February 27, 2012

Why I Love Moneyball (Even Though I Haven't Seen It)

Movies and book tend to be about extremes. a death, a fall from grace, violence, falling in love---great topics all but somehow easy. There’s a certain amount of inherent drama that the creator doesn’t have to work for. What is more unusual is what I think of as “mid-tone” narratives: stories about a new idea in business (The Social Network, Moneyball), a decision about where to spend one’s life (Babette’s Feast), a moment of personal growth (The King’s Speech, Punch-Drunk Love). It helps if you can’t instantly name the genre of the movie.

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