DVDs for January 10, 2012

Moneyball

This movie, which is based on the true story of the Oakland A’s manager who changed the way baseball teams are picked, should be incredibly boring. After all, it’s about math. Instead of picking players based on how hot their girlfriends are or whatever, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill devise a statistics based strategy to find players they can a) afford and b) will make a good team. However, Moneyball is not incredibly boring. I know. I was surprised too. Especially since I don’t like Jonah Hill. But give it a chance. You might find it interesting too.

Buy Moneyball on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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What’s Your Number?

The title of this movie makes no sense. It’s about a woman (Anna Faris, playing the usual doofus) who goes back through her twenty exes looking for “the one.” The premise was stolen from the much more appropriately named TV show The Ex List, but if you liked that show you should rent this movie just to get some resolution. Or you can just watch the trailer, because it’s beyond obvious she ends up with her “friend” across the hall, Chris Evans. Anyway, it’s good for a couple hours of mindless entertainment, just don’t expect anything profound.

Buy What’s Your Number? on DVD or on Blu-Ray.
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Killer Elite

Is there anything more ridiculous than Clive Owen with a mustache? Yes! This movie. It has a plot, but you pretty much have to consult IMDB to find out what it was even after you’ve watched the movie because it’s just a long string of seemingly unconnected shootouts and leaps off buildings. But that’s what Jason Statham’s fans have come to expect from his movies – pointless violence so relentless that it becomes boring – so maybe you’ll like it anyway. I, however, will hold out for an action movie that’s slightly less silly.

Buy Killer Elite on DVD or on Blu-Ray.
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There Be Dragons

If you missed this one in the theaters – and we pretty much all did, because I certainly never saw hide nor hair of it – give it a chance on DVD. It’s biopic based on the true story of a journalist who found out all his father’s deep dark Spanish Civil War related secrets while investigating the background of another priest who is being put up for sainthood. Don’t worry too much about the religious aspect – it’s more about secrets and lies and war. It’s especially interesting because the Spanish Civil War isn’t usually featured in movies except as five minute background/flashbacks.

Buy There Be Dragons on DVD or on Blu-Ray.
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