The Walking Dead Season 7 Premier

The Walking Dead Season 7 Premier

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The Walking Dead Season 7 premier starts off where season 6 ended. Negan has captured Rick and several others. Negan has promised to kill on of Rick’s group in the season 7 premier we sadly discover who was chosen.

Last night AMC aired The Walking Dead season 7 premier and this review/opinion is going to have some spoilers so if you continue reading, it’s on you. I also want to say that my review of this episode starts off expressing my disappointment in last season’s finale. Then I dive into my mixed emotions on this episode of The Walking Dead. One hand, I am truly disappointed in it for cheating me out of the emotional punch it could have had. On the other hand, there were so many things I truly enjoyed about the episode. I start with the bad things before I get to the good, is what I am saying.

I wrote another review/opinion on the season 6 finale way back when it aired and it wasn’t very positive. I am still fucking pissed off at the way they handled the cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers, they are designed for stupid people. Cliffhangers are a shows way of saying, “We don’t trust and respect you enough to come back and watch next season so we’re going to leave you hanging until then.” It’s this kind of bullshittery that usually keeps me from watching any TV live. Normally, I wait until the season is over and the next season has begun. This way I avoid cliffhangers altogether.

Unfortunately, I work online. Social media is a big part of my work. The Walking Dead is too big a show. Each week the shows title is trending and it’s guaranteed that some asshole will tweet a spoiler. Beth’s death for example, AMC tweeted that shit out before the fucking show even aired in my goddam time zone. I learned then, I have to watch this show week to week like everyone else.

Anyways, to get back on topic here. I was fucking furious at the way they handled the season 6 finale and their ridiculous excuses for why they did it. Their excuses made no sense at all. Part of me lost interest in the show. I was almost okay with never watching the show again. If I never watched the show again, all the characters I love would never die. Everyone would be safe. I seriously considered that. However, social media would fuck that up. Someone would spill the beans and ruin the happy little bubble I would have created. Knowing this, I decided to watch season 7 of The Walking Dead last night.

It was odd watching it because I had a detached myself from the show. It had been several months without the gang in my life. I wasn’t as emotionally distraught over the tragic deaths of two beloved characters. Had those deaths occurred in the finale last season, as promised, I would have been devastated. All season leading up to a powerful finale with the death of Abraham and Glenn. I would have been in tears. Watching last night, it just didn’t have the emotional impact for me.

I think maybe it’s because I had done my morning all summer long. I’ve had months and months to come to terms with the fact that someone is going to die. I even sort of expected more than one person would die in the episode because there was no way everyone in Rick’s group would sit still and let a friend die. As I reflect on it, I don’t know if the writers did me a favor or not. In some ways I am thankful. In others, I am still very angry about it and maybe even a little more so now. I feel as though I was cheated yet again. I missed out on that epic emotional outcome because of that detachment.

Don’t get me wrong, it was still devastating and heartbreaking but it could have been more powerful. In stead, what last night’s episode did for me was drag on. It spent half the episode still teasing us with who may have died. It took me out of the moment because I felt I was being manipulated again. I understand that’s the point of every show, I really do. It’s just that the best shows manipulate you in ways that flow. The Walking Dead just seems to have given up on that. Instead if letting the stories flow, they are resorting to cheap manipulations.

Getting all of the above out of the way, I have to say that it was a strong episode. The acting was perfection. Greg Nicotero’s direction was impeccable and his special makeup effects were incredible. Glenn’s death makeup was so haunting and disturbing, it will stick with me forever. Not only was it so incredibly real looking, having dabbled in effects makeup in my youth, it was an inspired and brilliant piece of work. If that doesn’t win Greg Nicotero an Emmy, then I will lose all respect for them.

Maggie (Lauren Cohen) The Walking Dead Season 7 Premier

I chose not to show the makeup for Glenn. I don’t want to ruin it on the rare chance anyone hasn’t seen it yet. So, Maggie’s reaction will have to suffice.

