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Apr 25, 2014

Popcorn and an Amazing Movie

by Brennan Maupin and Sarah Humphreys

Movie Poster of The Hammer.

Popcorn. Delicious, buttery popcorn.  I will admit that popcorn held my attention for the first few minutes of Movie Night—the last event of ODS’ Disability Awareness Week.  So much beautiful popcorn—with free drinks!  I was almost upset that I had brought my dinner with me.

I was completely engrossed by the movie... the movie’s production team worked hard to convey the limited sounds Hamill could pick up...

But within a short time, I was completely engrossed by the movie The Hammer, which portrayed the life and challenges of Matt Hamill, a star wrestler born deaf.  The movie portrayed many obstacles that Hamill faced; for instance, Hamill had trouble learning, not because of his acuity but rather because he could not read his teacher’s lips when his face was to the blackboard.  In addition, the movie’s production team worked hard to convey the limited sounds Hamill could pick up, putting the audience in a position where they themselves could experience his deafness, if only for a short period of time. All and all, I’d give it a 10 out of 10. What a perfect note to end a wonderful week celebrating a world of differences with some of the best people I have ever met here in my four years at JMU.








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