I really wanted to do a post to the theme of Raiders after KU beat Texas Tech, but as that was taking shape (actually not taking shape as it turns out), the idea of Harrison Ford movies popped into my mind. I didn't have enough time to knock it out for the Tech game, but surely we can just have a post about movies to have a post about movies, right? Plus, this will spark some debate as this guy has been in a ton of great movies. Anyway, here we go.
5 Stars: The Star Wars Trilogy
I mean, there are probably too many reasons to list as to why this series of movies is at the top of the list. Do I even need to go into it?
Udoka Azubuike. The big Nigerian was dominant down low. He scored 20 points on 10 of 11 shooting from the field. Sure, he missed four free throws, but only because that clown Texas fan yelled at him in a silent AFH on his first attempt.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. I’m putting the senior from Ukraine in the top spot as well. Outside of some silliness on the defensive end, Svi had a great game. Seventeen points on seven of eleven shooting, including three of five from downtown.
Devonte Graham. A double-double on senior night is enough for the Raleigh native to earn a five-star in his final game at Allen.
4.5 Stars: Indiana Jones
Sure, there could be debate as to which of the three movies* is the best- I personally like The Last Crusade the most- but I think you could make a valid point for any of them. For example, I loved Temple of Doom when I was a kid, but now see it as the worst of the three.
*There are only three movies, ok? That last travesty never happened, and I certainly didn’t exclaim at full voice, “Aliens, are you f’ing kidding me??!?!?” at the theatre while watching this non-existent film.
Marcus Garrett. I thought the freshman had his best game in a Kansas uniform on Monday. He drove with authority (no Mo Bamba didn't hurt) and played his typical stellar D. Even made another three.
4 Stars: The Fugitive
Man, I love The Fugitive. It is one of those movies that I’ll always stop and watch if it is on. The only downside to it was the proliferation of similar movies that we got after that. Oh, and the fact that Tommy Lee Jones was in every single movie made for three years after his role in The Fugitive.
Clay Young. I’m going to go ahead and put him here because I can.
3.5 Stars: Apocalypse Now
Perhaps the best war film ever made? Not sure, but in 1979 there was nothing that resembled it. And yes, I know that Ford didn't play a large role in this one, but I figured it had to be on the list.
Malik Newman. Malik scored nine points but was taken out of the game in large stretches because Garrett was so good. I thought that he might’ve been able to drive a little more against what Texas was doing defensively.
3 Stars: Patriot Games/Clear and Present Danger
Jack Ryan is so awesome that they’ve kept making movies about him even without Ford. But this series makes one thing clear: Harrison Ford remains the most realistic of all the action heroes. He can play an FBI agent, an archaeologist, a rogue space pilot, a President**, or anything else really.
Mitch Lightfoot, Lagerald Vick, and Silvio De Sousa. Big Mitch keeps making plays defensively. He seems to have a knack for it. Vick was good again in the middle of the zone. I wish he’d exploit that area more often. Silvio has a nice stroke at the free throw line. Most are projecting that he’ll be really good next year. I agree.
2 Stars: Cowboys and Aliens
I’ll admit that I haven’t seen this, but it was getting really hard to find a stupid movie that Harrison Ford has been in. So, I’ll just say that the premise of this is terrible and leave it at that.
No one ranked as a two star.
1 Star: That last Indiana Jones debacle
I think I said enough earlier. There is no reason for this film to exist.
Luckily, no KU player can ever be as bad as this movie is. It’s not possible.
James Sosinski and Chris Teahan. They were brought on in the last few seconds along with De Sousa to give the senior night curtain calls to Young, Svi, and Devonte.
** I left Air Force One off this list because I was about to get super political, etc, etc. I love that movie though.