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222. Moneyball

Published March 30, 2012

Fast Facts

Title: Moneyball Director: Bennett Miller Year: 2011 Run time: 2hrs 13

Background Info

I had heard very good things about this film, and although my knowledge of baseball and other such American sports always makes me a little bit wary of this type of movie, the addition of Brad Pitt was definitely a selling point. The casting even managed to gloss over the fact that it was over two hours long!

Live Blog

1:03 - Immediate thought is 2001 isn’t that long ago but actually… 4:18 - “Can you imagine how bad it would be if you were a Yankee player that didn’t like the taste of champagne?” 9:48 - I quite like the idea of being in on one of these meetings. Hearing the bosses bitch about all their players! 11:06 - That’s a line from Friends! Fifty feet of crap and then us! 11:43 - Bristly Brad is not quite as attractive as he should be. 14:15 - He shaved! Yes! I will not blog his beard status anymore. 19:47 - I love this kid! 20:53 - Brad’s name is Mr Bean(e). 24:43 - He went to buy a baseball player and came back with a maths wizard. 26:26 - Does Brad have something in his contract about eating all the time in all his movies? 30:54 - Confused what Brad is if that other guy is the manager? 33:55 - Not knowing what an on base percentage is, is something of a hindrance here. 35:22 - I want a Pete to follow me around, so I can click and point at him. 39:45 - “Don’t tell anyone about the first base thing.” 45:48 - They must have gone back in time and got young Brad Pitt, it’s the only explanation. 47:21 - Google boy! Now that’s a super hero I’d like to meet. 51:59 - “The nice way to say it is he lacks confidence.” 1:00:09 - A nice little vista to break all the office interiors. 1:07:37 - Tough to be the child of a manager getting all the stick. 1:12:30 - Can’t believe he just said that to her before she gets on a plane. 1:18:35 - Poor Pete. 1:23:36 - Yankees are paying him not to play for them. That’ll knock his confidence. 1:25:12 - “Good luck with that” is always great advice. 1:26:09 - “When your enemy is making mistakes, don’t interrupt them.” 1:29:59 - Suzanne is like Siri. 1:36:18 - Is it harder to cut someone when you know what it is to be cut? 1:38:14 - Oh, now the manager chap is happy. 1:43:39 - The tension. This is awful! 1:48:42 - Never has a thwack been so satisfying. 1:56:31 - He can only go and work for the Red Sox if he takes Pete with him. 2:01:27 - “I think you won pretty big, Billy.” 2:07:25 - Good voice, that girl has.

Conclusions

Amazing. One of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. I don’t even think I can adequately describe why. The partnership between Brad and Pete is note perfect. The dialogue is great, the emotions are right up on the surface without being overbearing. The sport is, obviously, a massive part of the film but for an idiot like me, it doesn’t matter whether you understand or not.

There was a moment where Mr C chuckled. I asked him if he was laughing at ye olde printer. He said it was partly that, and also that the length of the film allowed us to watch a piece of paper being printed out and then passed over. That doesn’t happen so often in this day and age, and doesn’t sound riveting at all.

But it was.

**Rating: **55

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