Keepin’ it Reel: Moneyball

Keepin’ It Reel is a weekly to biweekly movie column that aims to do reviews the Brown way: by waxing philosophical and perhaps using the word “hegemony.” If there’s an upcoming movie that you, gentle reader, would like reviewed, don’t only mildly hesitate to place your requests below.

Moneyball tells the story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), manager of the Oakland A’s (whose mascot either is the letter “A” or a really tiny elephant) and controversial pioneer in applying statistical reductionism (“sabermetrics“) to America’s Favorite Pastime. Along the way, Billy befriends a Yale econ grad (Jonah Hill), has a falling out with his team manager (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), and even learns a little about being a father. If that sounds about as thrilling as, say, a “Facebook movie”, then you’re actually onto something: this little ditty was written by West Wing mastermind and recent guest of Brown Aaron Sorkin. But that doesn’t mean it’s anywhere near as good. Continue Reading

The Netflix Files: April 20, 2011

The Netflix Files works to find the hidden gems of Netflix’s Watch Instantly feature, the films and TV series that have gone largely unnoticed by the streaming community. It’s also very possible that the writer of this column is slowly losing his mind.

This week, Brown is hosting its annual Ivy Film Festival, which promises a slew of student screenings, guest panels and sneak previews of Sundance faves. James Franco might even show up. The keynote speech of the festival will be delivered on Saturday afternoon by Aaron Sorkin.

Sorkin is one of our generation’s most revered screenwriters, having won an Academy Award earlier this year for The Social Network, an instant classic and a profound cultural commentary. The smart, quick-paced dialogue featured in the film’s opening sequence is a trademark of Sorkin’s, as any fan of The West Wing will tell you. He also scripted one of the best courtroom dramas ever made, A Few Good Men. Continue Reading

Ivy Film Festival brings films, panels, and Sorkin to Brown

Brush up on your MCM vocabulary— the Ivy Film Festival is back in town. Since yesterday, the IFF has been organizing different film-related events across campus. From free screenings to panel discussions with big names in the industry (why, hello, Mr. Franco and Mr. Sorkin), there’s bound to be at least one event that catches your eye and and can provide you with a break during your frantic post-Spring Weekend reality check.

What’s cool about the festival: FREE FREE FREE events, films made by students being honored at the Festival (it IS a film competition, after all), and the opportunity to drool over James Franco as he uses seductive words like diegesis and voyeurism.

What’s not so cool: because the events are FREE FREE FREE, the keynote speeches are going to fill up quickly. Jot down the dates, get tickets if you have to, and get to Granoff early to make sure you can hear Aaron Sorkin talk about how cool it is to be Aaron Sorkin.

The Festival will be going on until Sunday, April 24th. A full list of the events for the week after the jump!

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