And yes, counting down the bad, good & bittersweet moments of the year will be an annual tradition in the Blacktime house. If I forget anything, my sincerest apologies, now let’s sink this bitch! And yes, I’m aware I’m posting this after new years, half a month after new years, but still early for Chinese new years.
Hell yeah!! Gung Hei Fat Choi motherfuckers!!!
+ Mad Max: Fury Road
This is the first, if not the only time I’ve seen a sequel/ remake done perfectly without audience outcry. Normally when someone tries to remake a film as a sequel, you would have audiences of the original crying foul & non-fans being confused, as well as crying foul. It rewrote Max’s history while keeping the overall tone of the original films intact. It still takes place in a post apocalyptic world, but it’s not clear whether it still takes place in Australia. Either way, it was a fun, fast paced, (no shaky camera) with CGI in places that can’t be done with practicals, action packed film that took me back to my childhood watching ‘The Road Warrior’ & ‘Beyond Thunderdome’ as I admired the stunts & all the weird car designs. This is the very definition of a good remake (Sequel), it starts over in a blank slate, but doesn’t reiterate or try to outdo everything the original has done. It’s enough to satify old fans, as well as bring in a new audience.
The soundtrack harkens back to the Brian May soundtrack of the original trilogy in the most emotional moments & scenes, then it slaps you in the face (in a good way) with it’s blood pumping mix of tribal beat, orchestral & Industral techno/ metal soundtrack. I admit, I was skeptical when I found out the composer for the film went by the name of ‘DJ Junkie XL’ & it conjured images of a Hong Kong action film with an unrelated 90’s rap soundtrack. My expectations falcon punched off my hands & what I got was a soundtrack I want on CD.
After the whole ‘Mel Gibson’ debacle, it was clear he wasn’t going to be in the sequel, but Tom Hardy wasn’t short of a bad choice. If anyone can pull off the loner, post apocalyptic wastelander who kicks ass, it would be Tom Hardy. I also wasn’t all to keen of seeing Charlize Theron when it was reported that she would be cast since I only seen her in mediocre crap, but the moment I saw her in her shaved head, spray painted forehead & mechanical arm, that expectation was burnt.
Despite that, my only flaw is that the film could have had a more complex story, woven into the performance display of explosions & neat stunt acrobatics. What I mean is that the movie has little dialogue, the story was simple & basic, but the script was written by more than two people (George Miller being one). Also, this doesn’t reflect the movie, but the DVD menu looked cheap, bootleged & lifeless, but it’s better than an annoying menu that spoils an important plot point by showing it on the menu.
Despite those nitpicky things, I enjoyed the film for what it was worth & wasn’t pissed for spending $20 on the DVD copy. The movie proves that a 70 year old director can still leave audiences amazed, practicals & CGI can make a movie work & the R-Rating isn’t a death bell for ticket sales. It’s pretty hard to believe a movie that was originally conceived & planned in 1997 would be such a success.
+ Ice T reads a Dungeons & Dragons book.
Two things that don’t normally go together do & create one of the funniest moments of 2015. Ice T’s agent tricks Ice T into reading an audio book, then is taken aback when it’s a book based off a tabletop roleplaying game.
‘No, nothing will go wrong’.
It may seem like he stormed off the studio, grumbling about his agent, instead he took it in & went on with reading the audiobook. So now you can own a digital (Maybe physical) copy of Ice T reading a Dungeons & Dragons story. The fact that Ice T, a rapper known to be a gamer & not a fan of RPG’s, went on with his job shows how much of a team player her is. If it was someone else like ‘Kanye’, he would have stormed off, cried about it on social media & got support from his poser fans about a job he was ‘forced’ to do.
Later on Ice T went on his podcast about the experience reading such a book & it is the funniest story you will ever hear.
+ The Knick: Season 2
If season.1 was Star Wars, then season.2 is ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ as we are left to find out how everything will resume after the countless twists & turns that were left. Thackery’s cocaine addiction becomes more of a heavier force, Bertie finds love & loss, Lucy become a badass seductive force, the mystery behind the Typhoid epidemic thickens as Cornelia becomes the show’s Sherlock Holmes , Gallinger’s sick & twisted mission for perfection continues & Algenon continues to give his all despite his race.
