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    Thoughts on the New Ghostbusters

    DISCLAIMER: I am not a misogynist and I am not racist. I love Ghostbusters. My mom still has my proton pack and Ecto-1. I was looking forward to the new movie – everyone in the cast has proven themselves over and over again. I don’t believe the movie’s existence is/will ruin my childhood. I don’t believe “reboot syndrome” is anything new in Hollywood.  I saw the trailer and was disappointed in what I saw. But I also knew that trailers lie. They’re advertisements and don’t feature the complete product. (The Ghostbusters II trailer had an unfinished effect where there should be a ghost, but there’s nothing.) In other words, I…

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    My Christmas List – 1992

    I found some old text files of mine and thought I’d share their delight with you, along with some commentary from an older and wiser author. I think it’s missing some numbers because I eventually deleted the things I’d gotten. Maybe someday I’ll cross-reference with my diary to see what I actually got. Also note, I would have been eleven years old at this time. CHRISTMAS LIST `92 1. 13-in. TV with remote control Ah, youth. A TV in my room seemed like the pinnacle of luxury. Nowadays, you can afford an entire entertainment center — computer, TV, stereo. But to me, a thirteen-inch TV with remote seemed to me…

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    Why Am I So Damn Fascinated By Five Nights at Freddy’s?

    I think it got popular because of the Let’s Plays. It’s always fun to watch people freak out. Bill Cosby said when a person is scared, that’s the only time they’re really being themself. I’ve been watching Let’s Play’s, reading the entire FN@F wiki, playing the memes. Yet I don’t own the game, and don’t plan to. It’s all jumpscares. I hate jumpscares for two reasons. They’re cheap and meaningless ways to control the audience. And I hate the way jumpscares make me feel, like a weak little kitten, manipulated, afraid of everything. Just like elementary school. Yes, I have a double standard. Deal with it.* So why am I…

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    Nostalgic Game Shows

    When I was a kid, I watched a lot of TV. More than I probably should have watched and more than my kids watch (because the remote controls are so complicated). But that’s fine, because media is changing, and you’re just as likely to get your A/V fill on an iPod, computer, or sumsuch. The more things change the more they stay the same. But people don’t give enough credit to daytime TV in the eighties. Sure, there were lots of thinly disguised toy commercials, trashy talk shows, but there were also game shows. Ah, game shows. They weren’t like today’s contests which are based on high stakes and empty…

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    TMNT: The Mean Green Machine

    We already know — Michael Bay’s TMNT will replace the M with an A. But I’m surprised how many people are dismissing the enormity of this change. “Don’t judge yet.” “Take a chill pill.” “Wait till you see the finished product.” “We’re still hammering out the script. Even the very creators are asking the fans to wait and see (or not). Make no mistake — this movie is doomed, and anyone agrees with the above needs to suck my anus. Why? 1. Fans, you should have been up in arms when you learned Michael Bay was attached. Think about it — the best movie he made was The Rock (which…