Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Best of 2011: Nos. 6 & 5 (Dan)

My countdown of the best movies of 2011 continues with Nos. 6 and 5.

6. "Attack The Block"

We live in an age where once something fresh is done, it's over, films like "Attack The Block" remind us that a developed style has more depth than we realize.

"Attack The Block" follows South London punks from a mugging to an action-packed fight against some straight up cool looking aliens.

The film is in the vein of "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" in it's visceral nature and a bit like "Shaun Of The Dead" in it's cheeky British demeanor, but "Attack the Block" is it's own animal. It's young, it's dark, it's beautifully gritty and amazingly unapologetic.

Don't expect a lot of redemption value from your heroes, but expect them to fight for their block.

5. "Moneyball"

The only film on my list to receive critical acclaim (deservedly so) is "Moneyball." Another true story about Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane and his attempt to discover a way to keep up with richer teams in Major League Baseball.

His big chance comes when he meets Peter Brand and develops a system to find players who may not be stars, but have the mathematical numbers to piece together wins.

The biggest negative comments I've heard about this movie are that people aren't into baseball.

Well, good news! This movie is not about baseball. Yes, one of the main elements in the movie revolves around a baseball team. But it's not so much about the players as it is the men who are the players. It's a story of people who are devalued and have accepted their fate to being small time players. More importantly, it's a movie about faith in your fellow man and that everyone has the potential to be something amazing.

In a time when a lot of people are disenfranchised, what could be better than a film about second chances, centering around the game America created? "Moneyball" is a fun, interesting and sentimental ride that you'd have to be heartless not to enjoy.

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