MARTIAN'S MINUTE: June 26, 2019

I hate to have two "crappy" intros in a row but this morning felt like my own version of Mission Impossible. Was eating 18 cold Bdubs Hot BBQ wings at 2AM and then waking up and pounding a venti iced coffee the best idea in the world? Probably not. I had a meeting with my academic advisor and when I walked out, I knew there was trouble in paradise. Before I could go home I had to stop at CVS and let me tell ya, it was a race against time. I duck waddled back to my apartment and tried to stop my bowels from pulling a reverse Trojan Horse on me and somehow, someway pulled off the buzzer beater.


KD has officially opted out

No surprise here. Free agency is only four days away and I couldn't be more excited. It's going to be a wild next few weeks in the NBA and if things go according to plan, the entire landscape of the league is going to change. Despite rupturing his Achilles in the Finals, KD is still the best free agent on the market. The injury kind of complicates things but if teams are willing to offer a max deal, I feel like you have to take a few meetings. I really, truly believe that the KD sweepstakes is down to two teams: the Golden State Warriors and the Brooklyn Nets. I understand that KD playing in Madison Square Garden for the Knicks would be one of the best things to happen to the sport ever, but the Knicks are just too damn incompetent for me to think that KD would be willing to leave one of the best run organizations in sports. Golden State might actually be a mess? That Iggy interview on The Breakfast Club was pretty eye-opening, especially with how they handle injuries, but they're (or were) a dynasty. They obviously do a lot of things right.

The last time KD was a free agent he made his announcement on the Fourth of July. If he truly has been meeting with Kyrie Irving about teaming up in Brooklyn or has had conversations with the Warriors about a max deal, we shouldn't have to wait too long for the decision. It's just like any other NBA rumor, though, and I have absolutely no idea what he's thinking. I haven't talked to him, his agent, or his family, and I have an inkling not many others have either. Sunday night can't come fast enough.


I saw Rocketman last night; you probably don't care

*pretend there's an image here, Wix refuses to upload pictures*

Once again, shoutout $5 Tuesdays at Marcus Theaters. This week's choice was Rocketman, starring Taron Egerton as Elton John. I thought it was alright. I wasn't really prepared for it to essentially be a musical, and while I appreciate the artistry that goes into them, I'm just not the biggest fan. I did like how they implemented Elton's music and overall thought it was a fitting way to tell his story. This is the next big music biopic after last year's Bohemian Rhapsody and I have to say, I liked Rocketman more. The R-rating helped a ton as they were able to really dive into Elton's sexuality and addiction issues whereas Bohemian Rhapsody alluded to Freddie Mercury's "demons" and let a lot of it take place off-screen. I'm of the full belief that if you're going to make a biopic or documentary about a musician, especially from the '70s or '80s, it has to be R. It's about telling the story of their lives and if you have to cut away from the aspects that made them complex characters, why make it at all?

Egerton gave a great performance and as Elton aged in the movie, he really started to look just like him. There were a few frames, especially during concert scenes, that made me think I was watching Elton John and I love that he put his own twist on it. I read that Elton told Egerton to make his version of Elton his own and to not necessarily focus on nailing his exact mannerisms, and that ended up making a lot of sense because the film was more of a fantasy than a straight up biopic. If you like Elton John, go see it. If you're a fan of musicals with grand spectacles, go see it. While I'm probably not going to have a repeat viewing, I was thoroughly entertained.


Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signs bill legalizing recreational marijuana

*picture an image of a pot leaf I guess, I don't know, it's your imagination*

I've covered this a bit before but now it's official. Illinois has officially become the eleventh state to legalize recreational marijuana and obviously I'm excited. Look, it's 2019. Who cares if somebody smokes pot? Of course it's like any other substance and personal intake should be monitored and not abused, but come on, it's pot. Starting January 1, 2020, weed will be fully legal and it's definitely going to be weird. I'm going to California in a few weeks and I can't wait to see people just walking down the street enjoying a joint; it's going to be crazy. It's going to bring in a ton of tax revenue for the state of Illinois to use inefficiently but hey, at least we don't have to look over our shoulders anymore.