Monday, November 5, 2018

Eighth Grade Review

"Do I make you sad? I don't know. Sometimes I think that when I'm older, I'll have a daughter of my own or something...and I feel like if she was like me, then being her mom would make me sad all the time. I'd love her because she's my daughter, but I think if she turned out like me that being her mom would make me really sad."

There was a time in my life when I probably seemed fine to the outside world, a fun kid who tried his hardest to face each day with optimism instead of despair, but the image I portrayed to everyone around me was a fallacy. On the inside I was struggling, medicated twice daily from a recent grand mal seizure that resulted in an official epilepsy diagnosis, a subject that should seemingly be off limits to be the source of bullying but being thirteen defies all logic or sensible reason most of the time. I walked through the halls in a malaise in increasingly larger clothes than I had worn only one year earlier thanks to a rapid yet in retrospect totally predictable weight gain. I was called twitch by a certain small but vocal section of my peers that found it very fulfilling to pick the scab over my epileptic wound, each day I wondered if they would feel guilty for their words had they been there that night in that hotel room when my parents and older brother weren't sure what was wrong with me, weren't sure if I would wake up again, a vacation turned upside down with an ambulance ride and speculation of brain abnormalities. Probably wouldn't have changed a thing. 

The worst year of my life was eighth grade. I never liked school all that much, but I can still vividly remember one very specific night of my life, the night in which Christmas break ended in early January of 1998. It's one thing to dread the return of waking up early and strict class schedules and homework, that's to be expected from a vast majority of not only adolescents but from adults forced to return to work after a vacation, but my response on this one particular night was emotional to the point that it would seem irrational to an outsider looking in as I barely slept a minute due to crying for hours straight. Thousands upon thousands of nights have come and go over the years and are never recalled again, but for whatever reason I will never forget that night. I will never forget a lot of what happened during eighth grade.

Bo Burnham's debut film Eighth Grade came at a very interesting time in my life where I am young enough to still not only remember that year but still feel a touch of the pain derived from it as well, and also being that I am a father of an 11 year old girl who will be in middle school in a blink of an eye and I just have to hope she has a better experience than I did. My ability to connect to two characters in the film, the awkward and hopeful yet damaged and sad lead played wonderfully by Elsie Fisher as well as her father Mark played by Josh Hamilton, a man who loves his daughter with everything he has and always wants to be there for her but isn't 100 percent comfortable or confident in his ability to connect. Where I am more fortunate than Mark is that he is a single father in the film whereas I have an amazing wife, but that only made me more sympathetic to his character as I can't imagine having to do this alone.

I connected with Eighth Grade because the film feels so honest. It's really easy to tell a derivative and lazy story about teenagers riddled with cliches and tropes painfully fatigued from overuse but Burnham crafted something extraordinary here because it is laser focused on avoiding bullshit and not manipulating the emotions of the audience. There is one scene in particular in the film that is so harrowing and uncomfortable to watch mostly because you just know how delicate and difficult it likely is to swallow for many young girls as well as women watching who faced something similar, and the reason it hurts is because it plays out with such credible and sincere honesty. I never had to face something like that nor was I ever the person putting someone through such an experience, yet I can still say with total confidence that Burnham captured something raw and real there.

I loved Eighth Grade in part because of how much I hated eighth grade. Emotions from over twenty years ago came bubbling to the surface as I witnessed this superb piece of cinematic storytelling unfold and when the film ended I knew it was special, but over the course of the last couple of days since I have reflected on it and recognized it's even more than that. I hope parents ignore the R rating and allow their children to watch this movie when they are ready because it is important for them to consume stories that feel authentic to what they are really feeling, what they are really going through on a daily basis. My daughter has only recently began fifth grade and even though we are watching her as her eyes grow wider to the world around her and the realities of adolescence, she just isn't in Bo Burnham's wheelhouse yet with this one, but when the time is right we will sit down and watch this together. I already know she will see at least a bit of herself in Elsie. I know I did.



