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You can Thank my blind side later

You can take the left side, right side; start from the inside and spill through the outside.

Mark the first at the scrimmage line, learn about the blind side,

then go back in time to the blur

of separation from the hands that said

Close your eyes and when you open them, what’s passed is in the past and the world is all right again.

Then bite the minor chord to the present, the future,

sitting in a glass tower answering questions

about motive and intent; what kind of precedent you’d like to set

And maybe

find an excuse to get to a window, a bathroom

let movie-time fill 100+ minutes

to show how your journey went

the one that sent you from would-have-been statistic to a Baltimore Raven.

–yiqi 20 nov 09 9:48 pm

Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, and Lily Collins filming a scene at a Borders in my city?  I kid you not.   The Brookwood Place Borders to be exact.  How can I be certain? The staircase and the location of the cafe in relation to the staircase.

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The above poem was inspired by post-viewing thoughts of the film The Blind Side (John Lee Hancock, 2009).  Based on Michael Lewis’s book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, this sporty-encouraging picture features my favorite Sandra Bullock performance to date since her days of Speed, Demolition Man, Two If By Sea, and Murder By Numbers.  I’m too sleepy to delve into this film narratively and thematically as I normally would and do.  I will, however, leave you with

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Demographic breakdown of the audience at the 4:20 pm screening at the Regal by Northpoint Mall: average age: 55; ethnic minorities: three individuals (including yours truly); nearly filled to capacity.

2.  You don’t have to like sports films to enjoy this film.  There are fewer than half a dozen game sequences (as a game or a practice session), and they’re filmed and edited for narrative purposes rather than athletic aesthetics.  No stylized slow-motion or suspense-toying maneuvers.  You may have to be neutral towards or biased in favor of Sandra Bullock–she’s in a lot of the film and assuredly has the most dialogue.

3.  The film was shot on location in Atlanta, GA.  Agnes Scott College provided exteriors.

4.  Robert Pralgo, who plays Mayor Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries, has one line and a medium close-up in a montage of college recruiting interest.

5.  The poem up there points to how well or how differently the final cut would be if the story were presented in varying degrees of chronological order.  As it is now, the film kicks off (no pun intended) with Sandra Bullock’s voice-over set to images of NFL players and teams and how Lawrence Taylor is so important to football.  It then cuts to the “present, future,” where Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is being questioned by a woman that the viewer learns, much, much later, is from the NCAA.  Cut to shortly before “Big Mike” would meet the woman (Bullock) that would change his life forever.

6.  In addition to the Branding of a slew of NFL teams and colleges (LSU, Alabama, Auburn, University of South Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee, UGA, and Florida), the most conspicuous examples of Product Placement are Pepsi, Taco Bell, KFC, Gucci sunglasses (on Sandra Bullock), Normal Rockwell and the Four Freedoms, The Story of Ferdinand, and Where the Wild Things Are.

7.  In one of the parts in the trailer (another trailer), Quinton Aaron and Jae Head are grooving in a car–the music turned out to be “Bust a Move” by Young MC.  It’s absolutely priceless that bit.  Cause little Jae is rapping/reciting with such conviction.

8. Alfred Tennyson’sCharge of the Light Brigade” was recited and analyzed by Tim McGraw’s character.

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
‘Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns’ he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.


Click here for more photos from The Blind Side.  Read more about the film here.

NFL 2009: Colts lock and stock the Patriots

The Indianapolis Colts remixed with the New England Patriots tonight on NBC.  The first quarter started with the Patriots on offense…and not much to say about it.  When the Colts took to the ball, quarterback Peyton Manning made a few awesome connections with tight end Dallas Clark and wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne.  Patriots head coach Bill Belichick challenged the catch but lost the challenge.  Eight plays +  ninety yards + running back Joseph Addai = touchdown.  Indianapolis 7 and New England 0.  The Patriots answered that taunt with a spectacular Tom Brady fifty-five yard pass to wide receiver Randy Moss, and two steps later, running back Laurence Mulroney squeezed threw amassing players to get into the end zone.

The second quarter began with Colts defensive end Robert Mathis sacking Tom Brady.  The Patriots took a thirty-one yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal at the end of their possession.  One possession later, Randy Moss made his second TD of the day.  Halfway through the second quarter, Tom Brady threw directly into the hands of wide receiver Julian Edelman for a TD.  New England 24 and Indianapolis 7.  Consistent with how they played two seasons ago, once the Patriots find or make their first offensive impact, there is no going back.  It’s zippadeedodah scoring parade for them.  The Colts bounced back with a Reggie Wayne TD.  New England 24 and Indianapolis 14.

SUPER SEXY GIRL! Colts defensive back Antoine Bathea intercepted Tom Brady’s pass meant for Randy Moss in the Colts end zone at the top of the third quarter.  Oh. Lourdes.  Peyton Manning was intercepted by cornerback Leigh Bodden a few passes later.  The quarter was scoreless but ended in Patriots wide receiver Wesley Welker returning a punt to first-and-goal.   A kick-ball-change later, Randy Moss made his, what, third TD of the day?  New England 31 and Indianapolis 14 in the top of the fourth quarter.

The Colts offered a retort of a Pierre Garcon TD catch and run into the end zone.  New England 31 and Indianapolis 21.  Would today’s game be the Colts’ first loss of the season?  Probably.  When they got the ball, Peyton Manning threw an interception to Patriots cornerback Jonathan Wilhite.  The Patriots increased their lead with a field goal in the second half of the fourth quarter…briefly.  Joseph Addai made a TD with just under three minutes left to play.  New England 34 and Indianapolis 28.  I must ask again, would today’s game be the Colts’ first loss of the season?  Probably not, as of one minute left in the fourth quarter.  SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG! Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne connected for a TD with under twenty seconds left to on the clock.  Indianapolis 35 and New England 34.  Final score.

I’m not even a Colts fan per se and I’m thrilled.  I do like Peyton Manning.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Tiki Barber was at the Dallas loss to Packers game; he had on a lovely, lilac/violet tie.

2.  Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth both wore gray ties of varying hue and accent.  Andrea Kramer had on a bright purple leather jacket with zippers.

3.  Why was there fire on the field after Joseph Addai made a TD in the first quarter?

4.  Tom Brady still looks really good in a helmet.

5.  Pat Chung, strong safety for the Patriots, is a quarter Chinese.  His father is Jamaican-Chinese.  I googled the phrase “Pat Chung is half Asian” and found this page about Asian NFL players.

6.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the entire league watched this game and took notes.  “You see that? You see what Peyton Manning did there? Yeah, we need some of that.”

7.  “They’re not used to playing these balls in the air like that…they’re burned on either side,” either Al Michaels or Cris Collinsworth remarked during the middle of the second quarter.

8.  Are you thinking what I’m thinking?  Why are there so many adverts for The Blind Side?  Because, this John Lee Hancock film is going up against a certain Twilight part deux on opening day Friday.  This Friday.  I shall be watching The Blind Side–not to be confused with Blindside from 1986.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.