In more ways than one, I didn’t quite know what to expect going into Bennett Miller’s 2011 film Moneyball. For starters, this particular movie happened to be the first I watched from the press row at a screening so I was a little nervous-in-a-good-way to check into the film knowing that I was “officially” reviewing it. On the other hand, I’m not a very big baseball fan. I enjoy going to games but I usually find the sport to be boring if I’m just watching it from my couch. So I was excited and uneasy at the same time. But as it turned out, Moneyball wound up being one of my favorite films of that year. That made this movie for an easy pick for Todd/Forgotten Films’ Big League Blogathon. Take a look at my 5 Favorite Things about the movie.
Rushmore is the 2nd film directed by Wes Anderson and as sophomore efforts go it’s a pretty great example. Telling the story of simultaneously over- and under-achieving student Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) and his attempts to woo Olivia Williams’ schoolteacher, here’s some reasons why I love it:
I’ve always wanted to travel across America. I’ve been a few times, to the major tourist attractions – Disneyworld in Florida, Vegas in Nevada, Cheers in Boston – but there’s so many places I’ve never seen in person, and most likely never will. Fortunately, there’s a solution, and it’s my own personal remedy to all life’s problems: movies. There’s been a movie set literally everywhere. Everywhere! So, this feature sees me cinematically visit a new state every week, through a film that was set there. You can read my journey so far here. Next up: Idaho!
Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Directed by James Bobin. Starring: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey. IMDB says: “While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.”