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A Scooter Ride In Bermuda

I took a nice scooter ride in Bermuda the other day with some friends… but it ended.
Here is the video…
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And here is a somewhat gross pop-up image of a small part of the aftermath… and yes, that is all blood coloring the shot.

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31 Responses to “A Scooter Ride In Bermuda”

  1. mysteryperfecta says:

    Trying to pop a wheelie? Looks like you started bouncing a little before you bit it. Hope the injury is just superficial (and hope there was some kind of insurance you opted in for).

  2. PetalumaFilms says:

    So is the moral here not to shoot video while riding a scooter in a foreign country? I never would have thought that unsafe…

  3. djk813 says:

    It’s like The Brown Bunny without the good part.

  4. jeffmcm says:

    I like the picturesque background in the bloody knee shot. Good juxtaposition.

  5. mysteryperfecta says:

    For a second I thought that photo you posted was another ad campaign for Captivity.

  6. Cadavra says:

    Good God, people, have we learned nothing from Gary Busey?

  7. Wellywood Rrrrr says:

    Blood and guts of outlaws on wheels! The cycle island of hot steel and raw flesh! You

  8. Lota says:

    Wellywood I think Dave prefers burning chicks and cool rubber, but he generally only confides those details to close friends.
    What kind of bikes were those Dave? I prefer a Dominator myself. Bermuda should have a fair number of Nortons. Check the prices. Bring me one back.
    Attn Road Warrior Dave…Next time wear some decent leather–even if it’s warm, be properly attired for adventure and the hard road ahead, unless you have a death wish, or like the look of yourself, sans skin, *or* feel you need to shave down the pounds, literally.
    I wore leather in the Sahara desert (hotter than Bermuda) and my skin stayed annealed to my muscles in an accident–leather is always the best policy even in warm weather–legs, elbows, hands, feet.
    The helmet is simply to keep your face together so you can be properly identified, and you can have an open casket funeral. That’s what the cops say anyway! Vive la motocyclette mais garde ton

  9. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Mon Dieu!
    What is that cyclopean Sasquatch doing peering above the Bermuda resort?
    Huh what?
    Dave’s knee – for real?
    Has it been a whole year since you attended this festival and forgot to review the films? A whole year since the place was overrun by mini-bar vultures and junket whores?

  10. Wrecktum says:

    Remember when Poland actually posted film related content on this site? I barely do.

  11. Lota says:

    yes some film content would be nice
    I’ve been unimpressed with the last 3 movies I saw at the theater which were new releases, but very impressed with BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN, which few would have likely ever seen unfortunately (the best thing Capra ever did).
    thumbs down: Premonition, dead silence, and 300 (but as a movie for man-flesh thumbs up)
    thumbs up: The Bitter Tea of General Yen, My left eye sees ghosts (didn;t see theatrically), The Dekalog

  12. Lota says:

    why, o why, did Hilary Swank do The Reaping?
    I don;t know if I ever want to see her in a film again. Dahlia turned me slightly against her…and this just might make me disgusted with her!

  13. jeffmcm says:

    I know it’s utterly conventional and mainstream to say this, but:
    No Capra movie is better than It’s a Wonderful Life.

  14. Lota says:

    while there are exceptions Jeff, most people have Not seen General Yen so it is easy to see while most say that about Capra.
    Yen on a big screen- it really packs a punch.

  15. jeffmcm says:

    Yes, but I have seen General Yen (on video), and while it is good, IAWL is better.
    Not trying to pick a fight, just continuing the discussion. General Yen is a very small, intimate movie that is unlike anything else Capra ever did, which is fine, but IAWL is uniquely his and powerful in a way that gets lost through holiday repetition and familiarity.

  16. Nicol D says:

    Hey Hey kids!
    Who here loves such standard musical classics such as High Noon, My Way, Dream the Impossible Dream, Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’ and The Little Drummer Boy?
    We all do!
    Now you can hear them all recorded by your favourite actor…Christopher Lee in a brand new recording called Revelation!
    Follow this link, get a hot cup o’joe and let the soothing sounds of Mr. Lee take you to blissful heaven.
    Thank me later.
    I know its waaayyyy off topic, but I can’t be the only one to hear these golden throated gems!

  17. Lota says:

    War is not very small. Love is not very small. racism isn’t very small either.
    Maybe your set was very small.
    See it on the big screen.
    Maybe it is the familiarity and comfort that adds to your Indexing of IAWL, but I think Yen is a masterwork at least equal to IAWL and in some ways more impressive since it shows what Capra was capable of doing and discounts the slur “Capracorn” often thrown his direction.
    I love IAWL mind you.
    If you weren’t trying to pick a fight Jeff, you could have left off VERY SMALL. Size is everything?

  18. jeffmcm says:

    Lota, I didn’t intend “very small” to be as offensive to you as apparently it was. That said, I think the film is indeed limited by its scope, being about only two characters within a very constrained setting, whereas IAWL aspires (and succeeds) to be about the entirety of a person’s life. If it makes you feel better, Lost Horizon is very big and epic but it’s also fairly mediocre and a little dated, so no, bigger isn’t better.
    Maybe you thought I was being condescending. If so, do me a favor and don’t repeat the mistake with remarks like “familiarity and comfort” or “maybe your set was small”.

  19. Lota says:

    well now you know how it feels; you did it first so simmer down.
    you don;t need to be about eternity to be a big movie do you?
    The setting may have been constrained but that was the only aspect– racial relations, interfering with other countries’ affairs, Christianity versus non-believers (and attempts to “convert” people) are global issues that are Still a problem worldwide, and the movie was made in 1933.
    Lost Horizon isn’t a good comparison IMUHO, especially the mediocre and dated part of it.

