11 Reasons Why ' The Sandlot' is One of the Greatest Movies Ever

11 Reasons Why ' The Sandlot' is One of the Greatest Movies Ever

Because what's better than friends, baseball, and a great summer?

As we get closer and closer to summer, I start to get more and more excited about warm weather, barbecues, and swimming; but I get especially excited about one of my all-time favorite movies: The Sandlot. Here are eleven reasons why The Sandlot is one of the best movies ever made. Spoiler Alert: If you haven't seen this movie yet and plan to eventually (which you definitely should), this post contains some spoilers.

1. It's about America's Greatest Pastime

What's more American than apple pie? I don't know. Maybe kids playing baseball, America's greatest sport, on the 4th of July? How patriotic is that?

2. It's a great summer movie

The boys don't just play baseball all summer. They take full advantage of the warm weather; they go swimming, they go to a carnival, they have sleepovers in their tree house. Nothing says summer like s'mores in a tree house.

3. And speaking of that tree house...

I've always wanted a tree house, and oh boy do these kids have one heck of tree house.

4. The most iconic movie quote of all time

This quote speaks for itself. I say this at least 3 times a day and even have a shirt with the quote on it.

5. The most epic throwdown in history

I'm willing to look past this slightly sexist quote (it was the 60's after all) because Ham has got the best comebacks when the local baseball team comes to rag on the boys. Iconic insults from this scene also include "Buttsniffer!" and "You eat your Wheaties with your momma's toe jam!"

6. Squints and his true love Wendy Pefferkorn

The scene where Squints pretends to drown in order to snag a kiss with the lifeguard, Wendy Pefferkorn, is hilarious. She may seem upset at first, but we all got our first taste of adolescent butterflies after she later winks at Squints.

7. The Beast aka Hercules

When I first saw the movie, I was terrified of The Beast. That was before I realized how cute The Beast, Hercules, actually is. The only terrifying thing about him is the amount of drool that dog can produce.

8. The Babe Ruth baseball

When Smalls hits the last ball over the fence, he steals his stepfather's prized baseball signed by Babe Ruth (which also happens to get hit over the fence). Of course, Smalls doesn't even know who Babe Ruth is. I don't pretend I know anything about baseball, but who doesn't know about the Great Bambino?

9. Benny becomes "The Jet!"

Let's be honest, Benny was the best player of them all. The fact he was able to make it to the big leagues gives hope for all of us out there to chase our dreams.

10. It's relatable

Maybe you were once the new kid, or were the guy who made friends with the new kid. Maybe you were absolutely terrible at baseball, but your friends stuck with you. Either way, The Sandlot is one of the most relatable, feel-good movies out there.

11. The real message of the movie is friendship

Let's face it, this movie isn't really about baseball and a giant dog. It's about the spirit of friendship. It shows us that all you really need in life is a great set of friends.

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A Poem To Art Saving Us

Art is what you need it to be.

“Youth is wasted on the young”, I know, and I am trying. So desperately to ensure that my odyssey is a chest of memories that will never diminish.

I find myself staring at the bottom of empty coffee mugs, caught between the backwash of coffee tainted oxygen molecules and morning delays. These cells are nothing but pixilated facades.

Nietzsche says that art does not need to be truth, but isn’t that what it is all about? Is that not what makes it so raw? Making the intangible, tangible? But the only thing true of art is that art saves us. And if that means that what art is made of is not truth; that art is the outcome of a survival mechanism to compose and convince ourselves to feel something so that we do not fall into the black hole of nihilism then so be it.

Because I won’t know any other way. All I know is that I am breathing and thinking and just being.

It is kind of ironic that we depend on each other’s defense mechanisms to live, to prove that our existence isn’t just some fucked evolutionary step. We are so desperate and so in need to find ourselves, to understand that we need to be here that we also begin to see ourselves in the art works. In the brush strokes of Van Gough; in the not so irregular and not so misplaced lines of Picasso’s works. This is both comforting and scary.

Some days it is hard to differentiate yourself from all the art that is surrounding you and I; sorting through all the pieces that are spread along the sunrises, book stores or through the numb vibrations of the rain. Art does not have to be true, but it does have to be a series of releases.

We spend our whole lives breathing in and attacking notes, but we always forget that we can breathe. That in our composition of life we can add our own breath marks. It is okay to release. To breathe in and to stop your tune when needed.

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The 7 Best Pieces of Drag Race Lingo Ru-vealed

Werk it, queen!

Season Three of "RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars" just wrapped last week, but season 10 of Drag Race is scheduled to premiere on March 22nd. You might’ve turned on your TV and thought, “what the heck are they talking about?”. Some of the lingo is confusing and unclear, so here’s a guide to just some of the key catchphrases.

1. The library/Being read

The name of the mini challenge is “Reading is Fundamental, in which queens take turns reading each other. When it’s their turn, they “enter the library”, which just means putting on goofy glasses. Reading is pretty much pointing out flaws but in a funny or over the top way.

2. Shade

Throwing shade is similar to reading someone, but I think of shade as usually more blunt, insulting and less clever.

3. Tea

Derives from the letter “T” standing for truth. Tea refers to gossip, news or information. Commonly used in the sense of “So, what’s the tea?”, which means “girl, what’s the gossip?”. It’s commonly combined with shade, as someone might say “No, tea, no shade, but…” which is a preface saying “no disrespect”. Conversely, someone might say “all tea, all shade” meaning that they know exactly how they sound and don’t care if you’re offended.

4. Fish

A queen is said to be looking fishy/serving fish when they closely resemble a woman. Some of the fishiest queens include Tatianna, Courtney Act, and Farrah Moan.

5. Back Rolls

An insult used in season 5 when Jade Jolie told Alyssa Edwards: “Girl, you had rolls all over the place in the back, it was disgusting!” To which Alyssa responded

6. Snatch Game

A parody of the 1960’s celebrity game show “The Match Game”. On the original show, contestants write in answers to questions, hoping to match the guest judge. Snatch Game operates in the same way, but the contestants have to impersonate a celebrity. This is a challenge that has taken place every season since the second one, and it’s probably the most highly anticipated. This is one of the challenges that really establishes the top queens, as they’re judged based off of likeness and humor. Celebrities that have been impersonated range from Dame Maggie Smith to Britney Spears, Judge Judy, Anna Nicole Smith, and even RuPaul.

7. Comedy vs. Pageant Queens

This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Some queens are more specialized in makeup, costumes, and overall pageantry. Others are more campy and over the top. Comedy queens are usually stronger in acting or comedy challenges, but pageant queens have the upper hand in design focused challenges.

So there ya have it, a short list of Drag Race terminology. I RuPaulogize if you got a little lost somewhere, but if you managed to make it through this article….


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