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What are some good scary DVD rents for October?

Gotta admit, I’m a huge fan of (ye olde mail in) netflix! I want to support the USPS from being shut down by a certain political party who only wants to raid their 70+ year pension fund requirement after it fails from such impossible business model.

I was raised during the era of comic book mail ins, I fell for and to this day still satisfied at all the little toys I got in the mail for under $5. Who doesn’t love getting something in the mail, even if- especially if it’s a card with actual hand written sentiments? Not talking about batch texted, “merry xmas day everyone!” (didn‘t get you anything).

So I mastered a 3 day plan, theoretically if I mail a movie back every day, I should always be receiving a movie 6/ 5 (on 3 day weekends like this) days each week.

I decided to have my 3rd Scary movie Rocktober. One year, I made the mistake of thinking it would be fun to rent documentaries and was actually horrified that rivaled my final cable binge the week after 9/11. Some of you know this, so bad I haven’t had cable since.

The second year, I decided to see movies I call “red corn syrup” films, hokey and knowingly fake so I could enjoy it. I had to avenge that horrible industry/ political docu year. It did make me more aware and a physically present activist, but whew. I focused on classical movie series like Chucky and got to appreciate not only Freddy, but the messages of those that fought the evil, good and bad. Even the bad movie had redeeming qualities, like inform other kids how to deal with, and organize with others to combat the fears (Jason) presented. More importantly, how to exploit the weaknesses of predators, even though you’re scared shitless at the time. Freddie, like Dr. Cox in Scrubs has a reputation of being an asshole, but they’re actually teaching a lot of resilience and facing different levels of cowardice and avoidance.

So this year, I have rented a bunch of movies/ shows that have been awesome so far. I know awesome gets overused, but it’s tough to find a new word/ phrase that society doesn’t whore out until it means nothing. “Feel good!” “amaze balls!” “A love letter to….!” “coming of age!”

With a choice of 2 odd families, I passed Munsters for The Addams Family. I loved the reboot movies, although the rap element was on the dark side of hokey, which is odd in a supposed twisted movie to that bent. Cant’ beat the original? Is it a victim of http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SeinfeldIsUnfunny ? It had a case of “it’ll warp society!” And now, it’s completely tame and may even be relegated to quirky in today’s standards.

Creepshow series! I LOVE this, I’m on disk 2 right now. Everyone from the early 90’s is in this and also, how the hell did I not know anyone with HBO in the 90’s to be exposed to this?! And apparently on myspace, it was before the netflix binge watching era where everyone recommends a dozen different series “you should see.” Again, I’m hoping some pre 9/11 movies make a comeback before all this dark anti-here dad/ entitled socialite crap. The bad guys were as homicidal, but their trendy wardrobe at least makes them hilarious (blonde afro Mohawk!?)

Monster Squad! I loved this, another example of movie/ series released just in the last 5 years that I hope get popular, beating current popular trends.

New Scooby doo! First of all, best cartoon in the category of youngn’s exposing greedy old guys who control people with fear to profit from them. Wish they would go to congress, amirite people? Well this incarnation is aware of it’s own tropes, has more suspects and red herrings and is actually difficult for even us old folk to figure out. Although, I have seen a couple fo random elements you couldn’t even guess (I.e. pictures being developed and only revealed when the baddie is revealed). and apparently there’s a series arc that addresses actual problems with local economy?!  from all the people around town they exposed. Deep.

Walking dead & Grimm. I saw a whole season of each of these (random library season rental). With walking dead, I need to go back and see season 1, so it’s like a prequel to me. I got into both and decided to pick this month to get caught up. With walking dead, I think a nihilistic side of me likes the elimination round of characters that apparently can’t be brought back after they’re killed. New info flashbacks are okay, but certainly now meeting someone new that is a RINGER for them! That’s bullshit.

And there are others, I’ve already gone on. What good Halloween movie (series) and tv shows are good to see?

 

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2013/10/12 Posted by | MOVIE SIGN! | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Elusive happiness

Writer’s blog,  bar date 66161.58*
*I’ll explain this soon enough

I’ve spent the past couple of years thinking about what happiness is, how I can have it and how I can’t let it get away from me.

