August 10 2016

Quick Movie Review – Deathgasm

Amazon recently added Deathgasm to their rental library, or you get it for free if you have their Shudder channel (or a free trial!).

I was excited to get a chance to watch this as a while back I had gotten a subscription box from “Box of Dread” with some props from the movie. Whenever I get some swag for a game, movie, book, etc.. If I have not experienced it, I like to do so.

High School is Hell! Metal-thrashing Brodie is an outcast in a sea of jocks and cheerleaders until he meets a kindred spirit in fellow metalhead Zakk. After starting their own band, Brodie and Zakk s resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to a mysterious piece of sheet music said to grant Ultimate Power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons an ancient evil entity known as Aeloth The Blind One, who threatens to tear apart existence itself. Their classmates and family become inhabited by demonic forces, tearing out their own eyes and turning into psychotic murderers… and this is only the beginning! It s up to Brodie, Zakk and their group of friends to stop a force of pure evil from devouring all of mankind.

If you do not like blood and gore, stay away from this one! If you are ok with that, enjoy Heavy Metal, over the top Horror comedy then you may like this. I found it fun when watched as a non-serious movie. It reminded me a lot of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.

July 23 2016

Analyzing the Lyrics of “Fed Up” by The Recap Band, From the Album “Neon Milk”

Remember, this is only my opinions and even if stated in an accurate way is not meant more then as my opinion.

Hello, everyone! I apologize that his piece has been a little slow in the last couple of week. If I can, I am going to try to do the rest of the songs fairly quickly soon. I have quite a few articles I need to write and will be working on catching up, so bear with me!

Happy for now to get this one out to you. So let us listen to and see if we cannot understand the song “Fed Up” by Recap better!

(Chorus)
I’m sick of waitin’ on this world to change
Guess I’ll pack up
My bags I’m leavin’ on a space plane
Guess I’m fed up
Guess I’m fed up

So the chorus of this song is a summary of the general theme of the song. Overall a turning of your back on the world and other people sort of thing. I do not want to go into the full theme here, though, as it is better to understand it from the lyrics, so read on.

Earth

(Verse 1)
(Sigh) Earth what the hell’s the matter with you Can’t ya see that your status as a civilized planet Is shatterin’ can you see the pattern yet

Our aliens are talking to us, asking us why aren’t we logically looking at our choices and decisions, what they are causing to happen, and making a change. I saw a Meme recently that said something along the lines of Those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and those that do will get to watch it repeated because no one else will. Something along those lines. Very apt to this verse!

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Think you’ve come far but the blood’s still splatterin’ All over the world people die with teeth chatterin’ From the cold while these brats badgerin’

In general, I believe that as a species we feel we have accomplished a lot. We have! Computers, Nano Technology, Space travel, take your pick. Yet, with all of our accomplishments in many areas, we haven’t grown nearly as much regarding how we care for each other, and life on the planet. As a whole, we have remained a very selfish species. We have improved, but we still have a long way to go as there is a lot of NEEDLESS suffering in this world.

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Fuckin’ dad for an ipad again and again

Not only being materialistic but needlessly so.

Y’all evolve slower than a mothafuckin’ mannekin

We know and have known for a long time know about all kinds of issues, concerns, problems, whatever you want to call them, that exist in this world. Some of these things are not easy to resolve, but some are. They continue to be issues. It’s insanity to want everyone to be the same, yet that has been the “social” acceptable norm for much of history.

Why does it always have to end this way
With me dismayed over all the horror every which way

Every time you feel like maybe we are progressing, things are changing. Something happens that makes you wonder how far we have progressed. No matter how hard you try and work, sometimes it feels like we continue to do and repeat the same mistakes. It sometimes feels like two steps back and one forward rather than two forward and one back.

If I were to bet I’d be takin’ the odds
You keep killin’ each other over fuckin’ paper and God

No matter how good it starts to look, it is starting to feel like it will just go wrong every time. Something will cause it. Money, religion, maybe politics or something else. Regardless when you look at the future it begins to feel like that is the history we are doomed to just keep repeating.

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So let’s be realistic there ain’t a way to fix it
And if I stay here I’ma end up with my wrists slit
So make a quick list couple wings and a stick shift
Shootin’ for the stars guess we gonna need a ship kids

The metaphor on requiring a ship to leave is that people just find escapes rather than try to deal with things. Whatever your escape may be, music, books, games. That doesn’t mean those things are always an escape, but sometimes they can be. When they are used in a way to just hide and get away from the real world, is the metaphor being spoken of here.

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(Verse 2)
That’s it I’m gettin’ off of this bitch yo
Earth is just a shitshow of schizo sickos
At each other’s throats like pit bulls it’s so Obvious they need help but fuck this yo Phase 1 I went and bought an RV
But it hardly would start we needed parts see Couldn’t fall asleep all week and 3 days Searchin’ for flux capacitators on ebay Scourin’ all of the yard sales
Gettin parts mailed to my house hey are there
Any packages from Carbondale with new hardware
I don’t need a bumper when there ain’t no poles or guard rails
Up there where we goin’ we ain’t gonna slow for no one
We don’t need no chauffeur bro when I can drive on my own and solo Hopin’ that the heat ain’t broken oh you know we coulda used Cloaking for the cops oh well guess it’ll have to do

This is all just a great fun metaphor extending on the previous one, for flavor and enjoyment. Except that there is also an underlying reference of building a ship and going to a planet is all a metaphor for withdrawing, however, it is you do it. Into your safe place and own sanctuaries.

