There’s nothing better than a bucket of buttered popcorn and a good baseball movie . I’ve seen a lot of them and up until a month ago my very favorite was probably “For Love of the Game” with Kevin Costner. Who wouldn’t love Costner in a baseball movie? He’s such a “guy” as Kelly Preston tells him in the movie. It’s about the perfect game and except for some flashbacks the entire story takes place in one day on a quest for the perfect game. I’ve seen it at least seven times and will undoubtedly watch it seven more.
But on November 24 this year I could hardly contain myself waiting for “Moneyball” to open. I waited for it with excitement and anticipation like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting for Christmas morning, especially after reading the book. And I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve seen it three times and will definitely buy the DVD and then I’ll watch it some more. As expected, Brad Pitt did a great job as Billy Beane, but I was taken back by the bean counter character played by Jonah Hill. I still chuckle thinking about the deadpan one-liner’s that he slowly rolled out, one after another with precision timing. But the kicker was the scene in Beane’s office when he was trying to negotiate for a player via telephone at the direction of Beane (Brad Pitt). The exaggerated fist pump was perfect ~ if you saw it you know what I mean.
So I’m seriously wondering what the average reader would consider the best movie. Let me know what you think. I’ll publish the “best of the best” on a later blog. Here you go:
- First look at Brad Pitt’s latest movie Moneyball (heatworld.com)
- What is the best baseball movie ever? | Steve Busfield (guardian.co.uk)
- Where does “Moneyball” rank among your greatest sports movies? (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- ‘Moneyball’: How audiences fell back in love with screenwriting. Plus, Brad Pitt’s sexiest dimension (insidemovies.ew.com)