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Welcome to Karma, Dwight Howard

Posted by Greg on Jan 21, 2013 in Sports

Dwight Howard was ejected last night during the Lakers loss. The team is now so far removed from playoff contention, they will have to pull off a miracle to make the playoffs. As an Orlando resident, no one is happier about this than me and the rest of my fellow Orlando residents. Howard’s ongoing soap opera about wanting an exodus from Orlando was tiring and a distraction. While he’s a tremendous loss, it’s far nicer to see a team of harmonious, team-driven athletes trying to overachieve and prove people wrong. Read more…

 
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Understanding the Manti Te’o Saga

Posted by Greg on Jan 21, 2013 in Sports

The real tragedy –– or oversight ––– in the Manti Teo girlfriend hoax is that people are losing sight of what really happened here. A college student got mixed up in something online ––– whether complicit or victim ––– and let it get away from him. Whether this means he’s pathological, detached from reality or something far more sinister, the sad reality is, he really is just a kid. In his apology this weekend he wrote that he was afraid to admit to his father that the relationship was fake because he was worried his father would end it. Whether this is all a big hoot and the farthest thing from the truth, it reminds us that college football players really are just kids. While it’s easy to lose sight of this, given how much we glorify them on Saturdays and during the bowl post-season, these really are just youthful adolescents just beginning to enter their formative years. Read more…

 
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2013 Golden Globe Thoughts

Posted by Greg on Jan 14, 2013 in Movies

Golden Globe Thoughts

Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz was easily the best part of Django Unchained and if you ask me, he’s one of the best actors around. So any time he gets hardware, I’m a happy dude.

Actress in TV Show: Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey. An amazing TV show and an awesome actress. Definitely happy she won. To be fair, of all the nominees, its the only show I was intimately familiar with.

Best Miniseries/TV Movie: Game Change winning is fine, but Hatfields and McCoys most definitely deserved it. Jay Roach is a great director when he wants to be serious, and when he wants to really bring it.

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The Silver Linings Playbook is Worth the Hype

Posted by Greg on Jan 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

Saw the much-ballyhooed David O. Russell film The Silver Linings Playbook last night and came away quite impressed. Though it is a romance at heart, there’s tons of charm here without being saccharine and over-the-top (i.e. Nicholas Sparks). As much a romance as it is a familial drama, there’s a zest in each of the lead actors (Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper) as well as the supporting cast (Robert DeNiro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, et. al). I haven’t seen romantic chemistry as strong or as realistic as Lawrence and Cooper in this film. Russell has certainly continued his recent hot streak and seems to be coming into his own as a filmmaker. Between this and The Fighter, he has made two monstrous, character-driven films that are absolutely worth seeing. If anything, the film makes me more interested in Matthew Quick’s book.

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