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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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The Sitter

The Sitter – this generation’s answer to Adventures in Babysitting – may be our last glimpse of the spherical Jonah Hill. And based on the trailer for 21 Jump Street, perhaps those worried about the correlation between weight loss and funny loss may be right.

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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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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

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Get Him to the Greek

Get Him to the Greek chronicles the trip of a geeky and awkward music industry intern, Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) who is put with the task of escorting drug and alcohol addicted rockstar Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) from London to Los Angeles. Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy) plays Jonah Hill’s ball-busting music industry boss who wants something new in the music industry to improve revenues. Aaron Green suggests an anniversary concert at the famed Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 32: Get Him to the Greek (Late Edition)

We got to the Greek late, but better late than never, I always say.  Russell Brand and Jonah Hill attempt to bring the funny in this rock and roll buddy film.

Listen as Mike and Veer work their way through the raunch and bile to find the appeal of this film.

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Get Him To The Greek

Get Him to the Greek chronicles the trip of a geeky and awkward music industry intern, Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) who is put with the task of escorting drug and alcohol addicted rockstar Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) from London to Los Angeles. Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy) plays Jonah Hill’s ball-busting music industry boss who wants something new in the music industry to improve revenues. Aaron Green suggests an anniversary  concert at the famed Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry

How To Train Your Dragon

Extra, Extra Read All About It…Gerard Butler Makes A Good Career Decision!

Since 300, the stoic actor, who voices a character named Stoick, hasn’t made many good career decision (though I quite enjoyed RocknRolla) since his breakout role as King Leonidas.  The key to his success here was:  a) being heard and not seen and b) playing the supporting role in the film.  Oh, and being the animated equivalent of Leonidas.  Read the rest of this entry

Funny People

Funny People tries very hard to take three groups of people, and make them all like the same movie. Those who loved Knocked Up, people who like movies, and people who still listen to Adam Sandler’s Lunch Lady Land while driving in their cars. It however did not achieve that goal.

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Funny People (Devil’s Advocates Review)

Judd Apatow is back with his third film at the director’s helm, though if you asked the average moviegoer they would tell you he does eight films a year (I’m pretty sure that’s what Tyler Perry averages, however), since you see his name attached to so many projects.  How does this film hold up to the masterfully done 40 Year Old Virgin and the riotously funny Knocked Up?

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