john Carlos

On October 18th 2011, my class was invited to see and listen to a guest speaker by the name of John Carlos , John Carlos was a track athlete and bronze medalist during the 1968 Mexico City Olympics .  He made is mark  in the world that has carried on through history by raising his fist  in the air . That image was seen around the world.  We listened to him talk about his beginnings, the olympics and what he is called to do now.  This is a much more diluted version of what the lecture was about , but his story was interesting , he talked about overcoming adversity and when the cards seemed stacked up against you, you can knock them back down.  After the lecture that John Carlos told guests could have stayed to hear the poetry reading  read by a CSUSM graduate who was beginning his Doctoral degree in Claremont.  As a dedication to Mr. John Carlos  the student read a lengthy but powerful poetry reading. It was so moving and so strong with his words  it was hard to explain but he did a fantastic job. I had never been to to poetry reading before so this was the first time i have ever seen one . The  reader was flawless and the words flowed from his mouth as if he had been reciting this poem for years . It truly was a wonderful tribute especially made for  Mr. John Carlos.

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Thieves of the American Dream

I cant remember which date it was , but i know it was at the end of October probably on the 29th because it was on a Saturday. I watched my brother in law and his band called Thieves of the American Dream play on E street Cafe  in Encinitas . My brother in law and his band have been  playing  over at the cafe for gigs which usually take place either on a Friday or Saturday night.  Their style of music is post rock.  The band has been playing there for a few months over E street Cafe and seem to draw in bigger crowds everytime. This is a good thing because they bring in customers to local businesses and people get to hear free post rock music. so in short it all works out . The band generally plays for an hour and a half  and they also play in other areas of San Diego. There music has no lyrics and range from mellow  to high energy  variations quickly, so you never know what your going to get, which is pleasantly surprising. I have seen many of his gigs mostly at E street Cafe  and hopefully i will be able to see more of them.

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The Year of Living Dangerously

Although i think the movie was pretty good , i found it be all over the place and here’s why:  First i don’t get why Billy kept files on people. Was it because like Jill said ” he cared about you if he did”? Secondly, was Billy writing a book on  his experiences in Jakarta?  They always show him typing . Lastly  what was the whole idea of Guy Hamilton being there?  I think there is quite a bit i am missing  and i am not sure how to understand some of it . I mean where they there to document civil unrest in Jakarta and “Billy” was there to be the voice for those who were being forgotten about? The movie was sad to ,people not having enough to eat, the one child died, and even Billy said they were “drinking and bathing from diseased water.”  Other than that the movie  wasn’t half bad especially with a young Mel Gibson.

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Restrepo

If this documentary isn’t sad i don’t know what is.  As always being the case, it is one thing to see it on t.v. or in a film and another to be in it.  Whats even scarier is being there and your worst nightmare becomes your reality. It really hits home when every breath you take could be your last.  It is so true that your not just watching out for yourself  your also watching for the person to the right and left of you  because  in the service your taught that your not an individual  but  part of a collective unit in which one member supports the other.   Unfortunately these are the realities of war.

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PowWow Highway

Ok i saw that movie and it was fine. I didn’t think much about about it, but i noticed it went by pretty fast. There is one thing i noticed about the  movie and thats how sad the reservations look. I have seen reservations before and been on them and they look pretty bad.  I find that they seem to be located in the middle of nowhere and in very isolated locations.  I like the character Buddy, i think he has no problem  laying down the law when he feels he needs too . Other than that decent movie just wasn’t one of my favorites.

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Strictly Ballroom

I really like this movie. I had a bit of a hard time understanding some of the dialogue simply because of the thick accents, but i figured i got most of it. I took ballroom dancing many years ago and although it looks graceful and easy ,it isn’t. The movie itself wasn’t i found wasn’t very long, perhaps because of all the dancing and training. I also noticed the dark side of competition and what people are willing to do to win. One style of dance that was done was the “paso roble”. That dance style looks so hard to do and yet it is very dramatic and intense ( at least thats what i saw). And in the end of this movie there was a happy ending where the two dance partners actually become a couple themselves outside of the dancing.  Strictly Ballroom was a really good dance movie.

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JR Ted Talks

I have to say about JR Ted talks i like that guy! He seems to draw a lot of attention from his work . I find it interesting that he takes pictures of people randomly and creates these huge images and pastes them anywhere. He seems really passionate about making  his point known and how much it means to him.  I find his attitude and his take on art,people and community as a genuine interest not for his own pleasure but to get others who see his work to think ,to leave a lasting impression on those who see it.

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