It's spring and I am a Seattle Mariners fan. That makes me, by default, an impossible dreamer.
With the start of the season a few short days away, I can still believe that my beloved M's shaky starting rotation will stay healthy, strong and able to shoot out the lights. I can still believe that hitters will bean the ball with real power and, more important, frequency.
I understand, on an intellectual level, that the Mariners are not a very good team, haven't been for some time and probably won't be in the foreseeable future, but logic has little to do with impossible dreams. Until the baseball carnage begins, I can still lay my head down at night while visions of victories dance through my head.
Fortunately, I'm not alone in being delusional. Everyone has some impossible dream. It's part of what makes us human, what drives us to succeed. Here's a handful of great movies that embrace that idea.
ROCKY (1976): From club fighter to heavyweight champ in the space of one training montage? Yeah, keep dreaming, Rock. One of the great underdog movies, this story of a small-time slugger who gets his big break features a remarkable performance by Sylvester Stallone, who so fully inhabits the role that it's nearly impossible to believe he's acting.
BABE (1995): A pig that wants to be a dog - what could be more impossible than that? It's possible that I'm oversimplifying Babe's impossible dream here, but that's fine. Perhaps it will encourage you to check out this increasingly forgotten film about the success of a rebellious soul.
LETTER TO BREZHNEV (1985): The course of true love never did run true, but when it needs to run through the office of Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev at the height of the Cold War, well, locking in a little cuddle time probably isn't going to happen. The story of a Soviet sailor who falls in love while briefly docked in Liverpool, England, this film is a small portrait of the obstacles and optimism inherent in love.
THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957): Death comes for everyone, except, it seems, the guy who dreams of beating him at chess. Yes, I know that the grudge match between the plague-bitten knight and the Man in Black (not Johnny Cash) is allegorical, but I have to believe beating death at anything is an impossible dream. You know he has more than a skeleton arm up his sleeve.
BREWSTER MCCLOUD (1970): As a kid growing up in Houston, I spent a lot of time in the Astrodome, gazing up at the expansive ceiling and wondering about the air up there. I never once, however, thought it might be a good idea to fashion a pair of wings and take a leap from the club level. Such is the premise of the quirky Robert Altman fable, which stars Altman regulars Shelley Duvall, Sally Kellerman and Bud Cort as an innocent living in the dome's bomb shelter and dreaming the impossible dream of flight.
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