The Big Picture: Mailbag

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MovieBob answers your intriguing questions.

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Thanks for the awesome Mailbag Bob! Always great to have a Q+A session with someone.

Cool stuff, I'm surprised you don't seem unoptimistic about the new superman film and that was probably an awesome message about school for some people to hear

Ooh, I've been looking for a good ridiculously pornographic mainstream literary object to read. Lost Girls seems to fit the bill. Thanks, Bob!

French and British relations are doing pretty ok right now. Whilst Cameron may be stupidly cautious about the UK's place in the EU, he does at times seem to be BFFs with Sarkozy.
Also just because I didn't hate "high school", or as we called it secondary school, doesn't mean that we were the problem. We were able to carve out our niche group of "others" and got along fine with the more stereotypical groups.

High school...

I dunno, I actually enjoyed high school and I spent my time between multiple "cliques". Hell, for a good year or so I spent my lunch period playing Magic: The Gathering and still managed to not ostracize myself with the "cool" people. I know that some people have a hard time and admittedly I was friends with some of the more hardcore geeks that certainly did. I think that high school is hard on a lot of people is because at that age people just aren't socially well rounded and a few bad apples do indeed ruin it for everyone.

Oh and speaking of the French I have some like new French rifles for sale. They have never been fired and only dropped once. . . . . I kid I kid.

High school aint too bad, but year 7 was the worst; I was incredibly naive,
and remnants of my past mistakes still sometimes haunt me, but I'm on good terms with about 80% of the year group, so it's bearable.
-Can't wait 'till college

Two episodes of Big Picture this week? are we on a new schedule or did movie bob upload the wrong video or what?

CrazyBlue:
French and British relations are doing pretty ok right now. Whilst Cameron may be stupidly cautious about the UK's place in the EU, he does at times seem to be BFFs with with Sarkozy.
Also just because I didn't hate "high school" as we called it secondary school doesn't mean that we were the problem. We were able to carve out our niche groups of "others" and got along fine with the more stereotypical groups.

To me the British-French relationship is the same as the British-American relations, in that it is no worse then a sports rivalry.

I also liked high school, and I was a t the very bottom of the social hierarchy. I didn't have to worry about my status going down and I was able to just act naturally. Plus bulling was replaced by gossiping behind peoples backs, so I never had to be the victim of insults and violence like in middle school. Damn was middle school offal.

Nice episode. And I especially liked the advice on high school. I'll back Bob up on that one. If anyone feels caught up in the social crap that you get in school for your teenage years then I can tell you from experience that as soon as you leave school it ends and instantly becomes irrelevant. And you can rest assured that if someone does behave to you in the same way moronic bullies and sociopaths did to you in school then you can be safe in the knowledge that they are automatically being childish, petty and undeserving of attention by anyone with any kind of integrity.

Wow, it was a real mixed bag. I enjoyed it.

France, let's not forget that with a big help from France the US obtained their independence. Yeah, France was acting in self interest to put a dent in the British Empire crown, but still... I don't get the bad rap they get in the US

Highschool was awesome for me, I partied like a monkey on speed and drank like a fish... then again I was not constrained by that silly rule in the States that says that you are mature enough at 18 to put a bullet in an enemy soldier's head, but you cannot drink a beer in a hot-summer day

Also "mumorpuger" :-)

...or that a Crayola crayon named "flesh" is just weird and creepy

Two helpings of Bob? Sweet! It's like Christmas came early this year!

And thank GOD someone holds the same level of disgust I had for High School. Harassment, and the school's blatant inability to crack down on it were some of the things that almost got me expelled for lashing back. Fuck contemporary public education, fuck it to the lowest areas of hell and lock it with a code that randomly changes the password every picosecond.

Secondary school was not hell for me, but given that my entire year was 50-ish students, and every group had some kind of ass-kicker attached to them, no one made anyone else's life greatly miserable.

Well, you surprised me. Not in the way I was hoping for, but you surprised me. Mostly because I wasn't expecting people to ask questions like that.

High school may end, but in my experience, most people these days never seem to grow out of the high school mindset.

Wow.

A lot of that was insightful. Even the random ass crayon question. Which gave me the impression you researched that soley because of the weirdness of the question. You never stop amazing me.

