During the evenings are best to interact with me personally. Normally, I spend all night and morning creating these blogs. You may even catch me at night, while blogging at the same time. It's really a matter of TIMING. Enjoy!
|Posted by Anna H. on September 2, 2017 at 4:50 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? It appears that some visitors and subscribers are really liking this festive background, now that Halloween is creeping around the corner. I got several oohs and ahs online yesterday. Thank you so much for liking the current scenery! After October, this scenery will return next September to usher in the fall, Halloween, and the 5th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Aside from the latest scenery, it is Song Saturday. Originally, I meant to share this last April while house hunting last spring, but was side tracked with other issues at the time.
Last April, I went house hunting with my family and my grandmother wanted us to attend an open house for a house, that she and my mother found. After parking in front of that house, I instantly got creepy vibes from it. It was as if my whole body was humming The Amityville Horror Theme Song.
The Amityville Horror Trailer (1979)
Speaking of the 1979 Paranormal Horror film, it was based on Jay Anson's 1977 novel of the same name. If you have never watched the original movie, I recommend doing so. It should make you think twice about house hunting.
Like I said above, the house my family and I took a tour of last April instantly gave me creepy vibes to the extent that my entire body hummed The Amityville Horror Theme Song. Rather than it being painted white, it was a Lavender Blue color.
The overall exterior looked like an abandoned home on a cold and dreary-looking day with someone's ginormous, khaki shorts embedded into the backyard's grass. Who the hell flees a house leaving SHORTS behind and in the backyard? Come on! Was the house THAT haunted?
Regardless, that house creeped me out so much, I nicknamed it "The Amityville Horror House." It was already bad enough, that the house we've been living in for the last 17 years is currently haunted. Anytime someone left SHORTS behind in the backyard OF ALL places, there was no telling HOW haunted that Lavender Blue house was that we visited.
You may be in stitches from laughing at my description of that house, but the creepy vibes I got from it were INTENSE. There's no telling what happened in it. Somebody's corpse could've been buried in the backyard and the burier probably FORGOT to bury the shorts with the corpse.
To add to my unease, a mental institution was located literally 1 BLOCK AWAY from that creepy house. Call me "crazy" but there were too many red flags with that house and its location. Hypothetically speaking, if we were to live in "The Amityville Horror House," I would be getting less sleep than I have been over the last decade or so.
When it comes to the actual Amityville Horror House, Jay Anson's novel was based on the paranormal experiences that The Lutz Family endured in December 1975.
On November 13, 1974, which was 1 year EARLIER, Ronald DeFoe Jr. shot and killed 6 of his family members in a large, Dutch Colonial House, in the Amityville Village. This 5-bedroom house is situated on the south shore of Long Island, NY; It is in a suburban neighborhood in Amityville. The exact address of the murders is 112 Ocean Avenue.
In November 1975, which was literally 1 month before The Lutz Family moved into the house, Ronald DeFoe Jr. was convicted of 2nd degree murder. Meanwhile, The Lutz Family moved into the same house DeFoe killed his family in for $80,000.
That price was considered to be a so-called "bargain." The house was also still furnished, since the time of the murders.
The Lutz Family moved into the 5-bedroom Dutch Colonial House for 80 grand on December 19, 1975, then fled after 28 days of being terrorized by the paranormal activity stemming from the DeFoe murders.
While author Jay Anson documented The Amityville Horror, George and Kathy Lutz heavily supervised him. If ANYTHING, this real life story should make people think TWICE about house hunting on a bargain.
Anyway, since this blog heavily focuses on The Amityville Horror, here is the theme song for it composed by Lalo Schifirin for today's Song Saturday.
Lalo Schifrin "The Amityville Horror Main Title" The Amityville Horror Soundtrack (1979)
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|Posted by Anna H. on September 1, 2017 at 2:00 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Is that gif above freaky or what? It looks like it can reach out and grab you! It is now September 1st, which means we have ONLY 22 more days, until the 4th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
I was REALLY looking forward to changing It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' web interface design. After experimenting with other interfaces, I changed my mind.
Even though there were some unique interface designs, I did not want a blank center where the text to my blogs go. You may question, "Anna, what's the big deal about having a blank center?"
Having a blank center would make this website look partially nude and I don't want to always hunt for compatible designs to complete every scenery. Having a blank center is the equivalent of having a missing piece to a puzzle.
If I did change the web interface design, the About and this Blog page would be white with the scenery ONLY being on the sides. I dislike that appearance. Blogster has that same appearance, which was another reason WHY I quit blogging on Blogster, 3 years ago.
Whenever friends, acquaintances, entertainers, visitors, other bloggers, and authors visit It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, they instantly compliment the designs. Then, some of those same people want to build their own websites, if not PAY somebody else to build their websites for them.
I love having a web interface design, which fills the entire site like the interface design I have been using for the last 3 years. Even though I did NOT change this interface, I DID change the background scenery for Halloween.
You can expect this scenery to stay, until November 1st. It helps to usher in the fall season, while looking festive for Halloween. Because September 23rd will be the 4th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, you can expect another Q&A blog.
Yes, there were other Q&A blogs I published recently. I thought about publishing those types of blogs on a regular basis and asked if you would like to see more of those blogs.
Since it seemed like most of you were indifferent to having Q&A blogs published regularly, I quit publishing them during the week. However, this type of Q&A is published annually for the anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Therefore, if you have any more questions for yours truly (1-3 questions maximum), feel free to ask them in the comments section below.
