It Ain’t Over Review – A Tribute to Baseball’s Best

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

It Ain't Over, from Sony Pictures Classics, brings to the screen the story of the most underrated and yet most accomplished baseball player in the history of the game Yogi Berra, a beloved American hero.

The documentary begins with Berra's granddaughter, Lindsay, who calls the play by play throughout the documentary, explaining how the documentary became an idea. She explains as she is sitting with Yogi watching the 2015 All-Star Game and the pre-game feature included the four greatest living baseball players: Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Willie Mays, and Sandy Koufax. What?

Mercy Review – High-Octane Action Thriller Delivers

She continues to explain as she is watching the game with Yogi Berra, who, as we find out, is an 18 time All-Star, has 10, count them, ten world series rings, is a 3-time MVP, and is considered the best catcher of all time, bar none, that she turns to her grandfather and asks him if he is dead to which he replies, "Not yet."

Where this egregious disregard leads to is the story of an Italian Immigrant, raised in St. Louis, in The Hill neighborhood, like New York City's Little Italy, The Hill was predominantly Italian Immigrants, and some would say reared more world series champions than anywhere else in the United States.

Born in 1925, Berra would spend his days playing baseball in an empty lot across the street with another famous baseball player Joe Garagiola. Through what is known as the golden era of Baseball, Berra was a Bronx Bomber that carried his team, and considered the lynchpin, during crucial changes that kept that historic team winning.

Persian Lessons Review – Gripping, Powerful, Compelling

Throughout the documentary the audience is introduced to a person rather than a persona. Yes, Yogi Berra is a ten-time World Series champion, and everything that those accomplishments still hold. But we find as we travel through the documentary, he is more than the sum of his accomplishments.

A genuine kind man, as those who knew Berra are interviewed and offer their insight on Berra the man, we understand the many of the reasons he was underrated, underestimated, and overlooked. He was a nice guy who chose right over right now; refused to take short cuts and even tolerated the caricatures that demeaned his appearance.

He was an Italian immigrant, a World War II D-Day invasion veteran, underestimated his whole life, fought adversity, poverty, his ethnic heritage identified with him as an athlete. Yogi, as we find out, never lived his celebrity status, he married, loved his wife, loved his family, and when trouble arrived, he presented a tough love ultimatum to his son, and fought back against the trouble that tried again to derail him and now his family.

SISU Review – Thrilling, Riveting, Action Packed

Yet for many observers of the national pastime, his prolific accomplishments on the ballfield were overshadowed by his extraordinarily appealing personality. Long before athletes endorsing products became commonplace, Yogi was starring in TV commercials and connecting with fans from every demographic.

An influencer before the term had found its place in mainstream society, Yogi Berra whose smart quotes are termed "Yogism's" and are small soundbites of wisdom, that have become ingrained in the American fabric, even so that our modern gadget addicted generation can name at least one, although they wouldn't know it.

"We were overwhelming underdogs," Berra said about the New York Mets, and it rang true in his own life. He was an underdog and proved himself to himself and the world got lucky watching, as he continues to play, one of the greatest performances in baseball history.

It Ain't Over, is a journey through American Baseball history and is an intimate portrait of Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra. Like a baseball card collection, It Ain't Over assembled an all-star lineup featuring interviews from a who's who of baseball greats, celebrities, fans, friends, and family, It Ain't Over is a grand slam home run.

It Ain't Over opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2023. See it.

Breakout Review – Entertaining Action-Packed Indie Delivers


Country: U.S.

Language: English.

Runtime: 98minutes. 

Director: Sean Mullin.

Featuring Interviews with: Allen Barra, Andy Andres, Audrie Garagiola, Billy Crystal, Bob Costas, Claire Smith, Dave Kaplan, Hal Steinbrenner, Héctor López, Joe Garagiola, Jr., Tim Berra, Larry Berra, Mary Frances, Sadowski Brown, John Thorn, Larry Doby, Jr., Douglas Chadwick, Lindsay Berra, Carol Holland Lifshitz, Roger Angell, Suzyn Waldman, Taylor Hudson, Joe Maddon, Vicki Janik, Vin Scully, Whitey Herzog.

Also interviewed were former Yankees Willie Randolph, Mariano Rivera, Nick Swisher, Ron Guidry, Dale Berra, Joe Girardi, Bobby Brown, Derek Jeter, Bobby Richardson, Tony Kubek, Don Mattingly, former Yankee's Manager Joe Torre.

Haute Tease

  • Mistrial Declared in Etan Patz Child Murder Case - Legal Commentary by Boston Attorney Hank Brennan

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Etan Patz murder trial recently ended after 18 days of deliberation in a stunning mistrial that seemed an impossibility as the defendant confessed and provided sick, demented, details of the child's last moments of life.

  • Beltway Insider: Russia Grants Snowden Asylum; Syrian Rebel Package; Global Terror Alert; July Job Numbers

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama saw a glimmer of economic hope last week as July Job numbers were released which showed a significant drop in the overall unemployment situation and slight gains in job creation and growth.

  • John and The Hole Review – Resonating, Strong Story Driven Performances

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    John and The Hole, from IFC Films, presents an eccentric story of heightened adolescent angst, as a young man attempts to navigate his own passage, own his own terms, to adulthood and all its responsibility.

  • HL Arts: Noah Buchanan and the Classical Definition of the Divine

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Noah Buchanan uses his extensive knowledge of anatomy to create figurative paintings that celebrate the fundamentals of the classical painting style. No muscle or bone is so small that it shouldn't be seen. His artistic view is to bring an artistic element to an "anatomical event."

  • Harry Winston Diamonds, Colombian Emeralds, Kashmir Sapphires and Art Deco Jewelry Headline Bonhams Fine Jewelry New York Sale

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Among the many jewels with fascinating provenance being offered to Bonhams clients will be a remarkable collection of jewelry owned by the Olympic gold medalist Katherine Domyan. Leading the sale are two necklaces formerly owned by the swimmer.

  • Kobe & Cabernet Club Review - Membership Has its Privileges

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    When it comes to food-and-wine pairings, American Kobe (Wagyu) beef matched with an intensely flavored Cabernet Sauvignon is nothing short of impeccable.  The combination of a full bodied Cabernet with deep, concentrated flavor in combination with a fine-cut grade of this succulent, buttery beef is an exquisite epicurean experience like none other.