Though it is regrettable that the deaths last night didn’t have the full emotional impact on me that they should have, maybe that’s a good thing? I’d probably be walking around today completely depressed over the loss of Glenn and Abraham. Having no life, I take my movies and TV very seriously.

In conclusion, I am still pissed off at the way the producers and writers chose to handle the finale last season. Though I wasn’t thrilled with the way they continued on with obvious manipulation in the season 7 premier of The Walking Dead. It was, otherwise a well made and well thought out episode. I got where there were going with it. I understand why they did what they did in this episode.

Though I have mixed emotions about this episode. I am trying to separate what I wanted to see with what I did see. What I wanted to see I believe would have made for a better and more emotional episode. What I did see was still a strong show with plenty of emotion and gore on a level that was simply heartbreaking and tragically gruesome.

I highly recommend watching it to anyone that has night seen it.

Special Note, you can watch the full episode on AMC’s site right now. No need to login or sign up for anything. Watch the Season 7 Premier of The Walking Dead here.

One last thing. I’d like to make note of Talking Dead hosted by Chris Hardwick. I truly believe the man is my spirit animal. I always watch Talking Dead. It’s like a much needed therapy session after the sometimes emotionally difficult episodes. It sounds silly but it’s so true. It’s obvious he is a true fan of the show and cares about the characters as much as we do. It helps knowing that no matter what transpires on The Walking Dead we will all be able to get through it together during Talking Dead. He hosts the show with compassion while still managing to make us smile and even laugh. It’s like a pallet cleansing we need so desperately.

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6 Horror and Sci-fi Shows I lost Interest In

6 Horror and Sci-fi Shows I lost Interest In

There are actually more than 6 horror and sci-fi shows I lost interest in but these are the top that have been on my mind lately. Though I’d like to make it clear that any show featuring aliens or monsters in it I consider them to be part of the horror genre.

There have been so many times I have started to write a post like this. Sometimes it’s because I saw someone’s post on social media mentioning a show I had lost interest in and it made me want to tell the world why I don’t watch it anymore. Other times it’s because a show got cancelled and I wanted to rant about what I believe really killed the show.

What I came to realize is that it’s mostly the same thing time and time again that causes me to lose interest in a show. Below are the 6 shows that stand out the most to me at the moment. As you will see, for the most part each show made the same mistake.

6. Lost
I didn’t start watching Lost until the first season came out on DVD but I was hooked on it! The first few episodes were riveting, fascinating and a pure joy to watch. Then around the middle of season 3 it started to lose its way and by the final season, it was just so wrapped up in its own bullshit that it was completely laughable. I still watched it to the bitter end but it became grueling.

Lost seemed to start out as a story about a people tapped on a mysterious island. There was something fucking huge and scary in the forest and there were Polar bears too. This made the show magical, scary and a lot of fun. Then the Dharma Initiative came along and ruined it. I didn’t think Dharma had ruined it at first. But, it did. Instead of them being some strange organization with answers to the islands mysterious nature it was just a tool take us further away from islands mystery. Then there were the Others. Another dive down the rabbit’s hole of nonsense.

So much potential to create something amazing and fascinating and instead it got turned into fucking weird show about conspiracies and corporations and two immortal guys in the last season that seemed to control everything and then it all ended with a big, “WTF was that about?!” A good show that lost its way because it got too wrapped up in its own mythology.

5. Supernatural
I know, I know, how can anyone not like this? Well, it’s easy. I gave this show about 4 and a half seasons and I just couldn’t take it anymore. It started off so strong. Good scary stories that were interesting. However, it very quickly became silly and lacked any kind of sophistication in its storytelling. It committed the ultimate sin in my eyes. Supernatural became more about the backstories and the characters than about the content. Once that happens it turns into a soap opera and I don’t like soap operas.

