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October Recap    

October Recap

While I’m well aware that we are a full week into November, I would be remiss if I didn’t take some time to talk about what a special month October was in the world of sports and entertainment. Last month alone we had: the start of the NHL and NBA seasons, the NFL and NCAAF seasons continue and the end of an extremely enjoyable MLB Playoffs (unless you are a Dodger fan.) We also saw the once unimaginable passing of NCAA athletes being able to profit off their likeness! Shoutout California and Gavin for leading the way there. On the entertainment side, we had: Oscar Hopefuls release in theaters, Kanye West drop a forgettable album, Tame Impala announce their follow up to Currents (five years later) and a new season of Big Mouth. Below you will find my very early NBA thoughts and my top 10 movies that I saw in October. Enjoy.

THE NBA IS BACK!

The NBA has been back for 18 days now and I can’t remember what my time was like without it. I actually had to Google when the season started this year because it feels like it has already been a month. I wish I had the time to write thousands of words about basketball and all my hopes and dreams for this season but since I don’t, I just want to share some of the highlights and my takeaways of the first couple weeks of the season. 

Christmas came early on opening night for me as I was gifted the match up of the year. The battle of LA (if you can even say it’s for LA, this town will always bleed purple and gold over I guess…red white and blue?) Even without PG13 and Kyle Kuzma this game lived up to the hype and showed us a lot about what to expect from these clubs for the next seven-eight months. The Clippers are who we thought they were: the Vegas favorites to win the title. The arguable best team in the league and in my opinion the deepest team in the league. They have two full rotations that are scary. It is a valid argument that their second unit would be fighting for a playoff spot. I found myself at times wondering if Moe Harkless would be the Lakers third best player. And in that game, without Kuzma on the floor, the answer was yes. The Lakers on the other hand showed some issues that were expected. The team is extremely top heavy. You have two of the top 5-10 guys in the league and then there is a significant drop off. The question is if that matters. LeBron and AD fully healthy could be enough for the Lakers as long as everyone else simply does what they are supposed to do. It was clear that the Lakers also need a point guard. Vogel was playing LeBron mostly at point in the opener and it was clear that it was not sustainable. Getting Rondo back will help, but it seems like the Lakers roster for this season is still not final. I have shamelessly wasted most of my words on the two LA teams so let's briefly recap the rest of the league. 

The Golden State Warriors who have been in the NBA Finals the last 5 years in a row (winning three times in 15,17 and 18) have had an unimaginable fall from grace. This is a recap of the teams last eight games. Kevin Durant torn achilles and leaves for the Nets. Klay Thompson tears ACL. Lose the finals in the last game at Oracle. Steph Curry breaks his left hand and will miss at least 3 months. Draymond Green tears ligaments in his finger. Down to the Suns 43-14 after the first quarter. That is all in the last eight games! Nothing more needs to be said than this…Ky Bowman, Jordan Poole, Glenn Robinson, Eric Paschall, Willie Cauley-Stein. That was the Warriors starting lineup for their last game. Let’s take a moment and acknowledge the Suns for currently being 5-2 and in 4th place in the West.

The East is now open with the departure of Kawhi and honestly seems to be more competitive than I thought. Philly, Milwaukee, Toronto, Boston and Miami all seem legit so far. Preseason playoff hopefuls Brooklyn and Indiana have been struggling these first few weeks back. Charlotte, who was thought to be the worst team in the NBA in the preseason is 4-3 and currently in the playoffs. Granted there have been under 4 games played but I can only speak on what I have seen so far.

HERE ARE MY TOP 5 BOILING HOT TAKES FOR THIS SEASON:

  1. Luka Doncic will win MVP
  2. Either the Suns or Hornets will make the playoffs
  3. The Warriors will win the NBA Draft Lottery
  4. Neither the Lakers or Clippers will win the West
  5. Giannis will want out of Milwaukee

MOVIES ARE ALSO BACK!

It wouldn't be a proper monthly recap if I didn't talk a little bit about film. After hearing about so many movies throughout the festival circuit, last month we finally got the chance to see some of them. Below is my Top 10 of the films I saw last month with little notes about each. Disclaimer: I have yet to see JoJo Rabbit or Motherless Brooklyn.

10. The Laundromat - It’s sad to put a Steven Soderbergh movie that has Meryl Streep AND Gary Oldman in it as the tenth best movie of the month but this one was hard to get through.

9. The King - Spent a few minutes deciding what was worse between this and The Laundromat. Almost put this at number ten because it is an hour longer but at least the storyline was strung together nicely. This movie also has Robert Pattinson playing a Frenchman who sounds like a mouse. 

8. El Camino - I guess it was fine but I just have one question…Why?

7. Dolemite is my name - This movie was fun. It was nice to see Eddie Murphy back on the big-screen (of my living room TV because this film is on Netflix.) Awesome cast of people who have brought me so many laughs over the years. 

6. Pain & Glory - A Mount Rushmore performance for a legendary actor who plays a legendary director who reflects on his career and the relationships he built and burned throughout it. 

5. Joker - People are still talking about this movie and it has been out for over a month. It is the highest grossing rated R movie of all time and features the performance of my vote for Best Actor. If nothing else this movie is a massive success that controlled the conversation for weeks. 

4. The Lighthouse - This movie is in black and white. It is shot on a box screen. You will not understand at least one third of the dialogue. And it is still a movie that I wanted to watch again immediately after. Two heavyweight fighters going back and forth one-upping each other the entire way. 

3. The Irishman - The fact that a Scorsese epic, that runs over 200 minutes, that features De Niro, Pacino, PESCI, and Keitel is only the third best movie I saw this month speaks insane volumes to the month it was for film. This could easily be number one. Please see this movie in theaters if you can. The Action Bronson cameo you never knew you needed. 

2. Marriage Story - Opening this week on a small number of screens. This is the most human movie I have ever seen. It is devastating, it is beautiful, it is hilarious. It absolutely ripped my heart out in the best way possible. Adam Driver and Joaquin Phoenix will be going to game 7 for this best actor. 

1. Parasite - I really don't even want to say anything about this movie. Favorite of the year hands down. Won the Palme d’Or and was worshiped by all my favorite critics and still exceeded my expectations. Thank you Bong.