In a channel known only for action programming (Strike Back & Banshee) as well as the most generic movies, Cinemax has been knocking it out of the park with original programming & is not going to stop anytime soon. The Knick is the kind of medical drama that defies your expectations & brings you the real grittiness of the medical world from a late 1900’s standpoint. With Steven Soderberg behind the camera, it’s a unique look with sequences being done in one shot, all actors & actresses bringing their A-game & a hypnotic synth soundtrack, this show is one of the most carefully made ones I’ve ever seen & could only be done in cable. Hell only knows how bad of a show it would have been if some crap network channel would have butchered something beautiful both ‘Jack Amiel & Michael Belger’ have made.
+ Special Olympics Televised
This is what network TV needed, something far from depressing or trite. 2015 marks the first every televised Special Olympics & it was not a bad thing to watch on a Saturday night on a hot summer. Full of diverse athletes & fireworks, the introductory ceremony was what everyone needed to get inspired by.
My only complaint is that for a ceremony occurred in the evening was rebroadcast on TV hours later & it didn’t end until 1am. Not only that, but the games were broadcast live on all 200 ESPN channels (It’s my estimate, not the actual number) & all us poor people got were the instant replays on the local news.
Overall, the introductory ceremony was great to watch & something that was needed.
Ah yes, the comic book show everyone got all up in arms about because of a crappy trailer. I’m not kidding, it was such an uproar that someone (possibly someone working for CBS) leaked the first episode of the series & thus the opinion of how the show changed. The trailer made people believe the series was going to be a weekly chick flick that would put ‘Nicholass Sparks’ to shame. It was no ones fault but terrible marketing on CBS’s fault. The show’s humor is barely existent, but the drama & action are enough to name Supergirl the best comic book series of 2015. The show cleanly sweeps through the origin (something ‘Man of Steel’ was too stupid to do) & jumps into the action, as well as dealing with some well crafted drama between Kara Zor El’s dead family, her personal civilian life & her responsibilities as savior on the public eye.
The show is flawless entertainment full of likable characters, unlikable villains & true emotion in both the acting & writing. I enjoy this show & I’m glad I jumped on the boat before it sailed off.
Maxwell Lord’s face is punchable, & so is Kara’s boss, but she manages to be likable in the long run.
-Too Many Mass Shootings
There have been more mass shootings this year than there were in the 2000’s & the 90’s combined. Not kidding, back when I was a kid & tween the only shootings that struck us were Columbine & Virginia Tech. Now I’m sure there are more between the two I just mentioned, but were they anywhere near the number of the shootings that happened this year, including the gang shootings & the officer involved shootings? I bet you it is more. The media, as always, trying to desensitize us to such a surge in violence, It’s fucking crazy. First you got the supermarket shooting with some asshole open carry people, then some biker shootouts that everyone got a cackle out of because “Dat dere look laak duh Sons errr Anerky show” & the ones that happened as of recent. The Paris shootings, the San Bernadino shooting, the one Mexican kid who’s arms were in the air, but was shot by cops. Jeezus H.R Puff ‘n’ Stuff, too many stupid people have guns, too many mentally unhinged racist bitches who can’t pronounce the alphabet have powerful guns. And of course, it’s become a broken meme record here, Obama gets on his high horse asking for gun control & you guessed it, “OBERMER GUNNA TEK ERRR GUNNNZZZZ!!!!” Then when some horrible tragedy happens, everyone on the right & left are like “We can’t talk about gun control now, it’s too soon. My nipples look like milk duds.”
Sigh, I don’t see this going away anytime soon & I fear it will get worse.