In the beginning it told really fun and haunting stories. I don’t mind the occasional backstory but that’s all the show became about. It got lost in its own mythology and never seemed to come out of it. Instead of the leads investigating and solving supernatural shit each week it turned into a never ending story about the brothers and the ghosts and demons took a backseat to the storytelling.

Instead of a show about two brothers fighting evil each week it became about long drawn out stories about their dad. About being stuck in Hell. It lost its focus of telling really good ghost stories and instead became a show about two brothers and everything else took a backseat.

Supernatural became a show that was no different than any teen drama. What I mean by that is you could plug the two brothers into any other teen drama and they would fit. It just as easily could about two brothers struggling survive in a world of competitive weight lifting or mixed martial arts. If you replace the ghosts and demons with Baseball or football and it’s pretty much the same show. That’s the problem. And, because of that, I stopped watching it.

4. The X-Files
I own every season of the X-Files on DVD. I have seen every episode and many of them I have seen twice. I love the idea behind the show. But, again, this is another show that lost its focus. It was a great show about investigating some really fun and creepy shit. Aliens, monsters, ghosts all kinds of fascinating stories. I liked the character’s back stories. I didn’t mind the occasional dive into them. Those stories can make for a good arc. But, when they never get resolved and go on season after season with bullshit conspiracies that never lead anywhere, I grow tired of it.

The X-Files all too soon became about Fox Mulder’s search or his sister and government conspiracy crap. It ruined the show. The only reason I kept watching was because at least every once and a while they would offer up a great standalone episode about some weird shit and Fox Mulder and Dana Scully would go all Scooby Do and solve the mystery or not solve it and leave some doubt. Either way those few and far in-between episodes were always fun and always interesting.

When they recently came out with another season, I was thrilled! Couldn’t wait! I barely made it through the first episode. It wasn’t interesting. It started out in full on Alien government conspiracy bullshit. I have all those epodes saved and I plan on watching them but I am in no hurry. The first episode gave me no reason for me to look forward to the next episode.

3. Stargate SG-1
I loved this show so much. I don’t have it all on DVD but my kids do and I have borrowed it many times. That being said, it too turned into a soap opera. It’s a whole show about having this amazing Stargate that can take them to the most amazing places and yet they spend way too much over season dealing with the fucking Goa’uld. They were the most boring, insignificant characters ever and season after season was about having to fight off these moronic, immature and pathetic fake gods. Drove fucking nuts.

It eventually got the point where I considered just skipping episodes that dealt with the Goa’uld but I didn’t, just on the rare chance I might need to know about this turd of an episode in a future episode. Such an opportunity for them to explore the galaxy but instead they kept writing stories about the fucking idiotic Goa’uld. Those episodes were so boring and they really kept that show from becoming the next Star Trek. Sure SG-1 was successful but it won’t have the longevity that Star Trek did. We won’t be talking about it 40 years from now.

2. True Blood
I have read several of the books and love them! I really enjoyed the first season of the show. In fact, I managed to stay with the show up until about halfway through season 4. It just seemed to be getting so ridiculous. It’s been so long since I watched it, I can’t honestly list the exact reason I stopped watching it. All I can really say is that it just seemed to stop capturing the heart and soul of the books.

When a show or movie is based on a book, I expect there to be some changes. You just can’t put everything that’s in a book onto the screen. I loved the first season of True Blood and it deviated in many ways from the book. For example, as I recall, Lafayette dies at the end of the first book. He didn’t die at the end of season 1. I am okay with that. TV shows need to do their own thing to keep it as fresh as possible. I get that. As long as the can capture the spirit of the show, I am happy. It just seemed to me that True Blood had lost its way.

I plan to finish watching the remaining seasons of True Blood someday. But, there’s a whole lot of other shows I will go through first.

1. The Walking Dead
I never read the comics. I was never big into comics. They always bored me. What sold me on The Walking Dead originally was that Frank Darabont was involved. With the exception of The Mist, I’ve loved everything he’s done.

