Movie Weekend: “The Artist” and “Moneyball”

This weekend was a pretty quiet one for me, so I decided to watch a couple of movies that are front runners for the Oscars this year.

I got to be honest: I wasn’t very sure about this one. It’s about baseball, a sport I really don’t care about (not that I care a lot about sports in general anyways). It really took me by surprise that, even though I don’t know anything about baseball, I was really hooked by the way the story develops. In a lot of ways this movie isn’t solely about baseball; the movie is really a metaphor on taking risks on the choices we make in life and, regardless of being right or wrong, how we deal with them. At the end, we can get the clear message that we can be winners while losing, and that message is delivered admirably.

 

The acting is outstanding. Brad Pitt truly demonstrate (again!) that he’s not only a front page-pretty face-celebrity.  Jonah Hill still has a long way to go, but he really deserves his nomination just for the versatility he showed in this role; I forgot this guy was Seth on Superbad. Other than the story itself, what I loved the most was the photography of this film… it’s simply beautiful. To me, it’s simply outrageous that it didn’t make it to the nomination of best cinematography, even though my vote goes to “the Tree of Life” for this category.

I haven’t seen all of the movies nominated for best picture, but man this one is going to be hard to beat for me! I’m not going to say a lot about this one because these kind of movies are so unknown to me… It’s actually the first mute movie I’ve ever seen from beginning to end. Story wise is very simple, yet very entertaining, funny and clever! The acting is SUPERB! Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo are amazing and the chemistry they have it’s simply put, outstanding. They really bring back those over-the-top details that are so emblematic of the 20’s and 30’s cinema. Oh! The soundtrack is a MUST HAVE.

As I said, this genre is so unknown to me that I can’t even describe why i liked it so much… I just did.

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