Moneyball: A New-School Approach to Baseball

Moneyball takes us into the front office by bringing a new school approach of utilizing sabermetrics in how the game of baseball is played. Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), a former baseball player, would go one to become one of the game’s greatest innovators.  It’s not sure yet as to whether he’ll eventually enter the Baseball Hall of Fame.  However, his legacy will live on by way of the sabermetric system as proven by what we…

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Funny People: Judd Apatow’s Dramedy Hits 10 Years

Judd Apatow’s third-directed feature, Funny People, marks its tenth anniversary since being theatrically released ten years ago. Funny People marks somewhat of a departure from Apatow’s earlier features.  George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is more of a mature character than the leads in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.  He doesn’t come off as the man-child in the earlier Apatow fare.  Though to be fair, Simmons does act quite immature during the third act during a…

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How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World

How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World is the rare third film that makes for a fitting conclusion by ending the series on a high note. It’s very rare in which I find myself wanting to cry at the end of a trilogy.  This isn’t so much because I know it’s going to be the end of an era but more so because of how the final scenes are scripted.  The series has…

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Mid90s: Racist, Sexist, Homophobic

Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, Mid90s, takes us back to the middle of the 1990s with a look at life for one teenager’s summer in LA. Stevie (Sunny Suljic) lives with his older, abusive brother Ian (Lucas Hedges, appearing in 3 films at TIFF), and single mom, Dabney (Katherine Waterston).  Stevie’s world opens up when he discovers a skate shop.  It’s soon thereafter that the teenager meets a new crop of friends.  Among them are Ruben…

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TIFF 2018: Mid90s

Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, Mid90s, takes us back to the middle of the 1990s with a look at life for one teenager’s summer in LA. Stevie (Sunny Suljic) lives with his older, abusive brother Ian (Lucas Hedges, appearing in 3 films at TIFF), and single mom, Dabney (Katherine Waterston).  Stevie’s world opens up when he discovers a skate shop. While I realize that the film takes place during the mid-90s, the frequent use of slurs…

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot is carried largely on the heels of actor Joaquin Phoenix. The new film from writer-director Gus Van Sant tells the story of Portland cartoonist John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix).  The way the film tells Callahan’s story is alright but it could certainly have been improved.  One moment, we’ll see him addressing a huge crowd.  The next minute, he’s walking or bedridden in a hospital.  I wouldn’t have minded…

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