseball. In baseball, I have learned that hustle and hard work trumps talent any day. 

With several teams aggressively recruiting Goro Kurita , the story focuses mainly on  Daisuke Kishimoto who plays a young scout from the Toyo Flowers. In the earlier and middle part of the film, we are given a chance to chime in on his interior thoughts in voice-over as he sizes up people and situations he faces. While a relative newcomer and somewhat naive, he’s also quite shrewd and calculating. He’s focused on success and money as are almost everyone he encounters, yet the way that he’s portrayed makes him a relatively sympathetic character that is immersed in a situation where one doesn’t know whom to trust.

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At this point of the story, we can’t avoid to draw comparisons between more recent sports movies like Moneyball and Jerry Maguire. Sports agent Daisuke Kishimoto/coveted player Goro Kurita as compared to Sports agent Jerry Maguire/free agent Rod Tidwell.  Sports movies in Hollywood during present times were more inspirational and wholesome as compared to this movie. Sports agent point of view in I will buy you “What do I have to do to sign him?” as compared to Jerry Maguire “What do I have to do to keep him”

Goro Kurita’s trainer for the past 4 years, Yunosuke Ito, is a very important intermediary. He’s in a position to extract bribes or payoffs to influence Goro and to allow access to him and his family. Goro’s girlfriend, Keiko Kishi, has a very different agenda and values than the scouts, Ito and Kurita. Goro’s family, parents and brothers, appear at first to be naive peasants; but when the bidding war starts, they are right in the thick of it. Goro himself is at first seen as interested only in the game, but as the story develops his innocence is only on the surface.

The story’s main theme is the conflict between humanity and the human being as a commodity. One’s interest is mainly maintained by witnessing how huge sums of money involved affect different persons. There is a good deal of suspense in seeing how people’s behaviors are affected under this pressure and incentive. I am sure Goro Kurita’s final decision will leave more questions than answers as to where his loyalty really was before, during and after the recruiting process.

Was he bought or not?  If he was, when was he bought?

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Will definitely miss these days…

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Coaching Days for the Centerfield Royals

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With Mr. Mark Grace of the 2001 World Series Champions Arizona Diamondbacks

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Our family would also like to sincerely  thank all the people (Coach Hollibaugh, Coach Cooprider and the rest of the GC Baseball coaching staff, Andy Morales, all his coaches from Little League, Club Baseball and Salpointe Catholic High School as well as all the baseball families we met the last 15 years)  and organizations (Centerfield Baseball Academy, Fallon Sports especially Jeff Fallon, Perfect Game especially Mr. Jerry Ford, Grinnell College, High School Baseball Web ) for giving my son the chance to succeed and helping us through our jouney. Very much appreciated.

This post is part of the Criterion Blogathon, hosted by Criterion Blues, Speakeasy and Silver Screenings.

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Criterion Blogathon – Things to Come

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Less than a month away from participating in my first Criterion Blogathon. I have been preparing for 2 films one a French Noir double murder mystery and the other an Asian film about baseball which will be just in time after the conclusion of the 2015 World Series.

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Hello, fellow film buffs. We have been quiet for a little while, but with the #CriterionBlogathon just under a month away, we are about to roar!

Most importantly, we are imposing a deadline for submissions as of this Friday, October 23, 2015. We have updated the Blogathon roster here, and are currently at 170 topics. If you want to participate, this is the last call for you to secure a topic. After checking the roster, please complete this form to participate.

You may also be interested in the podcast that we recently recorded with Kristina over this past weekend. We discussed not only the blogosphere, blogathons, and online film community, but also this specific blogathon. Hopefully you will find it to be an interesting discussion. We certainly enjoyed it! Kristina blogged about her experience here.

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