Matty's Ballgame

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Matty Ballgame. Actor. Acting Teacher. Professor. Film critic.

Twins fan. Lutheran. Patriot.

Proud or at least acknowledged Kenyon College Lord and Brown University Bear.


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Written by Matty Ballgame

May 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm

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  1. Mateo, I can’t tell you how much more I value your opinion over that of Adam, who seems to be, at once, far too gullible and far too cynical. He seems to be unbalanced; a danger to himself and his film criticism. One area in which I vehemently disagree with both of you louts is Clerks 2. Clerks 2 is pretty fucking horrible, man. I rank it just below Cop Out in terms of Bad Kevin Smith. Smith asks the audience to suspend too much disbelief in regards to Dante and Rosario Dawson’s character’s relationship. Dante is no catch for any self-respecting woman. His pseudo intelligence doesn’t even merit serious boyfriend material. The story is predictable. The jokes mostly fall flat or are too reminiscent of the material in the first installment. Clerks is a solid film and its sequel shames its name.

    Oh, and per your discussion of “neo-realistic” cinema, the first time I became aware of these types of films, was when I saw Ken Loach’s Sweet Sixteen. Ken Loach, or his screenwriter collaborator, Paul Laverty, is a master at portraying what could very well pass as “real” people. He’s been doing it far longer and at a much more furious pace than any of the newschool-ers. Filmspotting needs a Ken Loach marathon. He’s gonna be dead soon, man. Pay him the respect he deserves while we still have him around.

    Thanks for being (or, at least, sounding) cooler than Adam. Adam is too attached to what he likes.

    Mike Monrogue

    June 7, 2011 at 2:27 am

    • Agreed. I love you, Matty, but damn: CLERKS 2 is a smoking piece of shit.


      July 13, 2011 at 12:29 am

  2. Mr. Ballgame,

    This is the first blog I have bookmarked. Love your work. Long time fan (not to be confused with “love you long time”).

    Keep up the great work.

    Kindest regards,

    Trent Sherrell

    June 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

  3. Mr. Matty, I hope since you missed the main filmspotting review of “Super 8”, that you’ll be adding your thoughts on next week’s show. I’d love to hear your take specifically on it.

    Brandon HIll

    June 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm

  4. Hey Matty, big fan of yours and Adam’s Filmspotting.
    Looking forward to following your blog. Really enjoy moments when you guys are saying exactly what I am thinking and find it funny when I am agreeing with one of you guys more then the other.

    You both bring great points to your discussions, and simply awesome you’ve got this blog up and going!

    Frank Solomona

    June 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm

  5. Ballgame, I don’t tweet or do that facebook thing but I was intrigued by the blog. In fact! The very 1st blog I’ve paid attention to. I completely enjoy you on Flimspotting. I’m the chick who digs the outtakes…Crap, I just read that Trent dude’s post…now I just look like a groupie. Oh well.
    Beth from Athens GA.

    Beth Campbell

    June 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

  6. Matty, I was watching the two young critics on Ebert’s new movie review show last Sunday on PBS and thinking, “these two are awful.” You and Adam should be on there, and for Christ’s sake getting paid by now. I mean, you should probably negotiate at separate meetings because I think you could make more than Adam, but as long as he doesn’t know you’re screwing him on the syndication rights and percentage of gross advertising revenue, your friendship should remain intact. Anyway, I always love to hear your passion on the show. You two complement each other well: the staid contemplative family man and the passionate lover of films, baseball, and women (in reverse order.)

    Jon Zo

    July 1, 2011 at 2:24 am

  7. Mr Ballgame,

    I finally got the chance to read your blog and find myself impressed once again by your wonderful rants and ravings. As a long time Filmspotting listener, I’m glad you’re expanding your booze-fueled wisdom beyond the borders of NPR/iTunes.

    Seeing as you’re involved and in-love with theater, you might enjoy my blog, then again you might not (It is South African theater)… or maybe you will (It’s still theater)… Either way…

    Keep up the good work here and on Filmspotting.

    Uncle Loo

    Uncle Loo

    July 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm

  8. Matty, I’m not eloquent enough to critique your acting but I am have to say that I am envious of your candor and talent. Keep on doing what you’re doing and you’ll go places!

    July 16, 2011 at 4:59 am

  9. I listen to Filmspotting as a father of two who wishes he could see all the movies you talk about, Thank you and Adam for your love of cinema and your different takes. I often find myself being 1/2 Adam and 1/2 Matty during your reviews. Not a bad thing in my book. Thank you for the enlightening conversation every week. My Netflix queue would not be what it is today if not for you guys. If only I had time to watch them all.

    All the best,


    July 28, 2011 at 4:50 am

  10. […] one of those cinephiles: we introduced ourselves and sat down together. We were both there to meet Matty Ballgame, co-host of the very excellent Filmspotting podcast. His ‘other’ job had brought him […]

  11. All The best Matty, I’ve enjoyed you on filmspotting for the last few years. Good luck with the acting.

    James Murray Keyworth

    October 5, 2011 at 1:41 am

  12. Matty,

    I sit here in the Filmspotting T-shirt I won earlier this year having just finished listening to your final show/podcast with Adam. [My wardrobe choice was coincidental, BTW — I’m not so obsessive as to don this garb each & every time I listen to the show…]

    As a film-lover and a practitioner (and ongoing student) of the craft of screenwriting, I greatly appreciated Filmspotting’s perspective on filmmaking. That’s not to say that I always agree with you (or Adam, for that matter); nevertheless, I respect your informed opinions and I have become a better writer (and I have a deeper appreciation for many aspects of filmmaking and of film-watching) thanks to your show.

    I wish you all the best in your post-Filmspotting pursuits. I hope we both get to the place we want to go with our crafts — maybe we’ll get to work together someday!

    — Dante A. Bacani


    October 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm

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