Human Nature & Absolute Disgust

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.” – George Elliot

I’m beginning to think this post has more to do with the fact that we are almost 24hrs away from the 3rd Anniversary of Elaine’s passing. I’ve read stories like this in the past and although I will admit that it is something that should not be happening, I never had an emotional reaction prior to now.

Alyssa Funke was a 19 year old girl who happened to do a video for Casting Couch, which for those who don’t know is a porn website.  I’m not quite sure what were her motivations and why she did it, but the video made it back to her high school.  Twitter exploded with enough slut-shaming that Alyssa drove to a cabin and ended her life with a 12 gauge to the face.

Clearly there had to have been a pre-existing issue with depression, whether that stemmed from a home life or even some form of bullying while she was in the school to begin with.  To say that internet teasing on its own is enough to drive a psychologically stable individual to that kind of low is something I never really put a lot of stock in.

When it comes to the cruelty of teenagers I can certainly put faith in the statement that the overwhelming response from such a large outpouring of shaming could do some seriously psychological damage and even that aforementioned “psychologically stable” person can be dragged to lows where suicide becomes a thought.

This is a sad story to digest but the reason it hit me hard enough to write this, is because the bullying did not end with her death.  Reading some of the tweets that have been posted on twitter about guys talking about how she’s a “dumb b*&$%” and how they will “fap to her video anyway’ absolute disgusted me.

I haven’t put the time into research the story as well as I normally would before sharing it with the World is Broken, but I will link you to the post that alerted me to the story and parallels my opinion fairly accurately considering the information I have to go on.

Slut-shamed to death for saying yes to sex, murdered for saying no
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OneGoodScare: Way of the Wicked (2014)

So, NoTearsPlease.com never did meet it’s completion so let me introduce you to a scaled down version that will hopefully expand to my original vision.  One Good Scare was intended to be the supplementary podcast for NoTearsPlease (the horror site that never got past pre-production.)

One Good Scare is going to feature weekly postings of reviews, news, and profiles of all things horror.  When time permits the ambition is to even expand it into a podcast like it was originally intended.  Anywho, with no more adieu, here’s the first review for the new “One Good Scare”.  Click below to check it out!

“The Way of The Wicked”  (2014)
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Detective Vinnie Jones & Father Christian Slater star in a thriller that is trying so desperately to be an alternative to The Omen.
“The cop and the priest… you guys should have your own sitcom” – Robbie Mueller, The Way Of The Wicked

Janus is coming alive, want to help?

Think what you may concerning my ability to write a coherent story and make it compelling.  View this website for its mountain of grammatical and punctuation errors that I constantly fail to correct.  In spite of my literal shortcomings I am in the process of creating a vibrant, supernaturally charged city to replace St. John’s Newfoundland in my fictitious world.

Janus, Newfoundland is a place that exist in a version of our world where St. John’s doesn’t exist; Janus is the capital of the province. I was using White Wolf’s “World Of Darkness” to model the city allowing me to flush it out by playing games with players in a pen & paper rpg type setting.

81__Pen_and_Paper_by_SpectralFairyJanus is a major project for me.  I intend on having it as the setting for World Of Darkness games, video series, maybe even a simple RPG with RPG maker someday.  The purpose of this setting originally was my fiction.  I’m in the process of creating a story I hope to fill a novel that takes place in the city of Janus.

I have a close-knit group that has been following the progress of this story but I am getting to a point where I would like to get a little more insight on the progress of the story from beginning to end so I retreat to you the readers of “The World Is Broken.”  This website has been the single greatest tool for me to refine my craft and improve on the previously mentioned grammar and punctuation errors.  So I decided to come here and take two or three people to respond to this as my alpha readers.

Talking with some writer friends of mine I have been told this is a terrible idea and you shouldn’t let anyone see your work until it has some semblance of completion.  A story in its rough draft is a very fragile state, especially when the author doubts his own abilities.  Any criticism can destroy it.

I don’t entirely disagree, but I see a strength here that you cannot get by making people read the whole story in its entirety.  I have been physically assaulted more than once by an agree alpha reader when they got to the end of the most recent chapter simply because there wasnt’ any more to read.

That kind of anticipation is what I want to try to capture.  My end game is to have a story that no one is going to want to put down. So as an alpha reader you would be free to give critiques of structural and grammatical errors but know that this is not the type of feedback I”m looking for at this time.  There’s time for that in beta.

