"The problem we're trying to solve is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams, then there's fifty feet of crap, and then there's us.'
Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) is the general manager of Oakland Athletics--or the A's--who's below fifty feet of crap, with only $140 million on their 2002 payroll (compared to the $126 million of the New York Yankees) and on a losing streak. If you say you hate sports or you don't care the least about baseball, then Moneyball,
nominated Oscar Best Picture this year, will fascinate you.
Based on Michael Lewis's bestselling business book of the same title, we follow the true story of Billy Beane as he reinvents baseball, defying the rules of scouting for ballplayers-- relying on science and statistics to put together a championship team to compete against rich teams. Together with a 25-year-old Economics Yale graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a non-athlete follower of statistical guru Bill James, Beane drafts ballplayers based on algorithms...(READ FULL REVIEW
And now we know why Jean Dujardin
was Oscar-nominated for Best Actor
this year in The Artist
. He lights up the entire screen, his eyes have soul and they speak volumes in this silent movie.
Bagging a plethora of awards, and also nominated Best Picture
in this year's Oscars, The Artist
is Michel Hazanavicius's novelty movie that critics are raving about. If you think you'd be bored watching a black and white silent movie, still take a shot at The Artist
. It's actually engaging-- thanks to a fairly absorbing screenplay, Dujardin's emotion-filled eyes and dazzling smile lighting up the screen and mesmerizing you, and the musical score that translates the actors's emotions and speaks for them.In the movie, it's 1927 and George Valentin (Dujardin) is a famous silent movie actor. Then he meets and becomes enchanted with a movie extra/dancer Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) who is trying to make a break in Hollywood. Then, the advent of the talkies soon arrives, and George refuses to join the trend-- (READ FULL REVIEW
The movie is absolutely heartbreaking. Not the story-- but the fact that when Valentine's Day rolled in, poor gooey-eyed females eager for some silver-screen romance trekked to the cinemas and paid for this movie only to have received a pseudo-story.
Based on true events, The Vow
's premise is a tragically beautiful love story; but, unfortunately, the story was translated into a movie tragically
Paige (Rachel McAdams), in one snowy evening, removed her seatbelt and leaned over to kiss her husband, Leo (Channing Tatum). Out of the blue, a truck perfectly rearended their car, sending her through the windshield and into a coma. When Paige wakes up, five years' worth of memory--which includes her entire married life and relationship with Leo--are lost. Her amnesia reverts her back to her ...(READ FULL REVIEW
This movie is proof that you can never rely on trailers.I had zero intention of watching This Means War
when I saw the preview, but circumstances have pushed me a little to watch it and review it for you, dear movie buffs. And, boy, was I pleasantly surprised! I never expected that I'd be doubling over with laughter. Can't remember the last time when I cracked up terribly inside the movie house, along with the audience, and waking up the following day still remembering some of the hilarious scenes.Best friends FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) are top CIA agents whose bromance is ruined when they realized that they are both infatuated with the same girl-- (READ THE FULL REVIEW
Martin Scorsese's Hugo
is a cross between The Artist
and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
(all three are Oscar-nominated for Best Picture this year).
It's Paris in 1930s, and Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfiled; The Boy in the Sriped Pyjamas
), is an orphaned boy living behind the clock-face in Gare Montparnasse railway station. His everyday routine is to wind the station's clocks (in place of his missing uncle, the station's clock-winder), and try to evade the railway inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen; Bruno), lest he wants to be thrown into an orphanage. And from time to time, Hugo also tries to steal mechanical parts from an old toy owner (Ben Kingsley) to fix his Automaton-- a creepy mechanical man left behind by his late father (Jude Law), in the hopes that...(READ FULL REVIEW
While watching Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,
nominated for this year's Oscar Best Picture, I was feeling extremely restless and incredibly annoyed.
Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
is about a 9-year-old autistic boy, Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn), who lost his father (Tom Hanks) in the 9/11 attacks. Unable to move on, the strange key Oskar accidentally finds in his father's closet inspires him to search for the matching lock and find closure for his extreme loss and incredible grief. And we follow Oskar as he goes on a Reconnaissance Expedition in New York, meeting various people along the way.
Directed by Stephen Daldry (The Hours
, Billy Elliot
), the movie is clearly intended to break your heart by the drama and the child's loss and determination for closure. However, because the Oskar character is supremely obnoxious and insufferable, you are unable to sympathize with his loss. You feel indifferent to his search, and you wish...(READ THE FULL ARTICLE
So far it's the best action flick that came out in the cinema since the start of the year.
The dynamic Denzel Washigton resurrected in Hollywood in the spy thriller Safe House
. This movie is his rebirth; elevated him once again as the compelling anti-hero, a force to be reckoned with.
Partnered with the fresh-faced Ryan Reynolds in this almost obscure, off-the-radar espionage thriller, Washington plays Tobin Frost, a legendary CIA renegade, who after trading national secrets to enemies for nine years, surprisingly turns himself in at the U.S. Consulate, and is immediately transported to the CIA Safe House. Young housekeeper, low-level agent Matt Weston (Reynolds), after a year of being bored on duty, suddenly finds himself with the dangerous Tobin Frost, right under his watch. Will he allow Frost to get inside his head?
Set in the pulsating streets and colorful slums of Cape Town, South Africa, Safe House
is an intelligent and delicious spy thriller that provides a...(READ MORE
Another docu-style popularized by the Blair Witch Projec
t and Paranormal Activity
, comes Chronicle
, a disturbing movie about the misuse of powers.
High school students Matt (Alex Russell), Steve (Michael B. Jordan), and Andrew (Dane DeHaan), after a strange underground encounter, find themselves with telekinetic powers that they harmlessly use to entertain themselves, with Andrew chronicling everything with his camera.
What comes across as a seemingly paranormal movie no different from an X-files
surprisingly takes a darker and more serious turn; we suddenly find ourselves watching a bullied and abused high school boy Andrew, who is the male counterpart of Carrie. And with trepidation, we know that abuse plus telekinetic powers is equals to...(READ MORE
The all-American Gil (Owen Wilson), with his California-surfer looks, is enamored with romantic Paris, especially Paris in the rain, just as his fiancé Inez (Rachel McAdams) is enamored with the pseudo-intellectual Paul. The young, and completely opposite, engaged couple tags along to the French capital with Inez’s parents for a business trip. And while the highly romantic Gil professes excitement and desire to move to Paris after their wedding, daydreaming about Paris in the ‘20s, reliving the time of great writers and artists, the annoyed Inez is frustrated with his penchant for the past and his romanticism.
Written and directed by Woody Allen, and nominated for this year’s Oscar Best Picture, Midnight in Paris
is a delightful fantasy-romantic-comedy that will transport you right into the heart of Paris for an unexpected adventure. Because whenever the clock strikes midnight in Paris, magic happens to Gil that even you, the viewer...(READ MORE
Alexander Payne’s poignant drama-comedy, the unforgettable masterpiece Sideways
(2004), is enough to give credence to The Descendants
, another drama-comedy directed and co-written by Payne and starring George Clooney, even if you haven’t seen it yet.
Based on the novel of the same title by Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants
, nominated Best Picture in this year’s Oscar, is about a father (Clooney) coping with a double trauma: the sudden comatose of his wife, and then finding out that she was cheating on him. On top of the struggle of losing a brain-dead wife and unable to confront her, he also has to deal with his two difficult daughters who are alien to him, not made easy by a friend of his eldest daughter, a tactless (and hilarious) teenage boy who tags along in the family’s life changing and painful journey... (READ MORE