The majority of you are following this year's World Series, but even if you're not a baseball fanatic, you can still appreciate this week's special Hot Buzz Time Machine. In honor of America's favorite pastime, may I present this classic Tom Hanks scene from A League of Their Own. Hanks plays Jimmy Dugan, manager of the female baseball team the Rockford Peaches. When his player Evelyn starts sobbing on the film, Jimmy isn't exactly sympathetic. Watch the scene that spawned one of film's most memorable lines!
A League of Their Own always makes me teary-eyed. Not only is it a funny, bittersweet, and touching sports movie, but the true story behind it — of the short-lived All-American Girls Professional Baseball League — is incredibly inspirational. Even watching the fictional movie, I'm always moved by the idea of so many talented female athletes playing together and capturing the nation's imagination during a difficult time.
I got all teary again this weekend, when I read that AAGPBL pitcher Dottie Collins recently passed away at age 84. Not only was Collins an incredible ballplayer (in 1948, she even pitched until she was four months pregnant!) but she was also instrumental in creating the Baseball Hall of Fame's exhibit on the women's professional league. Without her, we may have never learned about this very cool period in history. To find out why, and to see one of my favorite moments from the movie, read more
Madonna turning 50 is practically a holiday around here at Sugar HQ. I know one mega-fan here in the office who couldn't be more excited about the Queen of Pop's birthday. While many appreciate Madge's tremendous impact on popular music, I am equally appreciative of some of her movie roles. You'd think that Madonna's off-screen persona might overwhelm her characters onscreen, but that hasn't really been the case. I consider her a capable and engaging actress, and I've picked out a few of my favorite titles in her filmography. So, happy birthday Madonna — this Movie Night's for you!
I love that Netflix describes Madonna's character in this awesome '90s movie as the "seductive and sultry torch singer Breathless Mahoney." Dick Tracy was pretty much panned by critics, despite its star-studded cast. Regardless, the visual setting is vibrant, the costumes are neato, and to this day I still watch Madonna's performance of "Sooner or Later" and want to be her for Halloween.
For the other two Madonna movies on my list, just read more
In honor of the beginning of baseball season, I asked you guys to bookmark your favorite baseball movies for last weekend's Buzzworthy challenge. America's favorite pastime has inspired countless films, and you guys did an excellent job finding the diamonds in the rough. (Although I am apparently the only one who likes Rookie of the Year, but that's ok.) Here are my favorite picks from BuzzSugar readers.
A League of Their Own, bookmarked by several users, including WhiplashGirlChild, who says: "I hate about 90 percent of all sports movies, but there are a few baseball movies that I love. This one is my favorite sports movie ever. I'm such a GIRL."
To see three other great baseball movies, read more