I've heard more about Moneyball than almost any other 2011 movie that I managed to skip in theaters, so consider it at the top of my list of to-watch films. I'm not a terribly huge baseball fan, but gosh darnit if we don't only have another dozen or so years of Brad Pitt being adorably adorable before he starts edging into the age range where he'll have to start playing Miley Cyrus' crotchety grandfather. Which'll be weird, since Miley Cyrus will be like 40 by then, herself.
This is the movie that you're apparently a horrible person if you dislike. I'm not a horrible person, am I? I guess I'll find out when I get a chance to see it for myself. I'll never apologize for choosing to see Contagion instead of this, my boner for Soderbergh being what it is, but I have a feeling I'd have had a better time with Mr. Pitt. And how weird is it that the movie Soderbergh got fired from four days before filming was to commence would wind up opening two weeks after his other movie did? I sure hope they talk about that on the commentary track.
|2. Killer Elite|
By all accounts, a missed opportunity. Unless they were taking the opportunity to kinda suck.
|3. What's Your Number?|
As much as I like Anna Faris, this is apparently terrible. Too bad; she deserves a good lead role. Faris is remarkable in that she's absolutely fantastic at playing that kinda-stupid chick, but I don't think I've ever see her try anything else. Just once I want to see her come out and try on the role of grizzled ex-cop who has to hunt down her sister's killer, or something. Just for fun.
|4. Higher Ground|
Vera Farmiga just kind of started acting in The Departed, right? Was she in anything before that, or did she spring out of Zeus' head fully-formed? Hell of a movie to get your start in. And I guess if you have to make your directorial debut, you can make a dramedy about the interplay of faith and whatever the other thing that faith is interplaying with in this movie. I'm guessing family.
|5. There Be Dragons|
This post-Spanish Civil War drama suffers from a serious lack of dragons, from what I've heard.
|6. Film Socialisme|
Honestly, until this movie came out, I had no idea that Jean-Luc Godard was still working. Dude, you're like 81. You can relax a bit.
Jackie Chan directed and starred in this Chinese Government-approved film dealing with the beginning of the Communist Party in China. Or a revolution. I don't know. I write about movies; I don't watch them. Maybe this is about aliens. If it had been, though, it probably would've managed something a bit better than 9% on the Rotten Tomatoes meter.
|8. Boardwalk Empire|