23 April 2018

Rafa Wins Monte Carlo Masters (Again)

Death... Taxes... #Rafa winning a clay title...

Congrats to #KingOfClay for 11th(!) #RolexMCMasters. One of these days people will realise that #Nadal's clay record is one of *the* greatest achievements in #tennis/sport/humankind


PS Congrats to #BryanBrothers for winning too๐Ÿ˜€

22 April 2018

Cavs Pull Out Close Win vs Pacers

Not dead yet! Thank G*d for... Kyle Bl**dy #Korver?! #LeBron lives to fight another day. #Cavs 

 

PS. If #LanceStephenson's gonna act like a WWE heel, he may as well pull some wrestling moves on the court ๐Ÿ˜ฏ. This whole #INDvCLE thing's a dogfight! 


#NBA

Mo Salah Wins Player of the Year

Man, it just keeps getting better for #Klopp's troops. #MoSalah wins #PFA #POTY (was there ever any doubt?! ๐Ÿค—)! So... that means the treble is still alive... #BallonDOr, #UCL next ๐Ÿคฉ 


#LFC #Liverpool




RIP Verne Troyer

RIP #VerneTroyer. He was so good as #MiniMe in #AustinPowers. Good example of not letting a seeming "handicap" get in the way of a full life.

20 April 2018

Someone Called Bogdanovic Hands LeBron Back-Breaking Game 3 Loss

Look, I was bracing myself for the end of this run... but I had no idea that I needed to brace myself for a... #Bogdanovic?! Who?! Wha?! 7-9 3pts?! #LeBron (& #Cavs) drop that all-important Game 3 to #Pacers. ๐Ÿ™€ #INDvCLE #NBA

Godard Mon Amour (Le Redoutable)

#GodardMonAmour: Look, for a philistine like me, this was a cheeky, extremely meta deconstruction/reinforcement of the #Godard myth, in fact, one could say, a wannabe-Godard-ian look at, uh, Godard ๐Ÿ˜‡ Love the retro (35mm!๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ‘) cinematography, & Garrel & esp Martin are excellent.



19 April 2018

Roger Federer on the Cover of TIME Magazine

Oh, hey, if it isn't part-time (๐Ÿ˜‡) #tennis player #Federer on the *cover* of #TIME! #peRFect! #TIME100 


https://t.co/UomysCU0N8



18 April 2018

Cavaliers Turn a Seemingly Easy Win into Another Tough One vs Pacers

Ya know, for a brief sec there I thought it was gonna be an easy win, then I realised, it's *never* easy with the #Cavs. #LeBron grabbing a rebound, running down the court... only to find his kid teammates can't keep up with him... so it goes ๐Ÿคท‍♂️ PS. #KevinLove ๐Ÿ˜ฑ #CLEvIND

RIP Harry Anderson

RIP #HarryAnderson. I actually knew him from probably his least-known endeavour #DavesWorld. I was immediately taken by his charming, seemingly effortless, avuncular screen presence, the type to instantly put a smile on your face. No too many like him left.

The Ritual

#TheRitual: H/T @ my awesome nephew for telling me about this awesome lil' calling-card B-movie that does a *lot* with little (budget). Young Brucker will get snapped by some CU, until then enjoy this tight exercise in suspense. (Romania tourism might want a word or two, tho'...)



17 April 2018

James Harrison Retires

You Know You're Too Old When: #JamesHarrison retires(?). Okay, so  the end was ugly, but hopefully TBH & the rest of #Steelers nation forgives & accepts him back into the fold. Deserves to join #HinesWard in #NFL #HOF based on the Greatest #SuperBowl Play, Ever! #HereWeGo #Deebo



Shaq and Denzel on TNT Inside the NBA

#Shaq + #Denzel = TBH Heaven!





16 April 2018

RIP R. Lee Ermey

RIP #RLeeErmey. One of my favourite character actors. Like everyone else, I discovered him in #FullMetalJacket. Poor chap got a bit stereotyped for the rest of his career, but he was so good, esp when given the chance to stretch. His indelible screen presence will be missed.

15 April 2018

Cavaliers Lose Game 1 to Pacers!!!!!

Waitasec...in a year when the #Warriors are apparently vulnerable and the #NBA title is "wide open" the #Cavs may not make it out of the first round! Man, #LeBron's gonna give me heartburn for the next 2 months! 

PS. #Oladipo's a great story, love the kid.

14 April 2018

RIP Milos Forman

RIP Milos Forman. Growing up my dad used to pester me about his films. Then, when I saw Cuckoo as a college student, & Amadeus w TBH, & Larry Flynt, & Valmont, &... well, I understood. 2-time #Oscar-winning dir/BP puts him in the very upper echelon, where he definitely belongs.๐Ÿ˜”

13 April 2018

Mina Kimes on Luka Doncic

Good stuff from @minakimes about future Euro unicorn #LukaDoncic. My own personal theory is it all stems from the great #ArvydasSabonis, who changed the #NBA as much as anyone. PS When will poor Doncic go down with a season-ending injury?๐Ÿค“ #MinaKimesCurse

https://t.co/KTrODxcnxT

12 April 2018

JuJu Jersey RT

H/T @KathleenBarrett ๐Ÿ‘ #Steelers #JuJu #HereWeGo!



