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“Concussion” Mini-Review

1441330547_concussion-upcoming-american-sports-drama-film-directed-written-by-peter-landesman-movie-basedConcussion (2015)

In “Concussion”, Will Smith plays a Nigerian forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, who comes to the US for work, but later becomes the centre of media attention and the big companies’ pursuit when he makes the first discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. The disease is a football-related brain trauma that is characterized by dizziness, headaches, memory loss and depression, among other symptoms. Far from being acknowledged and praised for his discovery, Dr. Omalu soon sets on a dangerous path fighting for truth and justice for CTE victims as the grand American football establishment tries to put a stop to Dr. Omalu’s experimentations.

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“Moneyball” Review

Moneyball (2011)   

Based on Michael Lewis’s book of the same name; directed by Bennett Miller; and also starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, ‘Moneyball‘ tells the story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), a very ambitious general manager of Oakland A’s baseball team. Beane desires to see his team at the top of every league game, winning the World Series, but, due to the financial constraints, cannot realise his dream. Therefore, hiring a Yale economics graduate, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), Beane uses statistical analysis, measuring in-game activity, to choose his team players. The players picked by Beane are those “undervalued” by others, even though they show a promising talent. Beane’s main premise here is that everyone in baseball asks “wrong questions”, for example concentrating on players’ usual winning record and subjective opinions of a player, rather than asking such objective questions as “which player on a particular team contributed the most to the team’s offense?” These are the principles of subermetrics or “baseball economics”. As Wikipedia states, sabermetrics is “concerned both with determining the value of a player or team in current or past seasons and with attempting to predict the value of a player or team in the future”. 

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