I am not Brad Pitt
“That’s part of your problem: you haven’t seen enough movies. All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.” Davis (Steve Martin, Grand Canyon, 1991)
Inspired by Sue Unerman’s cinematic references in her last blog I’ve another movie for your attention.
I’m not Brad Pitt, but neither am I Jonah Hill, at least I’m not as smart as he is in the baseball-based movie Moneyball. It tells the story of Oakland Athletics’ 2002 season. A season where they changed the rules of baseball forever. It’s one of those movies about sport that isn’t about sport. It’s a movie about conviction, destiny, redemption, resistance and duty. It’s also a movie about data.
Pitt is the charismatic, though flawed General Manager Billy Beane, but it’s Jonah Hill’s Peter Brand who impresses as the genius whose detailed analysis of player performance enables the Oaklands to let’s just say, do better than anyone expected.
It’s a great reminder that even in our exciting and increasingly data-driven industry the big breakthroughs come from people. For every GB of data there’s 1K of insight to be found, and it comes from those smart enough to join the dots and charismatic enough to make things change.
To see a whole raft of them (including the peerless David Fletcher) make sure you attend this year’s Media 360 as well as getting yourself a copy of Moneyball.
Whilst I’m in an Americana mood and the economy is going to hell I can recommend Pit Cue Co.’s excellent ribs. Depression-era food is all the rage right now (expect more when The Great Gatsby opens on Boxing Day) and these guys have cornered the market in cheap, flavoursome, pulled-pork hits of solace.