The One Hundred Film Challenge

Last night my better half gave me a gift, which was a poster which listed one hundred films. The idea is to scratch them off once you have watched them, and once you do it will reveal a picture which pertains to the relevant film. The gift was more for the both of us, but at the same time she bought it with me in mind. It was and is a fantastic gift.








We put it up on the wall in our living room, and we decided to watch every single film in order, starting with “The Shawshank Redemption” which is of course a phenomenal film.

So I had a thought as we posted it up on the wall. I will document our progress as we progress through the list, and write a review of each film as we watch them. Of course, I am no Roger Ebert. I am not a scholar of film studies, but I intend to do my best to explain each film.

Most of the films on that list are well-known, however there are some on the list that I have not seen, and there are some which my better half has not seen.
For example, I have never seen “The Notebook” or “Mean Girls”, and my other half has never seen “Casablanca” or “Twelve Angry Men.” It will no doubt be an interesting experience, and by the end I will hopefully have at least one hundred posts detailing each and every film on that list.

Here are some more pictures for a closer look:

Until next one, and the first film has been watched, I bid you farewell.


Wild Bill, the Crusader

William Finlay, otherwise known as “Wild Bill for America” is a YouTube vlogger. He is a Christian Conservative and a member of the Tea Party. That should already tell you a great deal about him.
On his YouTube channel, you will find videos in which he praises the moron Sarah Palin, announces that Richard Nixon wasn’t all that bad and that he was simply a victim of a liberal witch-hunt, denounces abortion and definitely denounces homosexuality and gay marriage. Homosexuality and gay marriage he especially condemns, calling it “sexual perversion” amongst other things.
Being a devout Christian, he believes that the USA must be restored to it’s “God and Country” ways. Presumably that means outlawing abortion, outlawing homosexuality, outlawing contraceptives, and probably internment camps for those who did fit the bill. (Fit the bill, did you see what I did there?)

In his latest gem, Bill speaks about “The Shield of the Crusader.” Being all “God and Country”, Bill is determined to fight for his God, and be a good Christian soldier. Of course, he and people like him are merely imposing their interpretation of the religion.
In the video, Bill proudly boasts about wearing the Shield of the Crusader on his hillbilly sleeveless leather jacket.

Wild Bill

Bill speaks about “The Code of Chivalry”, respect for women and the poor, and how the Crusaders were “honourable men”. He says “the world needs men like that today.” Now I’m not sure how good his history is, and honestly mine isn’t great, but I’m pretty sure that those honourable men who respected women and the poor enjoyed sacking each and every town and city that they conquered. They murdered, raped, and pillaged, taking anything that wasn’t nailed down as their own. At the Massacred of Ayyadieh, three thousand enemy soldiers were executed along with women and children.
Bill claims that wearing the Crusader shield stands for honour, duty, and protecting the weak. Which is frankly laughable.

The full video can be seen below. His channel is worth a watch. Needless to say, it is quite easy to pick holes in each and every one of his videos, for they reek of homophobia, right-wing nationalism, smugness, hostility, and blatant disregard for the advancement of an inclusive, social society and equality.

People like this are ridiculous.

On the Maria Miller Scandal

On the Maria Miller Scandal

This picture adequately describes the attitude of the politicians when it comes to scandals like the expenses scandal. As soon as the public demand the right course of punishment that they rightly deserve, they become overly defensive and play the victim.

The Oppression of the LGBT by the Radical Religious

Often we have heard how the LGBT community have been oppressing and attacking those of a religious nature who are against gay rights. We have heard about how those who are against gay marriage or homosexuality for religious reasons are being oppressed and constantly attacked and vilified by those who are often referred to as “the Gay Mafia.”
   Often much of that has been exaggerated and such statements have been made as a form of defence by those who hold an indefensible position based on religious beliefs. Now, the shoe is on the other foot.
   In Birmingham, an Assistant Head Teacher has resigned after parents complained. They said that they did not want their children to be taught “that is OK to be gay.”
  Andrew Moffat wrote a book called “Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools.” His books, which were obviously designed to help a wider integration and acceptance of gay rights, is clearly a great threat to those who are closed minded and restricted by their outdated religious beliefs.
   The complaints mostly came from Muslim parents, however there were also some from Christian parents. Nevertheless the man obviously felt like he had to step down due to pressure.
  It is a sad state of affairs when, the religious beliefs of what one can only assume is the minority, dictates whether or not a person should remain in their employment within a state educational establishment. Whilst I don’t doubt that the religious beliefs of those people is very important to them, this is a clear case of the religious beliefs of the few dictating major actions in a school. It is a place where religious beliefs should have no monopolising results.
    This is clearly opposite to the many times when those who oppose gay marriage or homosexuality have cried foul over instances where they have have apparently been silenced or critisised on a mass scale over their views. This shows that it is indeed a double edged sword and that the pendulum does indeed swing both ways.
   Those who play the victim on account of their bigotry, carefully shrouded in their religious and “traditional” beliefs are become more and more transparent, as people see them for what they really are. Bigoted, closed minded people with outdated views based on Iron Age scripture. Hopefully that time of bigotry is almost at an end.