I want to know the impression on the story.  How you feel about where it’s going, where it has already been, about the characters.  I want to insure the characters are living, breathing entities in a real populated fictional city.

So yeah, not everyone who asks will be selected but if you have an interest in reading along while I write this story then email me, or if you want you can even comment on this post here.  This also goes to my facebook and twitter so you can reply there as well.  We are in the age of social media, so don’t be shy.

Return of the King… The True King

It’s presently 5am and about 7 hours ago I was sitting in the local Cineplex experiencing a modern day American take on a mythos more dear to me than any other.  In the grand scheme of things there is no comparison, the Star Wars universe, the Marvel & DC universe, Middle Earth, The Halloween Series, Elm Street, and so many  more cannot hold a candle for me to the TOHO Kaiju universe.  Give me Godzilla on Monster Island other any other fictional continuity devised by mankind.

I watched the bulk of the movie through means that I refuse to name publically but the impression it left on me combined with the collective opinions of critics that I respect made me very sceptical of this offering.  In fact there is only one movie opinion that I hold in any real regard that spoke positively of the film, you can read his official review here.

I cannot say that I agree with his conclusion but I will say without a moment of doubt that I can easily rival his fanboy nostalgia.  Godzilla IS my childhood and let’s just say it wasn’t a pretty picture in 1998 with the last American “attempt” at this movie.

If you want a solid review go check out Mr. Pittman’s link, I just want to talk about a few of the significant stand outs for better or ill.

The Good

To quote James Rolfe, “It was a Godzilla movie.”  That in and of itself may not qualify as a positive thing to say however living in a

Gigan Vs Godzilla for Sequel!! Whos’ With Me?

post-1998 Godzilla-verse… that is a huge compliment.

Godzilla follows the formula and does it quite well.  The bland, uninteresting human drama was made more tolerable by Cranston and Watanabe.  If I had to sum up the feeling I got sitting in that theatre as opposed to 16 years ago, it would be that I finally got the feeling that this movie was made to be a Godzilla movie.  Gareth Edwards gives us a whole hell of a lot of give-a-damn in his directing and I finally got the feeling that there was someone who cared about the mythos at the helm.  In 1998 I was subject to Roland Emmerich trying to make yet another disaster movie blockbuster where he was permitted to destroy New York.

We all know how Roland Emmerich loves blowing things up.  He’s like Michael Bay with a natural disaster fetish instead of a military obsession.

Kudos Mr. Edwards, you managed to make a Godzilla movie.  I tip my hat to you.
The final act is also something I found everyone tends to agree with.  The final act of this movie is absolutely epic, not flawless but epic.  The fight could’ve been longer, but for what we got to see on-screen… damn.  I won’t be so bold to say it qualifies as redemption for 1998’s train wreck… but it was a pretty damn good conclusion.

The Bad

Alright this is where I have to be the bad guy.  Just give me a second to put on some Kevlar and get my riot shield because I will imagine there’s going to be retaliation from the aforementioned reviewer linked above.

This movie was lacking in so many ways.  It was a great first step towards giving us a true modern day Godzilla movie and I really hope they keep this going BUT…

We got to talk about humans.    Our main character, Ford is such a bland, generic, boring character.  The only thing worse is the fact that about 30 odd minutes through after we see the first MUTO awaken, he becomes a bland, generic, plot device.  He has to get a play to Hawaii to catch a flight home… OH the MUTO has decided to attack Hawaii.   The military devises a plan to deal with the MUTO…  It just so happens it involves Ford’s EXACT expertise allowing him to get involved…  There’s a problem later on that needs to be resolved for the final act of the movie… Ford’s exact expertise is required and he’s the only one there able to do it…

This treatment was bordering on Transformer’s Sam territory.  It felt like the script was just continually looking for reasons to keep Ford involved on the front lines of all the action.

We have a very weak lead on this film, and his story is by far the least interesting thing going on during this whole ordeal.  Godzilla movies have always had very campy and unrealistic human parts before the big battles but I think the problem with this movie is that there are so many other great stories that I would have loved to follow.

There’s so many unanswered questions about Dr. Serizawa.  How exactly does he know what he knows about the nature of Godzilla, we find out that his father was a victim of Hiroshima.  Considering his work studying this atomic monsters, I feel as though that revelation should be a lot more than a throw away line.

