February 29, 2012 by Chris Grosso
October 15th, 2010. How does one write an introduction about spending an hour of his life interviewing Danny Trejo? I definitely don’t want to blow up Danny’s spot, but underneath the rugged exterior, he is an extremely compassionate person. Besides being on of the most feared bad guys in cinema history, he is also a humanitarian, dedicating countless hours to speaking with people (especially youth) about drug, alcohol or criminal problems. In his documentary Champion, Danny says he hopes to be remembered as somebody who helped, and after spending the time that I did with him, and seeing his sincereity first hand, I have no doubt in my mind that he will. But enough of the sappy shit. Danny would have probably cut me by now if I was saying this to his face. So without further ado…
A trope is a cliché. The word is used often when describing the theme of a book, TV show or film. For example, “we saw a movie last night and it was the typical horror themed trope”. The reason I am mentioning this is because I came across this website called TvTropes. They have a selection of categories like “Off the Wagon” “Descent into Alcoholism” and “Drunken Master”. It makes for a really fun read.
Here is an example of the “Off the Wagon” section:
Rehab is for quitters!
In any show featuring a recovering alcoholic (or other such drug addict), they will inevitably return to drinking at least once during the series. This happens quite a bit to recovering alcoholics in real life as well, but it’s not as inevitable as television would have us believe. In a drama, this is almost always a Very Special Episode. In…
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If you have a child with trauma issues, I’m sure your well-meaning friends and family members have asked you at least a million times: “What’s the big deal? All kids do that!”
They’re not wrong.
Sure, lots of kids do lie, talk a lot, play too rough, fight with their siblings and talk back. Kids have illogical reasoning and get angry when their parents don’t understand. Yes, all kids do things that make us mad, that scare us, that irritate us. Some kids engage in these behaviors daily just because they’re kids. But kids with trauma behaviors don’t engage in “normal negative behavior” because their trauma responses take “normal negative behaviors” into scary movie territory.