The Battery


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Ellen Adair and Eric Gilde discuss the 2012 indie horror film "The Battery." They introduce the film (2:13), with an overview of the story, cast, and filmmakers--including the almost supernatural circumstances of its making. They review the 20-80 baseball scouting grades for rating the film (8:44), and have a brief parental advisory: there will be some discussion that is not appropriate for younger listeners. Then, they begin with Amount of Baseball (15:43), discussing the feasibility of fielding a full baseball team in the zombie apocalypse, or in a film with six total living characters. "The Benchwarmers" rears its head. They consider the baseball activities shown instead, including killing a zombie with a baseball bat, and dissecting a baseball, with reverence to the work of Dr. Meredith Wills. Baseball Accuracy (21:27) queries what kind of pitcher Mickey is, and addresses the theory of friendship between a pitcher and a catcher. Eric dives in on Pittsfield baseball history, and Ellen discusses an excellent BP article by Octavio Hernandez about changeup and curveball usage amongst Dominican and Venezuelan baseball players. The John Kruk defense is invoked. Storytelling (54:43) addresses the establishment of the dynamic between Mickey and Ben, the careful and deliberate way that the past is shared with the audience, the toothbrushing scene, usage of long takes, the Mickey Needs Some Action storyline, and the subversion of expectations. The Score (55:09) revels in music by Rock Plaza Central, Brother Claude Ely, Sun Hotel, Wise Blood, The Parlor, and Ryan Winford's score. The scouts also refer to their appearances on Al Melchior's "You Me and an Album" and the "Jaws"-reference usage of "Show Me the Way to Go Home." Acting (1:03:08) focuses on the performances of Jeremy Gardner and Adam Cronheim. Delightfulness of Catcher (1:09:02) considers the very high Amount of Catcher, and what a catcher would do in a zombie apocalypse. Delightfulness of Announcer (1:12:59) also, in its way, considers the Amount of Announcer. In Lack of Misogyny (1:13:38), the scouts find they have a lot to say about the one live woman and the one main dead one, and how women function in the storytelling. No spoilers on the following segments: Yes or No (1:25:21), Six Degrees of Baseball (1:29:07), Favorite Moment (1:30:07) Least Favorite Moment (1:32:22), Scene We Would Have Liked to See (1:35:57), Dreamiest Player (1:37:47), Favorite Performance (1:38:17) Review Thank You (1:39:02) and Next Time (1:39:50).

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