   I do not understand why the school did not support Mr Moffat. I don’t understand why it would not fully back him and tell those parents firmly that such things are about inclusion and broad acceptance. Did the school even tell Mr Moffat that he did not need to resign. Did they even try to support him? There is much to be said about the integrity of the school at this stage.


The Independent

The Birmingham Mail

The Telegraph

John Carter, Sad Hero of Mars

A very interesting, well thought out and well written piece.

Threat Quality Press

Well, word is that John Carter (of Mars) isn’t going to do so well – certainly not enough to make back its budget, or merit any sequels. This is kind of a shame, because I think it was pretty much a lot of fun, but at least now I can talk about what I think was a kind of a glaring problem with the story that I’d have felt guilty talking about before.

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Jane Elliott, a 3rd Grade Teacher and her racism experiment

A third grade teacher in the USA once upon a time conducted an experiment with her class.
At first she asked the children who was treated differently at that time and the she asked them how they were treated differently. She then asks the children if they wish to take part in an experiment to which the children enthusiastically say yes.
The teacher, called Jane Elliott, breaks up the classroom based on eye colour. She claims that because she has blue eyes she deems those children in the class with blue eyes to be better. She allows them more privileges, for example a longer time at break/recess and the ability to return for seconds at meal times. She suggested that brown eyed people are more likely  to be violent.  She purposely and obviously generalises about those with brown eyes, so much so the children obviously notice and noticeably disagree.
Ms. Elliot then switched it around the following day, saying she had lied and that in fact the brown eyed children were superior and that they were in fact allowed the privileges and the blue eyed children were not.
The whole experiment is incredibly clever and well worth watching.

What I hadn’t realised is that Ms. Elliot had also performed a similar experiment here in the UK. I have yet to watch it completely but I will do. Needless to say though I am very much in admiration of this lady and her tactics.


Anorexia in animation

It is often that television programmes hit upon a touchy subject, but you don’t often expect it from a popular TV animation, least of all from one like “American Dad.” But that’s exactly what happened.
“American Dad” is a fantastic cartoon, made by Seth McFarlane, the man who brought us “Family Guy.” It is often well animated and well written and it proves to be very entertaining. So I was pleasantly surprised when in one episode they hit upon a tough subject: anorexia.

In the episode “The American Dad After School Special” Stan’s son Steve starts dating a larger girl, and then invites her over. When Stan finds out she is fat he is horrified and reacts in a hostile manner. This causes his wife and daughter Hayley to berate him claiming he is overweight and certainly not as fit as he thinks. Stan refuses to believe this and yet the more he looks in the mirror the bigger he looks. This is followed up the fitness test at the CIA which Stan fails after falling over almost straight away. He is put on leave and told to lose weight.
Stan begins a regime of fitness, however no matter how much exercise he does he still appears to get bigger. Then he meets a young man who calls himself Zack and claims to be Stan’s personal trainer. Stan does more and more exercise under the guidance Zack. He also becomes quite paranoid that his family do not want him to lose weight because they keep insisting that he is not in fact fat at all. Behind his back, Francine and Hayley put fattening items onto Stan’s food.
Eventually under the instruction of Zack, Stan confronts his family at which point his family make him realise the truth. He isn’t fat, he is in fact thin, and he is anorexic. He also realises that his personal trainer Zack is actually a hallucination, which was probably created by Stan’s subconscious insecurities.
Once Stan realises he is anorexic “Zack” fades away for good.

Stan then goes to a support group for anorexics where he meets a girl who teaches him how to appear to be eating to his family whilst not actually swallowing and digesting the food, a method that involves regurgitation. Stan does this and hides the food in the swimming pool.

I was pleasantly surprised by this episode because I found it topical and not in the controversial way. They covered a tough subject in a way that wasn’t insulting, patronising, or obtuse. They showed the effects that anorexia has on an individual and those around them. I would like to think that amongst all the satire and comedy in “American Dad” and as well the brilliant story lines, there will be more stories like this because it is a good way to get through to a wider audience. After all, shows like American Dad are watched widely by younger people as well as adults.
This episode is easily in the top three of American Dad episodes in my opinion.

To Seth McFarlane and the others who make “American Dad”, I tip my hat to you!