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Film Review: Moneyball

Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright

Directed by: Bennett Miller

Today, I decided to hit the mall and check out the movie, “Moneyball”. Before the movie, I did finally pick up the game, “Dead Island”, but I won’t play it right away ’cause I’m still playing, “Deus Ex: Human Revolution”. As soon as I finish “Deus Ex”, I’ll move right on to “Dead Island”. Looking forward to “Dead Island”, though, as I’m a huge fan of zombies myself as some of you can probably tell.

On with my review:

Plot/Synopsis: This film focuses on the real life story of Billy Beane, who is the General Manager and part owner of the MLB team, the Oakland Ahtletics. Billy is in a financial handicap with the Oakland A’s, due to their constant losing of games. It takes place in the year 2002, around that time the Oakland A’s suffered a low payroll budget. The Oakland A’s just lost three big players: Johnny Damon, Jason Giambi, and Jason Isringhausen so they must be replaced with better players.

Beane teams up with Peter Brand (who is played by Jonah Hill), because he was going to college at Yale for economics. Beane felt that Brand would help get the Oakland A’s out of the financial ruin. Beane wants his players to be more competitive and play better so they can win more games. Beane searches for players who are high on the on base percentage, baseball stats. 

Well, this film was very interesting. I like baseball, but I don’t watch a lot of it. I used to watch MLB all the time though. I’m more into football now. When I saw this movie, I realized that this movie wasn’t really about baseball, maybe a little bit. If you’re expecting to see a big baseball movie, where you can cheer on, you’re not going to see that in this movie.

In this movie, you’re going to learn all the secrets and behind the scene stuff that the staff at MLB don’t want you to know about. You always wondered what it would be like, behind the scenes of professional baseball? Well this film will give you an idea of it. This movie will show that working behind the scenes of professional baseball isn’t easy as it sounds. It’s a tough business. This movie is mostly about business and money. It’s about a team that is about to fall apart and you must bring it back together.

The performances in this movie was just amazing. Brad Pitt is always good, like usual, but I’m most impressed with Jonah Hill. Jonah has been doing a lot of silly slapstick comedies as of late, so he decides to take a break from comedy for once and try a serious drama role. I think Jonah is going to get an Oscar nod for “Best Supporting Actor” in this role this year. Jonah Hill first got recognition as an actor in the 2007 comedy film, “Superbad”, and he should get even more recognition with, “Moneyball”. This is Jonah’s best role.

I’ve been following Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s career for years and this was his best role as well. He really kills it.

Everything else about the movie was great. The writing was well written, the cinematography was well done, and the music in the movie was cool too. There were some baseball playing scenes but not much.

I thought this was an excellent film. You don’t need to be a baseball fan to watch this film.

Score for “Moneyball” = **** (4 stars as in”excellent”)


Cool Video: I think Brad Pitt’s new movie, “Moneyball” looks great!

After a long break from the big screen, Brad Pitt is finally back with two new movies this year of 2011. “The Tree of Life” and now “Moneyball”. The “Moneyball” trailer dropped today and I was very impressed with it. The movie looks interesting to me.

I can understand why Brad is staying away from movies more ’cause he has a family to take care of with his superstar girlfriend, Angelina Jolie. When Angie has more than 5 adopted kids to take care of, that’s a lot of work.

Enjoy the trailer, here. I’m definitely seeing it in theater when it comes out, I think.


Film Review: Funny People

Starring: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman, Leslie Mann, and many more…

Directed by: Judd Apatow

So on a day off of work, I just came back from the mall to check out, the new Adam Sandler movie, “Funny People”. I have been interested in seeing this flick for quite a while and here is my review:

Plot/synopsis: Adam Sandler plays a comedian/actor named George Simmons, he is a famous man that is living life to the fullest until he learns from his doctor that he is very sick, and has very little time to live. He learned that he has a blood disorder that is incurable.

Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) is an amateur stand up comic who dreams of becoming a famous stand up. George Simmons and Ira Wright first meet up when they perform stand up at the same club. George hires Ira has his comic writer and opening act at all of his stand up shows. Ira tries to help George bring his comedy career up to a positive note so he can go out in his death in a good way. George then tries to reunite with one of his old girlfriends so he can try to be happy before he dies.

Many people online were saying this movie wasn’t that great, some are saying it wasn’t that funny that they thought it would be. I would disagree. I thought this film was absolutely fantastic all the way through! This movie was immensely enjoyable throughout! I wasn’t bored one bit and was entertained.

The acting of the entire cast was superb, impressive acting skills by all of them, Adam, Seth, Jonah, Jason, Leslie, etc. Adam’s acting was the best of the entire cast though.

This is Adam Sandler’s most realistic comedy film ever. Maybe that’s why certain people didn’t enjoy this film ’cause they were expecting it to be a LOL fest like all other typical Adam Sandler flicks. They were expecting this film to be like, “The Waterboy” or “Happy Gilmore” or something but this new movie, “Funny People” is a completely different Adam Sandler movie.

Most of Adam’s acting skills seem the same, but sometimes he brings the good acting chops. I thought Adam’s acting was pretty amazing in this flick, he pulled it off. Wow. Oscar nomination potential for Best Actor for Adam in “Funny People”? I think it’s a possibility! “Funny People” is not Best Picture worthy for an Oscar, but Adam certainly does deserve for Best Actor in it.

Of course, like many other Adam Sandler movies, there are a string of cameos by other celebrities. Celeb cameos in the film such as James Taylor, Myspace founder Tom Anderson (no kidding, he’s in this movie), Eminem, Ray Romano, Henry Rollins, Norm MacDonald, Sarah Silverman, etc.

“Funny People” was a mix of drama and comedy. I thought it was pretty funny all the way through. A very serious comedy that is very real and insightful.

Try to remember that before Adam Sandler was famous, he started out as an improv stand up comic, that is probably why he agreed to do this movie since it may have reminded him of his past.

I think this is indeed one of the best films of 2009 other than JJ’s “Star Trek”. Definitely check it out!!!

Score for “Funny People” = **** (4 stars as in “Excellent”)


Report: Jonah Hill in negotiations to write script for “21 Jump Street” film…

“Supberbad” star Jonah Hill is in negotiations with Sony Studios to write the screenplay for “21 Jump Street” an adaptation from the TV show starring Johnny Depp. It hasn’t been decided yet if Jonah will have an acting role in “21 Jump Street” movie. Jonah will also serve as executive producer. Sony is keeping all plans of “21 Jump Street” underwraps for now.

Entertainment Weekly reports:


With Jonah Hill writing the script, I expect the film to be loads of swearing and sexual dirty talk, seems like Jonah plays that type of character in almost every movie he plays, so I feel the “21 Jump Street” film could get a R rating.