NBA Season (Finally) Over

The #NBA season is (finally) over, long live the post-season...tho it was fun to see:

#LeBron play 82 (for once๐Ÿ˜‡) & have an #MVP season

#Harden put up thirsty stats

#Russ average a triple-double again(?!)

#76ers complete #TheProcess

#KD whine

#AnthonyDavis raise eyebrows (๐Ÿคฃ)


Martellus Bennett Retired(?!)

You Know You're Too Old When: #MartellusBennett Retires. Wait, when did that happen?! Became a fan after watching him & his puppies on Hard Knocks...during his rookie season. Apparently, he went on to have a great career...๐Ÿ˜





11 April 2018

Leander Paes (and David Ferrer) Win in Davis Cup

Congrats to (Calcutta's own๐Ÿ˜‡ ) #LeanderPaes on setting record & sparking #IND's comeback win. Still going strong as ambassador for #tennis, sport, India๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ...everything!

PS. #DavidFerrer, still fighting...to...the...*bitter*...end (poor #Kohlschreiber).

#DavisCup #Leander #Paes

10 April 2018

KKR Wins Opener 2018 IPL (But Loses to CSK)

Congrats to #KKR on starting the post-#Gambhir era with a win v #RCB (#Narine! Imagine the international career he could've had if only, ya know... ๐Ÿ˜‡). Too bad they couldn't bring it off vs #CSK (like all horror movie villains they...just...won't...die...)

#IPL #KKRvRCB #CSKvKKR

09 April 2018

A Quiet Place

#AQuietPlace: Best Actors-Really-Want-To-Direct-High-Concept-More-Thriller-Than-Horror Movie, Ever! Krasinski, all that *and* he can direct too?! Great stuff from Blunt & esp Simmonds who steals the show. Sound #Oscar nom, sure, but howbowdah foley, eh?๐Ÿ‘ 35mm cinematography!๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ‘



06 April 2018

RIP Isao Takahata

RIP #IsaoTakahata. Legendary #StudioGhibli co-founder. Fantastic director in his own right. Made the underrated #Ghibli gems, incl my own favourites: #TheTaleOfThePrincessKaguya, #OnlyYesterday (*love* this movie!) & of course the *devastating* #GraveOfTheFireflies. What a legacy

Sweet Country

#SweetCountry: Stunning! One of the year's very best. Beautiful, melancholy, but ultimately hopeful *cinematic* experience. Legends Neill & Brown together at last, but this belongs to Morris (making his *debut*!) Director Thornton deserves an Oscar nom…for cinematography(?)!๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ‘



05 April 2018

RIP Steven Bochco

RIP #StevenBochco. Never knew his legendary status when I snuck #HillStreetBlues reruns, then watched #LALaw (still remember that one ep where...), & then of course, #NYPDBlue. What a career.

Wait, he worked on #Columbo with #Spielberg?! 

#DoogieHowser, #CopRock, #MurderOne...!!

Did an Earthquake Cause Sergio to Hit All Those Balls Into the Water?!

Ho-hum. #Earthquake.

Kinda gentle, rolling one. Almost put me to sleep...and another #SergioGarcia ball in the water๐Ÿ˜‚ (poor chap...).

#Masters

Liverpool Comprehensive Victory Over Chelsea in CL First Leg

You had me at running riot!

#MoSalah...he can score, he can assist, perhaps he can win the #BallondOr?! ๐Ÿ˜‡

Great win for #LFC...let's not get too excited, apparently they still have to play a Leg 2.

PS. Great Defense, #Klopp (wha?!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

#Liverpool #UCL #LIVMCI



04 April 2018

Lean on Pete

#LeanOnPete: I'm always down with coming-of-age kid-and-animal movies, *always*, but this was… unexpected. Delicate, melancholy, funny, hopeful, shocking. Not everyone's cuppa, but it ends up sticking with you. Great perfs from Sevigny, the great Buscemi, & esp young Plummer.



02 April 2018

RIP Winnie Mandela

RIP #WinnieMandela. I'll let the experts discuss her complex legacy but as a kid growing up she was just as visible and powerfully inspiring an image of the (seemingly neverending) fight against oppression as Mr. Mandela. 

Ready Player One

#ReadyPlayerOne: Best 80s Movie/TV/Music/Game/Commercial/Nerd-Geek-Feverdream, Ever! So many Geek Easter Eggs, you'll need to watch your cholesterol (sorry, ๐Ÿคฃ)! For #Spielberg to direct this movie must have been the wish-fulfillment to end all wish-fulfillments for #ErnestCline!


