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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Moneyball

Of the two Michael Lewis books made into movies in recent history, I’d have to say that Moneyball has a leg up over The Blind Side. Why you ask? Well first of all, no Sandra Bullock. Big check in the plus column. Second of all, the story is neither exploitative or schmaltzy. And third of all, and I can’t stress the point enough, no Sandra Bullock. Everyone wins.

Moneyball is the story of a major league baseball team and the general manager who is given the task of putting together a team with limited funds. Billy Beane, played by the ever so talented Brad Pitt, enlists the help of Jonah Hill’s Peter Brand to help put together a team that stays within their means.

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Moneyball (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Let’s get this out-of-the-way first: Moneyball is not a movie about baseball; it was never intended to be a movie about baseball. And, in an unbelievable turn of events, the book Moneyball is not about baseball.  It is a story with baseball as a backdrop; more a lesson in how baseball is a business first, dwelling and hand-wringing over the bottom line, always looking to buy low and sell high. So don’t expect to see a lot of spring training montages or heated rivalries or late-inning home run heroics. Actually, that last one you may see, but don’t get your hopes up.

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Moneyball

Of the two Michael Lewis books made into movies in recent history, I’d have to say that Moneyball has a leg up over The Blind Side. Why you ask?  Well first of all, no Sandra Bullock. Big check in the plus column.  Second of all, the story is neither exploitative or schmaltzy. And third of all, and I can’t stress the point enough, no Sandra Bullock.  Everyone wins.

Moneyball is the story of a major league baseball team and the general manager who is given the task of putting together a team with limited funds. Billy Beane, played by the ever so talented Brad Pitt, enlists the help of Jonah Hill’s Peter Brand to help put together a team that stays within their means.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Pirate Radio

From the mind that brought us Love Actually, comes Pirate Radio. I feel that this is worth mentioning, because Love Actually is a film that I actually love. I have watched it a number of times, simply because it holds up in a way that I can’t see Pirate Radio holding up. Read the rest of this entry

Pirate Radio (Devil’s Advocate Review)

From the mind that brought us Love Actually, comes Pirate Radio.  I feel that this is worth mentioning, because Love Actually is a film that I actually love.  I have watched it a number of times, simply because it holds up in a way that I can’t see Pirate Radio holding up.  Read the rest of this entry

Pirate Radio

So this will be short and sweet. With Oscar season approaching with lightning speed, people gotta lighten up. Every movie is not gonna be a contender, it just isn’t.  This movie will not be at the Oscars, however it is just plain fun. Pirate Radio brings us back to a time when rock and roll was outlawed. Read the rest of this entry