For Batman movies, whatever new director they get for a possible reboot needs to work under the assumption that we all know who Batman is and how his backstory plays out. Then you can just start with recruiting Robin from the first film. And make sure he's actually a kid and not some 20 year old this time got damn it.

I kinda wish this episode was twice as long. I like listening to all the quick random bits while I eat my lunch.

Ever notice how BULLIES (diva's to D.Bs) never have a problem with Highschool?

I guess it's because they ARE the problem.

No shit!

I actually preffered Ang Lee's Hulk to the new one.

Sure it was still bad, but it had more artistic merit in one single scene than The Incredible Hulk had in its entire running time.

Good stuff, but I found high school to be better than elementary/middle school. Mainly cause I moved and no one picked on me. It was no longer "Hur dur, he looks diffrent, beat him up." teachers going "I didn't see anything so nothing happened"(yes, that is apparently something teachers still use to this day) and other teachers going "If you tell anyone about the[literal] beating you just took in basketball, things will get worse."

Although I still had bullies in High School, they were the last people I expected. My friends, they would insult me, go to events without me, made sure I died as quick as possible in any tabletop game, call me a ****** because I couldn't get anyone to go out with me, then if I ever told anyone I liked someone, one of them would start dating her then go "Friends don't date friend's ex-girlfriends." BTW, we were considered the nerds.

In Canada, we still like make fun of french people. At least as long as you're outside Quebec and are not in politics. Even then there is suppose to be a disdain between Quebecois and France.

Hmm, I'm in "high school" now(I live in Norway so I don't know what is the equivalent of high school in the Norwegian school system, but im 17 so i think im around high school age) and i Don't have any problems. Sure i get some sarcastic comments here and there, but it's so seldom and so petty that i don't bother to care.
and bullies would have a hard time bullying me because i'm quite big. not fat just big, so even if they tried I could easily make them say sorry and other embarrassing stuff.

I have had people trying to bully me because i'm a pretty big nerd, but I was stronger than he was sooo..
I feel bad for those that aren't strong enough to stand up for them selves and the only suggestion i can come up with is The Gym.

moviebob:
High School is hell.

There. Fixed that for you. And your argument that i was probably one of the people who made it hell? HA. that's rich. i had a very small group of friends, i started using drugs, and most of my long term friendships fell apart during my high school years.

They were the best years of my life because my newer friends (which i met in high school) were cooler, or seemed so, and because in middle and elementry school i was teased bullied shunned and turned into an emotional suicidal wreck.

Just ask someone who is alone if they wanna hang out. Ask if they saw a movie recently, a tv show maybe, just break the ice. If you are a loner find other loners, and suddenly you aren't a loner anymore. And go beyond grade level. Hit the younger ones if you can. Freshmen are alot like kindergarteners. if they don't already have friends around them then there's a good chance they don't have friends at all. and if they do have friends, befriends them when you're alone and and meld into the group through them.

Nice, especially the message about high school. Secondary school in england is pretty much the same.

To add to that message; Don't become entitled. After getting through such hell, you expect a lot from life. I got past that s***ty level, where the hell's my reward? It would be nice is karma was so conspicuously present, but it ain't. Things are gonna get better, but not right off the bat, not without effort, and they ain't necessarily going to be the perfection you probably think you (and kinda rightfully) deserve. I played that game for a fair few years, always expecting great things to just kinda come to me because hey, I've done my hard part, the world owes me, right? It's funny how easily that little thought can make you completely ignore how great things actually are, just because you think you deserve more.

High School was awesome!
But then again, I live in Sweden, and we don't have Sport Jocks (and oh, I went to a school with 70% girls who all studied aesthetics, ran around in miniskirts and in general being artsy. Kinda hard to have the classic bullies there).

rayen020:

moviebob:
High School is hell.

There. Fixed that for you. And your argument that i was probably one of the people who made it hell? HA. that's rich. i had a very small group of friends, i started using drugs, and most of my long term friendships fell apart during my high school years.

They were the best years of my life because my newer friends (which i met in high school) were cooler, or seemed so, and because in middle and elementry school i was teased bullied shunned and turned into an emotional suicidal wreck.

