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Must See Movie: The Barkley Marathons

No Comments 04 January 2017

I recently stumbled upon The Barkley Marathons on Netflix. I absolutely love documentaries and the more quirky, weird and underground the better. I especially love documentaries about a group of passionate people because I find that no matter what their passion is, they’re weird in a way like I am and we understand each other.

The Barkley Marathons is a series of loops in Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee. The Barkley is a 5 loop race and in the history of the race, less than 20 people have completed the full 5 loops. If you’re able to complete 3 loops, that’s called the “Fun Run”. Each loop is roughly 20 miles long although it’s rumoured that it’s actually closer to 26.2 (a marathon distance). The catch is that you have 60 hours to complete the 5 loops.

What I loved about the race is that it reminds me a lot of the Virginia State Frisbee Tournament, which is held every April at Pratt Parkin Fredericksburg, Virginia. It has history, tradition, weird rules that don’t always make sense, and it’s done old school.

The Barkley only allows 40 runners and the entry fee is $1.60 along with a random item determined by the race co-founder, Lazurus Lake. One year it’s a plaid shirt (which is his preferred choice of shirt).

The documentary covers the 2012 Barkley in great detail in which 3 men actually finished the race – the most of any year! I highly recommend watching this movie. Let me know what you think!

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Movies, Technology, Thoughts

Must See Movie: Arrival

No Comments 03 December 2016

I hadn’t heard of Arrival until earlier today when my friend asked if I wanted to go see a movie. I quickly checked out the description and it sounded good.

I like not reading reviews or watching trailers before watching a movie. It gives me expectations, knowledge that can take away surprises during the movie and a general idea of where the movie is headed. I like to go in fresh and watch the movie for what it is.

Overall, I really enjoyed Arrival. I found it similar to Interstellar in that it was insightful, inventive and optimistic about time and the future. I like to think that there is more out there than just us on earth. And that we will be capable of doing so much more with technology and possibly even time than we are right now. This movie lends hope to that idea.

But the main message I took away is how important it is that we all work together. No matter what happens with the future, it’s important that nations realize we are all in this together. There is no Ruler of Earth or King of the World. The UN would be the closest thing to it. So I hope that we remain cognizant and when faced with adversity, we come together rather than pulling apart.

Check out the trailer above or just go watch the movie. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Movies, Relationships

Must See Movie: The Intouchables

No Comments 11 November 2015

An unlikely friendship develops between a wealthy quadriplegic and his caretaker, who was just released from prison. This movie is in french and is on Netflix, with subtitles. You’ll notice it for the first 5-10 minutes but once the movie starts to develop, you won’t care that it’s all subtitles. This movie is so good, it’s even worth learning french for. Watch it.

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Movies, Thoughts

Interstellar is a Must See Movie

No Comments 15 November 2014

Not often do I watch a movie that makes me feel sometimes opposite emotions but after watching Interstellar, I can say that it made me cry, laugh, be confused, be inspired, be hopeful and be amazed. Interstellar is easily one of my top 10 movies. Easily. I won’t tell you much about it because honestly I can’t do it justice. It’s worth watching and taking from it what you will based on your own past experiences and knowledge. From reading some sci fi novels, much of the movie made sense to me – especially the parts about space time – but it was everything else that made my mind explode with fascination. The possibilities of mankind and of the universe, which as you’ll see in this movie, are very much tied together. Check out the trailer below and let me know what you thought of it once you’ve had a chance to watch it.

Also, there is a game for Android devices: http://goo.gl/knoaYw.

Check out this great blog post on TED Ed explaining the science behind Interstellar: http://blog.ed.ted.com/2014/11/13/the-science-of-interstellar.

And more science explained through an infographic from Space.com: http://www.space.com/27692-science-of-interstellar-infographic.html.

And if you are an educator, they have lesson plans that link together with the movie to help enhance your classroom’s knowledge of the universe including learning about Morse code, designing their own planet, how far away things are and much more. It’s definitely worth checking out here: https://interstellar.withgoogle.com/for-educators.

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Movies, Thoughts

Must See Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

No Comments 20 June 2014

I first heard about the movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” just through some online ads and short teasers on Youtube but I always skipped over them. Then during a flight from Chicago to Calgary in May, I happened to see it under the available movies. I figured why not since I had nothing better to do.

Well, I was blown away. Honestly, this is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Definitely in my top 5. And if I hadn’t been on a plane full of people, I would have loudly sobbed at the end of the movie since it’s one of the best endings I’ve seen.

This movie will make you feel happy, hopeful, light, relaxed and overall just make you smile. Watch it.

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Movies, Relationships, Thoughts

My Review of the Movie “Into The Wild”

1 Comment 02 March 2014

Beautiful.

Sad.

Real.

Haunting.

Inspiring.

Tragic.

The moral of the movie…

Happiness [is] only real when shared.

Movies, Thoughts

2:37: The Movie – A Touching Story with a Great Message

No Comments 18 June 2011

I’ve watched a lot movies…and only a few times have I watched a movie that was surprisingly really good. The last time I can really remembering it happening, I had downloaded Slumdog Millionaire just before it was released in theatres. I had never heard of it and didn’t know anything about the movie. As you know, that movie went on to receive huge acclaim and I knew after watching it that it was going to become huge.

Well, I watched a movie last night that was really good. Not good in a “wow I want to watch that over and over again” sort of way, but good in a “wow, that was really powerful. what a message”. Again, had never heard of it and didn’t know anything about it.

It was called 2:37 and the plot, from Wikipedia:

A contemporary, ensemble drama telling the complex tale of six high school students whose lives are interwoven with situations that so many of today’s youth are faced with. Each of the six students have their own personal problems and goals.

The story takes place during a normal school day. At precisely 2:37 a tragic suicide will occur, affecting the lives of a group of students and their teachers. As the story unfolds, the individual stories of the six teenagers are revealed, each with their own personal significance. This eventually leads up to one of the characters taking their own life. An unwanted pregnancy unravels a terrible, dark secret; all is not as it appears for the seemingly confident school football hero; an outcast must deal with everyday taunts from his peers; a beautiful young girl battles an eating disorder; a stellar student constantly struggles to win his parents’ approval; while another uses drugs to escape from his own demons.

There are a few surprises in the story but overall, it’s a very touching, emotional story. But really good. If you’re looking for a movie with a great story + message, I’d recommend 2:37.


About Rob


Rob "Frisbee Rob" McLeod is a motivational speaker and frisbee ambassador living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He competes in ultimate, disc golf, dog disc and overall flying disc competitions. Rob currently holds 6 Guinness World Records, 10 World Championships and the Canadian Distance Record.

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