  1. Mobile slots are the most popular type of mobile casino games. Play titan casino mobile and discover exciting game at

  2. Hello there, my name is Darci Lyne, I am from a new jersey, USA. I read a post-comment online of a Los Angeles Based Journalist Reveals How he Permanently Cured Weak Erection & Quick Ejaculation 2 months after His wife Left Him and he also said Dr. NOSA makes his ex-wife return back after 2year of separation. I contacted the same Dr. NOSA because of my challenges in life, I have these Powerful Intentions that things will work for me, I believed in testimonies are real-life proves. I realized this would be good to share here as I know it will inspire others too.
    I was so lucky to come across BLACK MAGIC SPELLS
    Caster personal contact
    I'm not sure I could have done it without him. I would have given up and believed that because my husband was seeing someone else and he said we were done. After Dr.NOSA launched a Magic Love-spell, my husband calls me on the cell phone and he returns back home. Thank you so much for bringing back my husband home after 3 years of separation. We are forever indebted. today I'm testifying with joy and happiness to the world...also, you can
    WhatsApp with him-- +2349083639501
    * Love Spells Win-Back Ex lover
    * Success & promotion magic spell
    * lucky charm - BUSINESS STAR
    * wards - PROTECTIVE HOOK
    * curse resolution
    Divorce problem solution?
    solution to sickness and diseases of the body
    want a love spell for a new lover?
    * spiritual cleansing
    * fertility magic - FRUITS OF WOMEN

  3. UFA787 คือ ผู้ให้บริการอย่างเป็นทางการของ UFABET ซึ่งเป็นเว็บตรงไม่ผ่านเอเย่นต์ โดย UFABET มีเกมส์ให้เลือกเดิมพันมากมายอย่างแทงบอลออนไลน์ บาคาร่าออนไลน์ และเกมส์คาสิโนให้เลือกเล่นอีกมากมาย โดย UFABET แทงบอล และ UFABET บาคาร่า รองรับทุกแพลตฟอร์ม สามารถเล่นผ่านมือถือ IOS หรือ Android ได้ทุกที่ทุกเวลา สมัคร UFABET กับทาง UFA787 วันนี้ได้รับโปรโมชั่นและโบนัสพิเศษมากมาย สมัคร ufabet

  4. Compare the best ECN brokers at is a broker review and comparison website. ecn trade

  5. Compare the best spread betting brokers at is a broker review and comparison website. spread betting uk

  6. If you’re looking for luxury hotels in the most popular cities of the world, you’re in the right place. Luxury hotels provide state-of-the-art accommodation, diverse facilities and the highest quality of service. Here you can search and find every luxury hotel, in every destination. We compare offers and deals every day, to ensure that our luxury hotels deals are the most beneficial. This guarantees that by booking your luxury hotel here, you save both time and money. No need to waste time looking on your own – book your perfect luxury hotel right now and prepare for your trip. luxury hotels tuan chau

  7. Description: GoPkv - Kumpulan situs Pkv Games dominoqq, dominobet, domino99, bandarqq, qq online, aduq, sakong, dan pokerqq terlengkap dan terpercaya. GoPkv

  8. 토토사이트 중에 오직 먹튀없는 안전놀이터만을 7년간 무사고로 검증하고 추천해온 토토정입니다. 메이저놀이터와 안전공원만을 엄선하여 해외 사설토토를 이용하시는 많은분들과 소통하며 오직 신용을 최우선시 하고 있습니다. 토토정과 함께 메이저사이트에서 안전한 토토를 즐기시길 바랍니다!! 메이저놀이터

  9. Very good article interesting and useful

    Join and feel the thrill of playing Poker Site, Domino99, Pokerqq, QQ Online, Domino Qiu, Qiu Qiu Online, Poker Qiu Qiu which gives big wins only at A trusted IDN Poker agent who gives big win big jackpot together. Poker Sites, Domino99, Pokerqq, QQ Online, Domino Qiu, Qiu Qiu Online, Poker Qiu Qiu.