In some cases, it can also be a preparation for suicide as a way to not have to deal with the world anymore.

(Chorus 2x) (Outro)
I’m up all night daydreamin’
Every time I close my eyes I see the way gleamin’ (Guess I’m fed up)
Goodbye to pain and sorrow
I can’t wait anymore I leave tomorrow
(Guess I’m fed up)
I’m up all night daydreamin’
Every time I close my eyes I see the way gleamin’ (Guess I’m fed up)
Goodbye to pain and sorrow
I can’t wait anymore I leave tomorrow
(Guess I’m fed up)

We leave out with the chorus again, and move onto the next song!

*disclaimer
These articles are being done with the permissions of the band members and producer. They have no idea what I will be typing and see it when you do. These are my opinions and while they may be represented in a factual manner that is only for purposes of my attempts at making things more enjoyable to read. They are not meant to serve as the actual meanings of these songs, only my interpretations.

July 17 2016

Short Movie Reviews from Stile Teckel

This last week has been rather hectic, and I haven’t been able to get out any movie blurbs! So what have I watched and what did I think about it over the last week? Here’s the list! Clicking on the image will take you to the movie on Amazon, as a starting point for you to check it out in more detail.

I am cheating on Dead End as I did not watch it this last week. Was a month or so ago and saw I hadn’t included it on anything yet. I had seen it before but had been a while ago, didn’t remember it well, and decided to watch it again. If you are looking for a good horror movie to watch, I will give this four stars.

I will fully admit that I enjoy Harry Potter and am not ashamed of it. Given how varied my tastes are this should not surprise anyone! I do not have any particular large fandom towards the author though and so when I came across this documentary I thought it would be enjoyable to watch. It was! The material was a bit dated in some cases and unfortunately I had stopped it with about 10 minutes left to go and now its no longer available to me for free from the channel subscription I was using!

Sexy Evil Genius. Dammit Son, I like that, say it again! Sexy Evil Genius! That rolls off the tongue, and I highly recommend watching it. Fantastic cast, great plot, well acted, and things are in a way so simple that you do not know how it’s going to end until you get there as there are just too many possibilities.

A highly controversial subject among gamers and non-gamers alike your enjoyment level of this documentary is going to be dependent on how open minded you are. Being open to new ideas myself, this made me consider some things in ways I had never looked at them before. I have never played this game and still have no interest in doing so, but I found the topics valuable.

I had started this thinking it was animated and was rather surprised when I found out otherwise! A rather unusual movie I am not going to try to explain and just say that I enjoyed it but nothing over the top. I would give it 3 Stars out fo 5. Wouldn’t watch it again am happy I watched it once.

Be sure the kid’s around when you put this cartoon on. I enjoyed the animation from movies such as Heavy Metal, Wizards, Fritz the Cat, and other films of that era. So when I came across this one, I threw it on and was not disappointed. Enjoyable and fun as long as you just take it with a grain of sale. Not something that would be politically correct these days!

The Hulk fighting as a Gladiator, in an Arena, on a team of various aliens, on another planet, fighting assortments of other strange creatures. Done, enuff said.

Unfortunately, it turns out I am a failure as a father. Amazon added the Star Trek movies to their Amazon Prime movies recently and after a conversation with my daughter I found out she has never seen Star Trek. Any of it, in any shape or form. WHAT? How did I let this happen?! While I would not call myself a Trekkie, I have seen every movie and TV episode ever made. Yes all of them, the animated stuff, TOS, TNG, DS9, ENT, and so on. Yes, I am even enough of an Artemus I know the three letter fan abbreviations of each as well :).

So we watched 1, and 2 and here is the report. I believe she somewhat liked the first one but wasn’t nearly as enthused with the second. It will be a little while until she is going to be willing to suffer through Search for Spock but I believe she will like the series by the time we hit the 4th or 5th flick.

In the course of introducing my daughter to geek culture, horror culture, B-movie culture, and just damned cool movies she has become an Eddie Murphy fan. So I would have been amiss not to have introduced her to 48 Hours and Another 48 hours. This also allowed me to introduce her to Nick Nolte, who I have always enjoyed. I always think of Silver Bullet first when he jumps to mind.

She liked the first enough she was agreeable to going ahead and watching the second right after.

Speaking of Star Trek, I also caught a documentary on my own at some point. Given that I have watched all of it, I thought it would be neat to learn a little bit more about it. I learned a LOT about it, and it makes me look at Star Trek in some entirely new ways now. Worth watching to me because of that.

I am not saying this is a bad movie; I just didn’t get into it much. I multitask when I watch TV, working on the computer. At this exact moment, I have Halloween on further helping my daughter in her horror culture! I have been telling people my rating system is “how much do I get done?”. The better a movie is, the less I get done.

I honestly do not remember much at all about this one, which means it wasn’t holding my attention. I may have to give it another try sometimes just in case it was a mood thing.

I was surprised by this movie as based on the description I expected it just to be lousy. I am not saying it was great, but it was worth watching.

John Cusack and Tim Robbins. I am done here.

Right, so, this was just something I could relate to in the sense of watching a couple of geeky guys, putting so much enthusiasm into a something they love and enjoy. Something I think most people can relate to even if the hobby itself isn’t the same.

This is another one I think I missed a while back and didn’t watch this week. I came across it still in my watchlist which usually means I also did not pass along any thoughts on it. It has a lot of interesting internet and tech history in areas I did not have a lot of knowledge on. Enjoyed it for that reason.