There was a real good compelling plot dancing all around this movie but we have to follow (to quote MovieBob) “his name might as well be Private Player-Character-From-Call-of-Duty.”

Another real big issue I had with this film is the teasing.

No, I am not referring to the building of suspense, that is something that was done quite well earlier on in the film but becomes just unsatisfying teasing later.  I’ve been on two minds about this because I feel as though Edwards can have a by on this one due to at least it was trying something new.  Instead of showing us a one on one battle the scene cuts to Private Player-Character’s son watching the news report where we get to see some of the action.

My problem is that they do well to build up the tension, then provide an incredible reveal…. to cut away and do nothing with it.  This happens more than once and it’s a piss off each time.

The MUTO’s were pretty lame enemies but I am stoked that the script decided to go with the “Godzilla VS” instead of just simply doing another origin of Godzilla attacking man.  Through Dr. Serizawa’s interpretation of what was going on they now have a great foundation for sequels.

Edwards brought the Godzilla I remember from childhood to the screen.  I was not alive in 1954, and I was only born in 1985 so both of those movies were not my first.  I grew up with Godzilla vs Megalon, and Gigan, and King Ghildrah.  I had no idea that Godzilla’s true origins were as an unstoppable force meant to punish mankind for use of the atomic bomb.  He was always the hero in my eyes that comes to man’s rescue when the monsters from Space Hunter Nebula M came to conquer.

Even though I would chalk it up as a negative trait, since it was stretching the disbelief a little too much, showing that Godzilla was legitimately on the side man and swam off into the horizon after saving our asses.

It makes no sense for the military brass to not want him destroyed, to not fire on him.  We all know that’s what would actually happen.

The script was shaking, and it was far from where I want to see it go.  but Thank You Mr. Gareth Edwards for bringing back the Godzilla I admired to the big screen.  Let’s hope for more to come.

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In Short, read Brad’s review.  Then go to EscapistMagazine and watch MovieBob’s review..
I am pretty sure I stand in between the two.  Not quite as happy as Brad was, but not as jaded as Bob.

Even Heroes Know When To Be Scared…

It’s a bit embarrassing to admit that the inspiration to write this evening is coming from an Eminem/Linkin Park song.  It has been speaking to me lately, especially since the employment issue has come to the surface and is finally showing its bite.

Life has a way of coming full circle doesn’t it.  I’m currently sitting in the same McDonald’s lobby that I once frequented more than 6 months ago.  I used to sit in this very chair and lay the ground work and early chapters for the Janus novel that I’m writing.  Life was pretty problem free at the time.  Both my significant other and I held down full-time jobs putting a near end of our financial strife, I had a location and ambition to finally get some writing done. Everything was progressing so smoothly to an ultimately happy ending.

… then came the promotion.  I couldn’t be a manager in the same store as her so I was transferred.  We got a little caught up on the semi-good news.  It meant more money, and I finally had manager experience on my resume.  In hindsight I don’t know why we were so excited.

I may have to retract this mindset IF the manager experience contributes to me getting a job that I am gunning for presently but it still won’t change the fact that I haven’t been able to write a word since I left.  My new store didn’t have the right feel and the novel took a back seat to a miserable day-to-day existence.

I’ve been unemployed for two weeks now.  I’ve returned to the lobby twice now counting this visit and I have already made more progress than the last 6 months combined.  Maybe there was some divine intervention that put me at that store just so I would get the management experience I needed to be considered for the job I really wanted.

I don’t know, we’re talking a bit too spiritual for my liking.

Is it too early for me to be wondering what my legacy is going to be?  I’ve spent nearly half my life without the intent to affect the lives of anyone but myself.  I wrote myself off as wasted potential that will never be realized, at best I could have been a cautionary tale that a few of my friends could use on their kids.

Now make sure you don’t end up like that ShallopNewf kid.  He literally could’ve done anything he wanted but instead he left this world without anyone but his family even noticing.

Not that I’m complaining about his absence, but I can’t help but wonder what the hell happened to that kid.  I spent life trying to blend in the background and yet any time I’ve been put in a situation where it involved other people I always end up taking the leadership role.  Feel free to disagree if you must but I know that I’ve grown into something much more substantial than a capable follower.

The last week or so I felt my mind slipping back into the passive little child that let the world pass him by but I refuse to let that be my fate.  The ones who are important to me know that I am a leader.  I am a problem solver.

