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DVD NITE: Go for "Moneyball"

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Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2012 3:06 pm

It's a good night for popcorn and the couch with the DVD "Moneyball." Brad Pitt's theater hit came out in the Red Box this week, and looks to be a good one to sit down with the family and watch.

Pitt delivers a good performance, deserving of the Golden Globe nomination he recently received, in a movie that touches a nerve with any sports fan. The idea of a team with no money building success with the idea that it doesn't take one player with a high price tag to bring home a championship, it takes the effort of everyone taking the field to win the seventh game of the series.

Based on a true story, "Moneyball" is about dreaming big. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's, and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball's conventional wisdom is wrong.

Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games.

With the academics of Hill, Pitt doesn't look at who can be the best on first base, or even who can be the best pitcher, he gets away from traditional ideals, and goes with the principle that getting on base, and scoring runs is what the A's need to do to beat the big teams on a limited budget.

Pitt's character refuses to watch the games in person, feeling he is a jinx, but as the two-hour movie goes on, he finds himself connecting with the players, something else a general manager doesn't do because at any day he knows he could be trading, or cutting any these players. Avoiding an emotional connection allows a general manager to stay objective.

After multiple disagreements with manager (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), who refuses to play the players recruited by Bean and Brand, Pitt's character again gets deemed "crazy" we he trades the teams few "good" players and troublemakers. This move gives the manager no other choice than to put a player who used to be a catcher on first base, place an aging player in the outfield and put all these players that a computer say can win into a tough league of play.

After being down to start the season, the A's quickly start winning, capturing attention and being compared to some of the game's greatest teams, which includes the Yankees.

While Pitt delivers a good performance, he is not the only reason "Moneyball" grossed more than $75 million in the box office. Director Bennett Miller had a great script, and the film's cast has depth.

"Moneyball" is definitely the DVD to see, do not wait for it to come out on any movie channel.

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