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“Bully”: Dramatized Production or Honest Portrayal?

Jul 30, 13 “Bully”: Dramatized Production or Honest Portrayal?

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Kim and I have been extremely busy over the past few weeks but we found some time to sit down and watch a movie together. There have been a lot of good movies that have arrived on Netflix streaming recently (Avengers, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Super, etc…) and I was hoping maybe we get to watch one of those. But, as I continued scrolling along I saw that “Bully” was now available and my wife and I both sat down to watch it. “Bully” is a documentary from 2011. A film crew follows the lives of multiple children who are all experiencing some form of bullying. There is one teenager who is bullied and shunned because she is gay; there is one young girl who got so sick of the bullying and name calling that she actually brought a gun on a school bus and threatened the bullies and then there is a young man named Alex who is constantly tormented, picked on, bullied and beat up both physically and emotionally. Watching this movie was heartbreaking. I was tormented and bullied a lot when I was younger but I don’t remember it ever being as bad as it was portrayed in this movie. Not only were the children in this movie particularly cruel, but many of the adults were ineffectual and actually probably made things worse. In particular was the principal of the school Alex attends. In the beginning the principal seems like she is trying to do the right thing and get by on what she has available but it quickly becomes apparent that she is either in way over her head or has no idea what is going on in her own school or how to fix it. There is a scene where she forces a bully and his victim to shake hands. When the victim refused to shake hands with the bully, she sends the bully on his way and then chastises the victim for not giving the bully a second...

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Five Movies I Will Drop Everything To Watch

My friend iNeed A Playdate started a weekly prompt and a decided to participate because it is a topic I have a deep interest in.  Movies! I’ve often tried to put together a list of my Top Five movies and I always find myself paralyzed with choices.  I’ve see so many movies and enjoy different movies for different things.  I was recently turned on to a podcast called “The Film Vault“.  On this podcast the hosts come up with a new “Top Five” list category every week.  Sure, they talk about a lot of the same movies, frequently, but they also frequently comes up with really good topics or really obscure movies that you may not have thought about in a long time (or have ever seen to begin with). For this post, I decided that I wanted to write a “Top Five” list in the same vein.  This is my “Top Five Movies I Will Drop Whatever I’m Doing To Watch”. Basically, it probably comes down to my “Top Five Movies” but I wanted to leave some breathing room. I also don’t really want to give away anything from these movies so I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum. Sure, they’ve all been out for years, and most people have probably seen them but, if you haven’t, I don’t want to take that “first viewing” experience away from you. 5.  Little Shop of Horrors (1986) I can pinpoint this movie as the beginning of my love of musicals. I saw this in the theater when I was ten years old and it stuck with me. The comedy, the music, the giant plant – it has it all! Rick Moranis turns in a fantastic portrayal of Seymour Krelborn, the under-appreciated, unloved, bumbling botanical genius who toils away in obscurity in a Skid Row florist shop.  He pines for his co-worker Audrey (played by Ellen Greene), hoping she will notice him.  Then one day he finds a new breed of fly trap that...

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Be a little weird.

Dec 09, 12 Be a little weird.

Posted by in About me, Family, Gaming, Movies, Technology

I’m a little weird. I’m a father of two who loves to game, watch movies and play with technology at any given time.  When I hang around with other guys and they start talking about sports, cars and most home improvement projects, my eyes just glaze over. The purpose of this blog is to connect with others like me.  Folks who enjoy playing all types of games, watch all kinds of movies and keep up on the latest consumer tech. My family and work life keep me busy and I don’t always have time to keep up on the latest trends or get out to play my favorite games or see new movies but, from time to time, I do get to sneak out see a movies in the theater, or go to the local comic book shop and play with little plastic men. I hope that others will read my blog and find something interesting. Maybe something that will spark a dialogue or get them to try out something they’ve never tried before.   Share...

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