Archive for June, 2014

The Way of The Bay

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 06/30/2014 by Taylor Holt


Every director has their own style. Their own special trademark they put into every film they make. For some, it may be similar themes of obsession, fears, and identity that permeate every film. For other directors, stylization may be it’s own type of story telling that allows us to become completely immersed in the bizarre world set in front of us to accept whatever crazy concepts come flying at us in that two hour reality.

But Michael Bay is just like (And I quote) “F*#^ that! CHECK OUT THIS CAR! I’MA BLOW IT UP, VROOM VROOM BOOM! Haw haw!” Or at least that’s what I get from his three hour robot extravaganzas. Here are recurring motifs of each Transformers movie (As if I needed to point them out). Continue reading

ZRE Podcast #21- Transformers: Age of Extinction

Posted in Podcasts, Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 06/27/2014 by Taylor Holt
Viewers trying to make sense of the plot.

Viewers trying to make sense of the plot.

Spoilers ahead!

Transformers is out and you really aren’t going to be surprised by this one way or the other.

In any case, I just can’t bring myself to hate Michael Bay no matter how often he casts supermodel women, shoves an ad in your face every other shot OR spins the camera around dramatically to have the sun hit you in the eyes for the billionth time. Sorry, I just can’t hate the guy. Continue reading

Movie Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 06/27/2014 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver, and Peter Weller, Frank Welker, John Goodman, Ken Wantanabe

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo, Running time 165 minutes, Action/Adventure/Sci-fi

Compare to: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Pacific Rim (2013)

When you people to watch your movie, you need The Rock. If The Rock seems too distracting as a main character, then you need Mark Wahlberg. Giant robots that fight each other for universal supremacy aren’t bad either.

Will it make you money? Yes. Will it make your movie good? Not necessarily. But that doesn’t mean you’re wasting your time. That is, if you know what you’re getting into in the first place. Continue reading

MBTI: The Solemn Hero, ISFP

Posted in MBTI Artisans, MBTI Stuff, MBTI Whatever with tags , , , , , on 06/26/2014 by Taylor Holt

It’s been a while since we’ve done a post on our resident MBTI hippies, the ISFP. Not that they’re all hippies in actuality but you can’t blame a brother for stereotyping. Or can you…?

It seems whenever an ISFP is your go-to hero when it comes to quietly protecting others, dismembering enemies (if they have to) and saving the day. Don’t believe me? Well then you’re an idiot!-I mean, uh, then keep reading. Continue reading

Eli Wallach, 98, Passed Away

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 06/25/2014 by Taylor Holt


For the last few years, the man credited as “The Oldest Living Actor” Eli Wallach, born December 7, 1915, died today of natural causes. He’s most notable for his roles in films such as The Magnificent Seven, and The Godfather: Part III as well as one other that hardly even needs to be said.

For me and many others, he’s always held a distinct place in cinematic history due to his role as Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez or rather “The Ugly” in Sergio Leone’s 1966 Spaghetti Western, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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MBTI: Can Caesar Be Typed?

Posted in MBTI Stuff, MBTI Whatever with tags , , , on 06/25/2014 by Taylor Holt


*Updated 8/11/2015- Scroll to the bottom!*

If you’re anything like me, 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was unexpectedly pretty friggin’ good. I was expecting to see a mess of a film created to cash in on an old property but was pleasantly surprised. It has it’s share of issues sure, but overall I think we got more than we expected.

I know you’ve normally come to expect nothing but literary gold from me so I want to keep that tradition alive- Can this fictional ape be given a personality from a system many say doesn’t even work? Let’s find out. Continue reading

When the Character is You

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 06/24/2014 by Taylor Holt


We all relate to certain characters in the fiction we like. Heck, it’s part of why we like it. Sometimes it’s as simple as empathizing with a character’s problems or seeing ourselves as the struggling anti-hero we’re watching onscreen.

But then there are the times when the character actually is us. It goes beyond just having things and common and maybe you don’t even like this character- but it’s you, or us rather, as the audience. Continue reading

James Marsden: Hollywood’s Sloppy Seconds

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , , , , on 06/20/2014 by Taylor Holt


There is such a thing as typecasting. We know this. An actor or actress becomes well known for a certain role and not even casting directors can see past that character even though it’s their friggin’ job.

Sometimes the actor does this to themselves, other times, if they want to work in “the biz” (That’s what I call it), they take what they’re offered. And actor James Marsden has evidently become known for being the other guy the girl doesn’t want. She might think she does at first…but she doesn’t.

And he’s a master at it.

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MBTI: Marty Hart and Rust Cohle- ESTJ and ISTP

Posted in MBTI Artisans, MBTI Guardians, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , , , on 06/20/2014 by Taylor Holt


As common as ESTJs and ISTPs are in fiction, it’s rare that they’re written as well as they have been on HBO’s True Detective.

Though combative and depressing, detectives Marty and Rust are two characters that see the job through to the end, much like their respective types. If they don’t kill each other first, of course. Continue reading

MBTI: Kenny Powers- ESFP

Posted in MBTI Artisans, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , , on 06/18/2014 by Taylor Holt


There have been a lot of greedy villains over the years in fiction but none so vapidly drawn toward the materialistic side of life more than Kenny Powers. A hero in his own mind, most of Eastbound & Down consists of Powers having to just calm down than actually change his self-centered ways.

When you take the worst parts of an ESFP, you’ve got Kenny. Continue reading