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Movie Review: The Anomaly (2014)A Couch Potato's Review of The Anomaly (2014)Movie Review: The Anomaly (2014) by mbaldelli
When it came to this particular movie, I heard nothing about it. No previews, no reviews, nothing in the newspapers, not even word of mouth from friends or Usenetters into Science Fiction. And if it's enough to pique my interest to pick it up, it usually means it's some sort of bomb that would make even the most casual and easily entertained of movie-goers groan in horror and eye-roll themselves into an epileptic seizure. Think movies like Battle Beyond the Stars, or Starcrash, or even Mutant Chronicles bad.
What can I say? One of the habits I picked up from my step-father is the ability to home in on the worst possible movies to watch while I idle away a few hours between the various other virtues (and vices) I have. The only difference between my step-father and I is I don't try to entice others by saying things like "…I heard this wa
Movie Review: The Maze Runner (2014)A Couch Potato's Review of The Maze Runner (2014)Movie Review: The Maze Runner (2014) by mbaldelli
I can't remember when the teasers for this movie came out, but I do remember when I saw it, I added it to my queue of “To Watch” once it came out on DVD. Having seen it come up on the list as available – I decided to go pick it up. I can't remember when precisely in the movie that it changed from intrigued to apathetic, but I can tell you I became disgusted with it about the time when the protagonist ended up in the maze during the night. But then again I'm getting ahead of myself, like I always do.
The story is simple enough. You have a maze. You have teenagers that are brought to the surface and according to near the introduction of the protagonist only seems to happens when they lose one – though they get a monthly dole of food and what not to supplement what they grow. You have teenagers that have amnesia of their lives prior to coming to the surface. Yo
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Someone chats me up on one of the local dating boards and goes off on a random rant about how so many people seem to come visit his profile but no one ever seems to hit him up. He blames it on queerfolk wanting Superman that lives a block away...I responded with:
One of the biggest problems with profiles comes from the way people try to make their profiles all – for lack of a better word – hetero norm. Add to the fact that many of us here (and yes I admit I'm one of them) comes from the experience of personal ads in local rags and our inherent ability to try to read between the lines. Things end up getting translated from one thing to another and whatever charm one might have aimed for is translated to something completely different. Why do you think I wrote my profile the way I did? For people to translate the scary to terrifying and the good to bland. It would take someone of exception character to realize the truth of the paradox.
I then went on to say:
I can tell you the fact I didn't respond was because your six things you can't live without didn't include coffee. With coffee not being on the top six (or some explanation as I had) I wasn't sure whether you'd fully appreciate one of the few vices I live by. I also try to avoid people that live next door; instead looking farther away from the New England area. You see, I am a living example of, "writers – when they're alone, they're prophetic; when they're with people, they're pathetic. They're just too in their heads. " I am not in a rush to meet and have coffee. I like learning about people from their writing instead of face to face as I can learn more by what they write about than what they project.
It also got me thinking about how manners in the Tundras of New England have changed so much. As a world traveler, I continue to be amazed about how people around here avoid anything and everything with strangers that require manners or politeness to be used. The older people (I'm talking Octogenarian) might nod in your direction or say “hello” as you walk by... My age and younger positively avoid it. During my daily walk I've watched people ignore me, look away, sometimes even so much as cross the street in order to avoid being remotely civil.
The only response I have for queerfolk here is, “and you wonder why I look outside of the area?”
Still though, it makes this old queer proud. I might not be thanked, I might even be ignored... But at least people hear what I'm saying and making use of it. And with that, I'm off. Time for some inspirational music and to read through some of my news sites before it's time to take the Monster Child out for his afternoon walk. Until the next time.