The Strange Appeal of Rick and Morty

Some media makes sense, some does not. Rick and Morty is in the latter camp, almost all the time. It is madness…and yet…

And yet, it is amazing. Adult Swim’s content lineup has never contained a huge draw for me until now. I never could get into the headspace of the stoner comedy, or enjoy strings of sexual and violent things someone calls a show. I cannot get behind just shock humor. Now, that’s not to say I don’t occasionally enjoy shock humor, but I just do not understand how I am supposed to find the stuff they put in their shows “funny.” Continue reading

Art Things I Do Not Understand

In life, we must all admit we are not perfect. So here I go: I am not perfect. In other news, the sun is hot, it’s cold in Chicago during the winter, and I write about fucked-up shit.

But I have a point beyond trying to be funny. I use this blog partially to offer advice to writers and artists. In fact, often when I come across an artist in real life who is having a problem, I end up verbally referencing one of my own articles.

But that does not mean I possess the answers to everything in art. Far from it. And in the interest of being open, I will do the opposite of offer advice, and instead talk about a few questions I just do not know an answer to—stuff I could attempt to puzzle out, and might someday understand, but, for now, I’m basically clueless.

So, here we go! Time to admit fault. Time to eat my crow with a slice of humble pie. Time to prove I am still a dumb, dumb human—no matter how pretentious and studious an aura I may try to project. Continue reading

Fine Internet, I Like Stranger Things

Okay, you got me internet: I like Stranger Things.

Now, to add context to that statement, I only finished the show today, and I watched it over a large chunk of time (a couple of months). And I never felt the need to binge the whole thing in one marathon. I never got fanatical.

In fact, up to the last episode, I just thought it was okay. Decent.

But then…dammit, Stranger Things got me. Continue reading

Brandon’s Favorite Things: A List

The subjective nature of art, and the changing of a person’s personality as time goes by, adds up to it being desperately hard to nail down a favorites list. Media shifts as we do—at least from our perspective—and thus we will respond differently than we had minutes before. But, as a creator, and a consumer, and dare I use the pretentious word: “connoisseur” of creative things, I do feel it necessary to try to understand my taste in media, and since this is the internet, the natural tendency is to try to put it into an easy to read list.

So, here we go. I am going to, based on my opinions on this day 2/6/17 (which is when I wrote this…you’ll see the edited version on Wednesday) list out my favorite creation in each form of media I can think to include, along with a short reason for why. Though, to keep the word count reasonable, I’ll keep to only a few short sentences each.

So, here we go. My current all-time favorites. If I had to grab something for entertainment and run, these would be my choices. Continue reading

My First World Writer Problem

The expression “First World problems” is interesting. It serves as a reality check for certain complaints. To get someone to examine all the comforts of their life they may take for granted.

It’s a common enough thing in America. I am certainly guilty of overinflating my grievances. Of being dramatic.

This is one of those times. Continue reading

Flash Fiction: Guilt

I awoke to the smell of ash, and the taste of rot, and the whispers of nightmares. At the foot of the bed was a shriveled corpse, with a blue jacket laid over it.

“Well, did it work?” came a voice from the walls.

I pushed off the blanket and it slid onto the floor. Next to me, by my head, the window blinds covered up a sight I was sure I did not want to see. I focused on my center and spoke in a calm, collected voice. Continue reading

Stuff I Will Not Shut Up About

If you ever met me in person, you would know that I am fond of long conversations about various topics. And if you brought up any of these topics, minutes may turn to hours.

Everybody needs to have things they are passionate about, so here’s a list of some of mine.

Gen Urobuchi!

Who’s my favorite writer of all time? Tough question. Who’s my favorite Japanese writer? No question. It’s Gen Urobuchi. Nicknamed the “Urobutcher” for his nihilistic, dark, and shocking creations, he’s a massive inspiration for the kinds of stories I like to write. Continue reading

Flash Fiction: My Fingers Are Cold

My fingers are cold. So I rub them together and hope for friction. Me breathing on them is the only sound for miles and miles. And the ash spreads across my knuckles.

I pull my jacket tighter to my body, and walk towards the shell of a building. My feet leaving prints in the soot.

I hold out my hands and hope for some warmth from the wreckage. But it’s as cold as everything else in this world.

I tuck my hands underneath my arms and hope for my pits to offer something close to heat. I keep my head down when the wind picks up.

It sounds like someone talking. Saying over and over again the word that graces my lips every few minutes. “Cold” it says. And I can almost see the wreckage of a man whisper it through a shattered jaw bone and fleshless grin. Continue reading

Trailer Talk: Goosebumps

It’s Halloween time boys and girls! So just like last year, I’m going to be doing a bunch of spooky articles. And what’s more spooky than a child-friendly horror movie?

Plenty of things actually. But in any case…

It’s Trailer Talk time!

Dammit, the marketing-inspired, nostalgia-fueled, remake-everything-from-the-90’s trend finally got to something I like. And what’s even worse is that I’m going to fall for it. Continue reading

Monthly Mentions: September 2015

A bit late I know, but here is the (hopefully) beloved…

…Monthly Mentions!

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Trailer Talk: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials

Well, I haven’t done one of these in a while. And I’ve actually read both of these books, so…

TRAILER TALK TIME!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

I’m really late to this one. Like, this trailer came out in July. But I started this website with me reviewing The Hunger Games (and Ender’s Game,) and I am not going to let this movie series go out without my two cents on the matter. Continue reading

Monthly Mentions: August 2015

It’s been a busy month for me, but even still, there’s always something new to share.

So in that spirit, this…is Monthly Mentions!

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Monthly Mentions: July 2015

It’s my birth-month! But you’re the one that gets a gift! The gift of all the awesome stuff I’ve found!

This is Monthly Mentions!

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Monthly Mentions: June 2015

Another month gone, another batch of awesome stuff. This, is Monthly Mentions.

Favorite People:

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