Yeah, yeah, it’s your point of view and your attitude. But honestly, when you think about it, we’re also influenced easily by who’s in the room or what movie/ tv show you saw. Sadly, a lot of my attitude in 2011 was watching the news, far too much of it. Now that I have streaming, watching more Onion and Daily Show allows me to see that others see the absurdity of things I see.

I also listen to Adam Carolla’s podcast. When I rant and complain, a few people laugh and it took me awhile to focus on what they’re laughing at. People love a good Seinfeld– type breakdown. Unfortunately when I’m in it, I’m already pissed and my immediate reaction is being pissed at the person I thought was close enough to allow me to vent about what’s really bothering me. Now, I can look back and use those things.

Of course I have tough loved others for complaining about less. I feel sorry for the others with no jobs, living in shelters. I don’t feel so bad about people getting into accidents on ski trips, mountain climbing, the polo field or cruise ships. In an instant I think my humanity suffers, but I think I also fall into enable mode and write it off as they got themselves there instead of spending wiser.

Even when I had money in the bank and making the most I ever had, I kept things to simple pleasures. We still shopped at the dollar store for disposable basics, I still at a lot of groceries that had the least chemicals I accept. Las Vegas is so damn great with the free entertainment. And there’s always a contest in every business you enter that doesn’t cost anything to enter if you don’t do the up sells and spending “in the area” that casinos excel at.

Happiness is all about money? I have read about plenty of Zen and Buddhism the past couple of years. I’m not happy with the way western influence has damaged my body and my mind. Thoughts still creep in my mind that buying something or taking a costly vacation somewhere will make me happy. I want to live simpler and yet enjoy where I work, the dream.

I have observed that in the past, when I get a job I go out more and buy more things. And I see other people spend like drunken sailors. People find ways to treat their paycheck away and then realize bills are due after their big nights out.

I see how Buddhist monks and even the Amish are happy, living simply and sustainable. I also understand the reality of living in the United States in the 21st century. I have to succumb to some sparing technology. I spend a lot of time trying to decide what “future” technology I will accept. For the most part, I see what industries that are closing because of what can be read online, downloaded or uploaded. I understand I need to be a factory and not a warehouse to live life.

Also, I’ve spent the past couple of years going thru old boxes of shit to see what made me happy back then. I did buy a lot of crap with some job. I also accumulated a lot of boxes of free stuff. Whenever there’s something people are getting rid of, if I can use it “someday” I’ll take it. I’ve noticed I’ve been a box hoarder.

It’s not as bad as the clips I’ve seen on the hoarder shows, but everything was in boxes. It’s too much for me, 1 person to have. I got that from my mother and I fight it every week, not to buy anything. I’m on a Brewster’s millions spending plan. And it includes limiting getting stuff for free.

There are things that I see that will make me happy that I don’t have the money to do. I want to hang out with co workers for a few happy hour beers. I want to go for a walk late at night without a coat or fear for my safety. I want to take my weekend trips and I have my plan on how I can incorporate that, with a trade down the line.

Good food makes me happy. I have learned to cook and enjoy my bulk food in my unemployment. I spend more time with my cat that I love. She’s very old now. This is her retirement. I hope she can be with me after I’ve saved and can leave this place. It’s a trap to compare yourself to others. It think it’s also bad to belittle or gloat those “below” you. I know where I was at my best, I try week after week to get myself at least back to that place, regardless of how long I see it taking now. I have no other direction to go.

There are ways I’ve been happier than I have in years. It’s different. I feel for the Tibetans. They’re happy, but they get taken advantage of and I worry something socioeconomic is happening to me the same way. I want to be happy where I am now, but I also want to make money again. It’s conflicting. It’s an argument for materialism and the joneses I’m not happy with. I want to be self-sufficient the way I was a few years ago, money in my pocket. Not describing money as what I have “to my name.”

Writing makes me happy. I can revisit places I’m not finished with. I can laugh with people on our adventures that have gone on without me. As I pare down my possessions, I pull memories triggered from them to hopefully support my ambition as a writer and yet pack another box for Savers.

2012/02/28 Posted by | Single malts | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment