Monday, May 25, 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

TPSG 2015 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

Seeing as the draft lottery has now come and gone, it seems like an appropriate time to post an NBA Mock Draft, so here goes:
  1. Minnesota Timberwolves - Karl Anthony Towns - C - Kentucky
  2. Los Angeles Lakers - Jahlil Okafor - C - Duke
  3. Philadelphia 76ers - DeAngelo Russell - PG - Ohio State
  4. New York Knicks - Emmanuel Mudiay - PG - Congo
  5. Orlando Magic - Kristaps Porzingis - PF - Latvia
  6. Sacramento Kings - Justise Winslow - SF - Duke 
  7. Denver Nuggets - Mario Hezonja - SF - Croatia 
  8. Detroit Pistons - Stanley Johnson - SF - Arizona 
  9. Charlotte Hornets - Trey Lyles - PF - Kentucky 
  10. Miami Heat - Myles Turner - C - Texas 
  11. Indiana Pacers - Willie Cauley Stein - C - Kentucky
  12. Utah Jazz - Sam Dekker - SF - Wisconsin 
  13. Phoenix Suns - Frank Kaminsky - C - Wisconsin 
  14. Oklahoma City Thunder - Cameron Payne - PG - Murray State
  15. Atlanta Hawks - Kelly Oubre - SF - Kansas 
  16. Boston Celtics - Bobby Portis - PF - Arkansas 
  17. Milwaukee Bucks - Devin Booker - OG - Kentucky
  18. Houston Rockets - Jerian Grant - PG - Notre Dame
  19. Washington Wizards - Kevon Looney - PF - UCLA
  20. Toronto Raptors - Montrezl Harrell - PF - Louisville 
  21. Dallas Mavericks - Delon Wright - PG - Utah
  22. Chicago Bulls - Justin Anderson - OG - Virginia 
  23. Portland Trail Blazers - Rondae Hollis Jefferson - SF - Arizona 
  24. Cleveland Cavaliers - R.J. Hunter - OG - Georgia State
  25. Memphis Grizzlies - Tyus Jones - PG - Duke
  26. San Antonio Spurs - Terry Rozier - PG - Louisville 
  27. Los Angeles Lakers - Rashad Vaughn - OG - UNLV 
  28. Boston Celtics - Jarell Martin - PF - LSU 
  29. Brooklyn Nets - Christian Wood - PF - UNLV 
  30. Golden State Warriors - Norman Powell - OG UCLA
Towns and Okafor seem certain to go 1-2, it's just a matter of who the Timberwolves want more.  I hear more positives about Towns at this point so he got my nod, I hear that Flip Saunders is really high on Okafor too though.  The Lakers will take whichever of the two that makes it to them.

My guess on the Suns comes down to Sam Dekker, Frank Kaminsky, Bobby Portis or Devin Booker, a lot kind of depends on who drops to them.  All 4 of these guys could fill a needed role for the team though, that being toughness and outside shooting.

On another note, I'm hoping the Timberwolves can package their 2 second round picks (31 & 36 overall) to move back into the first round to select Tyus Jones, he'd be a perfect fit for the Wolves.  

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

POTpourri

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TPSG Top 10 Movies of 1972

Continuing with my look at the best movies of years gone by.

Top 10 Movies of 1972:
  1. The Godfather - Marlon Brando, Al Pacino
  2. Deliverance - Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight
  3. Jeremiah Johnson - Robert Redford, Will Geer
  4. The Poseidon Adventure - Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine
  5. The Candidate - Robert Redford, Peter Boyle
  6. Super Fly - Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee
  7. Play It Again, Sam - Woody Allen, Diane Keaton
  8. The Getaway - Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw
  9. What's Up Doc - Barbara Streisand, Ryan O'Neal
  10. Cabaret - Liza Minelli, Michael York
"The Godfather" is arguably the greatest film ever made.  Who can ever forget that banjo player in "Deliverance"?   "Jeremiah Johnson" is a great western by Robert Redford.  I think that it's safe to call "The Poseidon Adventure" one of the greatest disaster movies of all time.  "The Candidate" is a great look at early 1970's politics.  "Super Fly" is one of the better blaxploitation films of the 1970's. "Play It Again, Sam" is yet another great Woody Allen film.  There's nothing like Steve McQueen cool in "The Getaway".  "What's Up Doc" is a lot of fun.  "Cabaret" is more than a musical, don't let that scare you away.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

