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Jason Wallis Brad Pitt’s charm, swagger can’t save under-written ‘Moneyball’

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Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 7:54 am | Updated: 9:04 am, Fri Sep 30, 2011.

The unrivaled cinematic high provided by “Drive” was fun while it lasted, but now it’s time to start the long, hard slog toward awards season. The period between the end of summer and the beginning of Oscar season proper is typically a bit of a dumping ground populated by not-quite-ready-for-primetime also-rans, but there are still some promising titles on the horizon.

Next week we’ll look at the cancer dramedy “50/50” (I’m a sucker for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, what can I say?), followed by the George Clooney-directed political-intrigue thriller “The Ides of March” and the (perhaps unnecessary) remake of “The Thing.” Until then, just keep loading up on horror flicks in preparation for Halloween. And see “Drive.”

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1 comment:

  • Jackson Scott posted at 7:52 am on Sat, Oct 1, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 382

    Of Pitt's performance Jason writes: "With little to fuel him but that character-defining charm and macho swagger, Pitt often seems lost in the role."

    Jason, as you sat there grinding your way through another cliche filled sports movie (your thoughts not mine), did you not notice that Beane was lost in his life?

    Beane was fighting with his boss & A's owner for more payroll money. He was fighting with his old school baseball scouts. He was fighting with his Manager Art Howe. He was doing a 180* turn in conventional baseball thinking on how to rank players value. And, most importantly, which you never touched on, his limited time with his daughter who lived far away with his ex-wife & her new ubber-rich husband. Add all of this together and the uncertainty of "IF" this "moneyball" system work. The man was filled with self-doubt, and he was lost. Pitt played the role very well.

    It's ironic that Jason thought Pitt was lost. When the movie was released last weekend many movie insiders were saying "Oscar buzz" about Pitt's performance.

     

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