Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane is handicapped with the lowest salary constraint in baseball. If he ever wants to win the World Series, Billy must find a competitive advantage. Billy is about to turn baseball on its ear when he uses statistical data to analyze and place value on the players he picks for the team.

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The Help

Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories — and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly — and unwillingly — caught up in the changing times. Continue reading


I have never really been a big fan of Valentine’s Day, but not because I don’t have anyone to celebrate it with but because it forces romance that really isn’t my style.  The ooey gooey kissy face is not my idea of a good time, rather I like to go for the I love you so much that I have gotten you something that I know that you will like and use.

This year for our first Valentine’s I got Jesse a tool kit for his computer, Playstation etc.  Jigg is up, he guessed that I was getting it for him.  Romantic no, practical hell yes.  Jesse is squishy romantic and I am–not.  I have warmed up a bit since we have been together, but not enough to change my cynical views on romance.  Maybe that’s why I love him, because he lets me still be the cynic.

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Midnight in Paris

Gil and Inez travel to Paris as a tag-along vacation on her parents’ business trip. Gil is a successful Hollywood writer but is struggling on his first novel. He falls in love with the city and thinks they should move there after they get married, but Inez does not share his romantic notions of the city or the idea that the 1920s was the golden age. When Inez goes off dancing with her friends, Gil takes a walk at midnight and discovers what could be the ultimate source of inspiration for writing. Gil’s daily walks at midnight in Paris could take him closer to the heart of the city but further from the woman he’s about to marry.  Read on for my two-cents.

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