Moneyball

Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited on NPR to talk about the adapted screenplay race. It surprised host Rachel Martin that the screenplay race, it turned out, wasn’t so much about the individual screenplays as it was about ...

Hardball Talk finally gets around to seeing Moneyball and discovered it’s a movie that you don’t have to know about baseball to understand. The reason being, the drama that plays out, the themes at work, are universal.  In fact, the ...

You can watch the entire 53-minute conversation at CharlieRose.com. Meanwhile, yesterday Moneyball passed the the $100 mil worldwide baseline. True to the equations of the film itself, home runs aren’t required to win the box-office game. For a movie in ...

Photo posted on JustJared I was invited to a special screening for Moneyball on the Sony lot.  If you’ve never been there, or don’t live on the Westside, it’s quite a trek out to Culver City.  I’m almost always late, ...

After all of their drama about changing their date and forcing the Dragon Tattoo to be screened too early, in the end the awards, for the most part, were fairly predictable.  The Artist was my early prediction, I then switched ...

One of the threads running through this year’s Oscar race is the single father who must pull things together for the sake of his kids.  This is especially poignant in three films – Moneyball, The Descendants and We Bought a ...

This year, there are only a handful of films that have run the gauntlet and came out the other side. As we head into the season of the critics awards, more favoritism and preference will fall into place. As of ...

The Dragon Tattoo covers Entertainment Weekly’s holiday Movie Preview. 56 titles coming? Hard to believe there are that many. [singlepic id=95 w=320 h=240 float=right] Bringing out the Big Guns – The Artist crew and the notion of bringing back a ...

From the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay: Yogi Berra is here to see “Moneyball.” Berra didn’t earn a ton of money playing baseball. The game was different then. When Yogi was a 17-year-old prospect from St. Louis, he signed with ...

Gurus link In our ongoing search for Oscar’s best picture winner, which doesn’t necessarily define the best film in a given year, we continue to grope around in the dark. War Horse began screening in various theaters around the country ...

As we contemplate where we’re going and where we’ve been it’s important to take note of how things stand right now. To my mind, there are three films that could win Best Picture if the Oscars were held today. So ...

The New York Times Sports of the Times has an interesting piece today about how the philosophy behind Moneyball is everywhere. Despite the irony that Billy Beane and his Oakland A’s can’t win for losing, can’t make the playoffs and ...

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor this very long (but we hope entertaining) podcast, Craig Kennedy of Living in Cinema, Ryan Adams and Yours Truly take on Straw Dogs by Rod Lurie and compare it to the Peckinpah version. ...

Mallory McDuff at the Huffington Post draws an interesting parallel between Moneyball, the Wall Street protests and the Republicans protesting President’s Obama’s call to have the very rich pay their fair share of taxes: The game of baseball, as depicted ...

‘No, she’s not. Superheroes live in a world of good and evil, and she’s far more complex than a superhero. She’s been compromised. She’s been subjugated. She’s been marginalised. She’s been swept into the gutter and she’s had a part ...

Moneyball now sits comfortably at 88 on Metacritic, with only two negative reviews. Funnily enough, though not quite to the same degree, its likability seems to mirror The King’s Speech, which ended at 88 but with more perfect scores of ...

For the second in our series of talks, Thelma Adams, USA Today’s Susan Wloszczyna talk about Best Actor. Since our talk, I’ve seen Moneyball.  Best Actor is boiling down to a few strong performances out a large group of actors ...

[Update: 7 scores of 100. 89 overall average.] For those of you keeping score at home (you know who you are) Moneyball has so far collected 4 perfect scores of 100 on Metacritic, and only one naysayer (Slate) giving it ...

Ensconced at his new platform under the Hitfix umbrella, In Contention’s Kris Tapley talks with Bennett Miller about the recent history of baseball  and the immediate future of filmmaking. In “Moneyball” — a project which had been nearly a decade ...

There is a reason we have long since married our American spirit to baseball, and a reason why it’s the only sport with any romanticism attached to it, and there’s a reason why the camera loves baseball movies.  The crack ...

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