-SJW’s get the upper hand
How the hell do people like Zoe Quinn & Anita Sarkeesian get to speaking in front of all countries at a U.N conference? I admit when I first heard of the whole Gamergate thing, I knew nothing about her & wasn’t acquainted with her journalistic work so I was going at the news naked to the truth. After countless articles & rants from gamers (Including female gamers), Anita Sarkeesian is a biased journalist who uses her little death threat incident as her empathy wild card. I understand death threats aren’t to be taken lightly, especially in this social media environment where people sniff hair & masturbate to Al Jazeera beheadings, but she’s been using that as her wild card to push her little opinions & passing them off as fact. Oh, & the fucking tweets she made in this year’s ‘E3’ were telling of what kind of idiots she & those of her ilk are. She basically couldn’t find anything misogyny related about the games being shown, so she goes on to comment on the violence without doing her research.
So what was she doing at the U.N? Asking for internet surveillance. What a fucking joke, for someone who’s all for free speech & letting people’s voices heard, she sure has no problem with that if it means it will silence anyone except for the SJW crowd. Now I doubt the U.N will do anything, this is the same establishment that was designed after WWII to stop wars & human negligence. Not kidding. Still, this is the same establishment where a woman asked Japan to stop drawing anime in the typical fashion, which is dumb. I may not be as into anime now, but you can’t just ask a country to stop drawing people a certain way. It’s like if I asked Britain to stop speaking English or tell Ireland to stop drinking. It can’t be done & it’s pretty much infringing on artistic rights.
Overall, I’m not afraid of some overly offended rich girl with retro glasses & a shitty haircut.
2015, we lost a lot of great people that have entertained some of us at a young age or were discovered later. Leonard Nimoy, Betsy Palmer, Christopher Lee to name a few & we even lost Leatherface. It’s crazy, but in a personal note, my second grade teacher & someone I knew in Middle School died that year too. Not going to discuss their names or the way they died, so I’ll leave it at that. We’re not that exploitative. Irony, am I right? I’m here on blogababble wishing certain assholes (Who are fucking up the country with their negligence) would die in messed up ways, but I do have my boundaries. Also as I write this, Alan Rickman died (HAAAANNNNSS!!!!) & David Bowie (Handsomest man I ever saw) as well. That saddens me, same goes to all the people I knew personally. Death is never a good thing to start or end the year.
-Presidential Candidate Coverage
This was the worst coverage for presidential candidates I’ve ever seen in my life. Everyone’s all Dolan Dolan Dolan Trumpe, there’s more to life than a fucking idiot. I’m also a little agitated that people aren’t really saying this (Or maybe I was listening in the wrong places) but the media, both the left & right winged media have been milking Trumpe to continue their fear mongering. “Oh nuuuu!!!!. TRUMPE GERNA DEEPORT MAH GAHDNER!!!!”
Well listen up motherfuckers, if you don’t vote for him & he gets the major vote, you can complain. Like my 11th grade teacher said, ‘If you don’t vote, don’t complain.’ We can get this election by the balls & vote for someone who won’t fuck up the country as badly. After Obama’s disappointment, we all now know that a president is nothing but a scapegoat for the other guy’s fuck ups. I won’t say who to vote for because this is ‘Blacktime E-Press’ & we’re not going to route for one person over the other.
Now back to what I was saying, the media for whatever reason decided to give Doland Trumpe publicity both good or bad & everyone’s a fucking idiot. Doesn’t matter if you bad mouthed them, they got the publicity they needed. It was Trumpe on the daytime talk shows, late night talk shows, Local News, National news, World News; his flabby ass was everywhere! More than Jeb Bush, more than Ben Carson, more than Sanders & Clinton combined. And here is Univision sitting in their high horse (with their logo that looks like three multicolored nutsack) talking about how they’re the ‘VOICE OF MAH PEEPLE!!’ with their ‘Fusion’ SJW “We’re young & trendy!” bullshit channel. For a channel that disapproves of the right wing & won’t stand by their bullshit, they sure had no problem airing Donald Trump’s campaign speeches over & over & over again. Same goes to all the supposed ‘Equal & Balanced’ media out there. Oh & you guys shouldn’t believe the bullshit polls that talk about ‘98% of fat ass AmeriKKKan sister fuckers will vote for dolan trumpe’. It’s all bullshit, they’re trying to psyche you out & that bullshit study is conducted by glasses wearing assholes who only asked 10 people on the street, then multiplied it by the estimated number of the population of America, then deduced that (Insert number here) are going to vote for said person.
