Jozea is delusional.
Point blank. Period. End of discussion.
I continued the Bollmeyer Summer Matinee Movie Tour yesterday when I went to see Central Intelligence. This was the second of five movies this year where I ended up being the only one in the theater. It's one of the perks of a matinee, other than the lower ticket price.
I'd describe the movie as "sneakily good". When your two co-stars are The Rock and Kevin Hart you know you are going to get some humor and fun but I didn't know if it would be too over the top or possibly even a dud. I won't spoil any plot twists or anything but the first half of the movie sets up about exactly how you think it would set up. There is a silly plot that you have to set aside your sense of believability for with some humorous parts mixed in. The second half of the movie kind of catches you off guard though and turns almost turns into something different. And in a good way. I started the movie thinking "This is OK. Some harmless fun" and by the end of the movie I was thinking "How is this going to turn out? This is getting pretty good". It was almost like the opposite of what I was describing yesterday with the O.J. Simpson documentary, where it was great but my expectations going in were too much and I left feeling a little disappointed. Here with Central Intelligence after watching the first 45-60 minutes you have a certain expectation of what the movie will be and then it exceeds your expectations in the final 30-45 minutes.
Overall I ranked it at a 86/100. And this was also a great performance and role for The Rock. You see two sides of his character in this movie, a goofy lovable funny guy and a serious badass guy. And he plays them both really well. Not sure how many other actors in Hollywood could pull both those roles off as effectively at The Rock did here. And Kevin Hart is Kevin Hart in this movie. There are things of his that hit and things of his that miss. Whatever your opinion is on Kevin Hart going into the movie is you are probably going to have the same opinion leaving the movie.
We are now less than 24 hours until NBA free agency officially begins and by far the biggest free agent this summer is Kevin Durant. It's been reported that Durant is planning on taking meetings from at least six different teams. The Thunder will get the first meeting today apparently and then he plans on meeting with the Warriors, Spurs, Heat, Celtics, Clippers, and possibly the Knicks. And who knows, maybe he plans on meeting with some others. My thoughts:
- My prediction is that he stays with the Thunder.
- I realize he is in a tough spot since Westbrook's contract is up next season and it's tough to sign long term in Oklahoma City if you don't know what Russell is going to do next offseason.
- I'm going to crush him in the Three Count if he goes to Golden State. This is going to sound really "old man" or "get off my lawn" here but I'd be really disappointed if he leaves what he's created in Oklahoma City to go to an already established team in the Warriors. We crushed LeBron, so I'd crush Durant too if that's what he chose.
- I'm going to talk out of both sides of my mouth now, but I would understand if he goes to Golden State. I think we as fans place too much importance on a player's legacy or place in history. I'm not sure that really matters as much to multi-million dollar athletes in their twenties as it did to athletes in the past. Why wouldn't an athlete want to go play with his friends on a team that would be really, really good and make millions of dollars and probably win multiple championships? Because in thirty years people may look at him differently in history? I don't know if that's a great reason or an important one to a guy who's probably going to make north of half a billion dollars by the time his life is over.
- So if he goes to Golden State I think it makes sense and I'd understand it....but I'm still going to crush him.
- I don't see why Boston is on that list. They seem out of place to me.
- I don't see why the Lakers aren't on that list.
- A team I'd at least give some thought to if I'm Durant: Minnesota. They have a young core and are on the verge of being a really good team. Adding Durant would be huge and could turn them into a young dynasty. But I get that it would be a risky move and Durant is already nine years into his career. Starting over in a franchise that would be really similar to what he's already built in Oklahoma City may not sound too appealing. Neither would the weather Minnesota in the winter. But I think I'd at least listen to what they have to sell.