AZ Tidbits

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ex Machina

Ex Machina - starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Issac & Alicia Vikander. If you're a fan of sci-fi movies I think you'll like this one.  As a matter of fact, I think it's probably the best film I've seen this year so far.  It's about a tech coder named Caleb (played by Domhnall Gleeson) who wins a competition to spend a week at the private retreat of his employers recluse billionaire CEO (Nathan, played by Oscar Isaac).  It doesn't take long for Caleb to surmise that the trip was about more than spending a week with the reclusive CEO.  He was being given the chance to help test out Nathan's new Artificial Intelligence technology.  That's an offer of a lifetime to a coder like Nathan.  To make matters more interesting, the A.I. technology comes in the form or the beautiful Ava (played by Alicia Vikander).  The question then becomes, what's real and what's not real?  Is Ava flirting with Caleb?  Is Caleb falling for Ava?  Is Nathan telling Caleb the complete truth about the reasons behind his being picked as winner of the "contest"?   Does Caleb outsmart Nathan?  All these twists and turns keep you heavily invested and engaged all the way throughout the film.  Gleeson, Isaac, Vikander all do nice jobs in their respective roles, I also really enjoyed Sonoya Mizuno as Kyoko (when you see her you'll understand).  I'm also becoming a big fan of Alex Garland, his list of credits is becoming very impressive, both as a writer and now as a director.  I highly recommend this one, give it a watch!

I'll give it 4 out of 5 stars (*****).  

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Daniela Tamayo

They don't come much hotter than Daniela Tamayo.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Best TV Shows of the 2014-15 Season

The 2014-15 television pretty much comes to end this week so I thought it appropriate that I rank my Top 10 Television shows for the 2014-15 Television season.  So without further adieu, here goes:
  1. The Walking Dead - AMC
  2. The Americans - FX
  3. Man Seeking Woman - FXX
  4. Better Call Saul - AMC
  5. Louie - FX
  6. American Crime - ABC
  7. Grimm - NBC
  8. Modern Family - ABC
  9. Gotham - FOX
  10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - FOX
I did not include any of the pay TV channels, otherwise "Game of Thrones", "House of Cards", "Orange is the New Black" and who knows what else would have made the list.

"The Walking Dead" and "The Americans" are the clear top of the class.  "Man Seeking Woman" was the funniest show of the year, I loved that they were willing to take so many chances.

I think this is a pretty solid Top 10 list.  The next 3 after this top 10 would be "Vikings", "Secrets and Lies" and "Black-ish".   It was a good season for television.

It was also a good year for new shows, look at the Top 10 list above, 4 of the 10 are new shows.  Keep it up networks!

As for the cancelled shows that I will miss?  "CSI:  Crime Scene Investigation" is probably the most notable, but truth be told, it was running out of steam, it was a nice run though.  I wish "Battle Creek" had been given more time also, it showed a lot of promise.  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jon Stewart Takes on Fox News

Fox News really made this one too easy for Jon Stewart.  Why anyone trusts anything that so-called news agency says is beyond me.  They have morphed into nothing more than the propaganda wing of the Republican party.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

POTpourri

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Vacation Trailer

Is it crazy that I'm excited to see the new "Vacation" movie?  It can't be good can it?



It opens July 29, 2015.

Monday, May 11, 2015

TPSG Top 10 Movies of 1973

Continuing with my look at the best movies of years gone by.

Top 10 Movies of 1973:
  1. The Exorcist - Linda Blair, Max Von Sydow
  2. American Graffiti - Richard Dreyfus, Ron Howard
  3. The Sting - Paul Newman, Robert Redford
  4. Enter the Dragon - Bruce Lee, John Saxon
  5. Serpico - Al Pacino, John Randolph
  6. Live and Let Die - Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto
  7. Papillon - Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman
  8. Magnum Force - Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook
  9. Bang the Drum Slowly - Robert DeNiro, Michael Moriarty
  10. High Plains Drifter - Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom
Thanks to Linda Blair, "The Exorcist" is one of the all time great horror films.  "American Graffiti" perfectly captures the early 1960's.  Paul Newman and Robert Redford are the perfect teaming for "The Sting".  "Enter the Dragon" is arguably the best martial arts film ever made.  Al Pacino as "Serpico" is a tremendous film, it's a great story too.  "Live and Let Die" is one of the better Roger Moore 007 films.  "Papillon" ranks as one of the better prison movies ever made.  You can't beat Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry Callahan in "Magnum Force".  "Bang the Drum Slowly" is a highly under appreciated baseball movie, it really pulls at the heart strings too.  "High Plains Drifter" is yet another top notch western from Clint Eastwood.