Sunday, January 31, 2016

"He's from a small town. He can't run. He can't jump. He can't play against bigger guys. He's a step slow. He can't play defense".

Larry Bird - Drive
"All day, every day"
Hall of Famer Larry Bird is my spirit animal. The self-proclaimed Hick from French Lick is, by quite a large margin, my favorite NBA player of all time, what with his work ethic, moustache, trash talk, court vision and ultra-competitiveness. Selected with the No. 6 overall pick by Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach in 1987, after which he played out his final season at Indiana State instead of making the jump to the pros, Bird carved out a lofty career for himself. The West Baden, Indiana native became a three-time NBA Champion, reeled in three MVP Awards and was named an NBA All-Star twelve times, all the while producing countless and averaging 24.3 PPG, 10.0 RPG and 6.3 APG over a 13-year career that was unfortunately cut short because of debilitating back problems. Drive: The Story of My Life (1989) chronicles Bird's life and career up to the 1989 season.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Vacation

Vacation (2015)
We're going to Walley World!
Last night I watched Vacation (2015) with Sarah and my Hollywood-crazed sister Margot. The movie had been on my radar ever since the trailer zipped by on Facebook, quickly drawing me in with the fun chemistry between brothers Kevin and James. I remember immediately forwarding the trailer to Margot, because I'm pretty much the dingus older brother and she's 200% the twisted smaller sibling. Going in, I expected a non-committal comedy in the mold of We're the Millers (2013), but with Hangover star Ed Helms replacing SNL alumn Jason Sudeikis and Amy Green Christina Applegate replacing Rachel Green Jennifer Aniston. Let's ride!

Friday, January 15, 2016

All is quiet on the trade front

Rudy Gay trade
Rondo doesn't like you
I'm not even going to lie: a big part of why I like the NBA is the wheeling and dealing.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pain & Gain

Pain & Gain
Are you a do-er or a don't-er?
Last week me and Sarah watched Pain & Gain (2013) by Transformers: Age of Extinction director/four-time Worst Director nominee Michael Bay. When a teaser for it flashed by on Monday, she immediately turned to me and asked, "Did we just find a movie to watch?"

Monday, January 4, 2016

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane"

Looking For Alaska

It is becoming somewhat of a yearly tradition that I wrap up the year with a John Green book. Last December I read Paper Towns in anticipation of the movie, which I still have to watch!, and earlier this year I decided that Looking For Alaska (2005) would by this year's reread. Looking For Alaska is Green's first book. It won the Michael L. Printz Award in 2006, but didn't break into the New York Times best seller list until 2012, more than seven years after it was released. I have to admit that I was keenly unaware of John Green's genius, too, until I discovered Tumblr a couple of years ago and simply couldn't circumvent the plenty quotes of and religious adoration for the 38-year-old Nerdfather out of Indiana. Looking For Alaska is by No. 2 favorite book by him, after TFiOS.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea

In The Heart of the Sea

On Sunday I watched In the Heart of the Sea (2015) by Hollywood Walk of Famer Ron Howard, whom you may also remember from making EDtv, The Da Vinci Code and of course the impeccable Bryce Dallas-Howard, perhaps his finest accomplishment. Since we received compensatory tickets from Kinepolis for the botched MJ2 viewing, which is nice, but I couldn't convince my siblings to watch The Martian, which is why we decided to have a whale of a good time watching Thor Chris Hemsworth instead. I honestly didn't know much about the movie, so I was completely in the dark and could only let it was over me. We watched In the Heart... in 3D, which I am not really a fan of, and I thought that it was wasted a bit here. More on that later.

Monday, December 28, 2015

"When you think you have done enough, do a little more, because someone out there is working harder than you"


I just finished reading When The Game Was Ours (2010) by Larry Bird and Magic Johnson (and Jackie MacMullan). Somehow I had forgotten that the book existed, but when I stumbled upon it making my Christmas list, I didn't think twice about ordering the intertwined memoir. As you may or may not know, I am somewhat of a Celtics fan (evidenced here), with Hall of Fame forward Larry Bird aka The Hick From French Lick my No. 1 Celtic of all time. The undeniable skills, the trash talk, the court vision, the shooting prowess, the work ethic, the fuzzy moustache ... Larry Legend aka The Great White Hope is basketball. I couldn't wait to learn more about Bird and of course his heated rivalry with eternal adversary Earvin "Magic" Johnson and the Showtime Lakers.
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