#ThrowbackThursday – Moneyball

Original US release date: September 23, 2011 Production budget: $50,000,000 Worldwide gross: $110,206,216 Moneyball was the second directorial outing for Bennett Miller (Capote) and was a bit of an awards season darling at the end of 2011/beginning of 2012.  The film was nominated for six Academy Awards and four Golden Globes - including Best Picture... Continue Reading →

70. War Dogs

I've been a little hesitant to see War Dogs.  I originally had planned to see it last weekend, but I loved Kubo and the Two Strings so much, I instead opted to see that one a second time.  I like the cast and crew behind War Dogs (which is why I ultimately decided to go for it), but... Continue Reading →

65. Sausage Party

Sausage Party is another great example of the power of intelligent marketing.  Highlighting the unique premise from the minds of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Evan Goldberg, the trailers and TV spots successfully shined a spotlight on the movie's assets and shrouded its downsides, playing to audiences' desire to see something light but also twisted enough... Continue Reading →

6.  Hail, Caesar!

Oh, the woes of misleading marketing.  To be fair, though, I'm not sure how Hail, Caesar! should have been marketed.  It's a tough nut to crack. What the Coen Brothers gave us, this time out, is an incredibly self-aware and self-referential picture (nowadays, this is called "meta") about Hollywood filmmaking during the early days of the... Continue Reading →

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