Archive for the Whatever Category

GOING THE DISTANCE: How Sylvester Stallone created a film Icon and why he still matters

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , on 11/25/2015 by Taylor Holt

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Written by Jacob Ethan Sapp!

When Rocky hit the scene in 1976, it introduced the world to the one of the most iconic characters in the history of cinema, won the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director, and became America’s favorite underdog story. It’s almost crazy to think about how well received the original film was nearly 40 years later.

There were no early warning signs, this movie just struck out of the blue. Produced on a modest budget (by the same team Winkler-Chertoff pairing that produced every subsequent film), and starring a virtually unknown lead actor/Writer in Sylvester Stallone, this film could easily have been overlooked as an amusing, but insignificant character piece in a year otherwise dominated by Scorsese’s seminal masterpiece, Taxi Driver, or the truly terrific, Network. The film didn’t boast cutting edge effects, a big-name composer such as John Williams, (who at the time was probably working on a little picture he assumed nobody would ever watch called Star Wars), there were no big action set pieces, or shocking twists. It’s not a glamorous affair, as such Rocky’s success hinged on the old-school fundamentals of great storytelling, genuinely terrific acting, and a steady-handed director. Continue reading

The Ending of The Phantom Pain

Posted in Whatever with tags , on 09/23/2015 by Taylor Holt

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Warning! Spoilers ahead!

I’m trying to quit. I really am. This may be the last post directly related to The Phantom Pain for a while but I’ve got too many thoughts on this game to not go on and on about it here. Especially with that ending. Love it or hate it, can you blame me for my mind working at full capacity to make sense of it all?

Here are some thoughts about some things. Continue reading

How Human is Too Human?

Posted in Whatever with tags , , on 09/22/2015 by Taylor Holt

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After a conversation with Bryce Waller, also known as Blonde Ambition or the Senator, we got to thinking about how far human traits should be lent to characters who are otherwise idols and heroes to us.

Do flaws make the character? Or is it the lack of flaws that make us want to aspire to something greater? With certain fans preferring to have an untouchable legend as their icon, others tend to gravitate more toward the flawed and corporeal aspect. So how human should these characters be? Is there a character rooted similarly to all their fans?

Read more to find out secrets to the universe! Continue reading

Big Boss and the Long Road to Villainy

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 09/18/2015 by Taylor Holt

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Spoilers! If you haven’t beaten Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, don’t read this post!

Originally, I was just going to dissect the ending of TPP, but the more I thought about it, the more I think it could become a different post altogether. What’s just as interesting in my mind and what’s got a lot of fans buzzing about the final (?) Metal Gear game is that, by the end of this game, we don’t get that oh-so-satisfying conclusion that lets us breathe a sigh of relief that says, “Okay, NOW he’s a bad guy.”

But as I sit here listening to this amazing soundtrack, I can tell you that this ending should have been a Big Boss Bad Guy slap to your face. But in a much more subtle sense than how any of us thought it would happen. Continue reading

“No big deal… I’m coming back now… OVER”

Posted in Whatever with tags , on 09/01/2015 by Taylor Holt

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Revival!

Bit of an obscure quote with the title there, but it’ll do. I had to go a slightly different route than the “Kept you waiting, huh?” line even if it is more fitting. These are Solid Snake’s words after beating Metal Gear 2.

I haven’t been posting for a month and within that time I’ve gotten hyped up for the newest (and last…?) Metal Gear Solid. So of course, I’ve written about it too. Below this post is all the stuff I’ve been working on in the time I haven’t posted and directly below are all the Metal Gear-related MBTI stuff I’ve written and then a couple non-MBTI posts as well.

Going to play MGS V The Phantom Pain which I was literally just handed at midnight (Thanks, Bryce!) okay bye now-

Solid Snake- ISTP

The Boss- INFJ

Ocelot- ENTP

Raiden- ISFP

Liquid Snake- ESTP

Solidus Snake- ENTJ

Fortune- INFJ

Otacon/Fatman- INTP

Colonel Volgin- ENTJ

Vamp- ISTP

The Art of Yoji Shinkawa– Exactly what it sounds like. The ink and water color behind the Metal Gear Series.

Clone Cataclysm: Big Boss’ Descent, Snake’s Asecent– This post deals with the main ideological differences of our two main Metal Gear protagonists.

Big Boss and the Long Road to Villainy- A look at what actually makes the former anti-hero an actual villain.

The Metal Gear/Captain America Connection– Strange similarities between Metal Gear Solid and Captain America: The Winter Solider movie.

The Greatest Secret Agents Known to Fiction Surprise, Snake is on this list.

5 Properties that Should NEVER be Movies– A post taking it back to a time when my cropping skills weren’t so…on point.

The Phantom Pain Ending– My initial thoughts on the ending to the (last) MGS installment.

“Mirrored”- An Examination of Venom Snake’s Fate Through Nietzsche

Clone Cataclysm: Big Boss’ Descent, Snake’s Ascent

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , on 09/01/2015 by Taylor Holt

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It’s not often characters are faced with the problem of fighting off their own clone. There are a few characters here and there but it’s even less of a cliche that a major character’s clone/”son” is fighting them on behalf of the original’s own values. There’s a pretty famous scenario that somewhat resembles it but not done in such a modern fashion as it is in the Metal Gear series.

Big Boss and Solid Snake’s relationship may be one of the most complex in entertainment, let alone fiction. And it’s deep enough that to just call it entertainment almost feels like an understatement. There are many great rivalries, but few can compare to the level of simultaneous disdain and attachment opposing characters have for each other. Continue reading

So I was totally right about the Hitman movie.

Posted in Reviews!, Whatever with tags , , on 09/01/2015 by Taylor Holt

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At the time of writing this, I’ve just gotten back from watching Hitman. I said in a previous article (about Hitman) that would not be watching/reviewing the newest Hitman movie. I think I might have lied. Being that I’m not sure what I said, I may or may not have lied.

But whether or not I did, I can tell you for certain that this movie is everything I figured it would be. Not because I’d decided it in my mind before watching it, but because it really was just onscreen trash. Don’t worry, I won’t drag this out, I just need to make myself feel better. Continue reading

Misconception of the Antihero

Posted in Whatever with tags on 09/01/2015 by Taylor Holt

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At one point I took a class on antiheroes. I don’t remember why because I didn’t even go to that school but there I was all the same. Pretty interesting stuff leading me to do my own research and from much of that research came the realization that the majority of modern-day characters referred to as anti-heroes aren’t antiheroes at all.

You think you know. But you have no idea. This is the diary of the antihero. Continue reading

You Should Probably Read STARVE

Posted in Reviews!, Whatever with tags , , , , on 09/01/2015 by Taylor Holt

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Another Image book, Taylor? Really?

Yeah, fool. It’s good. I don’t know what story I’d previously mentioned when I said that you know it’s good when the creators can make you care about something you never thought you’d care about. But let me use that again. I’ve never cared about cooking and I normally read comics for the art and the violence. But Starve is an exception to any “rules” I’ve had before. Continue reading

An Intro to Deadpool

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , on 09/01/2015 by Taylor Holt

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So by now you’ve seen the trailer. And the red band trailer. And chances are- you were into it.

And chances are, you didn’t recognize anybody in it aside from Deadpool and Colossus. Why would they do this? Probably so they can kill characters off that don’t have their own franchise and Deadpool kills a lot of people.

So here’s a quick guide to D-Pooly, his history, allies, and enemies. Sure you could go to Wikipedia, Comic Vine, Marvel Database, or a thousand other sites. But you’re already here, you might as well stay. Continue reading