Episode #17 — Moneyball (2011) with Aidan Jackson-Evans

Baseball writer Aidan Jackson-Evans joins us this week to discuss the book and screenplay for ‘Moneyball’. Just how accurate is this seemingly-true tale of the manager who learned how to gain a competitive edge through a manipulation of statistics to discover undervalued players? We learn about the real life of Billy Beane, just how outdated ‘Moneyball’ tactics already are in modern baseball, and consider if there is even a ‘best’ way for a screenwriter to try to tell this story at all.

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How can you not be romantic about baseball?
— Billy Beane
 

Episode #1 — Steve Jobs (2015)

In our inaugural episode, we take a look at Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay for ‘Steve Jobs’ (2015), directed by Danny Boyle. This film seemed to fly under the radar, perhaps due to the fact that it was based on the same person’s life as the less warmly received ‘Jobs’ (2013), but it was incredibly well-written and featured some great performances from Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. We consider the how the screenplay draws on the source material - Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs’ life - and the interesting techniques Sorkin used to bring that material to life on screen and his usage of the dramatic form.

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It’s not binary. You can be gifted and decent at the same time.
— Steve Wozniak