Twelve years writing about games, movies, music, etc. and counting! At least one new article every month! I'm also writing movies, writing a children's book & hosting the gaming channel "Cool Media" on YouTube! Enjoy & find me on Twitter!
'A Pup Named Scooby-Doo' - More Mature Than 'Velma'
Hi, and welcome back to Second Chances, where the maligned, forgotten, and ignored get unmasked. Over the past month, I lost count of how many people took to YouTube and other places online to trash Velma, the new R-rated take on the Scooby-Doo franchise. Now, I've never been a fan of the franchise myself; I always felt it was a bit too corny, especially during that point when celebrities started popping up constantly. However, I can see why fans were repulsed by Velma. Leaving aside the race-swapping of the characters, the gore and sexuality just felt extraneous to say the least. Also, for all the adult language, it wasn't funny. In an attempt to make the franchise more adult, it actually became more childish than ever. Funny enough, there was a more mature take on Scooby-Doo done back in the 80s, and it involved turning the characters into kids.
Halloween Gaming for the Budget Gamer
Hi, and welcome back to Silver Linings where I comb through the catacombs to find the best ghoulish delights. It's October; so, it's time to enjoy some terrifying games. However, it seems the thing that's truly scaring the majority of people this year is the state of the economy. With out-of-control inflation and prices of essentials skyrocketing, it's getting increasingly impossible to justify spending $60 - $70 on a new game. However, you can enjoy some great games for the season without breaking the bank. I'm going to point you in the direction of ten great games that fit the Halloween season that you can download for less than it costs to get a costume at Spirit Halloween.
'Xanadu' - Olivia Newton-John's Underappreciated Bit of Magic
Hi, and welcome back to Second Chances where the maligned, forgotten, and ignored inspire me to honor a music icon. Okay, I have been teasing that I would one day cover the 1980 disco musical Xanadu ever since I wrote my piece about Razzie picks worth watching four years ago. With how busy my life is between two jobs and multiple side projects, it kept getting pushed off over and over again. However, with the recent passing of the film's star, the wonderful Olivia Newton-John, I decided that I just had to hunker down and finally do it, especially since all of the tributes to her only seem to focus on Grease and her pop songs. Xanadu may be a polarizing film that (along with Can't Stop The Music) created the Razzies in the first place, but I can't help but enjoy it.
The cabin in the woods had been abandoned for years, but one night, a candle burned in the window. "What a relief," Jake sighed exhaustedly. He'd been looking for help since his car broke down a few miles back. He couldn't go back to town to get a tow; the police there would definitely be looking for him. Cops tend to frown on people who rob a liquor store and kill one of them while escaping. Jake had only managed to escape the patrols, but with the barking and howling behind him, he was sure search dogs were on his trail. Diving into a pond filled with god-knows-what could only mask his scent for so long.
The "Meh" Generation
Ever since I was old enough to start working and buying my own video games, I've stood at the forefront of each new console generation. From the original Playstation to the PS4, I've been so excited for each new generation of hardware that I would make it a point of getting at least one of the new machines within a year of launch. In fact, the year the PS4 and Xbox One launched, Ally & I got both of them. Aside from the red rings from the initial run of Xbox 360's, I haven't regretted jumping onboard for new consoles immediately.
'Saw' - Want To Play A... Couple Of Games?
Hi, and welcome back to Second Chances where I drag the maligned and forgotten off the torture racks. Those who have been following my work here for the past five years know that I love horror, both games and movies. Followers also know that I can give even games based on movies the benefit of the doubt. That's what I did when I gave a try to the two games based on the Saw franchise, and I was pleasantly surprised. They may not be up to the level of Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay or Alien Trilogy, but they're certainly better than most licensed garbage.
The Completely Arbitrary BTS Awards!
Hi, and welcome back to Silver Linings where I'm closing out a terrible year with seven rays of sunshine. 2021 was almost as bad a year as 2020 was. With additional COVID variants, political upheaval, and economies that are anything but stable, it's easy to feel the need to dive under the covers and hope it all goes away. However, unlike last year where I felt the need to vent at terrible movies and video games just to regain some level of sanity, this year I was able to keep my head by listening to the seven guys that flat-out define K-Pop.