Weekend Preview: Everybody Loves Brad Pitt

It's called Dereliquet

Here’s your weekend preview:

Movies

Moneyball: Film adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book about the then unique approach of Oakland Athletic’s general manager Billy Beane. The book was excellent and the movie looks pretty good too.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Uninformed Commentary: Moneyball is one of the most misunderstood concepts in baseball. Most people take it to mean using advanced metrics to throw away traditional baseball tropes. In reality, its a lot like value investing in the stock market. You look for good pieces to your team that are undervalued for whatever reason, you build your team in this way in order to gain more wins per dollar than the competitor. In the early aughts, that meant finding players who walked a lot, today the most undervalued skill in baseball is arguably defense. Advanced stats are just one tool that you use to identify players, much in the same way that a quantitative fund manager would use a factor model to identify companies to invest in. A modified Moneyball approach is still arguably the best way to build a successful small market organization as evidenced by the A’s past success and the current success of the Tampa Bay Rays. I’ll stop being a nerd now.

As for the movie itself, people love adaptations of Michael Lewis books and they love Brad Pitt so I predict a rousing success. I may try to see this over the weekend and I’ll write a review if I do.

Abduction: Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

Uninformed Commentary: This just barely avoids getting Bucky Larson’ed due to two positive reviews from Urban Cinefile. Here are some gratuitous block quotes from the positive reviews:

An undemanding, escapist 106 minutes, with a variety of stunts and chases. There are a couple of surprises and a few slightly cheesy moments, but it essentially does what it is meant to

– Andrew L. Urban

The plot is so preposterous that the details hardly matter except to say that there are extravagant stunts, splashy action sequences and a taylor-made romance (sorry, couldn’t resist) between Lautner and Lily Collins

– Louise Keller

Hurr durr, who cares about writing, acting, or changing facial expressions, look at all the pretty explosions and Taylor Lautner’s abs!

Killer Elite: I have no idea what this is about, but it involves Jason Statham, Robert DeNiro, Clive Owen, and guns

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Uninformed Commentary: I don’t care what people say, I want to see this soooo bad. There are few things in this world that I love more than watching Da Stafe kill people with everyday objects like chairs and firehoses. Don’t ever change Jason, I love you just the way you are.

Remember when Robert DeNiro actually did good movies? Seriously, what was the last one? Ronin?

Teevee

Fox’s new animated series Allen Gregory debuts on Sunday at 8:30. It’s worth watching because it keeps that slot from being occupied by another mind-numbingly stupid show that Seth McFarlane pooped out after eating at El Pollo Loco. Terra Nova debuts on Monday, I predict I will like it or it will irredeemably suck, although the two aren’t mutually exclusive. I’ll write a pilot review Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Also debuting this week: ABC’s Suburgatory (mmmm Cheryl Hines).

Sports

It’s a make or break weekend for my Red Sox as they likely have to win 2 out of 3 in the Bronx to hold on to their playoff spot and keep me from burning every piece of Sox paraphernalia I own. Let’s just say I’m not super optimistic.

Football picks can be found here. No formatting issues this week! After last week, I’m thoroughly smoking Ryan in our picks. This is because I’m much smarter than him and has nothing at all to do with blind luck.

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Posted on September 23, 2011, in Crappy Movies, Crappy TV shows, Quality Programming, Weekend Preview and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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