  20. jeffmcm says:

    You’re annoying. Goodbye.

  21. Nicol D says:

    “…Christianity versus non-believers (and attempts to “convert” people) are global issues that are Still a problem worldwide…”
    Damn Christians! There will never be peace until every last one of them are…

  22. Lota says:

    don’t attempt to put words in my mouth or misinterpret my mind Nicol.
    General Yen said it best, watch the movie.

  23. Stella's Boy says:

    Christians everywhere must be so relieved to have someone like Nicol standing up for them. They have it so rough. It must be nearly impossible to be a Christian these days. Everyone is out to get you and everyone is always persecuting you.

  24. Nicol D says:

    “It must be nearly impossible to be a Christian these days. Everyone is out to get you and everyone is always persecuting you.”
    Not at all. We rule the planet. Have you never heard the phrase ‘2000 years of oppression’? It’s referring to us dontcha know. The pope ruled the planet until 7 years ago. Now we just start wars for oil and do our best to make the world a worse place. We love sex too…just don’t want you to have any.
    No one persecutes us, but we persecute everyone else…and with a smile too. Didntcha see Jesus Camp?
    Smart film, too. Smart.

  25. Cadavra says:

    Capra’s best early film: AMERICAN MADNESS.
    Capra’s best overall: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON.
    Cadavra has spoken.

  26. Lota says:

    even when I was a child I was hated by skeletons!

  27. jeffmcm says:

    I’m back. I apologize, Lota, but tone is hard to convey on a blog. But I meant what I said about ‘small’. American Madness (a very good film) and General Yen are chamber pieces. Mr. Smith and It’s a Wonderful Life are symphonies. Simple as that.
    Sort of like how The Conversation, an excellent film, when compared to The Godfather Part II simply is dwarfed by that film’s scope and ambition. Or Mean Streets vs. Goodfellas: the work of a young artist doing brilliant work with what he has vs. a mature artist at the height of his powers with a full budget.
    Nicol: You sound really silly when you go into paranoid mode like you did up there (knee-jerk, I know). I thought Jesus Camp was not a perfect movie, but I also thought it perfectly expressed the fears that a lot of people have – and remember that for most of the Jesus Camp people, Catholics are classified as heretics.
    I would love it if you could answer this question with a yes or no: Are you in favor of adults teaching children to bow down to cardboard cutouts of the President – or any political leader – in a religious setting?
    Are you able to respond to the film on any level except scorn?

  28. Nicol D says:

    My whole initiation of this was totally tongue in cheek. Sad that none of you could see that.
    Yes, I am full well aware that many Evangelicals see Catholics as heretics; but so do the people who hate Evangelicals. Kind of a Catch22.
    “Are you in favor of adults teaching children to bow down to cardboard cutouts of the President – or any political leader – in a religious setting?”
    Jeff, the problem with a film like Jesus Camp is that it enters into a culture that is so historically and biblically illiterate that it fails to show context. Hence, people such as the makers of the film itself and many people who consume it, presume that the people in Jesus Camp represent the ‘norm’ for all Christians of every denomination, Catholics included.
    In this conext, it is little more than propaganda and because of that, I have no other response but that of scorn.
    If someone wanted to make a thoughtful doc on all of the various sects of Christianity and tried to actually understand them, good and bad, I would be there. Jesus Camp, with its poster of a small,terrified girl praying in front of an American flag and its tag of “America is being Reborn: Are You Ready?”, is not designed to promote understanding. It is designed to promote, fear, misunderstanding and intolerance.
    In that respect, it is not much different than the people it purports to depict.
    Can you not see when you are being propagandized to, Jeff?
    You call me silly and paranoid…no Jeff, people who make and consume films like Jesus Camp are silly and paranoid.

  29. jeffmcm says:

    “My whole initiation of this was totally tongue in cheek. Sad that none of you could see that.”
    Keep trying with that. Like I said to Lota, tone doesn’t carry well on a blog.
    “people such as the makers of the film itself and many people who consume it, presume that the people in Jesus Camp represent the ‘norm’ for all Christians of every denomination, Catholics included.”
    I can’t speak for everyone who’s seen the film, but I did not presume this. Watch your own presumptions.
    “Jesus Camp…is not designed to promote understanding. It is designed to promote, fear, misunderstanding and intolerance…Can you not see when you are being propagandized to?”
    I said earlier that I believed it was flawed, don’t get me wrong. When I saw it my biggest problem with the film was that the filmmakers insist on depicting Evangelicals as some kind of exotic species, from a distance, to be analyzed – an oppositional other, if you will, although I know you loathe film theory. In spite of that I was able to see it for the emotion it conveyed: profound fear distrust at this new movement in American culture. Your scorn does not add to anyone’s understanding or edification.
    I would hope you would agree with me that several of the people depicted in the film are disturbing, just like I would agree with you that a film like The Da Vinci Code is bad for our culture because of how absurd its history was. If you really believe in promoting understanding, you have to do more than just grandstand about it.

  30. jeffmcm says:

    PS: Is it not possible that (gasp) people on BOTH SIDES are silly and paranoid?
    Chew on that while you sit back in your leather-bound easy chair, smoking cigars, plotting Papist conspiracies to fondle little boys, and wishing other people ‘best’.
    (Could you tell I was being tongue-in-cheek?)

  31. Stella's Boy says:

    Right Nicol. Cause I said all that. Maybe you do actually believe that Christians have it rough these days. I guess you’ll never provide a serious response to that question.
    On a related note, has anyone read the new book about America’s religious ignorance by a Boston University professor? Any thoughts about it?

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