[DVD] Moneyball (2011)

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game written by Michael Lewis in 2003 about Billy Beane and his approach to building the Oakland Athletics roster was a good book that introduced the concept of sabermetrics to the masses. For whatever reason, it was decided to adapt this book to the silver screen (which normally…

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[DVD] Hocus Pocus (1993)

Hocus Pocus is a nice little time capsule of a film. It’s also become a beloved Halloween tradition for many people, especially since it’s not too scary for most little ones – and is a fantastic family film. Hocus Pocus was released in 1993 and has stood the test of time for two decades with…

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[DVD] The Artist (2011)

The Artist won Best Picture (2011) beating out The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. It’s certainly a suitable and deserving winner out of that group of nominees (the expanded field that year wasn’t quite top-notch, but there isn’t a clear…

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[DVD] The Big Year (2011)

  The Big Year (2011) happens to be one of those films that seem to be utterly forgettable, even when it was recently released. I ran across the DVD of this at the library and went, ‘huh… they actually released a movie with Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson together? Must have been recent…’….

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[DVD] Vertigo (1958)

I have to make a confession – I’ve never watched a Hitchcock film. Of course I knew of his reputation and I’ve been meaning to get to one of his films. It just never happened until I bit the bullet and watched Vertigo (1958). I figured it was as good a place to start as…

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[DVD] The Help (2011)

The Help was adapted from the novel of the same name published by Kathryn Stockett in 2009. Directed by Tate Taylor and starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Bryce Dallas Howard amongst others, this is truly an ensemble cast where all the characters contribute to a single coherent storyline even though there may…

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[DVD] Blue Valentine (2010)

Blue Valentine is definitely not a love story, no matter whatever the director may claim. Directed by Derek Cianfrance and starring Ryan Gosling & Michelle Williams, this movie meanders its way towards absolutely nothing at all. While Gosling and Williams both turn in incredible performances, the movie itself is horribly unwatchable. I have a very…

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[DVD] Legend (1985)

Legend has always been a strange movie that most people have never heard of, but if you happened to be a child of the 1980s that was lucky enough to see this film, it may be seared into your memory. It’s also quite possibly the least known movie of Tom Cruise’s career, as you’re likely…

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