Moneyball (2011) - Oscar® Nominee!
Cast & Credits:
Editor's NoteBennett Miller's adaptation of Michael Lewis' non-fiction best seller MONEYBALL stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, a one-time phenom who flamed out in the big leagues and now works as the GM for the Oakland Athletics, a franchise that's about to lose their three best players to free agency. Because the team isn't in a financial position to spend as much as perennial favorites like the Yankees and the Red Sox, Beane realizes he needs to radically change how he evaluates what players can bring to the squad. After he meets Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), an Ivy League economics major working as an executive assistant for scouting on another team, Beane realizes he's found the man who understands how to subvert the system of assessing players that's been in place for nearly a century. However, as the duo begin to acquire players that seem too old, injured, or inept to play major-league baseball, they face stiff resistance from both the A's longtime scouts and the team's manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who outright refuses to allow Beane's more-nontraditional acquisitions to play. MONEYBALL screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Moneyball - DVD Review
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Published on: 1/10/2012 8:00 AM
|Baseball is at its center, but Moneyball is not a sports movie. It is a film about winning, but not winning at sports. With acknowledgement that the sentiment sounds corny, this is a movie about winning at life, a depth that is beautifully probed by director Bennett Miller, in his first film since 2005's Oscar-nominated Capote. That unmistakable human element is what Miller adds to his rendering of a script -- co-written by Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, possibly the best screenwriting duo a film could ask for, even though they worked separately -- that already crackles with fabulous characters and vibrant detail. All the behind-the-curtain sports biz drama -- the "inside baseball," if you will -- is captured in the screenplay, but Miller only utilizes it as a fascinating backdrop for a much more complex and intimate story....read the full review|