September 29, 2006
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A movie for the young at heart and for those who are young and love baseball
A movie for the young at heart and for those who are young and love baseball
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Everyone's Hero

Directed by Christopher Reeve

With voices by: William H. Macy, Rob Reiner, Brian Denehy, Raven-Symone,

Robert Wagner, Richard Kind, Dana Reeve, Jake T. Austin, Joe Torre, Mandy Patinkin, Forest Whitaker and Whoopi Goldberg

Now playing

The Science of Sleep

Directed by Michel Gondry

Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Miou-Miou

Emma de Caunes, Aurelia Petit and Sacha Bourdo

Now playing at the Egyptian Theater

Every since going to my first live baseball game a couple of years ago, and going to see The Mariners again last year with a dear friend, I've been in love with the whole ritual that is America's past time. And believe me, it's more than just a stick hitting a ball, it's a lifestyle, so when I tell you that this is what fueled my absolute love for the new animated film, 'Everyone's Hero', know that I loved the whole ouevre, not just the game itself. Although, yes, getting caught up in the young hero's excitement over baseball did help me to love the film.

But the story's such a good one, that even folks who don't know a bunt from a foul ball will still love this film. It centers around one outsider kid named Yankee Irving (voiced by Jake T. Austin), who after his father allows him inside the stadium where dad works as a janitor, it's later found out that the famous bat owned by Babe Ruth is missing. Dad is blamed, loses his job, and young Irving, with the help of a talking baseball, named 'Screwie' (voiced by Brian Denehy), sets off to find the bat and get his dad's job back. Ah, but so much more happens on this journey that all I'll tell you is 'Everyone's Hero' is the kind of animated film that'll have you laughing, cheering and will put a warm, fuzzy glow in your insides if you let it.

And, for those who prefer their fluffy stories to have a bit more whimsy, and to have live actors, then I do recommend Michel Gondry's ('Sunshine of The Spotless Mind') 'The Science of Sleep'. A completely charming film, 'Sleep' had me wanting to clap my hands like a five year old at his or her first puppet show, when I saw it at an earlier screening.

I particularly liked the 'dream sequences', where the protagonist, Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal) casts himself as the star of a fictional television show, 'Stephane TV', with cardboard cameras and food he prepares with paper cutouts and a multitude of strange utensils. It made me think of those lazy, summer afternoons in Houston, with my sis, when we'd make up games to amuse ourselves in our backyard paradise.

Oh yes, and the real crush he develops for his neighbor, an earthy, artsy woman named 'Stephanie' (Charlotte Gainsbourg), gets caught up in this dreamscape, causing loops of bizarre pseudo-realities to nearly take over Stephanie's waking life. Lush, ethereal even, 'The Science of Sleep' is one of those films that moved me the way Wim Wenders' classic 'Wings of Desire' did, and if you're a romantic like me, it will move you too. Go see it, but be patient with it, as it's not a fast moving, but an infinitely fun film to watch.

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