A double-bill of dramas. ‘Moneyball’ (2011), based on real events in 2002, follows the unconventional tactics employed by Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), general manager of the cash-strapped Oakland Athletics baseball team, to rebuild his club after losing a few key players to the Major League. Beane enlists the services of Yale economics graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) to devise an unorthodox player selection system based on a sophisticated statistical analysis of each player’s skills. As Billy and Peter start to build their team based on computer-generated data rather than the traditional scouting methods, they meet with resistance from old hands such as team manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman). But when the club begins a winning streak with its roster of inexpensive ‘wild card’ players, the naysayers are forced to admit that the scheme appears to be working. The award-winning drama ‘The Social Network’ (2010), is based on the story of the creation of ‘Facebook’. Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg who, in 2003, developed the social networking site while he was an undergraduate at Harvard. Six years later Zuckerberg is a millionaire but his success is proving to be problematic to his personal life and he finds himself undergoing multiple legal battles. Justin Timberlake also stars as Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster.
Moneyball (2011) / The Social Network (2010) – Double Pack [DVD]
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