I was okay with the series at first. I tolerated their ridiculous cliffhangers because I always wait for the first episode of the following season to come out before I dive into the previous season. I even stayed with the show when Frank Darabont departed the show. I was hooked.

But, over the last few seasons, it seems to me that the show has become more about dicking with the viewer’s emotions instead of telling good stories. I fucking hate cliffhangers but as mentioned I can tolerate them as long as the story promised is completed. Season 6 of The Walking Dead didn’t complete the story. They promised a conclusion that never came and then left us all to wonder in fucking disgust as to whom just met their tragic end.

The writers tried to defend their bullshit manipulation by saying it was never about who Negan killed with his bat. I believe it was Scott M. Gimple who tried to say the ending was about coming full circle with Rick’s storyline. That was such a fucking hot, steaming pile of bullshit. They advertised and teased us all season long with the reveal of Negan and who dies at the end of his bat and left us fucking hanging.

To make us suffer through that 80 minutes of slow building doom and then fade to fucking black leaving us with no answer? It was nothing more than hearty “Fuck You!” to the fans. I can appreciate a good cliffhanger. I hate them, but I can appreciate it when it’s done well. This wasn’t done well. This came off like they had no idea who to kill off so they decided to take a few months off and think about it. I call bullshit.

Sadly, I will probably still turn back into the show next season though I know I shouldn’t. But, I’ve invested years into these characters now and the best I can hope for is that the writers do something to make up for that steaming fucking turd they laid for us with that season 6 finale.

Sure dragging storylines out can keep a showing on the air for a longer time. But, in most cases it doesn’t. People grow tired of that shit and it kills the shows. If you’re going to turn your show into a soap opera, then kindly wrap it the fuck up at the end of the season so you can then start a new next season. Heroes did that at the end of the first season. They started a storyline and they finished it at the end of the season. Then the left us with a tease into the second season. Very well done. Of course the show kind of went to shit after that but they nailed that first season. That’s how you do it.

Ghostbusters 2016 Review

Ghostbusters 2016 Review

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The Ghostbusters reboot. Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

First, a little backstory. I was 14 when the original Ghostbusters came out. My aunt raved about the movie. It was the funniest movie she had ever seen. I went with some friends to see it and I thought it was so stupid. I had never been more disappointed in a film before. For months, people were about how funny Ghostbusters was. I pretty much looked that them like they were bat shit crazy. When it came out on video, I reluctantly watched it again and I could not stop laughing. Bill Murray’s performance should have won an academy award. His sarcasm and wit in the film were epic. Because of my history with the franchise I wouldn’t have been surprised if I didn’t like it the first go-round.

Admittedly, after seeing the trailers for it, I didn’t think it looked funny at all. I didn’t want to be one of the haters so for the most part I kept my mouth shut about it. I still had high hopes for it. Sadly, each new trailer released just wasn’t very funny in my opinion. The humor was predictable and the very talented stars of the firm looked like mashups of characters they had already played many times before. For the most part I kept my mouth shut. I didn’t want to add to the negativity over the film.

My mother on the other hand, had been dying for the new version to come out. Yesterday being opening day I took her to see it. She loved every minute of it. Laughing all the way through it. I was almost jealous of how much she was enjoying it. She seemed to be catching many of the cameos and references to the original and it made her experience even more enjoyable, she later told me.

I too would have been laughing all the way through it, I am guessing. However, the experience was ruined by the little bratty girl sitting in front of me. She spent half the time checking her cell phone and the rest of it rocking her chair back and forth causing it bash into my knee. It was infuriating. At one point my mother leaned forward and said something to the little girl. It calmed her down for about 15 minutes then she was back to her spastic antics.

