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A Tale for the Unexpected

After recovering from the wonky hearing incident (my sinuses were clogged), I’m now nursing myself back to digestive health after an early morning of spewing forth whatever it was that my bowels didn’t want to deal with anymore.  Not something I would wish upon anyone…not even a person who believes women have no right to decide what happens to their own bodies.

So, while I get my gut flora back to optimal operational levels and digestive capacity back to solid/dense foods, I’ll leave you with visual media of a musical artist whom I find so familiar (especially in the way he speaks and grins), but I cannot figure out why.  Is it because his stage name, Machine Gun Kelly, makes me think of the Japanese rock group Thee Michelle Gun Elephant?

I came across Machine Gun Kelly’s name and likeness because I was looking up videos of Fifth Harmony (yes, I went down a mashup-rabbit-hole).  He and Camilla Cabello (one of the 5h members*) did a duet recently called “Bad Things,” which features a reinterpretation of Fastball’s song “Outta My Head.”

Machine Gun Kelly has a few films and TV work on his resume too.  I don’t listen to enough diverse, American rap to form any opinion on his skills or talent from a technical level.  I haven’t listened to enough of his own music to gauge how poetic his lyrics are, but he has a great voice.  Sure, nothing can compare to this original song here, but MGK does an impressive cover of it (alongside Tillie).

Why does he seem so familiar…like I know him from an alternate reality?

I love this clip.

I figured it out! His eyes make me think of Viktor Petrenko, the Olympic figure skater.

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In other news, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets beat the UGA Bulldogs on November 26 by one point. 28 to 7. Read all about it at SB Nation.

* Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony at the end of 2016; she’s gone solo.

So Close and So Horse

UGA’s Bulldogs made an appearance today at Georgia Tech’s Yellow Jackets’ playground.  I watched some of the first half and the Yellow Jackets were up to twenty points in the lead (the Dawgs had a score of 0 until the bottom of the second).  The Yellow Jackets remained on top through the entire game, despite the Dawgs’ increased scoring — and then there was and overtime, another tie! But then, possibly by sheer luck or coincidence (?) UGA 41 and Georgia Tech 34.

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Read more about the game here and here.

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

I went to North Point Mall on Black Friday.  I didn’t look at all of the stores I wanted because it was warm and stuffy in some of these stores, mais ce n’est pas grave.  There was a lot more people at the mall than this photo suggests (upstairs facing Von Maur).

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I saw a horse at the Forum today.

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RIP Paul Walker.  Shock! Yes, he has died.

NFL 2013: Falcons night circus the Buccaneers

After consecutive rounds of disappointment, the Atlanta Falcons gave their fans something about which to feel joy.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came by the Georgia Dome today for fun, autumn sun, and ultimately defeat.  I didn’t watch the first three quarters of the game because my psyche has been teetering on the edge and I wasn’t sure if it could survive another Falcons’ fall from idol worship.

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I was quite pleasantly surprised to check the score at the top of the second quarter to see the Falcons with 14 to the Buccaneers’ 0.  By the bottom of the fourth quarter, though, Tampa Bay had put up 23 to Atlanta’s 31.  And the Falcons kept their 31 to the Buccaneers’ 23.  Final score.

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

It’s been a good weekend for the Yellow Jackets.  56 to 0 against Syracuse.

SEC Championship 2012: Crimson Tide wets the Bulldogs

Oh, snap peas.  Alabama Crimson Tide just turned UGA’s Bulldogs’ dream into a fantasy, claiming the SEC Championship title with a 32 to 28 victory.  I didn’t watch the game, but I checked the score several times in the fourth quarter on SI.com.

