I’m back in Podcast Form !

After a long hiatus, I’m now back on the air and with the Pants Pending podcast Studios.

Amanda King co-hosts this episode where we discuss kids walking in at inappropriate times, terrible kid concerts, a return of Nearly News and more things you should expect if you ever go viral for the World to see. As always, this podcast is PG-13, so its safe for your older kids and pets.

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Has It Really Come To This?

This is Barren Trump. The child of Donald Trump. This child has recently come under attack by people who have never met him and, from what I can tell, sold their soul for a keyboard and Internet connection.

You can make fun of Trump. You can make fun of Obama. These are adults and like all adults, should be able to take it, but once you start insulting and hating a 10 year old child, you are, in no uncertain terms, a person with no values, common sense or social skills.
You are, in my world, an Un-person. A person who exists, but in a world I don’t care or what any part of.
You’re not being funny. You’re not being edgy. You’re not being the cool person going against the grain.
I’ve seen the horrific things people say about my daughter, who have never even met her. They insult her with brutal statements, only to quickly delete any posts, like a coward, when confronted by me or someone who has to remind them that she is an actual person with feelings.
My daughter is one of the strongest people I know, because she takes a lot of crap from strangers because of me. It’s MY fault we went viral, yet she takes the brunt of the crude, savage attacks by people calling her “slut” or “attention hog”.
She takes those attacks and I’ve seen the effects on her.
Most every single person I’ve messaged and explained to them about who we are, back down, delete posts or say “sorry”, which is the only reason I still do the stupid things I do.
A good 98% of the people who see our posts, get it.
They see the fun we have. They understand and have the common sense and wisdom to see that we’re just a family having fun.
If at any point it became dangerous for her, I’d shut it all down in a heartbeat. Know that.
Having followers isn’t as important as the safety of your family.
This is what I’ve fought since June. This type of insulting by keyboard trolls. The feeling of anonymity when you’re behind a computer. How you can look at someone on a screen and not realize they are an actual person.
I’ve never said anything on the internet I wouldn’t say to someones face, yet a lot of people feel they are “allowed”. That they have a right to be mean. And they do. It’s their right to type what they want.
 
But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
 
This is no different than the people who feel its ok to insult my daughter. The people insulting this child just for being in a certain family, I’m sure have never met him and would never speak to him like that to his face.
And if they actually did, well, my first statement stands.
You’re a person with no values, common sense or social skills. If that’s the way you want to live though, have at. Just don’t expect the rest of us to accept you as a normal human being.
If you dislike Trump, fine. Insult away. He’s an adult.
When you insult a child though, for just being a child?
 
It’s time to take a look at yourself and say, “Yeah, I COULD type that, but SHOULD I? Maybe I should just scroll on past and insult that chubby dad who dresses like his daughter. He’s an adult and can probably take it.”
 
#fightthegoodfight #selfiedad

 

 

Why Would You Post That?

Some of you may have seen a post I recently did from my instgram account with a “parent rant”, but then i deleted it soon after.
Now some have asked why.
Early this morning i was checking some comments on some photos/ videos i have posted. On one video that is my daughter singing, a rude comment was left.
I emailed this person, but not before i took a screenshot of their profile and their comment, then posted it under “parent rant” where i explained how there are REAL people behind each and every profile and photo.
Being mean or rude as you anonymously hide behind a computer isn’t right and it isn’t, shouldn’t, be normal.
I emailed this person about what they had done and the impact it could have.
He immediately emailed me back, explaining he was sorry and was having a rough week. Afterwards, we had a nice talk.
As soon as he understood there was a real person behind those photos, his attitude changed.
I deleted the screenshot because I thought it was unfair to this person to face any Internet mob, since they apologized and understood.
I won’t sit here and preach that I’ve never done it, but all this selfie thing has shown me, (especially reading the comment section in a Chewbacca Mom post. Geez, people. She laughed. Why so serious? ) that we need to understand, saying a personal video or photo someone posted of themselves, “sucks”, or “I’m just giving negative feedback so you know” or “this person can’t sing” or “your art needs a lot of work”, JUST KNOW, that “this person” may have posted it.
That “this person ” you’re talking about like they arent in the room, may be reading those comments.
That by posting something negative on THEIR creation, IT WILL BE READ.
It will be also be felt.
I also noticed earlier this week, a female friend posted a video and underneath, men were posting statements like “show me more”. ” show me your legs”.
Why is this ok? Why aren’t more people telling these cavemen that this is 2017 now?
We’re almost getting our own flying cars and people are going to land on Mars soon.
This strange way some people have of seperating real people and considering them almost like a character from a tv show, while also thinking there’s no problem posting obscene statements, needs to stop.
It’s not just people who may have some type of mental problems. It can be any person at any time.
Robots aren’t posting things out of the blue. REAL people are.
Real people with personal feelings and emotions.
(And those people are a HECK of a lot braver than others. I mean, who’s braver? Someone who creates something personal and posts it for the world to see or someone sitting in front of a computer screen all day, posting how bad they think it is?)
I’m not saying everyone needs to run around and start posting positive things all the time. You don’t have to be the one and only Smiling Internet Guru of Positivity.
Just know, you don’t have to post ANYTHING either.
There’s no law that says people are interested in everything you say.
I’ve looked. Trust me.
It’s very easy to see something, not like it and just keep on walking by.
Be it art, a photo or video. If it’s something positive someone has created, why tear it down?
It doesn’t work towards making you a better person or even making you feel better.
I know. I’ve been there too. Don’t fool yourself. People won’t think your cooler or smarter by “going against the grain” and being that one person who “bravely” says how something personal from you, isn’t good.
People hate that guy. They really do.
In this day of terrible role models who feel its ok to “grab women” or make fun of disabled people, we need to fight harder and more fiercely against these feelings and these types of people.
I’ve seen people made fun of for “white knighting” others.
WHEN DID THIS BECOME A BAD THING?
We can’t be drug down into their level of “club them and drag them by the hair” mentality.
If you see something, say something.
Fight the good fight.
#socialskillsmatter

