Monday, April 1, 2013

A is for Angus: Day 1 AtoZ #Challenge #atozchallenge

Welcome to Day 1 of the infamous A to Z Challenge!

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, the A to Z Challenge feature hundreds of blogs all blogging through the letters of the alphabet every day in April (except Sundays). i.e. April 1st= A, so on and so forth. 

I participated last year and my posts were a bit helter skelter, so this year I chose a theme to blog on for the month. 

Ready for the big reveal (OK, it's not that big of a reveal since it's sitting in my sidebar) April's A to Z Challenge theme for Emily Unraveled is:

CHARACTER

This month is all about character.Whether it's personal character, the characters us crazy writers come up with, things that inspire character within us, or just great fictional characters; you'll find me blogging about them here.

Without further ado, here's  the letter A:


Released in 1995, this story of teenage turmoil and the power of people's differences is one I recommend every kid sees.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy/Drama
  • Running Time: 90 min
  • Stars Charlie Talbert, James Van Der Beek, Chris OwenAriana Richards, and Academy Award winners George C. ScottKathy Bates and Rita Moreno.

The Story: 


Angus is an overweight, scientifically gifted teenager just trying to keep his head down long enough to escape high school. The chance for a better life represents itself in the form of a scholarship to a prestigious private school, he just has to prepare a project to prove his scientific prowess. Before he can do this, however, he is the butt end of a bully and arch nemesis Rick's joke as he's elected Winter Ball king. Who is his Winter Ball Queen? Oh, only the girl he's had a crush on his entire life and Rick's girlfriend Melissa Lefevre. To help him along the way Angus has a cast of characters ranging from his overweight single mother (played by the astounding Kathy bates), his best friend whose awkward proportions aren't all that weird about him, to his eccentric grandfather who doesn't let anything get him down.

Trailer: 



Yeah, not sure what dates this film more: the soundtrack or the fact that it's advertised on VHS.

My Point:

I chose to talk about this film because it's one of the movies that helped shape who I am today. There are a couple of scenes that stand out as some of my favorite movie moments ever. These scenes influenced the way I handled my school days and well, pretty much the rest of life. Fact is, I'm kind of weird, but thanks in part to Angus, I'm totally cool with that.

The first is the "Superman isn't brave" speech. This is a pep talk Angus's grandfather gives him before his wedding (the grandpa's wedding, not Angus's). 

"Superman isn't brave... You don't understand. He's smart, handsome, even decent. But he's not brave. No, listen to me. Superman is indestructible, and you can't be brave if you're indestructible. It's people like you and your mother. People who are different, and can be crushed and know it. Yet they keep on going out there every time. "

The next is a conversation that takes place as Angus is getting ready to go to the Winter Ball. Through all the ups and downs of the film, it takes a lot to get him in a place where he's willing to go, but just as he's ready to walk out the door the assessor for the specialty high school Angus wants to attend shows up.

As a bit more of an explanation  Angus has to have an experiment to present as part of his evaluation for this school. He's been trying to do this whole thing with elements adapting to there environments, but it keeps failing because the element won't adapt.

Mr. Kessler: Now, if I could see your science experiment  Mr. Bethune. Do you have a science experiment, Mr. Bethune? 

Angus: Yes. Yes, I do. 

Mr. Kessler: May I See it? 

Angus: You're looking at it. 

Mr. Kessler: Is this a joke, Mr. Bethune? 

Angus: No. I'm hoping to prove that within every normal system, there exists an aberration. Something different. 

Mr. Kessler: The Chaos theory. 

Angus: The Bethune Theory. 

Mr. Kessler: Your hypothesis? 

Angus: When a small, abnormal element is forced into a larger normal system, the element will either be rejected or destroyed. 

Mr. Kessler: Obviously. 

Angus: But it doesn't have to be that way! If... 

Mr. Kessler: If? 

Angus: If the element is brave. 

Mr. Kessler: Brave? 

Angus: If the element can hold out long enough and face the torment of the system until the system's energy is depleted. If the element can look the system in the eye and say 'I'm still here, asshole!' Then, the system will have to change, adapt, mutate. And if this happens, it will have proved my f***ing point. 

Mr. Kessler: Which is what? 

Angus: There is no normal. 

Meg Bethune: Angus, Where are you going? 

Angus: To mutate.

I was going to include a third bit, but I don't want to spoil too much of the movie in case anyone wants to see it. Also, there aren't a whole lot of YouTube clips or much of anything I was really looking to put in this post for Angus, so sorry about it being all text and bare bones. Apparently this film needs to be more popular.

Be sure to stop by other blogs on the A to Z Challenge and I'll see all y'all back here tomorrow for the B post:

 B is for Broken Characters: An Example of How to do it Right

A special  thank you to AtoZ founder Arlee Bird at Tossing it Out!
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