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.


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.

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