Fuck the media, vote for whoever the hell you want.
Wow, this turned into an average ‘Blogababble’ entry………..Moving on.
-The California Drought
Oh dear god, I was so passionate about this as I was about the other crap I write about on these blogababble entries. The most funny part is people agreed with me, I kid you not I was expecting a lot of backlash writing about this, but turns out I hit the mark & that made me happy.
To summarize here, water bottling companies (Including nestle) have continued sucking California dry while the city of California continued blaming us with increased bill costs, an annoying (almost totalitarian) AD campaign of a cartoon water drop telling us to conserve water & countless local news stories bitching about how we’re wasting water we own & only consume 30% of. Along with us suburb people, farmers were hit worse by this shit. Yeah, the city was blaming everyone while companies like ‘Nestle’ were sucking California dry with permits that expired in 1988. It’s very telling, especially with the C.E.O German nazi haired guy saying on camera that water should not be a human right.
Then you have the local news crying ‘Drought’ after a day of heavy rainfall, we all saw the bullshit there.
This ain’t over, I bet you once the weather becomes warm & dry, this shit will resume once again.
-LAUSD Bomb Scare
I’m making this short ‘n’ sweet.
Some weeb with a computer scared California into cancelling classes in schools statewide (Including College classes) & caused a major disturbance in everyone’s day. Except for the teens, because ‘SKOOL SUX’. New York also got the same emails telling New York to close all it’s schools.
They pretty much reacted like this, (Andrew Dice Clay accent) “Yah, right. Bomb da School, like to see ya try. Up yah nose witta rubba hose ya dirt jackeys. OH!!!!!! Lil‘ Miss Muppet Sat on ‘er tuppet!!!”
Apparently the emails came from Germany of all places…………..Oh dear god, I better not be at fault for this. I’ve talked shit about New York & the LAUSD, this better not be some fat german kid going “I did it all for you Damien!!”
…now I’m scared.
-Confederate Flag BS
I’m not a staunch supporter of the confederate flag (Because I’m not a Southerner with inescestual relations) but even I have to say the handling of this was freaking terrible. Now I’m all for removing the confederate flag off public buildings such as courthouses & mayor’s offices. I don’t care if you brandish your flag on your trucks or on your home, my problem lies within the censoring of the flag on entertainment. TV Land took ‘The Dukes of Hazard’ off the air because of the flag displayed on top of the General Lee’s roof. They replaced the show with ‘Bonanza’, a western where we know Native Americans were played by white people in red face. Progress? I know, it’s a product of its time, it all is a product of its time & we have to view such things with an appropriate context, the same should be applied with the confederate flag. I also don’t understand the removal of the confederate flag off things like war games, both the video & tabletop kind. It’s stupid, but then again the confederate flag is stupid, the confederacy was a failed rebellion you guys. It’s like if people cried that Pepsi won the cola wars, it’s on the same level as someone crying about beverages.
Quit giving power to inanimate shit, people!
-ABC cancels Wicked City
Dear god, I expect this type of bullshit from FOX!
So ABC decently promoted a new cop show called ‘Wicked City’ (In no relation to the Yoshiaki Kawajiri anime) that set itself on the Sunset Strip in the 1980’s where a killer calls into the local radio station to play a song before he kills his prey. The show is very reminiscent of 80’s thrillers & it was a good enough hook for me to tune in every week. When it comes to murder mysteries I will watch it if it’s got a interesting hook, why else would I have owned both the VHS & DVD of ‘Silence of the Lambs’. Apart from all the agency based scripted shows (CIA/NSA-sploitation), all the shit contest shows & what ABC is known for, the James Patterson, upperclass family murder shows; Wicked City was something different.
It stars the dad from ‘Suburgatory’ (An underrated comedy show from the same network) as a cop with a family that knows how to deal with him & his job, unlike other cop shows that always have the nagging kids or significant other who complains that they aren’t home all the time. Not to steer off the topic, but it annoys me when scripted cop shows always has that wife who bitches that the cop husband’s job is too much, or hell a husband who’s so lazy he doesn’t support his cop wife. I’m sure there are real cases of this happening, but once could we have a cop show where the significant other supports their cop husband or wife when shit is hitting the fan?
