never, never, never say never again

Have I already written about Never Say Never Again?

Fuck it, I’ll do it again.

Never Say Never Again is the best “James Bond” film of the 80s

I will die on that hill.

I love that cold open: 007 choking out some dude to the tune of a cheesy love song. Classic. 

Also, there are some killer lines:

Bond: “Free radicals, sir?”

M: “Yes, they’re toxins that destroy the body and brain, caused by eating too much red meat and white bread. Too many dry martinis.”

Bond: “Then I shall cut out the white bread sir.”

OR

Moneypenny: “Have you got an assignment James?”

Bond: “Yes Moneypenny. I’m to eliminate all free radicals.”

Moneypenny: “Do be careful!”

Plus, who doesn’t love watching a 53 year old, toupee’d Sean Connery get ogled by a sea of 20 year old women?

And Barbara Carerra Fatima Blush? 

You could say that she’s an “attractive woman” and made me “sexually aroused”. But I’ve never had an erection before.

You have. But that’s because you’re fucked up.

beyond good n evil

Do people actually read Nietzsche or do they just quote him so that they appear smart?

Look, I love ramblings of insane people as much as the next guy but just because some dude from the past said something doesn’t make it correct.

Same thing with George Orwell. I legit never met anybody who read 1984. They claim that they have, but I know better. The libertarian types love bringing up Orwell, but I guess they forgot that while Orwell’s politics sound, to me, a bit nuanced, he was pretty solidly a leftist.

Maybe I just refuse to believe that anyone from the past has a greater insight into our present than we do today. It just doesn’t make sense. Bring Isaac Newton to the present and I guarantee that you could crush his ass in a game of Trivial Pursuit.

What are some other authors that stupid people claim to read (but actually didn’t)?

*cough*Christopher Lasch

*sneeze* Richard Dawkins

*fart* Christopher Hitchens

star trek v: the final assault

This was the first Star Trek movie I saw, so maybe I have a soft spot for it.

For the record, I don’t think Bill Shatner is the problem here. I’ll defend that man till death. The problem with this film is the poor special effects (mixed in with what I presume to be budgetary constraints) and some of the strange science that flies in the face of the grounded science of Star Trek.

I don’t think the script is the problem either. Sure there were some strange decisions. The romance between Scotty and Uhura was odd, especially since it was never hinted before (or after). Trek fans hate the idea of Sybok, Spock’s half-brother…which was also never mentioned before in Trek canon… but Sybok is actually an interesting character. However, the heart of Star Trek, particularly with the original cast, was the trifecta of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, and this film contains some of the best scenes of them together.

The “antagonist”, the aforementioned Sybok, was originally intended to be played by Sean Connery. If that had managed to work out, I’m sure this film would be looked at more favorably. That being said, Laurence Luckinbill does a stellar job making this religious charlatan both sympathetic and charismatic, enough for you to believe that he could rip apart the friendship between the trifecta. I’d say he’s the second best villain in Trek film (behind, of course, Ricardo Montalban’s Khan).

But I applaud Shatner’s ambition here. Harve Bennet, then the head of Star Trek films, hated the idea of “the Enterprise searching for God, but finds the devil instead,” which may be a controversial concept within Star Trek, but it is an interesting idea in-itself.

Did it work?

Not entirely.

Could it have worked?

Yes. Which is why it’s a shame that Shatner never got a chance to do a proper Director’s Cut, especially given advancements in CGI technology.

They gave Robert Wise that opportunity with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and its reputation has greatly improved.

But there is an interesting fan theory floating around the internet: the main plot of the film is Kirk’s dream while camping with Spock and McCoy in Yosemite. You watch the movie, and you can definitely draw that conclusion.

That’s how I watch it. And it becomes the greatest Star Trek movie ever made.

Maybe the internet isn’t such a bad place after all.

Older Sibling Syndrome

I love Eli Manning.

Does he deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?

Fuck no.

But he’s the greatest in one specific area: he was clutch.

And that’s the great thing about being the younger sibling. We may not be the most talented, hardest working, or even the better-looking (that’s definitely not true in my case), but that doesn’t matter. We show up BIG TIME when it matters.

When you’re the youngest in your family, all the family’s frustrations flow down to you. You’re the low man on the totem pole. Not much is expected of you, but the problem is: not much is expected of you. You’re invisible, and therefore the perfect blank canvas for everyone to project their insecurities onto whenever they need a warm body to yell at. And you’re not supposed to yell back because, again, you’re the shitheal of the family.

It sucks growing up, but it pays off dividends when you get older. Especially if you hurdle everyone’s low expectations of you. It gives you insight into the odd psychology of everyone, because you had handle your family’s insanity just to survive.

Younger siblings are survivors.

That means we recognize an older sibling when we see one. How can we tell? Well allow me to show you with some indicators:

1. You’re a choke artist: Face it, when the lights are on, you will always come up short. ALWAYS. Why is that? It probably has to do with the high expectations placed on you growing up. Relax. Getting your ass kicked isn’t that bad. Of course, you wouldn’t know because you always did the ass kicking. But life is about learning how to handle LOSING. Winning is just the cherry on top.

2. Can’t handle pressure: this kinda goes with being a “choke artist”. So you always buckle under pressure. The bad thing is, whenever the going gets tough, you just pick up the ball and leave, denying you were ever playing the game to begin with. Which leads me to…

3. Inability to handle criticism: there’s two reasons for this. The first one could be due to PTSD from being criticized so much growing up (because of high expectations). OR, you didn’t receive enough criticism growing up (because of high expectations), so you either act hostile to it, or ignore it completely when you really should be listening to it. Grow a thicker pair of skin bro.

4. Arrogance: you ruled the roost and just assume that you will continue to do so until the day you die. Smh. Therapy works wonders my friend.

5. Just otherwise sucking as a human being: maybe you should get to work fixing that. Just sayin’.

So if you’re an older sibling, I feel sorry for you. It must be difficult having to deal with all that childhood trauma.

the art of choking

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year: when America’s favorite bandwagon team, the Green Bay Packers, makes the playoffs and gets promptly bounced out by a lesser team.

To celebrate this event, during the 49ers game, I decided to choke on viagra pills. I collapsed on the floor and my wife stuck her fingers down my throat like a little baby and I threw up all over the carpet. My wife, god bless her, called 911. When the paramedics and firefighters showed up, they laughed in my face for wasting taxpayer money. But it worked because minutes later, Robbie Gould nailed a 45 yard field goal, sending San Francisco to the NFC championship.

This actually happened btw

So in solidarity with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, I too decided to choke during the 4th quarter.

It’s a playoff miracle.