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The Sad Fall of Morgan Freeman

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Until recently, Morgan Freeman was my favorite actor. Had been since I was kid. I used to call him “the god of acting”. Then he went and played God in Bruce Almighty. It was almost too perfect. Back when he actually cared about acting, any performance of his, no matter how small, was worthy of going out to the theater and watching. The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Unforgiven, Glory, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Lean on Me are among my favorite movies of all time, many of them directly due to his performances. And I could name 20 more movies I love where he featured prominently (Kiss the Girls, Deep Impact, Nurse Betty, Under Suspicion, Amistad, Million Dollar Baby, the Nolan Batman films, Lucky Number Slevin, etc.).

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My Sister’s Story

Introduction from Biggie:

With my sister’s permission, I am reposting, in her own words, a blog entry she wrote for a website called Evolve EDM. It tells the nearly complete history of the worst parts of more than 15 years of her life and how the discovery of electronic dance music (EDM) a couple years ago quite literally changed her life, or as she’ll say, saved it. I grew up in the same house as this young woman and barely knew of any of these events as they happened, be it through purposeful omission by my family, or the fact that I was 15-17 years old and simply wasn’t paying attention. Part of me is angry that I didn’t know the full extent sooner, part of me hates myself for not knowing and trying to help, part of me is in a murderous rage that the people who hurt her have likely faced no consequences, but all of me is immensely happy and proud at how she’s come out the other side better, happier and more confident than ever. Few people could withstand any one of the things that happened to her without irreparable damage to their body and spirit, yet she endured all of it and is here to courageously tell the tale. I can honestly say I have never been more proud of anyone than I am in my baby sister after reading this, and I’m glad she and I are closer now than we ever were as kids.

D, you say this will have been a successful endeavor if you’re able to reach even one person and help them change and overcome their struggles. Well, you’ve already inspired me. I’m proud to be your brother. I love you, and thank you for sharing.

-B

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Thanks, But No Thanks, GHOSTS: Why I’m Retiring from CALL OF DUTY

Ghosts logo“The ghosts are real.” My desire to own it…not so much.

As the hype machine gets rolling for Call of Duty: Ghosts ahead of its November release, I wanted to bid a proper farewell to the series. See, I decided at some point in 2012 that Black Ops 2 would be my Call of Duty swan song. I’ve had my fill of killing random people on the internet and I’ve sure as hell put in more than my fair share of hours played, so it’s time to hang up my uniform and my assault rifle, and find a better use of my spare time. I hate to use such a cliché, but I really am getting too old for this shit.

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Biggie’s Bucket List*

*2013 Edition

It’s been awhile since I did a post that was somewhat personal and not entirely movie-centric. As I thought long and hard about a topic for a different kind of entry, I realized that this was something I’ve had germinating in my head for years, so I decided now would be a fantabulous time to finally finish it and put it out there.

I put that asterisk next to the blog title because this list is subject to change as I think of other things, which I inevitably will. Most of this was concocted off the top of my head in 2 days. I want to do all of these things, but this is not every big thing I want to do. Ya feel me? Anyway, I think bucket lists are an awesome idea, and like a lot of people, I’ve wanted to make one ever since the 2007 Rob Reiner/Morgan Freeman/Jack Nicholson buddy movie. Since then, thousands of people have done it, and there are entire websites where you can make and store your own official list. What I find most interesting about lists like this is that they have the ability to reveal all aspects of your personality and interests, and that’s certainly the case with mine. I think that’s pretty damn cool. While there are certainly some far-out items on my list, I’m not much of an adventurer, so you’re not gonna see some of the old clichés, such as skydiving or scuba diving or climbing a huge mountain or bungee jumping. Right now, those things all scare the shit out of me and I have no interest in doing them. However, based on my desire to know what it’s like to fly, you could probably talk me into skydiving at some point. But that’s another discussion for another time.

For the purposes of this post, I’m limiting the list to 30 items, although there may sometimes be a sub-list within an item. My only requirement was that they had to be somewhat realistic, based on what I think I have the ability to accomplish in life. For instance, there’s no “become a rock star and play Madison Square Garden”, because while that would be an amazing experience, I know I’ll never be a talented musician or a good singer. There’s no “cure cancer”, because I could never be a doctor and I’m not smart enough to be a scientist. BUT, there are movie-related things on this list, because I do have it in me to become a successful filmmaker and photographer if I get my shit together in the near future. So, with the basic rules in place, off we go…

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Jurassic Park & Me: 20 Years Later

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Chills.

My first viewing of Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park, on June 11, 1993, at the age of 13, at a sold out show in the biggest and best movie theater in my hometown, was one of the 5 most significant events of my life. At least half of the people I know today would not have met me were it not for that night. Continue reading ‘Jurassic Park & Me: 20 Years Later’

Why the Patriots MUST win Super Bowl XLVI

Hello! Before we get started, please note the redesign of the site I just put through. It’s not a huge difference (I’m not good enough with web design to create a look I really want), but it should be a little bit cleaner and easier to look at. Hopefully. I still need to figure out how to put in page breaks like almost every other good blog does, but that’s another problem for another day. If you have any suggestions on how to do that, I’m all ears. I’ll probably change the header from the Drive image eventually, but it just came out on Blu-ray, and if you haven’t seen it, it’s probably my most recommended movie of 2011, so I will continue doing my part to promote it. There are still things I want to change about the look of the site, but again, until I find someone who can totally overhaul it to the way I envision it looking, changes will be made in small moves. And there I go rambling again.

To the topic at hand. The Patriots are back in the Super Bowl! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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The Whitest Black Guy You Know

Full disclosure: I don’t enjoy talking about myself, in real life or on the internets, so enjoy this while it lasts.

I labeled this as a rant, but I’m not entirely sure it qualifies as one. It’s actually something that I just need to get off my chest, which tends to be the origin of most of my blatherings on this site. Let’s get right to it. Those of you who know me in the non-internet world, I want to make something clear that I probably never have until now. When you say to me, “You’re the whitest black guy I know”, it really fucking pisses me off, whether you say it in jest or not. I can’t stand when people say that shit to me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that over the years, but I’ll say dozens and that won’t be inaccurate. I’ve gotten it from both white and black people, but mostly white people. Allow me to explain why I’ve decided enough is enough.

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