There was nothing I could do. Her parents were nowhere to be seen and I wasn’t about to get into a debate with a child. It would have just escalated things and been even more of a distraction so I just sat there trying to ignore her. I still managed to laugh and enjoy much of Ghostbusters. Even though it was just so hard to pay attention. Every time I would get back into the movie that little brat would act up and I’d miss something else spectacular in the film.

What I can say is that I enjoyed the story. I loved all the cameos and I can’t wait to see it again. I am sure there’s a ton of things I missed the first time around that would have made the movie even more enjoyable. I did however love the shout outs to Harold Ramis in the film as well as the dedication in the credits. My mother and I sat through all the credits. Personally I wanted to follow the girl out so I could let her parents know as politely and respectfully as possible about their little girl’s poor behavior. Thankfully I didn’t and we got to see the final scene after the credits. I won’t spoil it for anyone, I will just say it was perfect!

To all the haters, there’s nothing to hate to about the new Ghostbusters. It’s a fun ride. There’s some great scenes in there and the cast is amazing. I will probably wait until it comes out on Blu-ray before I see it again but I look forward to it. I am sure the Ghostbusters Blu-ray will have some amazing special features and I am hoping it will have hours of outtakes. I honestly recommend the new Ghostbusters and if you don’t like it for whatever reason. Give it another chance. Sometimes we just expect too much from movies. Had I never given the original a second chance I would have missed out on what become one of my favorite films of all time.

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The Dead Room 2015 Quick Review

The Dead Room 2015 Quick Review

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The Dead Room is about a 3 person team of ghost hunters hired by an insurance company (I think) to investigate the home a family head has recently fled. The team consists of two scientist/skeptics and psychic. Soon the presence makes itself known and 2/3rds of the team wants to leave immediately. They are convinced to stay and devise a plan to rid the house of the menacing spirit once and for all.

First I want to say that the poster for The Dead Room is so misleading. Nothing like what is pictured even comes close to happening in this movie.

I watched this other night and it was slow going but I was liking it. The characters were believable. All of them were just interesting to look at it. I liked the premise of The Dead Room. I like that it was two scientists and a psychic. I think psychics are pure quackery however they make great characters for supernatural movies. Seriously, Poltergeist wouldn’t have been as good without Zelda Rubinstein‘s character telling us, “This house is clean.” So, I’m all for psychics in these types of films.

As mentioned the story is slow going, it doesn’t tell you what’s going on at first. In fact as it started I kind felt like maybe I had missed the beginning. That being said, it’s okay. It’s not hard to figure out who these people are and eventually what they’re doing there. I liked the slow build of the film and not only were the characters interesting enough, the acting above average. Jeffery Thomas as Scott Cameron has an almost hypnotic pretense and there wasn’t a moment I didn’t believe he was a real scientist. Jed Brophy as the other scientist, Liam Andrews, was a pleasure to see again and he played off Thomas’s character to perfection.  Then last but not least the character of Holly Mathews, the psychic played by Laura Petersen. She played her part with a strength and vulnerability that was near enchanting. Couldn’t take my eyes off of her. I’m much looking forward to whatever she does next.

 Laura Petersen in The Dead Room | Bad Horror Movies

The Dead Room is played out over a few nights as the ghost hunters try to capture evidence of the supernatural entity that is haunting this home. Not much happens at first and yet its still interesting. Another plus is that very rarely does anyone do anything stupid. There’s no gore to speak of, as I recall. A couple of jump scares, some suspense, a little bit of action but most of all, an interesting story. It’s like you’re there with these people. I was really enjoying The Dead Room right up until the ending.

For me, the ending killed this movie. Film makers just don’t seem to understand what makes a good ending. And, when you have a movie that is mostly story and you don’t wrap it all up at the end, you’ve failed. I don’t care how good a movie is, if the ending sucks the movie is going to bomb. About the only exception to the rule is Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. One of the worst ending of all time. I mean that movie was fascinating all the through it. It’s an entire about why this birds are attacking and then it just ends with no answer given. Like Alfred just offered up a big “Fuck You!” to the audience and walked away. And, people ate that shit up and asked for more.