Just ask someone who is alone if they wanna hang out. Ask if they saw a movie recently, a tv show maybe, just break the ice. If you are a loner find other loners, and suddenly you aren't a loner anymore. And go beyond grade level. Hit the younger ones if you can. Freshmen are alot like kindergarteners. if they don't already have friends around them then there's a good chance they don't have friends at all. and if they do have friends, befriends them when you're alone and and meld into the group through them.

I think he meant most likely. Also, if you my little story, you'd know it don't work for everyone. Just because they're "lonely" dosen't mean they're nice.

Bob's comments about high school are part of the reason I like Stephen Colbert's "It Gets Better" video; whereas most of the other video-makers addressed LGBT teens specifically, Stephen addressed anyone who's being bullied.

If you're not enjoying your time in school for pretty much any reason, stick with it. It really does get better.

You can graduate, and either go to college, or find a job outside your hometown. I moved across the country after college, so now I don't have to see anyone who gave me crap in school.

Wow I didn't expect Thursday to be the mailbag episode, still two The Big Picture episodes in one week is great.

High school should be abolished.

I really liked high school. Middle school sucked something fierce, though. I guess everyone at my school just chilled the fuck out and stopped being a dick around 9th grade.

Well I'm Canadian and my High School experience wasn't so bad, but if any of those movies about High School students/teenagers etc. have tought me anything it's that American High School is worse than prison and I'm just fucking grateful I didn't go to school there.

RaikuFA:

rayen020:

moviebob:
High School is hell.

There. Fixed that for you. And your argument that i was probably one of the people who made it hell? HA. that's rich. i had a very small group of friends, i started using drugs, and most of my long term friendships fell apart during my high school years.

They were the best years of my life because my newer friends (which i met in high school) were cooler, or seemed so, and because in middle and elementary school i was teased bullied shunned and turned into an emotional suicidal wreck.

Just ask someone who is alone if they wanna hang out. Ask if they saw a movie recently, a tv show maybe, just break the ice. If you are a loner find other loners, and suddenly you aren't a loner anymore. And go beyond grade level. Hit the younger ones if you can. Freshmen are alot like kindergarteners. if they don't already have friends around them then there's a good chance they don't have friends at all. and if they do have friends, befriends them when you're alone and and meld into the group through them.

I think he meant most likely. Also, if you my little story, you'd know it don't work for everyone. Just because they're "lonely" doesn't mean they're nice.

well obviously if they're a jerk don't keep trying and yeah it won't work for everyone i'm just handing out general advice. And if you'd rather take the i'm miserable and i'm just going to stay miserable and power through to the end of school road more power to you. Sorry that was overly antagonistic of me.

Look i'm just trying to give good general advice to kids that need it. I'm not going to make you take it, especially cause it may not work for you. I just giving out my experience, and how i coped with it. No i don't know your story, and if i did i'd probably change my advice. And if you're still taking bob's advice, it seems alot more important and alot worse than it actually is.

The thing about high schools (and compulsory education in general) is that it's an artificial environment. It's a place where people are required to work for several hours a day in close proximity to people they otherwise would never associate with. Everyone has to take the math classes, so the vastly different peoples have to spend at least part of every day sitting next to each other.

And this becomes a problem because adolescence is also the time when human beings are their most irrational. Hormones permeate the body and make everything seem like a bigger deal than it actually is. So when people are forced to create social groups and links and such, they take it all way too seriously. And if you aren't in any social group, you're basically a sitting duck for the assholes in the student population, at a time when emotional trauma is its most damaging. And you can't escape the thing, because the state mandates this system of collective education, even though the whole reason it was invented (by the Prussians) was to brainwash their populace, regardless of how it'd get done.

Thankfully, high school ends, people go find their specialized areas of work that keep them with like-minded people, and the chemical balance in the brain stabalizes.

I'm loving these questions! You should TOTALLY do more of these mailbag episodes! XD

The Great JT:
High school should be abolished.

Or at the very least made optional. There are so many kids in high school that don't care about how well they do there, and would probably be better off going into the work force. They sure aren't interested in getting into college or learning anything more the state has to teach them, so why not just get them working?

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