Happy Birthday Benedict

Happy birthday to the one man I admire most, Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch – 7/19/1976. May his star continue to shine bright for many years to come.

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Well Played

Spider-Man Homecoming has got to be the best Spider-Man movie so far. Tom Holland nails it as Peter Parker/Spider-Man who, after his exciting adventure with The Avengers, must try to get back to being a normal teenager. Of course, the young man wants to prove himself as a hero and cannot resist when more adventure crops up causing the occasional intervention of mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man. Michael Keaton is awesome as the story’s main villain, Vulture, who is intent on obtaining alien weapons.

Thankfully, the powers that be did not feel the need to rehash an origin story. A great mix of story with an actual plot, character development, and action laced with some nice special effects that are not too over the top. Columbia Pictures made a wise decision to partner with Marvel Studios who has a good track record of churning out quality superhero films. A definite must watch for any Spidey fan and a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. An 8.5 out of 10.

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In This Instance, It Might Work

I’m normally among the first people to scream, “Hands off of my heroes” when I see a beloved, well established character get a total gender or origin change due to pressure from the social justice warriors of the world. I am not against diversity, I want diversity. We need more heroes who are not all white guys. But instead of changing well established characters, people should be making brand new characters. Political correctness has its place but I think it gets carried too far sometimes. Nobody would dream of changing Wonder Woman or The Black Panther who have been around since my grandparents’ days, yet they will change other heroes who have been around just as long just because they have lost their creative mojo and can’t think of anything new.

The announcement of the newest incarnation of Doctor Who seems to have people in an uproar. At first I too did not want my beloved Time Lord to have a sex change. Why are they caving into this latest craze? But then I thought, “It could work this time.” This is the story of an alien who travels through time and space and who can change their body into a completely different one when they are damaged. Already a far fetched enough concept which probably helped save the show back in the 1960s when they had to change actors for the first time. If this alien could change form, why not into the form of a woman? If written properly, they could pull it off. The show has been going on for an awfully long time and change is what has been keeping it fresh for all these generations.

I say in this instance fans should keep with the spirit of the show and embrace the change, give it a chance. Sadly it is happening in the time of political correctness running rampant needlessly and hopefully they are not doing it for P.C. sake. Let us not be so negative until we see what they do. It is normal to be uneasy when a new actor takes the helm but then after a while many wonder why they ever doubted and embrace the new guy. I’m genuinely curious to see where they take it and hope this new actor totally nails the part. Too many people are knocking it before they even see it. Give it a chance, they might surprise you. I for one will reserve my judgement until I see a few episodes first.

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Comedy Gold

If you’re not familiar with the game called “Cards Against Humanity”, it is a fun adults only fill in the blanks game played with cards, some of which can be quite crude. It requires a sense of humor and is not something you would probably catch yourself playing with your parents or children. So imagine if you will two guys in their mid twenties, their fiftysomething year old parents and uncle, and their nearly 80 year old grandfather who is notoriously old fashion and racist in his thinking all gathered ’round a table playing this game. It’s a hilarious thing to see.

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Go Away

A coworker of mine goes off on vacation, a luxury I have not been able to enjoy since 2004, yet she still insists upon emailing me at work with work related stuff that is already being taken care of. Back when I was able to take vacations, I had the policy of not talking or even thinking about work. That is the whole point of a vacation right? I mean, I know you really want to feel important lady because your job is now as boring as mine is currently, but since you are still a full time employee and able to take vacations, ENJOY THEM AND LEAVE ME ALONE! Trust me, you’re not important enough that the multi million dollar company we work for is going to crumble to the ground in your absence. There are plenty more corporate drones buzzing about that nobody will notice. So stop emailing me when you’re supposed to be gone. I got your back even though people think that you do the work that I actually do but you take credit for.

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Anything Boys Can Do, Girls Can Do Too

It took a while, but Wonder Woman has finally made it to the big screen. Despite being around comic book land for nearly as long as Superman and Batman, who have had countless tv and movie adaptations since their beginnings, America’s favorite Amazon princess has never quite made it past a live action television show from the 1970s and a couple of cartoon incarnations. Yes I know, another superhero movie in a long line of superhero movies that seem to be everywhere these days, but I like a well made superhero movie and this one fits the bill.

As with most origin stories, it starts off a bit slow but then really begins to build until finally exploding in a grand finale of action. I believe that director Patty Jenkins has proven that women can do superheroes just as good as any man. Definitely worth a watch if you like comic book based movies. I give this one an 8 out of 10. Solid action sequences, good directing, good set and costume design, could use a little bit more character development but origin stories are tricky as you don’t want to bog them down too much, and they do throw in a few pieces that allude to the bigger DC universe that is forming as they compete with the successful Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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What’s the Point of it All?

Really, what is the point? I feel I am in a prison I cannot get out and I wonder, what is the point of anything or anyone? I don’t see it. Why bother living when there is no purpose. Years ago, I once thought I had a purpose, but that feeling was stripped away from me bit by bit. No purpose to life, love, work, or what people perceive as happiness. And don’t give me that shit about you get what you put into it because I was always giving 100% yet still got barely anything to show for it so that line of thinking is delusional crap people spread around to make themselves feel justified. The very thing that saved my life when I was young has destroyed me leaving an animated husk, forever empty. And I swear if anyone ever told the truth, the universe would implode upon itself. I once thought I was something and now I am nothing, like everyone and everything else.

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