The Tick Is Back, But Is It Good?

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I have always been a fan of The Tick. I’ve always loved the Superhero that wasn’t perfect.

Not flawed like, “My parents are dead” flawed, but just fun flawed. Like Mystery Men or Superior Foes of Spider Man.

Before you start screaming “REBOOT!! MY CHILDHOOD!!”, well, shut up and let me finish.

First off, Ben Edlund, the creator, is hands on for this new version. Even Patrick (The Original Tick) Warburton is on as a producer.

Now, I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to like this at all. I loved the original version, though short lived. It was world I would have loved to live in. It was also responsible for one of the greatest superheroes of all time, Batmanual, played beautifully by Nestor Carbonell, who’s only weakness was “soccer moms”.

I will admit though that the older version was built to be cancelled. It was slow in spots, partly meant only for true comic geeks and at times, felt like it was trying too hard, or actually, not hard enough.

Now that’s not a bad thing. Patrick Warburton was spot on perfect and the series itself had some absolute great episodes, but like I said, there was no way it was going to play to a giant audience like Seinfeld or Friends. As an example, my wife, who is not a comic reader,  loved it, but wouldn’t go out of her way to watch it. So neither would other “norms”.

Though we’re in a different age now. An age where Netflix can release an entire season of Daredevil to a paying audience. Where Paramount can release a Pay For Channel and launch it with a new Star Trek series. Also, let’s face it, it’s a great time to be a nerd with shows like Flash, Agents of Shield, Arrow, Supergirl and more. Not to mention Marvels Civil War and Suicide Squad taking all your summer money.

So Amazon Prime is trying out the tight spandex one more time as a new actor squeezes into the big blue bug suit.

Peter Serafinowicz is the new Tick and you probably don’t know who that is. Look, I don’t blame you. It’s a tough name to remember, but what if I quoted two lines from two different movies he’s been in, I bet you’d know immediately who I was talking about.

  1. It’s four in the f###ing morning!”
  2.  “What a bunch of A-holes

Yep, THAT guy. Shaun of the Dead’s roommate and also part of the Nova Corp.

It’s hard to like the guy considering the characters he’s played,  but here he does a good job and well, grows on you.

My only two real complaints about him is, it’s hard to look the part after Warburton nailed it, what with his square jaw and deadpan voice. Though he doesn’t look exactly like Warburton did, it feels like I’m pairing Keaton and Kilmer for the same roll. Peter Serafinowicz does an excellent job and his voice will definitely start to sound “Tick-Like”.

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The other is the suit. It’s too bumpy and almost looks alien. It’s obviously an Executive decision to make it look “busy”, much like the yellow hose from nowhere hooked to the Ghostbusters belt in the first movie. No real explanation, just make it look busy for the camera.

Where the original version was slow or deadpan, this new one suffers from “movie update”. Remember when Star Trek the Next Generation went to film and the bridge looked darker? Or how about the X-Men gear in the first movie? No yellow spandex there.

Also, the show is indeed updated for an older audience. There’s a couple of curse words and adult themes, like Arthur’s mental state. Without spoiling anything, there’s a reason Arthur wants to be a superhero and it’s a pretty gruesome story. In fact, it deals with another superhero group and ” weaponized syphilis”. Now, Arthur takes medicine and suffers from an eye twitch. He still tries to be a superhero, but in a Casey Jones without his bats kind of way.