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So here’s the thing and the reason I am on the bubble with this one. Some may like it. It’s an interesting story with a great cast. But, if you’re like me and like a little resolution at the end of your movies, you’re going to walk away from this film disappointed. Personally, an ending like this to me says the writers just had no idea how to end the movie so they went for something cheap and hoped for the best. I think they failed. Maybe you will disagree.

I will say, that if they made a sequel to this movie I would look forward to seeing it in the hopes that they would wrap up the many unanswered questions leftover from the first film.









The Ratings System and Parents

The Ratings System and Parents

MPAA | Bad Horror MoviesBeing a parent of two grown children I’ve learned a lot about the importance of the ratings system. I didn’t get to have a lot of time with my kids during their younger years but I a lot of the times we did get to spend together, we spent watching movies. When my son was maybe 11 or 12 I learned a valuable lesson about the meaning behind the ratings. Turns out, it’s really simply and most of us take it for all for granted.

One of the weekends I had my son we sat down on the couch to watch some movies. It was night time, maybe 9 or 10 and next up was Independence Day. It’s rated PG-13. I had seen it in the theaters and on DVD plenty of times. I knew my son was going to love it. He was 11 or 12 at the time. However, at one point while watching we ran into some problems but before I dive into that, I need to bore you with some backstory.

Growing up my parents never really cared too much about what I saw. There were pretty laid back for the most part. I had always loved horror movies. Well, one night way back in the mid to late ’70’s The Exorcist was on TV. I sat down to watch it. My dad in his chair my mother and I were on the couch. My grandfather lived with us. I had been torn because Battle of the Network Stars was on another network that night and I loved those specials whenever they aired. If you never got a chance to see those, you missed out!

Anyways, my grandfather was in his room watching Battle of the Network Stars and I was on the couch waiting for The Exorcist to start. I must have been about 7 or 8. I was doing good. The movie was creepy but I was doing fine. Then she spun her head around and I made the first adult decision of my life. I stood up and said to my parents, “I’m going to go watch Battle of the Network Stars with grandpa.”

The Exorcist Head Spin

Afraid of the Dark

Later that night I couldn’t sleep. I don’t know exactly what it was but I kept having weird visions that really had nothing to do with the movie at all. Every time I closed my eyes I’d see severed body parts and it would freak me out. My eyes would shoot open and I’d look around in a panic. Then every scary movie I ever saw was suddenly coming back to haunt me every time my eyes closed. It was too much, I called out to my parents.

My parents ran in and calmed me down. Seeing as that was almost 40 years ago some of the details have become a little foggy. I think I had a black & white TV in my room at the time and I kept turning it on so I had some light in the room. It was off when my parents first came into the room. They hadn’t said much when they came in. Just that it was okay, it was all in my head. You know, the usual stuff parents say when they just want you to shut up and go to bed so they can get back to sleep.

After they left the room and I heard their door close I jumped out of bed and turned on my TV. It wasn’t long after doing that my parents heard the TV and they came in and turned it off telling me it was time for bed. “No TV.” We went through this a few times before they finally lost it threatened me with something that was enough to keep me from turning the TV on again. With the TV off my room was dark and the moment I’d close my eyes the visions of waking nightmares would fill me head. I was up most of the night tucked tight in my sheets and afraid to move. I was awake when my mom came in to wake me up for school the next morning. It was probably the only time I had been happy to get up for school.

The next night I went through the same thing. I couldn’t help it. I don’t know what tripped in my mind but I couldn’t make these dark and scary thoughts go away. Thankfully on the 3rd night I was able to get to sleep but the damage had been done. My parents had a talk with me after the second night and told me that I wasn’t allowed to watch any more horror movies. I was devastated and one pissed off 4th grader. It would be about 3 or 4 years until I was able to watch a scary movie again. Went from nothing for four years to an all-night horror fest seeing Friday the 13th, Halloween, Rabid, The Last House on the Left and more. No more nightmares but I was sold on horror movies from that day forward.

