So, the latest school outrage of the week is the girl that got tossed out of her desk by a police officer. I was trying to ignore it until I read that it was over a cell phone. Yes, a cell phone.
Now, before you start the chants of police brutality and all that, ask yourself a simple question -
How did it get to a point that an officer had to be called in to the classroom in the first place?
The student in question took out her phone during class. This is generally frowned upon in just about every classroom in the nation. Apparently the teacher asked for the phone. This is SOP in schools around the nation. The student refused, (again, SOP) and an administrator was called in. Rinse and repeat.
For those of you keeping score, this student has at this point broken a fairly standard class rule and has refused two attempts to hand over the phone.
So a cop gets called in and things get ugly.
Just to be clear I am in no way defending the cop, but this gets back to my original question – Why was an officer needed to settle something as petty as a cell phone dispute?
There are a few forces at work here.
All the student had to do was hand over the phone. She had more than one opportunity but instead doubled down on the thought of the ever falsely persecuted teenager – “I did nothing wrong!” Even better, she could have waited an hour until the end of class to pull out her phone.
OK, I just watched the new trailer for The Force Awakens and yes, it looks awesome.
There is this little voice in the back of my head. A little voice of doubt. No, the voice doesn’t sound like Jar Jar, it does look a bit like a lens flair however. More on that later.
Have you ever seen a trailer and said to yourself “that movie looks great I gotta see it” and then you find out that the two minutes of the trailer were the only two minutes of watchable footage in the entire film? I worry that this may be the case.
Let’s take a look at the work JJ “lens flair” Abrams did with Star Trek. The first wasn’t bad. I had a few issues with it but overall it wasn’t horrible. That clustered rehash that was Something About Kahn on the other hand, oy. I’m not sure if it was bad film making or the dude just got lazy. A little bit of this blood magically cures the incurable disease? Madam Pomfrey on Harry Potter has more credibility than that. And let us not forget the the Enterprise rising up through a cloud. He used the exact same shot in the previous movie! It’s a cool effect and all but come on, at least wait a movie before recycling stuff. If I see an X-wing rising up vertically through the mist I’m walking out. (Who am I kidding; I’ll stay, but under protest.) Actually, it’s more likely that it will be the Millennium Falcon rising up through a cloud.
Lastly - the lens flairs. Fuck me, the lens flairs. What is with Abrams and lens flairs? The guy uses lens flairs with the same subtly that Michael Bay uses explosions. Again, they are kinda neat and I’ve used them myself but at what point does it go from artistic choice to “enough already, learn how to use a camera”? I’d say pick a number and try to limit yourself but I counted four in a two minute trailer; how many is he going to cram into the entire movie? Perhaps the other Hollywood directors can have an intervention or something.
So yes, I am planning on seeing The Force Awakens and I hope it will be as good as the teasers have indicated. If it is life will be good.
P.S. To all those nit-wits boycotting because it keeps the white man down or some other such bullshit - fuck off.
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