A few quick notes for a snowy Friday…
Video pick: The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow, written by Mark Boam, starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty. This movie has already won several awards and lots of critical acclaim and for good reason. It’s a dirty emotional examination of life in Baghdad for the soldiers, focusing on the guys they call to deal with the IEDs. How does an army bomb tech deal with the pressure and fear of that job?
The three leads are all very strong, especially Renner, who plays the guy wired a little bit differently – the guy who actually craves the effect of rolling the dice with death. Don’t know where they shot this film, but it looks pretty realistic to me. And as a bonus, we get a movie about the war that doesn’t seem to need to resort to blatant overt politicizing.
The Illini Basketball team needs more wins. Their RPI remains confoundingly low despite recent wins against Michigan State and Wisconsin. But they’re unlikely to get a win against Purdue, whose run of recent form matches the Buckeyes (last seen whipping us at home). Illinois may have got a little fortunate facing MSU and the Badgers without key players, but now they face the top two teams in the league when they’re playing their best.
In soccer, Landon Donovan was voted player of the month by Everton fans, proving what we all hoped he would prove over there. It’s Manchester United tomorrow. Freddy Adu in the house with two goals his last to games in Greece, and Charlie Davies returned to his club team in France to resume training. Don’t call it comeback – at least not yet.