Time to be a Grown Up

Cut to a few decades later and I am watching Independence Day with my kid. My ex-wife is a wonderful person but she was pretty strict about what the kids watched. Me on the other hand, I had run out of fucks to give when it came to whatever rules my ex-wife had about their viewing habits. So, me and my son were going to watch all kinds of stuff she would never my son or daughter watch.

Then there came the point in Independence Day where Dr. Brakish Okun played by Brent Spiner was about to be controlled by the aliens. It’s actually a pretty intense scene. A group of people stand outside of a room they are viewing through glass that is filled so thick with smoke they can’t see a thing. My son knows something is going to happen and he does not want to see what happens next. I tell him it’s okay, it’s just a movie. I reassure him that I’m right here and nothing is going to happen to him. Then Dr. Brakish Okun is slammed suddenly against the glass. He jumps and again tells me he doesn’t want to watch this anymore.

Independence Day

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I pause the video and I am suddenly reminded of that time long ago when I walked away from watching The Exorcist. I start to wonder, “Should I stop the movie?” I had only a few seconds to come up with some serious dad shit to make him feel better. Then it all dawned on me. The ratings system, this movie is rated PG-13. What does PG stand for? Parental Guidance. That’s what he needed right now so I was gonna work this shit out with him!

Looking over at him I said, “Ok, here’s what I think Nickman.” His name’s Nick, I call him Nickman, don’t know why, I just do. he’s like 25 now, I still call him that. I continued. “I know this is pretty intense for you. But, I think if you quit watching right now, the things you think are gonna happen in the movie are going to be way worse than the things that actually happen. So here’s what I’m thinking. Let’s jump into the special features. We can check out some of the behind the scenes stuff and see how they actually made all of this stuff. I think after watching some of the behind the scenes stuff it will make watching the rest of the movie a little easier for you.”

I promised him that he would love the movie if he gave it a chance. He reluctantly agreed. We watched those special features and he laughed at some of it and found the rest fascinating. We went back to the movie. He was still a little freaked out when we jumped back into Dr. Brakish Okun’s alien control scene but he made it through. To this day it’s one of his favorite movies. There were a few more times we started to have some issues with movies but I talked him through each time.

One of those times was Godzilla with Matthew Broderick. He was enjoying it up until the end when they have to kill Godzilla. He was in tears. I explained to him why they had to kill him. That he was right to feel sad, that it was tragedy. Godzilla was just doing his thing. But, they had to kill him to save lives because we just didn’t have the technology to capture a creature like Godzilla and no way and nowhere to keep him safe. This made sense to him, he said he understood. I started the movie back up, there was just a few minutes left. And, as soon as the credits started to roll he said with excitement, “Can we watch it again!”

TV shows and movies all have ratings and I think most parents think of what they stand for incorrectly. The guidelines are for the adults and not for the kids. It’s up to the parents to take the time to explain stuff to their kids. I love my parents but they never took a minute to do that with me. I don’t think it ever crossed their minds. I know plenty of parents today that are just like my parents.

A good example of that something that happened several years ago with South Park. A parent I know was letting his 10 year watch South Park all the time. I was kind of giving him shit about it. I explained that it’s rated M for mature. That it’s also on cable and sometimes it airs unedited. Didn’t phase him at all! So I went at it a different route. I said, “So basically what you’re telling me is that have no problem with your 10 year old talking about golden showers and anal sex?” That got his attention. He didn’t want his kid talking about that. I said, “Well, last season they had an episode that was all about porn and there was a scene at the end of that let rip a list of sexual acts that made me blush and I work in porn!”