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While the dialogue is fun, there are some some jokes that fall flat and some lulls in the plot, but never, ever judge a show by its plot.

Like I said, I didn’t want to like this show. I didn’t like the fact Tick would be darker and so different, but in the end, I was enjoying it.

So after all that, I will admit, I’m in.

I can’t wait to see what else Edlund and Serafinowicz have to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suicide Squad – Is It Worth It (spoiler free)

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I’m going to save you a lot of reading.

I’ve been told I “push my optimism” on people. I prefer to like a movie going in. I don’t like being one of those people who sit there in the chair like a millionaire at a strip club telling the screen, “Impress me”.

I would rather go in thinking I’ll be entertained. While I believe most movies are made for the money, I mean, let’s face it, that’s what Hollywood runs on, I also believe a lot of people really try to make the best thing they can, so why dump on something you haven’t seen yet? It makes absolute no sense.

That said, let’s get into it.

Suicide Squad is basically the bad guys rescue the World, being the good guys, but of course, staying bad.

First, the Cons.

Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Diablo, Sorceress, Katana, Killer Croc and Slipknot, are all called in to save the World. Now, if you haven’t heard of any of those bad guys, you’re out of luck.

They try to introduce them well enough, but you better be a comic geek to catch everything they throw at you. If you want to see a good character intro that catches you up fast, look at the movie “Rundown” with The Rock. I mean, I read comics and I still don’t think I fully understand The Sorceress. Things are thrown at you with breakneck speed. From the credits, to the intros, to the scenes. In fact, at some points, the timing seems to feel like The Dark Knight Rises. You feel like you missed a scene or two.

The villain in the movie is pretty much a throw away. Instead of coming out strong with someone established like Avengers did with Loki or Ultron, DC plays it safe and gives you someone you don’t understand and don’t really care about.

The soundtrack is fun, but feels like its a “best of” cd you mixed together for a friend.

And Leto. I didn’t hate his Joker, but let’s face it. When Ledger came onto the screen, he owned the scene. You felt his presence even when he was quiet. Leto does a good job in certain scenes, where he does actually feel like he’s the Joker from the comics, but other times, if he’s on the screen too long, it feels like he’s acting. Like he’s stretching a joke that was already too thin.

My last complaint would be the enemy again. There’s just really no true plot. It’s like being dropped into the middle of a video game and has about the same heart. The countless, faceless drones our anti-heroes have to fight through are less interesting than a group of stormtroopers.

Now, let’s look at the Pros.

Yes, Robbie kills it. There’s some great moments there. Some really touching ones also, which surprised me, but there’s no doubt, she’s the savior of this movie. Smith does his best per usual and it’s nice to see him being Will Smith and not the drone from After Earth.

One thing I think that will be fun is seeing who people end up liking after seeing the movie. While I wanted to like Harley, I came out liking Captain Boomerang more. There’s something for everyone and a character for everyone.

Kids will enjoy the movie because the plot is as easy to follow as a line of candy on the ground to a witch’s house. There’s plenty of throw away lines to quote and enough to keep people entertained. It’s the opposite of Batman v Superman, where too much plot was thrown in. Here, it seems like not enough, but let’s face it, this is Cannonball Run, not Ocean’s 11.

So all in all, is it worth seeing? Yes. I think its a fun summer time, shoot ’em up. Just make sure you like DC and it’s universe. This isn’t Iron Man, whereas I could have taken my dad, who knows nothing of comics.

It’s not a perfect movie by any means, but at least it looks like DC is slowly getting a handle on fixing their universe.

Here’s hoping Wonder Woman steps it up even further.

This movie is for the geeks who know, at least enough to answer their friends’ questions after the movie.

 

How To Unite The Ghostbusters Universe In 1 Easy Lesson

The following contains spoilers from the Ghostbusters 2016 version.

 

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I won’t begin to get into the love/hate  relationship some have with the new movie. I personally loved it, but one of the main complaints was that the original cast wasn’t plying their characters.

Well, I’m here to say, what if they were?

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In the latest movie, in an after credits scene, Penny is listening to a reel to reel recording when she stops and asks her colleagues, “Who’s Zuul?”

From Ghostusters Wiki :(Zuul was a minion of Gozer ) An obscure deity, Gozer the Destructor’s earliest known appearance was in Mesopotamia around 6000 BC and was worshiped by both the Hittites and Mesopotamians. It rose to prominence in Sumeria thousands of years later. During that time, various cults arose to worship it and in a short time, developed their own hierarchy and system of ritual magic. By the 4th millennium B.C. the Gozer Worshipers, or “Gozerians” consisted of a large Sumerian sub-culture and was engaged in a long, protracted war with the followers of Tiamat. Eventually Gozer and its followers were defeated and Tiamat banished Gozer from this world.

