Joe Cornish’s directorial debut, Attack the Block, is an incredibly fun indie sci-fi action film, with a tight run-time that prevents it from overstaying its welcome, and a lead actor worth remembering.
Are you paying close attention? You’ll probably want to if you’re watching Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, adapted from the John le Carré novel. Not only does Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tinker from here on out) feature an incredible complex plot, filled with codenames, spycraft, a wide array of characters, and deceit, the film also features a complicated nonlinear structure, with multiple narrators. For those willing to give Tinker the patience it deserves, the payoff justifies it all.
Rango is an incredibly colorful western for adults and children alike, filled with fun voice-acting, music, and action that has a real energy from start to finish. Rango tells the tale of Rango, a pet chameleon who gets let loose into the desert, and stumbles upon a local town with both a water shortage and a shortage of law enforcement. Rango takes on the mantle of town sheriff, and hijinks and action ensues.
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Who doesn’t love an underdog story?
Moneyball tells the story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics, a team destined for failure, and their general manager, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt). The A’s are a small-market team with almost no money to compete for the top talents in baseball, and they just lost three of their best players. Beane is responsible for putting together a winning team, but when he asks for more money, he’s turned down. He’s a man used to rejection and failure – he was once considered by the conventional wisdom of baseball scouts to be an elite prospect, but ultimately never quite made it as a player. But he’s persistent, and he knows that there has to be another way
Beane turns to analytics expert Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) for help, and with his insight, comes to the realization that the conventional wisdom is flawed. The scouts were wrong about Billy Beane the prospect – maybe they’re wrong about other things, too? The two go on a quest to build a successful team by taking advantage of a marketplace where players are valued for all the wrong reasons.
If The Adventures of Tintin isn’t the finest or most inspired work of Steven Spielberg, it’s proof positive of his sheer mastery of the art of film. Spielberg’s adaptation of Tintin is interesting, if nothing else, for its visual style, an exaggerated realism that Hergé surely would have approved of, with characters that seem to leap off the page and into the screen. The flourish and style that defines The Adventures of Tintin is nothing short of impressive.