    Supported by quality servers and very fair games 100% Player vs Player and no ROBOT interference in the MaxbetQQ Trusted Online Poker Site.

    HOT Promos at Maxbetqq's Trusted Online Poker:
    - Megajackpot Monthly Bonuses
    - 20% New Member Bonus (Minimum Deposit of Rp. 25,000 | Maximum Bonus of Rp.50,000)
    - 0.5% Roll Bonus
    - Deposit Bonus of Rp. 5000 every day
    - 10% Referral Bonus Up to 60%

    7 Games In 1 User ID:

    ✔️ Texas Poker
    ✔️ Domino QQ
    ✔️ Capsa Stacking
    ✔️ Ceme City
    ✔️ Mobile Apps
    ✔️ Super Ten
    ✔️ OMAHA Pot

    Maxbetqq Info You Can Directly Contact Via:

    Whatsapp: +66613295868
    WeChat: MaxbetQQ
    Line: MaxbetQQ

    QQ NET

  10. SAbeauti Professional Ladies Salon Dubai is one of the best beauty salon in Dubai which aims to bring out the beauty within you with the best beauty parlour services in the salon or as a home salon at your doorsteps. All beauty services you may need under one roof.This ladies salon in Dubai provides Brazilian Protein, Keratin and Caviar hair treatments, facials, Professional party makeups, Hammam and relaxation massages, Nail enhancements such as Acrylic, Gel and Poligel extensions, Spa manicures and Pedicures, Eyelash extensions and Perming, Hair removal services, and much more. hair salon near me

  11. An appropriate set of digital marketing tools will give you the opportunity to manage your campaigns better and will provide you with the needed insights to improve and optimize your actions in this department. digital marketing tools

  12. As melhores acompanhantes de São Paulo e região você encontra aqui no Prazer Brasil. Garotas de programa belíssimas para seu total prazer. garotas de programa

  13. Somos fornecedor e distribuidor especializado em fabricação, comércio, venda e montagem de parede de divisórias de vidro duplo com persiana embutida com porta sob medida para escritório, loja e empresa.O melhor preço de divisórias de vidro duplo com persianas por m2 colocado, direto da nossa fábrica com qualidade e garantia você encontra aqui, temos vários modelos com cores e tipos de acabamento disponíveis. divisória de vidro com persiana interna

  14. Founded in 1996, Queen Arwa University is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the large city of Sana'a (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Sanaa. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Yemen, Queen Arwa University (QAU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Queen Arwa University (QAU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 23 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 60-70% making this Yemeni higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. هندسة مدنية

  15. UFABET เว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์ แทงขั้นต่ำ 10 บาท สเต็ปเริ่ม 2 คู่ คาสิโนออนไลน์ สล็อต หวย บาคาร่า เล่นฟรีผ่าน มือถือ ฝาก-ถอน ไม่มีขั้นต่ำ ตลอด 24 ชม. ยูฟ่าเบท - UFA

  16. Ingin bermain judi poker online uang asli dari server terpercaya di Indonesia? Silahkan kunjugi tempat kami untuk mengetahui lebih lanjut soal judi online poker kami. pokerdex

  17. Dents are common and could easily happen to the car. However, it is not easy at all to bring it every time to the garage and have it repaired. In cases the dents are not too serious, the solution would be the best paintless dent repair tools.It is obvious that the dent repair kit is what that brings you here. Of course, in the following list, there are top brilliant 5 best paintless dent repair tools, coming in kits for your check. You may spend a few minutes checking them, and you have a sense of which to choose. paintless dent repair tool

  18. permainan game judi ceme online indonesia kami menjadi salah satu tempat yang di gunakan oleh para pejudi untuk mendapatkan keuntungan.