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Director Spotlight: Fight Club

“I am Jack’s smirking revenge”

 

The second film in our David Fincher spotlight is…you do not talk about Fight Club.  Which will make this rather difficult, so I’m going to break that rule at the risk of incurring the wrath of Tyler Durden.   Read the rest of this entry

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Moneyball

Of the two Michael Lewis books made into movies in recent history, I’d have to say that Moneyball has a leg up over The Blind Side. Why you ask? Well first of all, no Sandra Bullock. Big check in the plus column. Second of all, the story is neither exploitative or schmaltzy. And third of all, and I can’t stress the point enough, no Sandra Bullock. Everyone wins.

Moneyball is the story of a major league baseball team and the general manager who is given the task of putting together a team with limited funds. Billy Beane, played by the ever so talented Brad Pitt, enlists the help of Jonah Hill’s Peter Brand to help put together a team that stays within their means.

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Moneyball (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Let’s get this out-of-the-way first: Moneyball is not a movie about baseball; it was never intended to be a movie about baseball. And, in an unbelievable turn of events, the book Moneyball is not about baseball.  It is a story with baseball as a backdrop; more a lesson in how baseball is a business first, dwelling and hand-wringing over the bottom line, always looking to buy low and sell high. So don’t expect to see a lot of spring training montages or heated rivalries or late-inning home run heroics. Actually, that last one you may see, but don’t get your hopes up.

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Moneyball

Of the two Michael Lewis books made into movies in recent history, I’d have to say that Moneyball has a leg up over The Blind Side. Why you ask?  Well first of all, no Sandra Bullock. Big check in the plus column.  Second of all, the story is neither exploitative or schmaltzy. And third of all, and I can’t stress the point enough, no Sandra Bullock.  Everyone wins.

Moneyball is the story of a major league baseball team and the general manager who is given the task of putting together a team with limited funds. Billy Beane, played by the ever so talented Brad Pitt, enlists the help of Jonah Hill’s Peter Brand to help put together a team that stays within their means.

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Tree of Life

Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, this is why I love film. It is the gem in rough that you come across every few years which makes the hours of watching tripe worth it all. Moving, beautiful, and thought-provoking this film will stick with me for the rest of my life.

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Megamind

Superheroes and super-villains have become a staple in the film industry.  Nary a month goes by without some sort of superpowered exploit coming out.  Some are good and some are bad (X-Men Origins: Wolverine anyone?)  Some are fresh and some are rehashed. Some are adult themed and some are family friendly, like last week’s release, Megamind.  I say family friendly instead of “for kids” because there is no such thing as a “kid’s film” anymore.  Not to digress too far, but when was the last time you watched something with your kids that seemed like it was strictly for them? Read the rest of this entry

Director Spotlight: 12 Monkeys

This week I get the task of writing a review for Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film 12 Monkeys.  As I am writing this, I honestly don’t know where to begin.  This movie is so good on many levels that I don’t know if I should start with Gilliam’s directing, David Webb People’s (and his wife Janet) screenplay, or the superb acting highlighted with Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt at their very best. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Inglourious Basterds

Written by Mike Pampinella 

Right away, I’ll put this out there, into the ether…this was a brilliant film.  I absolutely dug it in a big way.  Tarantino is in top form, with what has been billed a war film, but we all know better.  It’s another revenge film.  Revenge wrought upon the Nazis by the people they have tormented.  It is revenge and it is justified.  Just like Kill Bill or even Pulp Fiction (Bruce Willis’ thread in the film was very revenge driven).  Read the rest of this entry