I’m back with this month’s Box of Dread! For those that don’t know, Box of Dread is a horror-themed subscription box. It’s $20 a month and you get a fun mystery box filled with stuff you hopefully like. I have to say, it’s damn fun to get these in the mail. It feels just like Christmas, except instead of your loved ones expressing their feelings for you through their gift selection, you paid someone to pick random stuff to send to you so you could taste that long-gone feeling of being loved again! There’s nothing sad about that at all! Anyway, enjoy my slightly disgruntled unboxing!
I heard these podcast things are big on the Internet, so I bought a headset and I’m ready to pod! And now, like the cat above, I’m just sitting here by the mic waiting for a call… that’s how it works, right?
I’ve honestly been on the fence for a while about this. I’m not the most conversational person to those that I’m not familiar with, so I always imagined podcasting would be a scary thing that would haunt my dreams. My basic thought process that stopped me was, “I have a hard enough time dealing with people in person, so why not talk to them over the Internet! That makes perfect sense!” But y’know, sometimes you just have to “feel the fear and do it anyway” (to quote the title of a book I’ve never read).
So if you’ve got a podcast and you’re looking for a guest, I’m available! My mic is smokin’, my ears are bristlin’, my voice is crackin’, and that re-cord button is a-itchin’! Hit me up! I’ll just be waiting with this headset on in the meantime!
Yes, believe it or not I have jumped onto the unboxing video bandwagon. I generally don’t care for this “genre” of YouTube videos, especially for mundane stuff — Check out my unboxing video for my new Sunbeam blender! — but I became enamored with them via my friends’ website/podcast (which you should all check out), Gourmet Gamer. There, Zane has a subscription to LootCrate and has done monthly unboxing videos for a while now. I found them exciting and fun to watch due to the mystery element of the box, but I refrained from subscribing myself because it was all mostly stuff I wouldn’t want.
In comes Box of Dread. It is a horror-themed subscription box, and the previous boxes looked like they had some good-looking stuff inside. Things like cute little Walking Dead vinyl figures, or a whole box devoted to Full Moon stuff. Anyway, I subscribed and how can one in 2014 subscribe to such a thing and not make an unboxing video? So here it is in all its… glory? I don’t know, you tell me. I feel like I was talking more naturally on this video, except for my sudden inability to correctly say “subscription.” Enjoy!
I finished the first season of Doctor Who the other day, and while I knew I’d be a fan after just one episode, now my love for the show is firmly entrenched. It’s a unique take on the sci-fi TV show, specifically because it’s more focused on serial-style adventure thrills than truly thought-provoking science fiction (although there is a bit of that, too). I love how the show’s basic premise allows the writers to dream up literally ANYTHING and it’s a plausible setting for the next story. This lends the show an unpredictable nature that makes it really special.
But while it is unpredictable in that regard, the stories themselves do become rather predictable after you’ve seen a few. There’s always some contrived reason why the group can’t just jump in the Tardis and leave danger behind, and over the course of the story it’s not wrong to expect at least one member of the group to get kidnapped (and subsequently rescued). These can easily be seen as faults or examples of lazy writing, but in a weird way these obvious plot points endeared themselves to me over time and I found myself looking forward to seeing how the show would deliver the goods each time.
Continue reading A Few Thoughts on Doctor Who: Season 1 (1963/1964) →
I recently participated in a podcast hosted by Bubbawheat at Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights in which we compare and contrast superheroes in anime with their American cousins. I even manage to remain civil when Bubbawheat brings up that blight upon the anime world, DBZ! I feel like we barely scratched the surface, but a good time was had by all. And if you have any interest in anime or superheroes, you’ll probably have a good time listening in as well. If nothing else, you’ll finally get to hear my real voice, which has absolutely not in any way been digitally altered to conceal my true identity. The show is called Filmwhys, and the episode is Extra #12 Anime Superheroes!
So head on over here to check it out!
The show is also readily available via iTunes, Stitcher, or PodOmatic! Take a listen and let us know what you think!
If you’re a regular visitor to this site, I’m sure you noticed that June was rather light on content. As I mentioned a few months back, I’m afraid this sort of thing is going to become more of the norm than the… abnorm. I’ve always kind of danced around the why of it all, but I think it’ll all make more sense if I just come out with it. My day job is as a caregiver for my girlfriend of 10 years who is afflicted with debilitating multiple sclerosis. As you might imagine, this takes up a fair amount of time and energy.
While I often get an hour-long block here or there to play a video game or watch something, recently I am rarely finding the solid 2–3 hour chunks required to watch a movie, plus another hour or so to write about it afterwards. When time was an issue before, I sometimes used to resort to watching a movie in chunks to keep the site going, but as of last month or so, I decided that I should no longer do this for films I’m trying to review. Not only is it not fair to the film, it makes it a much more stressful situation for me as a reviewer. After I’ve watched the first hour of a movie, there is a time crunch to watch the second half before I forget everything and have to start the damn thing over again (which has happened numerous times). My stress levels were much too high about something as fun and “relaxing” as watching movies, so this is why I decided to not do that anymore.
Continue reading Another Update for Silver Emulsion →
Things are going to be rather slow around Silver Emulsion this week, but I did get one piece of writing done this weekend: a defense of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace for its inclusion in the 100 Essential Superhero Movies list that Bubbawheat at Flights, Tights and Movie Nights is putting together! In it I try my best to explain why Superman IV is a worthy entry in the series, and for some reason I chose to try the high road approach instead of simply describing all the B-Movie joys that the film provides. Check it out here! And don’t forget to throw the film a vote if you think I did a good job selling you on why Superman IV is a worthwhile inclusion in the 100 Essential Superhero Movies list!