For game summary, stats, and play-by-play, click here.
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UPDATE: Sigh, Florida State Seminoles cool-whipped the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for the ACC Championship title.  21 to 15 final score.  Again, I checked scores several times in the fourth quarter.  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

So then Brooklyn’s Finest includes

Georgia Tech won against one OSU on Friday but was unable to beat the other OSU today.  Losing to the Ohio State Buckeyes by nine points, the Yellow Jackets’ March Madness experience ended this afternoon. Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

I watched Antoine Fuqua’s amped up cop-drama Brooklyn’s Finest (2009) over the weekend primarily because I really enjoyed Fuqua’s Training Day (2001) and Shooter (2007).  Brooklyn’s Finest, written by Michael C. Martin, is as spectacular as the others in the action arena, but is thematically and narratively much sadder.  While Training Day and Shooter focused on reigning in injustice and correcting institutional betrayal, Fuqua’s latest portrait of law and order leaves one stuffed underneath a cynical ceiling.  Sure, I’ll take the pessimism of hyperbolic reality, where extremes wipe out nuance and detail, over the optimism of an incomplete view of reality, but I’d rather not be sheltered by the idea that everyone you like will intentionally or unintentionally abandon you.

Brooklyn’s Finest tails the professional (and sometimes personal) affairs of three main law enforcement personnel: Eddie (Richard Gere), Tango (Don Cheadle), and Sal (Ethan Hawke).  After serving in Brooklyn PD’s zone 65 for twenty years, Eddie is a week away from retiring.  Tango has been undercover for narcotics for too long and wishes to go back to a less method-acting way of upholding the law.  Sal, desperate for more money so that his wife and offspring pool of six-and-counting can live in a house free from wood-mold, has been pocketing a portion of the “proceeds” from drug raids.  Each of these characters’ storylines reminds the civilian world that keeping the peace, keeping the streets safe is an ugly smoothie of body count, politics, and acting on behalf of the greater good.  Their own private purgatories eventually converge, and like a good ‘ol gunfighter hero Western, spills the streets with crimson.

Considering the choices they have to make as well as those that they are free to make, perhaps none of the characters deserve viewer empathy or support.  Eddie is the hardened but wise cynic whose daytime hours consist of getting through his shift so that at night, he can indulge in the price-tagged loins of a lithe female form.

Tango grows increasingly psychologically fragile and his sense of loyalty belongs to someone who saved his life rather than to the welfare of the public.  I found myself most interested in Tango’s plot-line, particularly in what happens to him and Wesley Snipes’s character.

Sal is just doomed from the start; financial failure is not an option, and no matter how many times his drug-raiding partner reminds him that he is already blessed with so much, Sal will never have enough.

Now, what about Brooklyn’s finest?  Who are they?  The film suggests that it’s not really about quality as it is about surviving.  And, in order to survive, you cannot save everyone, you cannot apprehend every criminal.  When you make the most beneficial contribution to society, you may not even have the authority of the badge behind you.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Audience demographics: 4:30 PM showing at Phipps Plaza on Saturday was in one of the smaller theatres, filled 70% to capacity.  Male to female ratio was 1:3.  I believe there were only three individuals representing the ethnic majority, everyone else was black.  I was the only Asian person.  Most of the viewers came in groups of at least two.  There were up to half a dozen solo audience members, including me.  Average age of viewer: 30.  The theatre experience was very satisfying.  Nearly everyone winced and laughed when appropriate and expected.  One narrative running gag involved the film’s revealing of how many kids Ethan Hawke’s character has.  Each scene that added to the number of mouths to feed, the females in the audience laughed in an “oh geez, how many kids does he have” way.

2.  It was truly a treat to see Don Cheadle and Snipes together.  Cheadle’s performance reminded me somewhat of his role in Devil in a Blue Dress (Carl Franklin, 1995).  Snipes mere presence in the film recalls New Jack City (Mario Van Peebles, 1991).

2.  I love the part when Eddie tells a rookie cop (a lance corporal from the Marines) that you do not make an arrest out of your zone.  The way he says it is akin to emphasizing the right way to make a sorbet or creme brulee.

Click here for an interview with Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes.

Click here for an interview with Ethan Hawke and Antoine Fuqua.

Click here for more movie stills.