Archive for December, 2014

MBTI: Ebenezer Scrooge- ISTJ

Posted in MBTI Guardians, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , on 12/25/2014 by Taylor Holt


It really would take the ghosts of past, present, and future to change the stubborn mind of an ISTJ. About as surprising Thorin, Dredd, or most other ISTJs, that’s really the only way they would have it; direct, solitary, and honest to the point of being rude.

Scrooge’s placement in literature is not too dissimilar to the reputation ISTJs can have among circles in MBTI. His penny-pinching and misery are legendary and if you’re not in the spirit, you’re either compared to him or the Grinch. But while the Grinch was so over the top in his attitude, Scrooge represents the everyday evils of only caring about your own routine…even when you don’t like it yourself. Continue reading

MBTI: The ENTP and ISTP Team-Up

Posted in MBTI Artisans, MBTI Rationals, MBTI Stuff, MBTI Whatever with tags , , on 12/25/2014 by Taylor Holt


There are a lot of interesting dynamics in Type interactions and certain writers tend to go for certain pairings. As previously written, INTJ and ESFP together seem to be a pretty explosive combination that can garner a lot of attention when done well.

Another duo that can make for an interesting story is the ENTP and ISTP. While the two appear to be nothing alike, their preferences can make for plotting that’s equal parts brains and action. Continue reading

MBTI: Deadpool- ENTP

Posted in MBTI Rationals, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , on 12/23/2014 by Taylor Holt


“Frankly, if I’d known Deadpool was such a creep when I agreed to write the mini-series, I wouldn’t have done it. Someone who hasn’t paid for their crimes presents a problem for me.”

-Mark Waid, Deadpool writer, 1994.

One of Marvel’s most popular characters in the past several years, there’s always a bit of debate about his type; Sensing over Intuition? Feeling over Thinking? This debate will finally be put to rest! Not really, but you know what I mean, right? I’m laying out my argument and any detractors may do just that at will. Detract away!

Deadpool refuses to be in the same category as either the goody-two-shoes hero nor the cold-hearted, murderous villain. His days of “mercenarying” are ever present yet he usually ends up trying to do the right thing if he has to make a moral decision at all, fitting an ENTP trait of amorality with shades of positivity. Continue reading

How I Learned to [Not] Love the Adaption

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , on 12/20/2014 by Taylor Holt


Written by Bryce Waller with additions by Taylor

Opinions. We all have them, they are all awesome, and everyone loves to hear them all the time. I have listened to many about why a certain film was good and why I should enjoy it as well. This happens from time to time. A movie comes out, based on a book, an older movie, a TV show, whatever. And when the viewers of that movie enjoyed it, I’m surrounded by happy-go-lucky Who-villians that don’t mind telling me why I’m being such a Grinch.

What recent film in particular would I be speaking of, you ask? The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, of course. We get a bad reputation, us fans of the original work that have a hard time giving up so many aspects of what made the source material so great. And while I can look past a lot, there comes a time for any nerd to stand up and say “I DON’T HAVE TO ENJOY THIS!” Not in the actual theater of course.

Nor do I have to enjoy every adaption Hollywood shoves down my throat for that matter! And neither do you. And that’s okay. Here’s why. Continue reading

What The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Got Right

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , , on 12/19/2014 by Taylor Holt


Spoilers Ahead!

Written by Bryce Waller

As I sit here listening/crying to Howard Shore’s score for The Fellowship of the Ring, the film that started it all for me, I cannot help but sit here and wonder where we went wrong. And by “we” I mean Peter Jackson.

No, we are not the same person – he has a much bigger belly and a cooler accent, but I believed for years now that we were kindred spirits. Kindred spirits in the same way that Turin and Beleg Strongbow appear to be in the pages of Children of Hurin. I being Turin, obviously, with my sword skills and anger issues when someone cuts me off in traffic, and PJ (only I can call him that) clearly being the Sindarin elf who teams up with me/Turin to rid the world of Morgoth’s evil and Hollywood of crappy fantasy films.

But I was betrayed by PJ. My love has grown weary and can no longer accept these films that he is making. I mean, come on dude- three friggin’ movies for a book with 300 pages (Give or take a few pages of genealogies or appendixes)?!?

We had a chance to be great here, PJ. YOU blew it! But to pretend nothing came from this new trilogy of films would be kidding myself. As a purist of the Middle-Earth universe, and as disappointed as I am with The Hobbit films, it’d be a shame to only acknowledge the ways Mr. Jackson has strayed. Continue reading


Posted in MBTI Rationals, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , , , on 12/18/2014 by Taylor Holt


Though there are more powerful enemies in Tolkien’s middle-earth, there aren’t as many that are as powerful and evil. Summing him up, Smaug is a guy of simple tastes. But considering the atrocities he commits for a new home and treasure he isn’t going to spend, his taste requires a lot of destruction and murder.

While the INTJ you know isn’t going to be pure evil, the negative side of one may invoke a sort of cynical lethargy. Or lethargic cynicism, your choice. Refusing to contribute past some scathingly incisive negativity, the darker side of an INTJ can be one that the few who experience it are left with a permanently bad taste in their mouth.

Again, they’re not all like this. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 12/16/2014 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, and Benedict Cumberbatch

Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images, 144 minutes, Fantasy/Action/Adventure

Compare to: Thor: The Dark World (2013), Dracula Untold (2014)

The third and final installment of The Hobbit trilogy, it’s a bit tough to leave out the adaption changes certain Hobbit/LOTR fans have put in my mind. While many adaptions tend to leave out details that are important to the written story, The Hobbit trilogy has opted to add in many original subplots to the tale.

That being said, adaption changes aren’t relevant to the quality of a movie but based on fan preference and any movie should be judged as it’s own work if the story itself allows it. And with Five Armies being the third in a trilogy, how does it stack up to the first two? Continue reading

MBTI: Thorin Oakenshield- ISTJ

Posted in MBTI Guardians, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , on 12/16/2014 by Taylor Holt


When you think hardheaded, what type comes to mind? Probably a TJ types. While Fi users can be stubborn (as any type can be, really), it’s the strong Te users that shove everybody else out of the way just so they can see why everyone was standing there in the first place. Thorin is that guy.

While a word like “tradition” gets thrown around a lot with ISTJs, anyone that knows them has to wonder if it’s really all about upholding the past for them or is it really just about them getting their own way. Thorin is that guy. Continue reading


Posted in MBTI Idealists, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , on 12/15/2014 by Taylor Holt


Of all the great characters in The Lord of the Rings, few are female and even fewer have a bigger part than to just look graceful and occasionally show of their power. Éowyn herself is a character that keeps being told where she should be and how she should act but like an ENFJ, refuses to do what they’re told- for the sake of humanity!

INFPs and INFJs seem to take care of the NF stereotype by carrying a great burden while the Extroverted NFs don’t seem to mind giving their lives as part of a vision to help humanity. ENFPs take pride in their spontaneity but ENFJs have Ni as their auxiliary function so ‘long-range’ is more their style. Éowyn takes most of her story to know where she really wants to be, but does some awesome things along the way to figure that out. Continue reading

Movie Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 12/12/2014 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, María Valverde, John Turturro, Ben Kingsley

Rated PG-13 for violence including battle sequences and intense images, 150 minutes, Adventure/Drama

Compare to: Gladiator (2000), Noah (2014)

When Ridley Scott does a film, it’s pretty much unavoidable that it’s going to be compared to one of the greatest sword-and-sandal films of all time, Gladiator. And while most films have fallen short of that arena, Exodus does what it can to give us some memorable moments by way of some performances and mostly by some amazing special effects properly set in place.

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