Anyway, the show was pretty hardcore for a 10pm primetime show. Most of the show’s explicit content was subtly shot & written in a way to where it didn’t go overboard like the recent ‘Hannibal’ show. So the killer gets an all time high luring women at nightclubs, calling in radio stations for a song dedication & killing them during sex acts. It starts off as a typical murder mystery, then it all changes as we learn of the killer’s identity & we’re introduced to the killer’s love interest, then it becomes more of a fascinating yet disturbing ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ story.
I’m still at a confusion as to why a show like this had low ratings? And couldn’t they even finish the season before pulling the plug on the show?
I admit the show had a flaw, like ‘Decade Pandering’ (Explanations put in the show to give the older viewer some nostalgia, or educate the young audience ) where out of nowhere one of the characters would give an explanation (a la Ice T in ‘Law & Order’) on what MTV is. Other than that, the show was well made, well directed & decently written. Luckily the rest of the episodes are online & they aired on New Zeland television.
As I said earlier, I expected this type of shit from the FOX networks.
-Konami fucks over Hideo Kojima
Konami is gonna beat the ‘Metal Gear’ franchise to death if they put their grubby hands on it, just like what they’re doing to the freaking ‘YuGiOh’ franchise. I don’t know the reason behind this, maybe Kojima called the C.E.O ‘An assface’ or whatever, I have no clear reason why Konami is acting bitchy. You know those crap conspiracy theories of planets aligning & blood moons & Jade Helm? Maybe this is some conspiracy, the video game companies are going to align & form a pentagram of shit.
Think about it, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Konami & LJN. They’re going to end the world with their shittiness & create shitty money chugging video games & will cause a Neo-video game crash.
-Starbucks Coffee, Wha..?
What the hell kind of herb was the C.E.O of Starbucks smoking? We’re going to ignore the elephant in the room with the whole cup outrage, that was just stupid, but what was it with Starbucks trying to engage in current affairs by making their ‘barristas’ talk to customers about race relations?
Starbucks is the whitest place you will ever visit, once you step into the place you can smell the vegan farts & see the leggings with ‘UGG’ boots while people brandish their up to date tech. That’s like the inlaw or old grandpa that out of nowhere starts talking about “That reefer smoking jazz negro president Ohamba.”
That response comes out of nowhere, you don’t know whether you should tell him to shut up or choke yourself. This is what it felt like, Starbucks is that guy who brings up race in times & places that don’t call for such a thing.
I’m not the only one to say that my bias against Starbucks doesn’t stem from this, but from the way they just take over land to open up their shitty coffee places & pretty much become the beacon for gentrification. Not only that, but they’re ubiquitous in big metropolitan cities, why one in the ghetto? There used to be a ‘Rallys’ here in Harbor City C.A, now that’s gone because some asshole decided to open up a Starbucks there. Rally’s was the poor people version of ‘In & Out’, I dug their fries. SMH people, SMH all the way.
Obama ends ‘No Child Left Behind
+ Hooray, hoorah!!! Schools no longer have to have school year’s worth of inane testing & practice testing. No Child Left Behind pretty much taught kids how to take ‘Multiple Choice’ tests as anally as they can, rather than focusing on the subject matter the tests are covering. Most of my Elementary School, Middle School & High School years were the same, fill in the bubbles, use a number 2 pencil, write an essay at the end of it, wash, rinse & repeat.
- Too little too late you fucking bastards!!!! I wanted this to happen when Obama became president, too little too late. Aside from this, what will schools do? Will they continue implementing mandatory practice testing or will they make something new to make kids learning as miserable as they can? I don’t know, I’m not in public school, nor do I know anyone in public school.
+ My god, this was like a 1970’s SNL sketch that escaped the paper & came to life. A white woman disguises herself as a black woman, joins the NAACP & gets the highest honor, until she is discovered. It was funny, while everyone could have been laughing at the absurdity of it all, everyone was busy getting outraged & not doing anything about it. Then you got her ‘I identify myself as black.’ shtick which I understand why people were angry at that, but think of all the parodies & memes that could have come out of such an event. I could tell she’s a textbook liberal, trying so hard to ‘poosh deh onvelope’ by trying to teach society that race is a state of mind. Well, it didn’t work.
