A few weeks ago I ran across a TV listing for a documentary entitled “The Last Play at Shea.”
The Verizon channel guide gave the following vague and syntactically challenged description of the film: “A look is taken at the iconic Shea Stadium before it was torn down.”
So with visions of baseball and Beatles and football and papal visits dancing in my head, I set the DVR to record.
Well, much to my surprise, “The Last Play at Shea” turned out to be a Billy Joel concert movie/profile, with little nuggets of Shea history mixed in.
And if your Billy Joel tolerance levels are anything like mine, this is an unpardonable bait and switch.
I mean, damn, if your movie is going to contain extensive Billy Joel content, that fact should appear right in the title– say, “Billy Joel: The Final Shea Concert” or something like that.
Otherwise, it would be like me naming this post “1984 Topps Tom Seaver” and putting a picture of said card at the head of the piece, and then barely discussing the card at all…