Saved By The Bell, Then & Now

I’ll admit, as a kid I watched Saved By The Bell.  And while the kids of BaySide High have grown and moved on; thanks to the wonders of the internet we can see how they’ve changed over the years.

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The Mark of a Leader

Have you heard of the show Whale Wars, on Animal Planet?  I just discovered it today while surfing through my OnDemand.  The basic premise of the show is a small group of environmental activist attempt to distract and disrupt the “illegal” whaling operations near Antarticia.

While I don’t intend to discuss the finer points of whale hunting, I do intend to comment on a particular point of failed leadership on behalf of Captain Paul Watson, failed in my opinion anyhow.  The decision was made by Capt. P.W. to further disrupt the whaling efforts by having two members of his crew non-violently board the whaling boat.  The idea is that while distracted by the men, the boat would not be focused on hunting.  As it was portrayed for the episode, Capt. P.W. had not previously informed his crew of the plan; rather had decided to unveil the plan and ask for volunteers hours before setting the plan into motion.  When no willing volunteers came forward, Capt. P.W. goaded one of the crew members into volunteering for the mission as some type of absolution for the young man’s guilt of earlier damaging the crews helicopter.  As Capt. P.W. recounts this exchange for the cameras, he makes light of the situation, casting it off as a sort of joke.

I was surprised, saddened and ultimately upset that while Capt. P.W. touted his grand plan, he never once volunteered for it himself, despite some on his crew making the suggestion he should.  Truth be told, this grand plan went little further than having two volunteers board the boat.  Only with the assistance of other crew members was more of a strategy put into place.  I have not been able to watch far enough ahead to know the outcome of the two men who eventually “volunteered” to board the boat.  I’m not sure if I can or will continue to watch this program as I find myself doing a bit too much talking at the screen.

What I do know is, I was always taught the mark of a real leader is to lead.  Anyone can bark orders, but I believe it takes a real person of character to lead by example.

Up, Up and Away!

confessions of a superhero

confessions of a superhero

I stumbled upon an interesting documentary on Sundance on DemandConfessions Of A Superhero.  

CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO explores the fascination, obsession and allure of fame through the eyes of some very unique people struggling to make it in Tinseltown.

I wasn’t much into comic books or superhero action figures growing up as a kid, so I guess I’m at a disadvantage in understanding what it must be like for the individuals documented in the film.  To love their superhero of choice and want to  dress up every day and be Superman or Batman or Wonder Woman for tips; I don’t know if I can make sense of that.

There existed in this film an element of hope that existed in each of the individuals documented.  Yet there also existed a certain degree of personal disappointment and near regreat.  I’m not sure how to process the information shared in the film.  So for now I’ll withhold  my thumbs up or down verdict.

I will say there were some amazing photography throughout the film; along with some engaging backdrops and angles used in the cinematography.

I guess it’s fair to say that if you have an extra 90 minutes give Confessions… a watch, it’s worth that at least.

Announcing the Apocalyptic B Movie Festival

Recently my friend, Michael Thompson launched the Church Basement Really Awesome Apocalyptic B Movie Festival. While some of these rare and forgotten gems of a movie may have been forgotten (or wished they could have been), the CBRAABMF is doing its part to help keep them in the loop of Christian lore. Just recently, Michael offered his fourth installment to the series, Judgment. Here’s a teaser…

When I first saw this movie I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing, but then I remembered the sub-sphere of evangelical film production and figured it must be (sadly) true.

If you’d like more (and I’m sure you do), check out his other installments from this wonderful series.

CBRAABMF Part 3 (Left Behind II Tribulation Force)

CBRAABMF Part 2 (Left Behind)

CBRAABMF Part 1 (Theif In The Night)

Speed & Angels

I’ve recently become a fan of Hulu.com and last night I watched an interesting documentary; Speed and Angels.  A documentary that follows two young Navy aviators as they pursue their childhood dream  of becomeing F14 Tomcat fighter piolts.  While this documentary appealed to my boyish side, recalling past memories where I too wanted to be a fighter piolt (it would be interesting to know the impact the movie Top Gun had on so many in the late 80’s).  What I found really interesting was that one of the two piolts followed was a woman; Meagan, who at the time of the documentary was the only female F14 figher piolt, and actuality was the last as the F14 was decomissioned in 2006.  On so many different levels this was an interesting documentary, and I’d recommend watching it the next time you have 90 minutes to spare.

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