Over the course of 50+ years, Eon Productions has produced twenty-four 007 films. In that time, James Bond has been recast multiple times and in 2006’s Casino Royal, Daniel Craig became the latest in a long string of men to play the iconic role. When he came onto the scene, Bond was portrayed as darker, angrier and far less rapey which. considering he's the good guy, was a welcome change. Sadly, Craig has stated that he’s about ready to move on from the role which means that, once again, we’re getting a brand-spanking new Bond.
Since Election Day’s numbing conclusion, I’ve been left feeling a host of unwanted emotions, and I’m not the only one. For those of us non-straight folk Trump’s promises and inner circle choices are various levels of unsettling. Ben Carson, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mike Pence and Ken Blackwell are not well known for being gay-friendly; in fact, some of them are quite the opposite. And we’re supposed to believe that The Donald has our backs?
It’s been a weird couple of days since I sat glued to the television and watched as Donald Trump inched closer to 270 electoral votes. I’ve known for a very long time that there was rampant bigotry in this country but I didn’t realize that there was enough to elect a terrible human being to the highest office of this land. And now, after the shock, numbness, rage have settled beneath the eerie quiet, I’ve come to realize that is wasn’t just hate that brought us here but an apathy for those who could suffer the most under republican control. And that apathy came from greed, or perhaps more accurately, selfishness.
I’m sure you’ve seen dozens of those Real Men are… or Real Men do… or Real Men like… posts all over social media; those pesky little memes that have the secret to being a Real Man guaranteed to make you not a boy? I hate those things, mostly because the idea of Real Man is stupid, sexist and dangerous.
I’ve always had an infatuation with kings and queens and the scandals that often surrounded their courts. My favorite rulers to study and just plain obsess over has always been the sovereigns who ruled over what is now called the United Kingdom, though I admit I don’t know nearly as much as I should about the House of Windsor. With the premiere (and following binge) if the new Netflix show, The Crown, that’s begun to change.
Daniel Tepfer recently wrote about a teacher who did very bad things to a student in the name of her disgusting desires. When I saw his piece on CTPost.com, I was most bothered by the incredibly dangerous headline when it played down the seriousness of the crime by using “sex” instead of “abuse” or “rape” to describe it. Sadly, I want all that surprised as Mr. Tepfer isn’t the only person out there under the delusion that boys can, and are, raped and that just because the villain of the piece is a woman doesn’t mean that rape is any less wrong, painful or traumatizing. The victim was forced to perform these acts against his will yet based on various headlines about this and many other cases, it must be okay for a twelve year old boy to be used like a sex toy.
For those of you familiar with my BroTalk series, this one is gonna feel a bit different as I’m in a bit of a pissy mood and ready to place some well-deserved blame. Some might be offended and for that I’m not sorry. What follows is an honest breakdown of one of the major issues boys and men of the non-straight persuasion face even in a free country where everyone is constitutionally born equal.
Recently, Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) responded to questions about his characters sexuality where he said Will’s sexuality is “beyond the point” and while I agree with his sentiment, it also reinforces the very true fact that there are very few kids on television of the non-straight variety. Even Mic.com’s coverage could only name ONE instance where a gay kid exists on the small screen after claiming “[i]t's not unusual for young characters to be queer or questioning anymore.” It is. Very unusual. But why?
On Sunday night, the interwebs exploded with hysterical fans outraged at the death of a beloved character (or two, depending how attached you were to the first one) and within minutes opinions ran amok as the real vocal fans took to their blogs to deride not only the deaths but the violent ways in which their end were meant. While I was a bit saddened (and, quite frankly, shocked) but death the second (I was actually cool with the first one), the violence factor had nothing to do with it. It’s The freaking Walking Dead; violence is kind of their thing. But blood and gore are not the point of this piece – maybe a later one, though – and while I’d love to go on about it, this here is a list of the toughest to accept ends to adored characters. In no particular order.
The horror genre isn't exactly known for its strong female characters (SFCs); many a weak, good-only-for-her-boobs young women have fallen to a killer's machete or razor glove or chainsaw with her only defense an ear-splitting scream and pointless run up the stairs. But not all the genres girls are just fodder for the psycho; some actually fight back and save the day.
Jamie is afraid of giving into his unnatural desires yet he agreed to the parent-free sleepover with Devon and Jacob. He knew he should've stayed away, out of fear that he'd give away his secret and lose his best friend. But will Jacob's own secret bring him peace or drag his immortal soul closer to Hell...