I want you to pay particular attention to that last sentence. “From this World”.

Now WHAT IF…

(the following is merely a guess and an idea to bring together both Ghostbusters franchises while not having to change a single thing.)

So lets toss this out.

You’re a God. You’ve been worshiped by thousands. You were famous. A God.

Now you were just destroyed by four blue collar workers? Humans? Who used to worship you?

Needless to say, you’d be a little upset.

Since it was never shown that Gozer was actually destroyed, since the “door swings both ways” then there’s no reason to suspect Zuul was destroyed either. Both could have simply been “pushed” out of our realm.

Now that said, if this were true, you’re sitting around in another dimension. Fuming, defeated and humiliated.

So you hatch a plan. Get back at the World that defeated you. You’re GOZAR for crying out loud! No one does that to you!

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So what do you do?

You humiliate them right back.

So you go back in time. Easily enough for a Demi God.

You find the four men responsible and ruin them. You go back through different dimensions and the past and find a way to stop them first.

  1. Spengler: has since passed away, so we can never truly know his past, but we can still consider him a famous professor hence the bust in the hallway.
  2. Stanz: Make him a simple taxi cab driver. Take away his past as a scientist.
  3. Venkman: Make him an actual debunker of the supernatural. The field he used to defeat you.
  4. Zeddemore: Without the Ghostbusters franchise, he never joined.

This would explain several things.

  1. Why the World doesn’t remember the first battle.
  2. Why a simple cab driver would know what a Class 5 is.
  3. Why Penny’s “Uncle” would just happen to deal with the dead.
  4. Why the logo was still in some peoples minds.
  5. Why Janine was still answering phones? (Maybe a cruel idea from Zuul?)

So where’s Tully, you ask, scoffing at what I’ve listed so far.

Well, quit simply, he was not allowed to live because he was mostly responsible for the defeat by not finding the Gate Keeper fast enough.

So know you’ll say, Burr, their names were different.

Yes, yes they were. To conceal what happened even more. Who’s to say they were even from the same parents anymore? Who knows what Gozar screwed with? Or who’s to say Gozar did it?

Here’s another WHAT IF….

What if Zull was behind it all? Just simply trying to get into good graces with its master once again?

“Look, sir/madam. Look what I did to the puny humans.” – Zuul

So now you have a new team show up. Another four humans interested in eliminating the supernatural.

Unbelievable. Won’t these humans ever die?

So now, Zuul comes back…..

Enter sequel.

With this idea, nothing has to change. A simple throw away line from the Demi God about screwing with timelines is all fans would need to feel the movies are linked.

Much like Star Trek did with its Kelvin timeline. Everything is new, but we can still remember the old and assume, it actually happened.

Just let it sink in.

And then, answer the call,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batman – The Killing Joke review

We need to talk.

About you.

About me.

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I’m old. I watched Star Wars at a Drive Inn and I watched the old Batman series on a black and white television in a tack room while my parents trained horses.

I tell you this because I think there’s a divide, a difference, in how I see Batman and how others, younger than me, see Batman.

Now, I’ll warn you now, there’s minor spoilers, but the book has been out for over a decade, so if you haven’t read it by now, well….

I had heard many things about the new Killing Joke movie. At first, I was excited to see it. It was an absolute game changer when it came out. Much like Dark Knight Returns, it was an “adult” book. It pushed Joker to the absolute edge. You finally got see how evil real evil could be.

I won’t go into too much detail on the story, because if you’re here, you know the story.

In fastest terms possible, Batman tries to stop the Joker from either getting killed by him or Joker killing Batman. Bats finds out he’s escaped and during his freedom, Joker shoots Barbara (Batgirl) Gordon into paralysis and kidnaps her father, trying to get him to go insane, proving all it takes is one bad day to become something else.

Now apparently, studios won’t let you release an hour long animated movie no matter what its based on, so the writers added an extra half hour to the story.

This is the only reason I can tell they did it, because the original story was perfectly fine and the added story is basically like throwing on another full layer of ketchup on a gourmet burger.

I mean, a LOT of ketchup. Like so much, it doesn’t add to the taste, but takes away what could have been a really good burger.

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The added story involves a younger style criminal thinking he can do better than his older Uncle. Barbara tries to take him on and in the end, gets into more trouble.

There’s that Older/Younger theme starting.

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So here comes that added layer of ketchup.

