Last weekend, I participated in two fantasy football league drafts. Unlike past years, I went in wholly unprepared. I hadn’t read any articles, done any research. I just sat down, logged in, and selected my players by hunch.
So, how’d I do?
Well, if the post-draft rankings are any indication, not bad. Not bad at all.
Both sites I consulted had my Snow Monkey at #1 in the power rankings.
Ah, if only the season had ended on Sunday – a full eleven days before the start of the actual NFL season.
My second draft wasn’t quite the rousing success, but I attribute this to NFL.com’s insistence on auto-correcting Ertz to Hertz so that, instead of landing Philly TE Zach Ertz in the 4th round, I ended up drafting Carolina Panthers TE Chris Manhertz who racked up a whopping 11 yards over 16 games last season. As a result, my Snow Monkeys ranked #5 out of #12 in that league.
But it’s early. We have a long way to go before the championship.
Or maybe a comparatively shorter way if the season ends up being called due to this pandemic.
Hey, Crime Clubbers, what did you think of A Bittersweet Life?
Absolutely loved it.
Back in the day, Hong Kong produced the very best in crime and gangster films. Today, it’s South Korea.
Lee Byung-hun is brilliant as Sun-woo, the mob enforcer tasked with keeping an eye on the boss’s mistress. He has specific orders to take her out if he catches her cheating. But a moment of sympathy sets his life and career down a bloody and bullet-riddled path.
Amid the action and mayhem, there is humor, humanity, and some truly heartfelt moments as our hero struggles to come to terms with, what seems to him, an unjust turn. You can’t help but feel for him when he confronts his boss at film’s end and demands to know “Why?”. And “No, the real reason.”. He’s incredibly sympathetic, so the scenes that track his quest for revenge really pack an emotional (occasional cinder block) punch.
This movie is full of great little sequences as well. The first awkward meeting with the mistress. His initial encounter with the drug runners. The race to assemble the guns. The levity of these scenes are in marked contrast to the movie’s visceral violence – the warehouse sequence, the ice rink set-up, the final showdown – casting those elements in a much darker light by comparison but offering viewers some much needed instances of hope. Because, at the end of the day, these things never end well.
For most anyway.
So, did any of you check out A Bittersweet Life? If so, what did you think?