Archive for October, 2014

Happy Halloween, I Guess

Posted in MBTI Stuff, MBTI Whatever, Whatever with tags , on 10/31/2014 by Taylor Holt


So it’s that time of year again. I generally love Halloween in part because you really don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to and there’s no pressure. Unlike Christmas where the idea of not celebrating means you’re a horrible person.

But after so many years of failed costume contests and smashing pumpkins through people’s windows, I think this year is a year for me to say, “Eh.” I’ve watched Sleep Hollow so many times that it even being brought up this made me shake my head which is also what I did last year when my girlfriend wanted to watch it.

It’s a great movie and maybe Burton’s best, but I’ve just had it up to here with it. Anyway, here are some Halloween-related articles I wrote last year. I’d planned on doing some this year but then I quickly got my fill after a few haunted houses and my favorite Horror Movies.

Evil Dead II and The Frighteners, along with The Omen, Drag Me to Hell, and of course…the end all, be all- The Exorcist. AHHHHH!

Unsung Horror Heroes

Unsung Horror Villains

Watching a Ton fo Horror Movies- May be Depressed (A cry for help)

MBTI: Evil Dead’s Ash and Type Changing (Why we don’t change type)

MBTI: Horror Villains  (A list of typed Horror characters)

MBTI: Hollywood’s Killers

MBTI: Horrorific Heroes (Typing Horror characters that you really can’t type)

MBTI: Sally- INFP     MBTI: Blade- ISTP     MBTI: Ghostbusters     MBTI: Beetlejuice- ESTP

If you want to know what I’ll be watching tonight, check out this clip from Mosquito. It’s about a bunch of mosquitos that happen to draw blood from dead aliens and it makes them huge. Yes, it’s fantastic in every way.

Movie Review: Nightcrawler

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , on 10/31/2014 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton

Rated R for violence including graphic images, and for language, Running time 117 minutes, Drama/Thriller/Crime

Compare to: The Lookout (2007), No Country for Old Men (2007)

It’s great to see actors in their roles that couldn’t get any better for them. While that might be a bad thing, seeing as how people view their best as a stopping point, it shouldn’t be viewed as a bad thing in and of itself. Rosamund Pike’s performance in Gone Girl, Michael Keaton in Birdman, and now Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler.

The creepiness is set up well from the very beginning as Gyllenhaal’s weight loss is clear and he really does look like a different person. Or should I say a skeleton with skin barely covering himself? Continue reading

Movie Review: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 10/30/2014 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Zach Galifianakis,

Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence, Running time 119 minutes, Comedy/Drama

Compare to: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

It’s great to watch a film where you can really tell the actors involved treated this like it was going to represent everything they’ve ever done. Or as though it’s the last movie they’re ever going to do.

While comparisons between leading man Keaton and his onscreen counterpart, Riggan Thomson, are inevitable, one can only hope the comparisons begin and end at the two playing a superhero before superheroes were popular. Because Riggan is a few tools short in his shed. But it seems that’s exactly what Keaton needed to burst from his interesting supporting roles and back into the spotlight. Continue reading

A Beginner’s Guide to Anime

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , , on 10/29/2014 by Taylor Holt


Ever had an interest in anime? No? I’m impressed you made it this far.

But for those of you who have been intrigued by these big eyed, spikey haired cartoons yet have never known where to start, I’m here to help.

You could call me an enthusiast because  I’d be far from a connoisseur which is why this is the perfect article for you. Below are a few top notch shows or films to help you not only get started, but really have an idea of the kind of stories and themes you’ll come across. It’s scary, I know, but we can get through this together. You won’t have to complain about the same rebranded crap Hollywood makes because you’ve got an entirely new medium at your disposal.

There’s only nine listed, as this isn’t meant to be a top ten. Continue reading

MBTI: Type and Intelligence

Posted in MBTI Stuff, MBTI Whatever with tags , , , on 10/28/2014 by Taylor Holt


Some of the biggest questions when it comes to newcomers with MBTI usually begin with “Which type is the most…” and you can fill in the blank from there. Whatever the actual question is, you can probably bet that it depends on the individual person rather than type itself. This seems obvious sure, but people are still inclined to their biases.

Naturally, types all have their own strengths there are exceptions in every aspect of talent and skill. But what about intelligence? Is there a type that’s naturally going to be more gifted intellectually? Continue reading

Movie Review: John Wick

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 10/24/2014 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Keanu Reeves, Micahel Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Dean Winters, Bridget Moynahan, Adrianne Palicki, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, David Patrick Kelly

Rated R for strong and bloody violence throughout, language and brief drug use, Running time 101 minutes, Action/Thriller

Compare to: Drive (2011), The Equalizer (2014)

It’s a great feeling to watch a movie and realize that you’ve liked what you’ve seen so far, the scene you’re watching is great, and that the rest of the film is going to be awesome too. That’s John Wick.

While the plot has been mocked on certain outlets for it’s seemingly basic revenge movie premise, directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski use as strengths what are normally used as crutches in the genre. Continue reading

Movie Review: Dear White People

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 10/23/2014 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Wilson, Teyonah Parris, Kyle Gallner, Brandon P Bell, Dennis Haysbert,

Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use , Running time 100 minutes, Comedy/Drama

While many comedies attempt to satirize topical subjects but tend to lean one way or another that ends up upsetting more one side than another, Dear White People is an example of one that offends onlookers that don’t care to actually watch the movie.

Tackling the issue of race in today’s world is just like everything else- complicated. The film does what it sets out to do and make a point. Though how clear you’ll be by the end might vary. Continue reading

Space and Film- Black Holes

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , , , , , on 10/21/2014 by Taylor Holt

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Written by Bryce Waller

Space is fun. I can’t say that I have ever been there, but I tend to live vicariously through other people. Other people in this instance being, Tom Hanks, William Shatner, and Harrison Ford.

Why is space fun? An endless void of stars, galaxies, and everything else that is out there that I don’t know about. These endless possibilities open up endless opportunities for new movies and new ideas set in space. Shooting on site is a bit difficult, but if you can manage the trip to the space production studio, the space sickness wears off…so I’m told.

In the spirit of all things space, specifically Interstellar’s release date nearing (November 5th) I wanted to discuss a few of the cooler space themes in film. Specifically- black holes.  Continue reading

MBTI: The Types (of Types) of Villains

Posted in MBTI Artisans, MBTI Guardians, MBTI Idealists, MBTI Rationals, MBTI Stuff, MBTI Whatever with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/21/2014 by Taylor Holt


Some Minor Spoilers May Apply!

As much as we love our heroes, as seen in MBTI: The Types (of Types) of Heroes, where we examine the kind of heroes each type are in fiction, the villains are what makes their exploits so intriguing to watch. How can you have a phoenix to rise if he doesn’t burn first? C’mon.

And before you press on, understand that while we may sympathize with many villains, it’s their actions that make them such, regardless of how complex they may be. Continue reading

MBTI: John Constantine- ISTP

Posted in MBTI Artisans, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , , on 10/20/2014 by Taylor Holt


As one of comics’ few characters that ages naturally (kind of), Constantine has had a fickle existence. On at once he can be selfless and make sacrifices to save those he doesn’t know- yet he’s also the biggest dick in comics.

While ISTPs are generally known for their “What you see is what you get” lifestyle, there’s not much about John’s appearance to make you think he isn’t a jerk. Though expectations are meant to be played with, aren’t they? Continue reading