He was blown away. Couldn’t believe a cartoon would have that kind stuff in it. He had no idea the show could cover such adult themes. It kind of made me mad. I mean WTF do they have to do, shit is rated “Mature” for fuck sakes! I totally would let my son watch some episodes of South Park but I had always seen them first. I would pick and choose the episodes he could watch. Some of that shit, I still don’t think he’s old enough to watch. I love South Park but it ain’t for kids.

Anyways, I love horror movies and though my son isn’t into them as much as I am, my daughter loves them. Movies can be a great way to spend time with your kids. TV and Movies became a babysitter to me. It shouldn’t be like that for kids. They can handle a lot of mature content but you’re taking a big chance if you’re not there to walk them through it. Some kids will do fine, some wont. The sad part is that if they can’t handle it you might know until it’s way too late. Like, if the family pet has gone missing, be afraid, be very afraid because sooner or later your neighbors are going to be on the news talking about how your kid always seemed nice but was quite and kept to himself while the coroner is putting pieces of you into a little baggies.

Really Disappointed With The Walking Dead Season Finale

Really Disappointed With The Walking Dead Season Finale

Really Disappointed With The Walking Dead Season Finale…

I don’t know if I am the only one that feels this way but what a disappointment the The Walking Dead Season finale turned out to be. Seriously, waiting months for Negan’s arrival, being warned that someone is going to die and then spending 90 minutes of mood building waiting for the pay off only to be put on hold until next October. What kind of horseshit fuckery was that?! I heard Scott Gimple‘s excuse and it was pure bullshit. It is more than obvious that the only reason they didn’t show who died was because they came to the conclusion that it would be more fun to make us fucking suffer over not knowing. I get having a cliffhanger. I hate them but I get them. Cliffhangers basically tell you the show lacks the confidence that audience will come back next season or that the producers and writers don’t give a shit about the audience. In this case, it was obvious no fucks were given about the audience. A bad ending can ruin an otherwise good show. This was just simply a bad ending.

As I sit here typing this the writer’s are on the Talking Dead making excuses for this bullshit ending. I got that much of the season was about Ricks over competence, as the writer’s are spewing right now. But, this episode was about the build up to who’s Negan and who was going to suffer his retribution, that’s what every commercial has been about the past week and to not fulfill that promise is bullshitery of epic proportions. And, to claim that we didn’t need to see who died right now because that’s not what it was about? What fucking show have they been watching? It’s what the whole build up has been about and by not showing us who died, we get cheated and played with.

I am not flying off the handle and saying that I am never going to watch the show again. I am saying that I was so offended by this idiotic and disrespectful to the audience, ending that I have very little interest in next season now. An acceptable cliff hanger would have been knowing who died, seeing them die and spending the summer waiting for our fictional vengeance. Instead, the more I start to calm down the more interest I’m loosing for season 7. If I stop watching now, as far as I know they’re all alive, and in my mind Carol and Morgan show up with the guys in catcher’s outfits and save the day. Right now it’s whole Schrödinger’s cat kinda thing. As long I don’t watch next season, the possibilities are endless. It was a failed cliffhanger for that reason. It would have been compelling to know who died. Not knowing isn’t compelling, it’s just frustrating and cruel and when I feel as though I was used and lied to, I lose interest.

What total disappointment. I mean the episode was so slow but it was working. It was building suspense for what we were told was going to be a very tragic act of Negan’s vengeance or reckoning. Personally, I feel lied to, at the very least, mislead and I’m just not happy about it at all. What a cheap thing to do the audience. This fan base is so huge, it’s not going anywhere. They don’t have to resort to cheap tactics like this. They can make all the excuses they want but that’s what this ending is. There’s a right way and a wrong way to end a season and this was a wrong way. It’s the first time that I can honestly say, I have no real interest in the upcoming season of The Walking Dead right now.

Seriously, Mr. Kirkman and Mr. Gimple next time you plan to screw us, at least throw us a kiss first. I will forgive you but it’s gonna take some time. That was just wrong.