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A very long, expensive smile.

Wearing braces can be a pain. Just ask my mom who “insisted” hers be taken off just in time for a family portrait in a couple of weeks. I wore braces for four years and like anyone who’s worn them; endured plenty of rubber bands, awkward smiles and corn cut off the cob.

It felt like I had mine on forever (four years is longer than the average of 1 to 3) and when they finally came off, I had straight teeth and a great looking smile if I do say so myself. But perhaps I shouldn’t be complaining about my four-year term because compared to another Oregon man, I got off easy.

A very long, expensive smile.

Devin Bost, 22, wore braces for 11 years, that’s right 11. From age 7 until 18 the Beaverton man had to wear metal in his mouth and now, four years after having them taken off, Bost is suing Brad Chvatal, D.M.D., for what Bost claims were permanent injuries to his teeth, mouth and gums.

Due to wearing the braces too long, Bolt allegedly suffered serious tooth decay and periodontal disease. Some of his rotten teeth have to be pulled out and replaced with implants, but others cannot be replaced because they have rotted to the jaw according to Bost’s attorney.

The complaint, filed Friday in a Multnomah County circuit court, seeks $150,000 for pain and suffering, as well as an additional $35,100, which Bost’s attorney says his client had to pay for corrective oral surgery and other expenses.

According to Bost’s Facebook page, he’s been contacted by ABC News and the Oregonian for interviews, as well as a 30 minute special on “Inside Edition.”

Bost seems amused by all the attention he’s getting. “I’m becoming famous!” he wrote on Aug. 28.

We all have a little trepidation when we go to the dentist. Bost probably has a little more than most, but at least he can find humor in the situation.

Ducks begin the season in style

It was over before you could hear both sides of the stadium finish the cheer “Go Ducks” as Oregon defeated Arkansas State 57-34. But the final score isn’t indicative of what really took place at Autzen on Saturday night.

The Ducks had this one in control midway through the first quarter. By the midpoint of the second quarter, the Ducks had pulled most of their starters on offense after a hard fought touchdown from Byron Marshall made it 50-3. Following that score, Oregon played so conservatively, they might have gotten a call from the RNC as they managed just seven points for the remainder of the game.

Those uniforms are looking good. (Photo courtesy of Alex Shoemaker).

There was never any doubt Oregon was going to beat the Red Wolves, but going into the game, the number one question mark was how freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota would look. And the answer to that question is “Efficient.”

Looking like Phil Simms in Super Bowl XXI, Mariota started 11 for 12 in completions and ended up with a 19 for 23 night with 216 passing yards and three touchdowns. For a freshman, he looked exceptionally poised in the pocket. The ball he delivered to De’Anthony Thomas in the second quarter highlighted how accurate a night it was for the young quarterback. Any questions fans had before the game about the decision to start Mariota over Bryan Bennett were answered by the end of the SECOND QUARTER!

Some other observations from the game:

De’Anthony Thomas touched the ball seven times and scored three touchdowns. Forget Mariota’s night, that’s Efficient!

How about that touchdown from Byron Marshall in the second quarter? He could have been pulling an airplane behind him and he still would have scored.

Was it me or was that the longest first half ever? The Ducks scored seven times averaging 90 seconds for each score and yet it went on and on and on.

How about them uniforms. Those might be my favorite uniforms they’ve ever worn only rivaled by the throwbacks they wore with the same color combination a couple of years ago. And the wings are looking a lot better. As the fashion icon Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion changes, but style endures.” Thank you Google search.

Summer movie wrap-up 

The summer movie season ended with a whimper this weekend as The Possession, yet another Exorcist-type movie that usually comes out in January, led the box office. Overall it was a great summer at the cinema. Following 2011, which was the worst summer for movies in years (The Hangover II, Green Lantern, Cowboys & Aliens, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Cars 2. Yikes!), 2012 will be remembered for superheroes, male strippers and animation.

Highlights: The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Moonrise Kingdom.

Assemble!!

The biggest non-James Cameron movie ever, The Avengers exceeded expectations in every way. Balancing multiple superheroes with great set pieces and humor, The Avengers delivered everything you could ask for. And they finally got the Hulk right.

The Dark Knight Rises came out with ridiculously high expectations and for the most part, met them. While the film seemed far more campier than the last installment, Rises was able to conclude this particular Batman trilogy in satisfying fashion. Anne Hathaway was a revelation as Cat Woman and Christian Bale proved once again why he is the best actor who has ever played the caped crusader. Director Christopher Nolan was able to end the film and the trilogy in brilliant fashion. Until we see sequels to The Avengers, The Dark Knight trilogy will sit atop the superhero throne.

And now for something completely different. Moonrise Kingdom did surprisingly well at the box office this year and after seeing it, I can see why it’s director Wes Anderson’s most successful film since The Royal Tenenbaums. Featuring Anderson’s signature look and style, Kingdom tells a story of young love and the loss of innocence. Set in the 1960s, the film features colorful fashion, unique scenery and dry humor we’ve come to expect from a Wes Anderson film. Edward Norton in particular is great as the leader of a Boy Scout troop.

Disappointments: Prometheus, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Bourne Legacy.

I was looking forward to Prometheus more than The Avengers. That’s how excited I was for Ridley Scott’s return to science fiction. While the film looked stunning, none of the characters, with the exception of the android ironically, felt developed or interesting. The basis of the film was trying to discover where we came from as a species, but that idea was soon replaced with the horror movie staple of killing  characters one by one. Instead of being a glossy B-movie, (like the original Alien), from beginning to end, Prometheus ultimately collapsed under the weight of its own ambition.

I’m going to lump Spider-Man and Bourne together because while I enjoyed both of them, the reason for their existence is what’s disappointing. It’s only been five years since the last Spider-Man and while that trilogy mercifully came to an end, deciding to reboot the franchise this soon felt like nothing more than a cash grab (Sony reportedly didn’t want to lose its license on Spider-Man to Marvel so they made this). I distinctively remember watching this film in the theater thinking, “this is perfectly fine summer entertainment, but completely unnecessary.”

I need my pills in order to carry this movie!!!

The same can be said for The Bourne Legacy. I came out of the theater probably liking it more than most, but it’s still the weakest film out of the four. The setup is kind of genius. While Jason Bourne is wreaking havoc in New York (the third film), there’s an entirely different world going on where Edward Norton is hunting down every other “outcome” agent including Jeremy Renner’s character.

But unlike Bourne where we knew his motivations (discovering who he truly is), Renner’s character seems like nothing more than a junky needing the pills that turned him into a super spy. Expanding the world of Bourne is interesting, but the people in that world need to be as compelling as Matt Damon was. Through one movie, that isn’t the case.

Some other quick observations:

What a year for Channing Tatum. Three movies, three different genres (Romance, comedy, drama), three hits. Tatum has never been known for his versatility as an actor so this is surprising. Ryan Reynolds wants to know if he can trade Tatum’s 2012 with his 2011.

Note to moviemakers: Bow and arrows are apparently in. Three of the top five highest-grossing movies of the year (The Avengers, The Hunger Games, Brave) feature bow and arrows heavily. If only Universal had released Robin Hood this year instead of 2010. They might have made some more money.

Battleship was not as bad as everyone though it was.

Total Recall was as bad as everyone thought it was.

And you know what, The Hunger Games was actually pretty good.

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