- Because of her bullshit, the media completely ignored much serious issues because we all wanted to see the lying freak show that was Rachel Dolzeal. So much crap (like TPP talks) were happening & ignored, thus making it difficult for me to not pull the ‘Media distraction’ card. How do you irritate an audience, repeating the shit they already know & shoving it into their face before they start a tantrum. Her appearances in morning shows like ‘Good Morning America’ were done to instigate anger & distract you from the real issue at hand.
Adam Zandler Ded
+ Yey!!! Pixels flopped, Happy Madison Productions may stop annoying smart audiences.
- I feel kinda sad for Adam Sandler, he looks like he’s dead inside.
+Yey, it’s finally over & the trade paperback is on sale right now! I may buy it or hunt down the remaining four issues to complete the whole arc. A perfect & wonderful comeback after the original series ended in 1996.
- It took Neil three years to complete six issues, six 20 page issues that are mostly ads & were advertised as a bi-monthly title. What the fuck Neil?! But (I respect him for this) he did apologize for the inconvenience since he was busy with interviews & his book tour for ‘Trigger Warning’. Overall, I’m not fully mad at him, but I wished he wrote & submitted the manuscripts at once instead of writing & publishing them after they were done. Part of me wants to think Neil was pressured by DC Vertigo to bring back Sandman, despite his dismay. Before Overture, he did a one shot story called ‘Endless Nights’ which was sold as the first sandman story, but then here comes ‘Overture’ being sold as the first one, but then It’s been long since I read Endless Ngihts. Either way, there’s something up with DC Comics. Why else would they reboot their already established titles?
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
+ Yeah, new star wars!!! Wooo hooo!!!!!!!!
- We can’t have a movie like ‘Empire Strikes Back’ anymore, because all you fucking people will ruin the spoiler, thus ruining the impact & emotion between the film & viewer. The last liaison that no longer is there in our uber cynical society. Whatever happened to enjoying the movie for the ride? Now I’m not against people questioning logic or plot holes in film, but there’s a line between questioning why two people couldn’t fit on the raft in ‘Titanic’ & then there’s questioning an action film that isn’t taking itself seriously.
So a bunch of assholes on the world wide internet decided to storm social media with fucking videos & GIFs that don’t have anything to do with Star Wars (Like a cat or boobs), then on the last 10 seconds they splice in a spoiler from the film as a “Hurr hurr, we caught you!”
Too all you people who did this, here’s what I wish of all of you:
I wish all of you succeed in life.
Yes, succeed in life, get the job, get the woman or man of your dreams & start a family. Have kids, or have none, your life your rules. Yes, I wish you all have such a great life that you won’t have to be on edge for anything. All is taken care of, all of life’s discrepancies are non-existent. Then when you don’t see it coming, your fucking loved ones are taken out one by one, slowly & disturbingly. You see it all & you don’t know how to digest it all. Then your house is destroyed & all your prized possessions are destroyed & guess what, that little spoiler stint you did is all you have to remember of your life & that’s pretty much the only thing Karma knows about you so all was just.
So that was 2015, we laughed, we cried, but we mostly got angry at stuff.
Some insider news here, because of my camera dying like a bitch, there won’t be any ‘Adventures in Pancakes’ or any ‘Comic Strip Therapy’ or any comic strips for a while. All this happened just as we were heading into the Christmas season, I was planning a Psycho Pancake Christmas special & I already had some comic strips ready. For all us online entertainment people, the holidays are a godsend. Kids are out of school, snowy (or stormy) as hell out so what else for everyone young & old but to surf the net. And then the camera went bust. I’m thinking of a scanner to buy, but it’s all too damn expensive & fragile. I need one that is durable, long lasting, or a printer with a scanner that won’t make me spend a mortgage on ink.
So until then, read some of the back issues.
So here’s to 2016, it better not be shit
To summarize 2015, here’s this!