I went to see There Will Be Blood tonight and I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it. The first two hours were fantastic, but I'm not sure I liked the last half hour or so. Daniel Day-Lewis, as always, gives a brilliant performance, and if there's any justice in the world, he'll win his second Academy Award next month.
"Wait," you say, "isn't this a basketball blog? Why are you wasting our time with movie reviews?"
Um, I have no answer for that.
Anyway, while we're talking about movies, I thought of the ways that movies are like basketball teams. The owner is the producer. The GM is the screenwriter. The coach is the director. The players are the actors. When everything comes together you get a truly great team -- or movie.
So, in the spirit of George Costanza combining two things he loves, here is the first (and probably the last) list of Oscar contenders and their NBA counterparts:
Los Angeles Lakers: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. It's got one big star, but a decent supporting cast. Considering that the story is about a man who was falsely imprisoned, but escapes and seeks revenge on all those who wrong them, well, I just wonder if Kobe Bryant is paying attention.
Phoenix Suns: Juno. Steve Nash and Ellen Page have nothing in common, other than the fact that they're both the engines that make their exciting teams go. Juno was probably the most enjoyable time I've had at a movie theater this year (it helped that Natalie Portman was in the house, which is especially odd since I saw it in Cincinnati), and love or hate the Suns, they're an awful lot of fun to watch.
Boston Celtics: Charlie Wilson's War. An all-star cast. It's important to note, however, that this film has no shot of winning the Oscar for Best Picture. The Celtics have a slightly better shot of winning it all.
Portland Trail Blazers: Into the Wild. Player-turned-coach Nate McMillan is no Sean Penn, but he's leading a team of youngsters in the Pacific Northwest to do some special things. Let's just hope that Brandon Roy fares better than Emile Hirsch's character.
Dallas Mavericks: No Country For Old Men. I wonder how good the Mavericks would be if Dirk Nowitzki had Javier Bardem's haircut.
Orlando Magic: There Will Be Blood. Sometimes brilliant, and being led by a monster performance by Dwight Howard, I can't help but feel like this team isn't going to make it to the mountaintop.
Denver Nuggets: American Gangster. Two huge stars. Not much else.
San Antonio Spurs: Atonement. This movie was like a "Three's Company" episode, but Oscar-y. The Spurs keep doing things the traditonal way, and they'll keep winning championships. Atonement is the same way. Keira Knightley in her green dress is Tim Duncan: a classic.
Detroit Pistons: Michael Clayton. As good as George Clooney was in this movie -- and he was good -- it was truly the ensemble effort that made it great. If Clooney is Chauncey Billups, then Tilda Swinton is Richard Hamilton, and the crazy Tom Wilkinson role would naturally go to Rasheed Wallace.
If you can figure out what movie should represent the New Orleans Hornets, you're better at this than I am.
Posted by Kenn Ruby at 1/18/2008 9:30:00 PM