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2005-07-25 15:52:09.351931+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

On Friday, Forest[Wiki] and I went out to see Murderball (mentioned previously). I'm still trying to sort out why I'm not jumping up and down to say "you must see this movie". It's a good movie and, indeed, it has me looking at disability in new ways. It was not a "we can do everything able bodied people can do" movie, one of the great lines was when Mark Zupan is talking at a rehab hospital, one of the patients asks "What happens if we can walk again? Can we still play?" Zupan replies, deadpan, something like "If something happens and you can get up out of the chair and walk normally again, this might be one of the things you'll have to give up."

So it's a movie about some people who have come to terms with their limitations and are excelling within those limits. And it's a movie about what those limits mean, and they're not always what I expected: the bits on sex and disability were both funny and enlightening.

On the other end of things, the "these people are gifted and have pushed their bodies to the extreme end of that", a few weeks ago, John sent me a copy of The Tour Baby!: Armed with a video camera and no prior knowledge of how to use it, Scott Cody buys a plane ticket to France, rents a van, and goes to Le Tour de France. Scott's obviously a personable guy, he ends up going from being just another guy with a video camera to getting access to... well... standing on the winner's podium. Along the way he talks to the women who present the medals, the guys who drive the camera motorcycles, hands the camera off to one of the crew who takes it in to the hotel the cyclists are staying at.

This isn't a "what is The Tour?" tape, it's one die-hard cycling fan's fairly well-edited home movie of what he saw when he went to see it. It's probably not the right place to start if you're of the "I've been biking a bit, and heard of this Tour thing..." ilk, but even so we enjoyed it.

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-07-26 12:34:18.481486+00 by: John Anderson

Glad you liked the flick. I'm not sure if it's in the supplemental material or if I learned this from the presentation at the screening we went to, but Cody wasn't quite as much as an outsider as he made himself look -- he raced velo and Cat3 road for a number of years. A lot of the access he had during the filming was because he managed to luck into press passes -- something that I bet is a lot harder to pull off these days.

All that said, one of the most amazing things about the movie for me was the "just some guy" aspect of it: one camera, handheld, no crew (unless you count the guys he was passing the camera off to), no professional editors, etc. It really brings home how low the bar is getting in the video realm.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-07-26 12:57:00.235263+00 by: Dan Lyke

One of the things I've learned on a few counts recently is that it's a lot easier to get recognized as press than most people think. There's a lot of information and access that's just out there for the asking, if you ask the right way and are willing to hear "no" several times. And having raced for a few years isn't all that unusual to me, but then Mary McConneloug (of Off Road To Athens fame, which you mentioned) is someone I say "hi" to over at San Anselmo Coffee Roasters[Wiki], so while I'm not that sort of person, I know a lot of those sorts of people.

So, yeah, given that all of this stuff is possible it's amazing that there aren't more people doing this sort of thing. Which makes it all the cooler that he took a camera and an attitude and managed to edit it together into what he got.