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Moneyball

MoneyBall

MoneyBall starting Brad Pitt is a movie that many missed.

Recommended by many of our friends and partners it made for an ideal home movie.

The film has several arcs and patterns – the classic sport/baseball story, the characters and their journey from abyss to passion, mathematics and the rise of the “nerd” and many more.

It’s beautifully made an holds the tension well.

You care about the players and the leads.

You see behind the romance to the numbers.

It will make you think.

The idea that most of the market doesn’t understand the game and undervalues what’s important – is something we can all get I believe and makes the movie worth watching for that alone.

Do yourself a favour and get hold of this today.. and settle in for a proper movie.

A movie that doesn’t rely on sci-fi cgi.. (though we love that)

If you’ve seen Baseball before.. all the better..

if not maybe you’ll want to..

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Moneyball is an American 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller from a screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. The film is based on Michael Lewis’s 2003 nonfiction book of the same name, an account of the Oakland Athletics baseball team’s 2002 season and their general manager Billy Beane’s attempts to assemble a competitive team. In the film, Beane (Brad Pitt) and assistant GM Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), faced with the franchise’s unfavorable financial situation, take a sophisticated sabermetric approach towards scouting and analyzing players, acquiring “submarine” pitcher Chad Bradford (Casey Bond) and former catcher Scott Hatteberg (Chris Pratt), and winning 20 consecutive games, an American League record.
Columbia Pictures bought the rights to Lewis’s book in 2004.[4] After a number of years in development, the film was featured at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival[5] and was released on September 23, 2011 to a box-office success and positive reviews. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Actor and Best Picture.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby Review

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The trailer is a wonderful piece of cinema – rich, luscious, enticing and teasing which we’ve come to love and expect from Baz Luhrmann.

So it was with anticipation that we went to the screening.

The movie starts slowly and draws you in, weaving a tapestry of plots and characters that will entice and revolt, delight and surprise.

To avoid too many more spoilers, this is an adult film with adult themes, which touched on many aspects and I’m sure will have people coming back to watch time after time.

The stellar cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire play their roles well and Leonardo is a great Gatsby. For a man who has played his life from the early days in stellar roles and living a Gatsbyesque lifestyle it seems apt.

This is a piece of art produced outside of time and with a heart that comes across.

It has some dark elements, which highlight all the more the good and joyful aspects of the movie.

Our need to fit in, to be perceived as doing right, to earn money, to love and be loved, to trust and be trusted – all these and more are exposed in this movie.

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Star Trek into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness Review

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star-trek-into-darkness

Last night we went along to the latest update of the Star Trek reboot, some had seen the first reboot some had not, but we are all Sci-fi fans and love the heart of Star Trek.

Overall we had a good night out. One was a raving fan, and the rest of us enjoyed the ride.

The opening sequence is beautifully shot and sets the tone really well. The characters for the most part hold together well and work as new characters and as ripples of their archetypes, and the core question of logic / heart and what is right begins.

The upsides:

  • Great graphics – this is what animation and special effects were dreamt for – big space scenes where you really can forget that not one piece is really floating in space – yes the USS Enterprise is a real ship and we all wish we could fly on her…
  • The physicality of the universe made more sense – a real sense of a human made space ship and engineered world.
  • A few moments that will leave you engaged by the plot and wondering what’s next..
  • A favourite “Sherlock Holmes” playing a baddie.
  • Spock played by Zachary Quinto (from Heroes) played it well and the love interest with Uhura (played by the gorgeous Zoe Saldana)

The downsides:

  • a couple of the characters don’t cut it – McCoy, Scotty, … they are good actors but someone don’t seem to be playing it as straight as the rest and they are comic relief in parts but not in a way that we felt was right. Character choice and ability to play a role convincingly so that we the audience suspend our disbelief is more and more essential and harder and harder to “fake”.
  • a couple of places will have you question the plot and nice hollywood rubber band endings

Overall a movie that you can watch in the cinema or when it reaches home release. It won’t shock your world, but it will leave you having had a fun ride with your friends and after all isn’t that what cinema at least at times is all about.

 

 

 

Life of Pi

Amazing Images from Life Of Pi

If you haven’t yet booked your ticket to see Life of Pi in 3d on the big screen.. what are you waiting for?

As we said in our review, it is an amazing , beautiful, mesmerising film..

You’ll be blown away..

Life of PI

The Life Of Pi – 2012 – 20/12/2012

The Life Of Pi

Life of PI

The Life Of Pi is an amazing book which looks like being an amazing break through movie from the award winning director Ang Lee.

The trailer is amazing and we look forward to seeing how the books amazing imagery translates to the big (or super big screen). Everything we’ve heard and seen so far, suggests this is going to be one of the visual treats for the year, and we strongly this The Life of Pi will end up getting many awards.

If you haven’t yet, read the book, and smile..

After all .. how often do you get rescued by a life raft only to find yourself stuck with a tiger…

http://www.lifeofpimovie.com/

Skyfall James Bond

Skyfall – James Bond

Skyfall James Bond

Skyfall James Bond

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Skyfall is the upcoming twenty-third spy film in the Eon Productions James Bond series, produced for MGM, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

For a twist it premiers in London, October 26th and in the US November 9th.

This is a great example of pre promotion and there is a lot of anticipation after the last few bond films.

The look of the film and the tone are very on point.

We have tickets to see the film at Imax available to VIPs care of  Fresh And On Point and Simon X

We can’t wait till the public release of The Super Spy – which remains under wraps publically but is extremely interesting

If you like this you should also check out Shibumi  and for martial training if you’ve been inspired.. Master Martial Arts and Master Tai Chi  

http://www.skyfall-movie.com/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1074638/

Film Blast Launches…

We’re excited to announce the launch of Film Blast

www.FilmBlast.com will provide a place to blast your film to mega global success and a place to blast films that should never have been made or at least needs to be redone..

Film Blast™ is produced by people that love film in every aspect and angle.

We are supported by and many thanks to the great teams at www.VSOstrategist.com www.TheSimpleIdea.com and especially www.SimonHedley.com

If you’re inspired .. then register at www.LimitLessNOW.com for support in being all you can be, and check out www.VideoOnlineMadeEasy.com for tips. 

For inspiration check out www.FreshAndOnPoint.com 

Till next time, thanks for checking out Film Blast