Moneyball

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Remember when you heard “they” were making a movie about Facebook? Remember how you thought it would be terrible? Remember how you were wrong? Well, it’s happening to you again.

That new baseball movie with Brad Pitt that’s based on a book you didn’t read is awesome and you’re going to love it. Moneyball, as it turns out, is not just baseball for the guys and Brad Pitt for the girls. Moneyball is a masterfully told story that shows the power of eyes that see.

The Social Network and Moneyball have one important thing in common: Aaron Sorkin. If you ever wondered why screenwriting has its own Oscar category, people like Sorkin are why. He wrote the screenplay for both films along with all that amazing dialog in West Wing and a couple of awesome TV shows that got canceled because he’s too smart for mainstream audiences [Sports Night & Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip].

Just read this description of The Social Network from IMDB: The story of how the social-networking website Facebook was founded.

Could that sound any lamer? Seriously. I know they’re trying to be concise, but that’s the equivalent of describing the Grand Canyon as “a large whole with some water at the bottom.”

Equally snooze inducing is the description for Moneyball: The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

Wow. Don’t forget the popcorn.

The concise description of what Sorkin has created is this: In a world full of noise and distraction, there are those who see and those who don’t. Those who see are changing the world. Those who don’t are not.

That my friends is what I call Moneyball.