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CONCUSSION by Karl “the Flick Fanatic”

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Will Smith scores a touchdown against the NFL in the new film “Concussion”

Football in the seventies was referred to as “smash-mouth” due to the vicious hits the players took. Teams and players adopted nicknames when they consistently laid out there opponents like the Pittsburgh Steelers “steel curtain” defense led by “Mean Joe” Green. Players would take the hit and hit the smelling salts and come right back into the game. The were considered tough, later it would be termed reckless.

All this changed when Max Webster, pro bowl center of the Steelers, committed suicide. The new film “Concussion”, Will Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a pathologist that speaks for the dead, that discovers a brain disease after autopsying Max Webster that sends shockwaves through the NFL. Max Webster had been troubled with headaches that were treated with medication, no one determined that it was a concussion. Webster was living in his car and tazering himself to alieve the pain when it was too much for his system and he died.

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The Forest

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Everyone Comes Here Looking For a Way Out

The 2016 movie year is under-way this week, beginning with The Forest.  The film follows a young woman named Sara Price as she wakes-up in the middle of the night after a bad dream, and sets-off on a plane to Japan.  We then learn that her “special” connection with her sister has been interrupted and it only happens when she is in trouble.  Once she arrives, she visits the classroom of her sister Jess, who is a teacher at an elementary school.  She soon learns that Jess disappeared after taking her students on a field trip to Aokigahara Forest, more commonly known as “The Suicide Forest” Continue reading