For Halloween, the scarier the better.All year long we deal with safe and
sound.We need one night where we put
all our fears into perspective.And what
better age group to target than those iPhone 5 toting, card catalog not
knowing, Kidz Bopping youth.
The best place to exercise our need to induce
costume-wetting fear is right in our own front yards.I’ve culled the best possible way to make the
youth of today appreciate their elders by scaring the yell out of them.
Tomorrow, September 22nd, marks the first day of
Fall.J. W. Ocker, who runs the Odd Things I’ve Seen Website has an
amazing philosophy that I am proudly stealing.*Ahem, I mean, adopting.Ocker
said that he celebrates Halloween from the first day of Fall until November 1st.To honor his brilliant idea, I will be
posting a lot of articles celebrating everything associated with the Night of
Halloween lets us be truly free.Masks reveal our true characters.For one night we celebrate death, the strange,
and the creative; in other words, we acknowledge our imagination.
In order to help you foster the same feeling of appreciation
for the holiday that I have, I have made a self-help article regarding
resolutions.Yes, I know that
resolutions are associated with New Year’s Drinking, I mean New Year’s Eve.But bear with me, and you will see how a few
resolutions will make this the best feast of Samhain ever.
Godzilla vs King Ghidorah did significantly better in theaters than Godzilla vs Biollante, so Toho decided to continue in that direction by bringing back another classic monster. This time they updated their second most famous monster, Mothra. To add to the fun they threw in a new monster as well, Battra. With the addition of Battra this film also became the first of the Heisei films to feature a monster rumble with more than two monsters. It was the perfect recipe for a great film. What could possibly go wrong?
King Theoden of Rohan was both a noble and a tragic figure
in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.When Peter Jackson made his theatrical version
of Tolkien’s trilogy, the director did a better job interpreting Theoden than other
characters like Boromir.
Theoden’s best moment comes from his ‘awakening’ or
liberation from Grima Wormtongue/Sarumon’s submissive spell.As the king wakes, Theoden reacts like
someone rising from a long, deep sleep.He looks upon his niece Eowyn and replies, “I know your face…Eowyn.”The line stands to show That Theoden’s mind
had been so clouded by the evil wizard’s control that he must recall his own
memories to reclaim his identity.
After my sister announced her pregnancy some ten plus years
ago, I asked her if she wanted another boy.My nephew is a blessing, and I was hoping that my sister would be
productive enough to make another little guy who thought all my jokes funny
like his older brother.
“No,” my sister resolved.“I’m tired of trucks and dirt.I
want dresses and dolls.”
Through divine intercession and the expert craftsmanship of
my brother-in-law, my sister gave birth to a beautiful girl.Had this been another boy, my sister would
have loved him with all her heart.I was
happy, though, that my sister’s good karma was paying attention and rewarded
her with her heart’s request.
Just this morning that same sister sent me an
interesting article from Jasmeet Sidhu at Slate.com.It appears that women are now so desirous of
having a baby girl that couples will pay $18,000 an attempt to go though the
process of Prenatal Gender Determination.
One cannot avoid a comparison to action movies based in
high-rises.The Raid: Redemption.Die
Hard.Towering Inferno.All of these films are related in theme but
stand out for individual content.And
that’s why Dredd 3D takes its
rightful place among those titles.
Mega City One spans from Boston to D.C., and its walls keep
out the radiation.Or do they keep the
millions of people imprisoned?With
thousands of violent crimes occurring daily, the megacity finds protection from
The Judges, a group of law enforcement officials that intercede and pass
judgment.But those judges could respond
to only six percent of the crimes.
The seasoned judge Dredd (Karl Urban) takes on a rookie
partner in Anderson (Olivia Thirlby).She’s failed the required tests, yet she has been passed through because
of her mutant abilities.With psychic
abilities that are yet to be tested, Anderson tags along with Dredd for her
As a student of language I have come to learn that time and
society can alter language, and that language is an imperfect, changing
entity.Such is the nature of all things
on this plane of existence.
Language is metaphoric.It is merely a signifier representing a symbol.
The word in English for table is different from the Spanish mesa.The word bomb changed in tone from something bad to something good to
Using the Oxford
English Dictionary provides an interesting look into the metamorphosis of
What I find most interesting and somewhat reprehensible
about the use of language lately is that people purposefully alter meaning for
the purpose of deceit.In most cases,
generalities are employed that are so lose in interpretation that an
intentional decay of context forms.
Yesterday I was watching television for a few minutes and
came across a commercial that raised my haunches.An oil company that recently had an incident
in the Gulf of Mexico aired a minute long spot in which the company claimed to
invest billions in the United States.
Is this a lie?No.The company may have indeed
invested billions in America through fines, corporate research and development,
and payroll.Because the wording sounds
so benevolent, the phrase makes perfect sense for a commercial shown at the
dinner hour.A commercial that shows how
the environment is pristine and the restaurants open and serving plates of
seafood—despite the continued plague
of tar balls washing ashore and the
assortment of mutations being discovered in Gulf sea life.
By allowing the decay of context, bold statements are levied
by companies, politicians, and clergy.While sounding comforting, the lack of context to link a symbol to the
signifier impairs the communication process.And this is erosion of context does not come about by a change in the
usage of a word or phrase by means of society or slang.
As mentioned previously, this act is not a
prevarication.However, it’s the most
cowardly use of language since the sophists of ancient Greece.I employ everyone to listen carefully to the
claims made by advertisers, office seekers, and salvation promisors.We must reestablish accountability in the use
of language lest we allow our own stupidity to place us back into serfdom
because we’re not smart enough to call out bullshit.
Stay alert, and keep rising from the graves of
ignorance, my Zombies.
I, like most Americans, find the current state of air travel
uncomfortable.So why would someone
volunteer to spend close to twenty-four hours traveling for no good
reason?To dance the Frequent Flyer
Take certain corporate executives. One example, who I will refer to as X, has a conference in a place like, oh, say--New Orleans.The company will pay for the day’s worth of
travel and the ticket.X will book the
flight to the destination.Instead of
choosing the most direct flight, X circumnavigates the nation.
With scenic routes like A1A and Las Olas Boulevard getting
worldwide attention, the focus has been taken from the best route to really see
Ft. Lauderdale: The Intra Coastal Waterway.
When visiting Ft. Lauderdale or entertaining out of town
guests, consider a boat trip.Put aside
the beaches, shopping, and restaurants and take a water taxi or rental through
the million dollar mansions and landmarks that so few get to see.
While I eagerly await Director Ti West’s latest
word-of-mouth sensation V/H/S to
stream, I took the opportunity to view one of his recent movies to come to
disc, The Innkeepers.Ti West proved his mettle with the
chill-inducing The House of the Devil
and its 70’s grainy exploitation film production style.The
Innkeepers marks a shift for West from the demonic to the ghostly with its
tale of a haunted old inn.