Bruce tells Barbara she’s off the case completely. She screwed it up too much. Now, all during this first half hour, we hear Barbara tell a co-worker how much she’s in love with Batman. Now, hearing she’s not good enough, starts to fight Batman. She ends up landing a couple of good blows, knocking him down. Then, in a moment of passion, pins him down and takes off her shirt, where we the audience are told later, they had sex.

For the last 5 or so minutes, we’re treated ( /endsarcasm) to Barbara calling Batman to apologize and wanting things back to normal. She ends up quitting, handing in her uniform.

Why, we’re never told, since there didn’t need to be a ceremony. She could have just quit, but in this day and age of Facebook, she had to let someone know her reasons.

Again, maybe I’m just older and don’t get it.

Once all that’s over, we finally get into the actual Killing Joke story, which is laid out almost frame by frame.

The ending is just as open as the book. Did Batman kill Joker? Why is he the only one laughing in the end? Why did Batman laugh at all? We also see, in a mid credit scene, Barbara take on the mantle of Oracle, the cyberspace avenger that helped make her a staple of the DC Universe, helping to form the Birds of Prey.

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First, the good news.

If you’re a fan of the comic and skip the first half hour, you’ll no doubt be entertained. There’s some great moments that seem to leap right out off the page.

Mark Hamil and Kevin Conroy do the voices and let’s face it, they’re the only people that should be allowed to do so.

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Both men are famous for doing the voices on the award winning cartoon and they don’t disappoint here. In fact, I was struck in awe with the way Batman was drawn and Conroy’s voice, which is slightly older, so it reminded me of an older, more distinguished Batman.

The other talent comes off great as well. Not once did it feel like someone couldn’t act or a voice didn’t fit a certain characters’ features.

Now the bad.

The animation felt uneven. There were times when characters moved smooth and other times felt jerky. There were also other times where it seemed they changed the way characters were drawn, I can only assume for effect, but when the effect comes, it makes you wish for either one or the other.

Here’s an example.

In the first photo, Joker has just shot Barbara. In the next photo, Joker has “changed” from the red hood to Joker, smiling for the camera.

Again, effect, but I’d clearly prefer the latter throughout the film, as now, the previous feels weak and lazy.

I also feel Batman was drawn rather strangely. His body looked weird to me.

Now, that sex scene.

Remember earlier when I told you I’m old?

Well, this is how I was introduced to Batman and Batgirl. Barbara was always the independent woman who decided to fight crime. She looked to Batman as a mentor, but also an equal of sorts.

They were never, and I can’t stress this enough, lovers.

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The scene, which is only about 30 seconds long including the fight to floor move, feels not only inserted for controversial sake, but to also……..

No, no that’s it. Just to be controversial.

It not only takes Barbara from student, but takes her “to 13 year old temper tantrum spouting, spoiled little girl who is mad she didn’t get a good grade.”

It absolutely ruins the film so much, it’s all I could think about for the rest of the time. Maybe that’s the intent. So controversial, you’ll never forget it.

Coming soon to a bumper sticker: Killing Joke. Never Forget

The film takes Barbara, who in the Killing Joke book, had a decent, respectable history as Batgirl, but has decided to hang it up for a while.

In the movie, we not only see what feels like a creepy teacher/student sex scene, but a weak willed girl who falls in love with her mentor. It not only cheapens the history of Batgirl, but takes away almost all of her strong, independent personality.

Sucker Punch did more for women than this movie did for Batgirl.

And let’s not forget Batman. He not only has sex with her in her lowest moment, he takes advantage of his student and worst of all, Jim Gordons trust.

Batman has a history with Gordon that goes back years. He knew Barbara when she was a baby and this is how he treats his best friend?

It was so completely out of character, I thought someone spliced in some fan fiction and had me checking the title again.

Batman, the “father” of the Bat Family, has sex with Batgirl.

I’m actually surprised, and yet not surprised knowing Hollywood, that the scene was allowed.

Now, again, remember when I told you about me being old? I’ve noticed younger audiences don’t seem to mind the scene, while some even blow it off. (No pun intended) #lowblow

Perhaps they haven’t grown up with the Batman I knew or maybe it really ISN’T a big deal to them. I guess that choice is up to you.

As for the movie, I give the last hour a 4 out 5 (wish they would’ve spent more money on the animation) but overall, I’d give it a 2 out 5.

I guess when it comes down to it, it’s just like Batman v Superman.

Its not terrible, it just could have been a whole lot better. I have to ask though, how many swings are we going to let DC have until we ask for a new batter?

Oh well, Suicide Squad opens soon and Wonder Wonder Woman doesn’t look too bad.