Content Warning

Welcome to the blog. Hope you enjoy your stay.

Because my stories have bite, they can contain content that isn't suitable for work or children. Not a lot of truly graphic sex or violence, but there are some questionable or heated posts.

F-bombs are not uncommon, so watch your footing.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Movie Review - Code 8

It was one of the IMDB reviews that convinced me to give this a try. Basically said that it doesn't add anything new to the superhero genre, but that it doesn't have to when it's trying to show them as normal people. In that, Code 8 is mostly successful.

But where it failed was in trying to be an allegory for the plight of the African American/Immigrant worker in modern America.

As a movie about people struggling to cope with their powers, the biggest flaw comes from using a backstory that is based on real people without powers. It's like, ghettos are terrible, but if the former slaves had the ability to channel electricity and heal, it is doubtful that the situation would ever have gotten out of hand. The writers missed a chance to explain how the powers became the oppressed group because they were too busy trying to disguise what they trying to talk about.

At least, that's what I saw while watching the movie. I saw struggling minorities forced to sell drugs and work under the table while being oppressed by the police and government, and all they wanted to do was live their lives and take care of their families.

Not sure how I feel about this, nor about if I think it's worth watching. It doesn't do anything new for super powers. It doesn't do anything new for discussing sociopolitical topics. It doesn't provide solutions or hope or answers, or anything like a successful resolution for either topic it wanted to tackle.

So, I guess, if you just take it at face value, it's a so-so movie that will pass the time. If you take it for deeper meanings, then it's just not that good.

Friday, January 17, 2020

#FridayFlash - Battlefield

Dawn approached, a long lightening of the sky that couldn't burn off the soft fog. The men of Isele waited in rank and file, armor creaking, weapons gripped tightly as they waited orders. They'd trained and drilled and marched, but they'd never taken the field before.

The drums began slowly. Softly. Steady beats muffled by the fog. One drum. Then two. Soon six, eight, a score.

Soldiers shifted, fidgeted. The deep notes reverberated in their chests, echoed in their bones, thrummed with their heartbeats. Separate drums became a single sound, all-consuming, all around, inescapable.

Officers issued soft commands in attempt to calm the young men. Assurances of victory, promises of glory, utterances of faith. Horses shifted beneath them betraying their officers' nervousness.

The light grew, though the sun remained beyond the horizon. A breeze stirred the fog, carrying the faintest scent of the enemy's fires and mounts. Nothing could be seen of the opposing force. Scouts had estimated their numbers in the hundreds, but it could easily have been the thousands.

Someone shouted from across the field, and the cadence of the drums changed. Faster, louder, more forceful. Soldiers stirred, casting glances at each other, and gripped their weapons tighter. Were they coming, was it time?

An eerie note joined the drumming, like the howl of a lost soul. It droned and moaned, resonate and buzzing, and was joined by another. The notes danced together, moved together, reached into the souls of the soldiers.

Two dozen of the impossible notes struck up a disheartening symphony, a wall of sound far worse than the drumming. Far louder, far more terrifying.

Soldiers of Isele dropped their weapons and turned away, all heart for war fleeing.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Movie Review - Kill Chain

Out of the most recent Nicholas Cage movies I watched, Kill Chain is probably the one I most recommend. I liked all of it, probably BECAUSE of how slightly off-beat it was, and how just barely himself Nick Cage was being.

There are definitely some flaws, but the action was pretty good, and I dug on the story and the character interactions. The big reveal near the end was not what I expected, in a good way.

Not enough shirtless Ryan Kwanten, but that doesn't really detract from the movie. More just a personal gripe.

Not bad, not great, it simply is. But it's one I think is worth spending your time on.