I’ve been doubting myself for a little while now. Today it dawned on me that just because you carry doubts in your mind and fear in your heart doesn’t mean you’re not capable.

I am not unemployed because I couldn’t hack the job I could’ve played their game and I know I would’ve won… instead I did the right thing and paid the price for it.  I am STILL unemployed due to my own doing, I guess my mind would rather dwell on the mistakes I’ve made instead of trying to right them.

My legacy? Well that’s not up for me to define.  That job is for you, the people in my life and the readers of my thoughts.
My responsibility?  To show the non-believers that the ones who have faith in me were not doing so in error.  It’s up to me to live up to the potential that others have seen in me, whether I see it there or not.

All right, thanks for you time folks.  I got to get back, this novel isn’t going to write itself.

Before The Bat… There Was Gordon

I may be violating some unwritten cyber-commandment when I say that Batman has become so over-rated.

Why do I say this?  This is due to the complete over saturation of Batman in our current culture and his abilities becoming completely overcompensated so that he (for example) can go toe-to-toe with Darkseid.  Batman seems to know everything at all times and is more capable than any of the other justice league.  He’s also one step ahead of everyone in every situation.

I get it DC, you simply lack the ability to pull off any other hero on the big screen.

Gotham_City_by_dblakeThough I am excited to see the next incarnation of Bruce Wayne.

… Ben Affleck is going to be the new Batman?… uhh that’s a discussion for another day.

The next man to play Bruce Wayne, and I use the term man loosely, is David Mazouz.

This post is not about the upcoming Superman vs Batman with Batfleck.  My excitement for that was last sighted sinking deep into the Marianas Trench.  All hope for that movie turning out interesting has forsaken these lands.

Early last year I heard rumblings that there was a batman prequel TV show in the works.  It was going to be a show that showcased the early years of Bruce Wayne and the other Gotham-based villains through the eyes of up and coming future-commissioner Gordon.  I thought this was just a money grab trying to ride the Nolan trilogy’s coat-tails and didn’t invest much into it.

Today I watched the trailer.

I’m excited.

This show has the potential to give the viewing public some real substance.  Without the flashy tights, quirky gadgets, and over the top villain persona’s we have an opportunity to have to real intense and emotional interaction with countless characters from Batman’s mythos.  We get to see the insanity before they became cartoon characters, and with good story telling it can make for very compelling television.

I feel as though Batman was also a very good serial if you wanted to discuss psychology.  This could be due to the presence of Arkham Asylum and how most inmates don’t get arrested, but committed for “help.”  Batman’s edge of the other DC heroes is that many of his villains started out pretty sane (ish) and that there was a visible submission to their psychosis that made them the super villains they become later in life.  If this show can highlight their transformations, it has me excited.

The trailer teases that Selina Kyle is in the scene as is Edward Nygma and Oswald Cobblepot.  (I hope you don’t have to look up who these people are, otherwise I lower my head at you.)

The casting looks top notch. David Mazouz taking the mantle as the grieving Bruce Wayne who just lost his parents.  Showcasing his initial psychological descent into the bat.  I think it was a brilliant choice just from seeing David’s work in the now-cancelled series “Touch” where he played an autistic kid who could see more to in the world around him and how everything was connected through numbers.

This kid played a powerful role with very little speaking lines with masterful expression.  Who better to play brooding Bruce Wayne?

Robin Taylor selected to play Mr. Cobblepot is a great choice as well.  From looking at the trailer and then realizing that this was the bratty, privileged son from “Would You Rather? (very underrated horror movie that I watched simply because Sasha Grey was in it 😉  But ended up being quite satisfied by the narrative… even though a great deal of it was a bit too far-fetched.)  I am incredibly looking forward to seeing how he plays this character.

They even got the little girl from Sinister to play Ivy.

The real gem that I have to mention is Gordon himself.  Benjamin Mackenzie is the kid that a lot of people will probably only remember from the O.C.  That’s where I originally seen him, and although I am not going to publicly oust myself as a fan of the O.C, there was a circumstance that made me watch a few seasons and his acting was quite green but one of the saving graces of that show.

From the extended trailer I see that the character is in good hands and I like how the world is being portrayed.  If the show lives up to the promise I see in that trailer it’s going to be something that will be worth tuning into.

If you haven’t seen this trailer, you need to.  Go, go now!

P.S: Donal Logue as Bullock??  Hell Yeah!