Moneyball Movie Review

Full disclosure: I grew up watching baseball. I have been to a ton of Kansas City Royals games. I really enjoyed the Aaron Sorkin created Sports Night. Aaron Sorkin did a fabulous job during a series of appearances on the HBO show Entourage. On the other hand, please consider that I believe the National Football league (NFL) has usurped Major League Baseball (MLB) as America’s pastime.  

Ok, disclosures aside: Let’s talk about the movie Moneyball. First and foremost the movie was well crafted definitely worth watching on the big screen. Joni and I decided to spend the $6.25 per ticket to watch the movie at our local Cinemark Theater. We try to schedule at least one activity per weekend. The early bird special saved us a couple of dollars. The theater included about 11 people broken into 6 groups. Everybody in the theater purchased at least one beverage and a large bucket of popcorn. A large soda and popcorn cost $11.50. Please keep in mind a bag of microwave popcorn and a 2 liter of soda would cost about $4.25. Movie theater economics and cost structures are important, but I will concede that Aaron Sorkin built a truly well written, layered, full featured character drama that unfolded from start to almost finish.

Over the years Moneyball will easily transition to syndication on television networks. Without being particularly memorable Moneyball provides an engaging escape into the world of professional baseball for about 100 of the 133 minute film runtime. My only real criticism of the film is the poorly written lackluster ending to the film. Maybe Sorkin got burned out during the rewrite and mailed in a cute but ultimately unsatisfying ending. Brad Pitt has developed into a versatile and well-rounded actor capable of delivering performance that are in the end unique enough to be differentiated between films. Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman delivered high quality performances. Jonah was remarkably reserved during the entire film.

People in general really enjoyed the 1988 Kevin Costner film Bull Durham. The true test of a movie involves the ultimate movie question, “Will people watch the firm more than once?” Baseball has been the subject of a number of movies. Very few baseball movies can be considered truly memorable. However, I feel strangely compelled to produce a top ten list about baseball movies.

A Definitive List: The Top Ten Baseball Movies of All Time

  1. Bull Durham (1988)
  2. A League of Their Own (1992)
  3. The Sandlot (1993)
  4. Moneyball (2011)
  5. Major League (1989)
  6. Field of Dreams (1989)
  7. The Bad News Bears (1976)
  8. Mr. Baseball (1992)
  9. The Natural (1984)
  10. Mr. 3000 (2004)

Feel free to response in the comments section with your own top ten list…

Friday Night Cinema

Based on recommendations from both James and David, I decided to rent the movie Limitless this evening. Strangely enough, the VUDU video service happens to be included in the new PS3 channels area. The HDX format presents 1080p content with Dolby digital plus 5.1 channel audio.

Digital DVD Copy Problems

During the Tuesday purchase of the new Star Trek DVD it seemed liked a good idea to purchase the edition with a digital copy of the movie. Based on a naïve presumption the DVD with the digital copy was placed into a laptop computer DVD player at which time a series of digital protection errors occurred. Apparently, the digital copy was nothing more than an expensive piece of silica sporting the Star Trek logo. Maybe the Paramount pictures website will provide some guidance about the problem. However, given the nature of copyright restrictions the system is probably performing normally and the digital copy was nothing more than a novelty gift akin to stuffed animals at a circus carnival.

S2 TBBT Arrived

Amazon decided to deliver the second season of The Big Bang Theory (TBBT) on digital video disc (DVD) earlier this week. Surprisingly the episodes seem to be flying by throughout the morning hours. TBBT should probably be expanded to an hour long format instead of the exceedingly short thirty minute format. For some reason, watching entire marathon seasons of television shows usually leads to procrastination or at least some form of distracted typing.

Reviewing TBBT S1

Andy from Chicago deserves a hat tip for recommending a complete viewing of season 1 of The Big Ban Theory (TBBT) television show on DVD. After watching the complete first season of TBBT progressively throughout the season the writing seemed to concede some of the physics dialogue for predictable plot devices. Overall, the first episode probably represented the best writing of the season. Usually, a pilot episode defines how much of a learning curve the writers will have during the season. Under normal conditions television shows typically reframe from dialogue referencing mathematics or physics. Results from TBBT will probably not translate to an increase in dialogue complexity throughout other television shows.