March 02, 2011
The Oscars were Sunday, and few people in North America see as many movies as NBA players. On off-days they go to the multiplex, and on road trips they spend virtually all their free time ordering them off pay-per-view. It's a dull life, in many ways, but these athletes also gain an appreciation for the joy of the mind, too. So it stands to reason that at least one of them could be a pretty decent film critic. Vladimir Radmanovic(notes) seems like a good possibility, too, what with his established love of making up stories.
With that in mind, official Warriors hypeman Franco Finn recently sat down with Vlad Rad to talk about this years nominated films and performances. Sadly, it looks like we'll have to wait a bit to find the NBA's version of Roger Ebert. Because while Vlad could appreciate the twists of "Inception" and "Black Swan" and the authenticity of the ridiculous Boston accents in "The Town" (and even seems to think everyone in a single movie is eligible for the Best Supporting Actor statuette), he found "The Social Network" to be little more than an interesting story with subpar acting and direction. That's hogwash, naturally, because when everyone heard about the idea for the film it was laughed away as some stupid studio's attempt to cash in on a popular website. That the film worked at all is a tribute to the serious talents of director David Fincher, writer Aaron Sorkin, and the excellent cast.
It's not all bad for Vlad, though, because he seems to have endless stories about Ronny Turiaf(notes) and his love of animated features. Which isn't surprising, when you think about it, since Ronny's always seemed like a better fit for a cartoon world than our own.
Original video via the Golden State Warriors.