I has a sad and it’s all Amazon’s fault. See, last weekend I finally got around to watching Gortimer Gibbin’s Life on Normal Street; most of the time I’m multitasking and that particular show insisted I actually pay attention so it had to wait until I found some free time. Once I did, I realized that is was most definitely a show that deserved undivided attention and got just that – possibly to the detriment of my writing time – for days until the final episode played on my television. So why the sad, you ask? Well, because it’s over. Done. Gone. In the realm of no more. Who wouldn’t be sad when a show as good as this one is cancelled (which was the plan from the start and not something forced upon them by Amazon)?
Finally! It’s been was too long since the last (which also happens to have been the first) shoutout when I told you how awesome Dark Rygen is. I know I said I wanted to do one of them a month – or more – but, y’know, life happens and before you know it, time slips past. Oops. But today, I’m back to tell you about another amazing person y’all should already know about. May I introduce…
I’m always on the lookout for a new horror flick; after all, it’s my favorite genre of all freaking time and tonight I stumbled across a Momento-meets-28 Days Later-with-a-dash-of-Resident Evil gem while perusing a certain actor’s IMDB page. While not the apex of modern filmmaking, its cast and crew do a commendable job at doing what films are meant to do: entertain.
In 1988, audiences were introduced to the killer possessed doll that would inspire many a nightmares. With the innocent look of the popular My Buddy doll, it was a perfectly creepy villain every kid who snuck a peek at Chucky had in their home which only added to the film’s scare factor. As great as the original was, not every following film lived up to the very high bar it set and, as you’ll see, one would’ve been better if it had never been made - and, no, it’s not one of the of Chucky ones that went more dark humor than slasher scary. Anyway, enough of all that; let's get on with the list, yeah?
Jamie Higgins is in a strange - and potentially dangerous - situation. He's in love with his best friend and afraid that if anyone ever found out, he'd lose everything. His community is a close-knit conservative one who take the Bible literally and condemn anyone who doesn't follow what it says exactly. Will he risk his future - and friendship - for what his heart desires?
If you haven't noticed by now, I really like my movies and that enjoyment runs across a multitude of genres. LGBT, though I thoroughly dislike the fact that it's considered it's own freaking genre ('cause it's freaking not) there are a number of films worth the runtime and I highly suggest y'all check 'em out.
So today is National Coming Out Day. And that’s a great thing to celebrate. All over the world, LGBT people are fighting for the right to simply exist so anytime someone is able to be themself, openly and honestly, that’s a party-worthy thing. But not everyone can do that, for a variety of reasons. So what options does an gay or bi boy have if he can’t even tell his best friend he’s not straight?
Sonny pulled her long hair back into a bun as she made her way past the tombstones that lined the cobble walkway. With the day’s light long since replaced by the blackness of night, she could scarcely see where she was going, though it did not matter. She knew the way, just as sure as she knew that Sammy would be waiting for her.
Every good Christian boy knows there are certain things you just don't do and when your raised by Evangelical parents, that list is even longer. But what happens when you and the faith you've been raised in are incompatible? Will you disregard all you've learned or fight to hide the real you? For best friends Jacob and Jamie, this question weighs heavily on them as they navigate the confusing and often frightening path of adolescence and emerging sexuality...
Shots have been fired over the rampant abuse of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices that, for too long, have flown around YouTube with wild abandon and cost more than a few vloggers their livelihood. While YouTube has apparently moved to change their "always agree with the guy filing" policy, many content creators have still been royally screwed.
If you haven't realized by now, I really freaking like horror films and, unlike certain individuals, I feast on them year round. It being so close to Halloween, more than the horrorphiles will indulge in the scary part of Hollywood and I want to make sure they enjoy every minute of pants-peeing viewing. So here's my choices for some choice horror.
In 1979, the world was introduced to a new, terrifying series when Alien premiered and fans watched as a crew of ordinary humans fought against the universe's greatest killer: the xenomorph. Since then, the series has suffered from it's share of lowpoints but even at it's worst, this franchise is head and shoulders above all those wannabe imitators.
In 1987, Clive Barker introduced film audiences to a BDSM inspired experience unmatched in the horror genre. Based on the director’s novella, The Hellbound Heart, the blood-soaked film unleashed one of the most iconic characters in cinematic history, the torture-master, Pinhead (Priest, as far as Barker’s concerned).
On October 24, 1994, Raul Julia died from complications from a stroke he’d suffered only days earlier. For any fan of the man who brought such iconic characters as M. Bison (Street Fighter) and Valentin Arregui (Kiss of the Spider Woman) to life on the big screen, it was hard news to hear. Since beginning his career in the early 70s, Julia amassed a huge following of fans that faithfully followed him through the ups and downs of his twenty-plus year career.