01 April 2018

Isner and Sloane Pull Off Rare American Masters 1000 Double

So, the #SunshineDouble turned into an #AmericanDouble, eh? Congrats to #Isner pulling out another long match, and #Sloane finally pulling away to win #MiamiOpen. Well done! ๐ŸŽพ๐Ÿ‘


PS. #Zverev & #Ostapenko... #NextGenATP is Gen Now! ๐Ÿ˜Œ


#ATP #WTA

31 March 2018

LA Galaxy Comes Back to Beat LA FC in Bonkers Match!!!

OMGB!!! I was totally ready to make fun of #LAClasico… but what an insane, bonkers, I-can't-believe-what-I-just-saw match! And, yes, it's definitely our welcome, #Zlatan #Ibrahimovic (with some *beautiful* assists from #EmmanuelBoateng). I'm back on the #Galaxy bandwagon. #LAFC

29 March 2018

The Alienist

#TheAlienist: Great effort by #TNT to punch above its basic cable weight. Sayles(!), Bruhl, Evans, Geraghty, Kilcher...all of them so very good, but I'm down for the Dakotaissance. She steals the whole d*mn thing! PS. Man, give them *all* the prod design #Emmys! ๐Ÿ–ผ ๐Ÿ‘



27 March 2018

Tempers Flare at Miami Open

Seeds were planted by fan behaviour during #Federer-#DelPo #IndianWells epic. Now it's infected everyone at #MiamiOpen

Between this, #AUS balltampering, thin-skinned #JustinThomas/#RoryMcIlroy fan-interactions, #tennis, #cricket, #golf are all taking hits to gentlemanly image. ๐Ÿค”







25 March 2018

South Africa Wallops Australia in Controversial Test

Hoo boy, no one brings out the schadenfreude quite like the #AUS-sies, eh? Ball tampering. Match bans. Collapsing. Whingeing about crowd behaviour (that's rich!)... Meanwhile #RSA stiffens spine under pressure & wallops their biggest rival.

PS. Well done #MorneMorkel!

#SAvAUS

24 March 2018

Federer Loses Another Final-Set Tiebreaker...This Time in the *First* Round! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ณ

I am the jinx. I am the one who gives it the ol' #BillPlaschke "It's Over!" Did it against #DelPo, & today against #Kokkinakis. My bad #Federer ๐Ÿ˜ซ


Ps. Pls tell me this isn't the beginning of another streak (17-0...then 0-2) & the end of #GOAT?! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ


#MiamiOpen


23 March 2018

Isle of Dogs

#IsleOfDogs: Hipster Madlibs (#WesAnderson+#StopMotion+#Doggos+Japanese-Cute-Exoticism+#GretaGerwig)! Lovely weird, funny, melancholy little film.
PS Cultural appropriation is way above my paygrade, so I'll let @JustinCChang handle it๐Ÿคท‍♀️
PPS Now, about that anti-cat bias...๐Ÿ˜ฟ


22 March 2018

Tommy Haas Retires

You Know You're Too Old When: #TommyHaas Retires. Stylish shotmaker who probably didn't maximise his potential but had a fine career nonetheless. That #FO09 match vs #Federer ๐Ÿ˜ฑ! He's shaping up to have one of the greatest second acts in the history of mankind! 

New Zealand Crushes England (... in First Innings of First Test)

Wait, wha?! Did #NZL really bowl out #ENG for 58?! 58?! #Boult 6-32?! #Southee 4-25?! Bless the Kiwis, man, they sure know how to give "underdogs"* a great name!


* Wait, can they still be considered underdogs?!


#NZvENG

21 March 2018

Cavs Eke Out Win Against Raptors at Home

See? #Cavs can totally beat  #Raptors & win the East...

...if they have homecourt

... if they come from 15pts behind

...if #LeBron avgs 35-7-17

... if they somehow contain #Siakam / #Valanciunas / #Poeltl /  #VanVleet

... and, oh yeah, if they get by #Celtics first ☺️ #CLEvTOR

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

#TheKillingOfASacredDeer: Yikes๐Ÿ˜ฐ! Unnerving #Kubrick homage (replete with *those* tracking shots) burrows deep inside and won't let go. Farrell, Kidman, kids are fabulous but man is this Keoghan's show from beginning to end. Bl**dy h*ll! Somewhere, Papa #Haneke is proud.


20 March 2018

Kevin Pietersen Retires

You Know You're Too Old When: #KevinPietersen (Finally) Retires. Super-talented/mercurial/entertaining cricketer who probably had a much bigger impact on the modern game than we realised. They'll be teaching about his national team ouster in management case studies for years! #KP

19 March 2018

Karthik Last-Ball Six Wins India Nidahas Trophy

I have no idea what the #NidahasTrophy is, but a last-ball six (๐Ÿ‘€) to win is simply awesome (esp considering that I'm old enough to remember when #IND was on the *other* side of one of those๐Ÿ˜‡)! Well done #DineshKarthik ๐Ÿ‘! PS. Ya gotta feel for #BAN... #INDvBAN