Someone called up Mary Elizabeth Winstead and said let's make a John Wick but in a bunch of Cyberpunk 2077 inspired sets and it should have worked, but this really quickly moves away from what gives it life. Bummer.
My NBA fandom was tailing off as the early aughts wore on, but I came home randomly from work and sat down in front of the 4th quarter of this one and, well...
There's some filler here, and backstory on Artest, O'Neal, and Jackson, a lot of good stuff with Reggie Miller, and laughably, even an interview with Tim Donaghy. Between this and the Last Dance, just didn't realize there was this big void in my heart that only NBA nostalgia could fill.
Stephen Jackson's the MVP of this one. Might go order a jersey.
between this and A Bigger Splash, may Luca Guadagnino filmed summers never end -- just a wonderful world to orbit for a couple of hours, from the endlessly sun-drenched Italian environs to the subtle romance unfolding, to the various characters coming and going, to its perfectly chosen score, to its gorgeous closing moments-- the movie transcends its particulars and captures a magic, devastating moment of youth that I think should resonate in any human being; a strong, strong vision.