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This is the official blog of indie author / adventure writer Andy R. Bunch, author of the fantasy book, "Suffering Rancor." As always, I'll post funny or amazing things I find in my travels or from poking around online. This is a great place to kick back and relax a bit. You may note that I’m not too clean or too dirty. For more information on my book, go to Here are links to first two books and

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Record Setting Film Maker

So...April 1st. I should pull a prank, but I have the opportunity to post a story I think sounds like an April fools joke. James Cameron, THE James Cameron has set the record for the deepest solo dive. I don't know why, but it sounds like I'm making it up, huh? James Cameron's name sounds like a made up name to me. A film maker named Cameron.

Anyway, it's true. Check out the news stories below. This is a good opportunity to talk about the film I love to hate, 8mm. That movie is one I'm glad I saw, I'll never watch again, and I wish I could recommend (sometimes I do). It is not a good date movie for you Christian boys and girls out there. It is, however, a perfect example of the real power in movies. As we watch the main character descend into the abyss of hard core pornography for the purpose of investigating a young girls murder we witness him becoming increasingly desensitized to the sex and violence around him. As we discover the fate of the girl we start to really want him to become the right hand of revenge.

Now in Hollywood no matter how evil our bad guy there are ways in which our good guy can end him without really becoming bad himself. They struggle over a gun, they struggle and the bad guy is knocked back striking his head or becoming impaled on a convenient sharp object, they struggle and the bad guy is pitched from a roof. My personal favorite is they struggle and the bad guy is pitched from the roof and lands on the convenient impaling object. If and only if the good guy is a police officer, then the good guy can just shoot the bad guy in self defense or to protect a hostage. But is rare when a film ends with the good guy just murdering the bad guy. Thanks to some brilliant acting on the part of the cast, lead by Nicolas Cage, and brilliant film making on the part of James Cameron we wouldn't care if the hero stabbed the villain in the back while he slept, we just want that bastard dead.

At it's core, 8mm is a movie that documents the descent of the human soul into depravity, and it take you, viewer with it. It inspires a sort of temporary insanity that when the film ends your heart back lashes against. Sort of like the first time you take a drink of booze after watching Leaving Las Vegas. The movie is ultimately redemptive but...

I know porn is in vogue right now, and I'll seem like an old conservative for saying I'm not a fan, but I've had a real life 8mm type experience. I took on a project a few years ago, ghost writing a book on how to protect kids from child molesters. It's an issue you'd think people are talking about, but you'd be surprised. Child molestation is extremely prevalent and there's very little research into understanding it. In fact most people have written it off as incurable and content themselves with the delusion that it's rare. I did 1100 hours of research for the book, and I can assure you that there is a connection between garden variety porn and child victimization. I had to shelve the project because I just couldn't do it anymore. All I found were more questions. No one seemed to have any answers, they just had this 8mm-like fantasy of taking out the villains.

Of course most molesters were molested themselves, and 80% of victims know and trust their abuser, 1 in 4 girls has been abused and 1 in 5 boys...and the statistics get worse from there. It's a topic that needs more attention and one day soon I'll finish that book. In the mean time, my hats off to James Cameron for his wild adventure to the depth of the ocean floor and for his insane but effective look into the depravities of the unredeemed human soul.

If you are or know someone who is struggling as a result of childhood molestation there are resources available. Here is one of the best. If you are a young person and need someone to talk to try contacting Dare to Live. The most important thing is that you keep telling until someone listens.

ARGH! ATTN: After all that I realized that 8mm was directed by Joel Schumacher. April Fools after all, eh?

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