More Skateboarding Funtimes: Getting Nowhere Faster

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Remember last time how we talked about those interesting Aberrican Me vids? We I wondered about female representation? Well now there are skateboards where my mouth is! Are you sitting down?

Get your sweet, sweet skateboarding here Getting Nowhere Faster. Thats a link to the movie. 45 minutes. Watch it, I’ll wait.

Fun, right? So impressive. Jaws dropped when Vanessa Torres skated on two skateboards at once!

GNF stars a great number of talented folk: Torres, Faye Jamie, Amy Caron, Alex White, Stefanie Thomas, just to name a few. Someone called Nugget jumps off a porch on to a board and skates off like it was easy.

They are crazy good, and clearly having so much fun. The movie looks like it was made by a bunch of friends. It also stars a large barbie doll and a thieving cupcake in a series of funny shorts that make very little sense but provide story interludes between the amazing skating skills.

Inspiring, funny, impressive, fun. What else do you want in a sports movie? Did you think they were good or do you think I’m easily impressed?

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Life In A Day – A Documentary

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On the 24th of July 2010 hundreds of people filmed their day and answered a the few questions at the bottom of this post. They sent that footage to Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald. Edited by Joe Walker.

Their movie on Documentary Heaven of shots from these films, showing parts of everyday lives of normal people. Life In A Day. They have worked will with participants opposing viewpoints, values and standard of living. They have done reasonably well with limiting bias.

It is unexpectedly emotional, unexpectedly visually stunning, unexpectedly diverse. Its unexpectedly shocking, and unexpectedly unsentimental.

It shows moments in many peoples lives that they have filmed. Some are magical – like children declaring their love for their parents. Some are truly sad, involving death and rejection. Some are alarming, like poverty and violence. Some are disturbing, like animal cruelty.

So many people open up their hearts, and their fears and their angst to the camera – and its really real and honest and sad and uplifting. Its really relatable.

Really its surprising. Every emotion you could experience is in this movie. Unexpectedly – thanks YouTube community!

There are some graphic sceens. If you want to NOT see a cow being badly slaughtered tortured skip from :42:00 to :45:00. Also, if you don’t like music telling you how to feel – turn the sound down. 

Have you seen it? How were you left feeling afterwards? Happy? Heartbroken? Pensive? Motivated? Me too.

What do you have in your pocket? Notes. What do you love? The power of books. What do you fear? Humans.

High Fidelity

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Tonight is movie night. I am wallowing in my love for John Cusack in High Fidelity.

High Fidelity is based of an equally brilliant book by Nick Hornby. It is a coming f age story about a man in his thirties. Its a funny and surprisingly wise book that says a great deal in a few wise sentences. Even though Cusack’s character starts off as selfish and childish as can be, he is so in an entirely human way. We’re all a bit snobby, we all feel victimized when bad things happen, especially when we’re newly single, and we all want to be the centre of the universe or live in a fantasy world. He is that guy.

“Only people of a certain disposition are frightened of being alone for the rest of their lives at the age of 26, and we were of that disposition.”

The book and film are dryly funny and so entirely relatable. I agree with so much the film (and book) have to say, I’m realizing that most of my emotional growth came from books I read when slightly too young for them. Life happens in your late 20s and 30s, not when you’re in high school! 

On to the objectification! There is something about those eyes, that mess! More Cusack here.And here – a cynical and funny look at our dreamboat:

“He’s got an oval head, a thorny nose, a maw like a coin slot and eyes that seem to disappear when he squints. His face is one of a kind, to be sure, but he’s nobody’s idea of a hunk.”

There is a similar appeal in Neil Gaiman. Mmmmm normal!I can’t figure out why he’s so appealing. Help! Is it his talent? His voice? His loping walk? His realism? If you have any kindness in you, help me figure it out! Please. Is it just good costuming and filming and casting?