Also, if subscribers would like to publish a testimonial on the Testimonials page, you are more than welcome to do so. Publishing a testimonial on the Testimonials page is more like publishing an online review. After submitting your testimonial, I can revise and edit it on my end considering that I am the webmaster of this website.
Having more testimonials helps generate MORE traffic to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
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|Posted by Anna H. on August 27, 2017 at 10:55 AM||comments (5)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How did you like yesterday's Song Saturday blog, which featured Rammstein? Most viewers have probably never seen those other videos by them, unless they watch YouTube.
MTV, MTV2, and Fuse TV only aired Rammstein's music videos for "Amerika," "Feuer Frei," and "Du Hast." "Amerika" was not included in yesterday's blog because it was already a long blog. I never saw those other music videos, that were shared, until working on yesterday's Song Saturday blog.
Hopefully, more of you enjoyed that blog because I spent a lot of time working on it. Aside from my blog about Rammstein, it is Cartoon Sunday.
After watching this Animated Horror Stop-Motion Short for today, it reminded me of a Creative Writing Class I had taken. While attending UW-Parkside 15 years ago, I took a Creative Writing- Poetry course. We learned about different types of poetry. This included creating our own story poems.
Because our Creative Writing professor wanted us to write our story poems based on a past excursion, I wrote about the time I shopped at the store, Circuit City and bought KoRn's Follow The Leader album.
Oh, how I miss the days of Circuit City. If only Best Buy had helpful and competent employees, quality electronics, and better organization. As I was saying, I wrote a story poem about shopping for KoRn's 3rd album. I wish I remembered how I wrote that story poem years ago. It's somewhere in 1 of my old roller backpacks.
Returning to the topic of today's Cartoon Sunday, I found a rare gem by Tim Burton. On October 1, 1982, the Gothic Horror filmmaker released the Animated Horror Stop-Motion Short, Vincent.
Tim Burton's Vincent was a story poem with a sing-songy rhyme scheme about the delusional 7-year-old boy, Vincent Malloy. It was also narrated by the late great Vincent Price.
I say that Vincent Malloy is a delusional 7-year-old boy for a reason. I may take it a step further by saying that he is quite morbid for his age. Not that I can really talk. When I was Vincent Malloy's age, I was a morbid little girl except I did not practice experiments on my pets like a mad scientist, in order to create zombies.
In hopes of creating a ravenous zombie dog, Vincent practices experiments on his dog, Abercrombie. The character also idolizes Vincent Price, is obsessed with the works of Edgar Allan Poe including Poe's "The Raven," believes he's some "tortured artist," and is deprived of the woman he loves.
Some of you may find my description of Vincent Malloy to be patronizing, but you really have to watch Vincent for yourself. This Animated Gothic Horror Short was filmed, when Tim Burton was still an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Vincent was Burton's 2nd Disney Horror film. In 1980, he debuted with the British American Horror film, The Watcher In the Woods.
I enjoyed Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, the Pee-wee Herman franchise, and the first 3 Batman films. This may or may not come as a shock to you but I am not a huge Tim Burton fan.
Even though the Beetlejuice franchise, during the late 1980's and early 1990's contributed to me being a Goth little girl, I find a lot of his other work to be contrived.
As much as I enjoy watching SOME campy entertainment, there is a time and a place for campiness.
Years ago at James O'Barr's panel for The Crow, O'Barr said he was approached with the idea of having Tim Burton turn his comic book into a Broadway musical, starring Michael Jackson. As much as I like Michael Jackson, that SCREAMS laughingstock.
It made sense for James O'Barr to turn down the offer. The Crow comic book was not comedic; O'Barr's comic book was mostly about tragedy.
When something is TOO campy, it starts to look and feel contrived.
Anyway, to lighten the mood and to segue into the Halloween spirit early, here is Tim Burton's Vincent narrated by the late great Vincent Price, for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Vincent [Narrated By Vincent Price] (1982)
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|Posted by Anna H. on August 26, 2017 at 9:15 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Tomorrow night will be the 2017 MTV VMA's, hosted by the God awful Katy Perry. Apparently, MTV was extremely desperate for a VMA host anytime she's hosting this year's VMA's. Sometimes Katy gets snubbed for a VMA.
After last year's RACIALLY DIVISIVE show (It was like the BET Awards), I noticed there are more RACIALLY DIVERSE performers. MTV actually included more white entertainers, this year.
However, there being more racially diverse performers doesn't necessarily mean, that the VMA's will be worth watching. It could be another politically and racially divisive show like the last 2 VMA's.
Then again, now that Taylor Swift is back to starting more shit with her usual call out songs, something tells me that a cat fight may break out between she and Katy Perry. I find both of them to be incredibly sickening including KimYe.
Maybe I WILL watch this year's VMA's, after all. The best part about the MTV VMA's are the feuds these days. God knows it's not the music videos. I would laugh my ass off if KimYe, Katy, and Taylor ALL got their asses kicked. They are SO sickening!
Hopefully, there will be music tributes this year, since we lost Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. Let's see if these tributes come to fruition unlike last year, when no music icon from MTV got a tribute. Last year, we lost 5 ICONS too soon!
Since I am already on the topic of Rock, I browsed the MTV VMA's archive to see what bands were nominated and won the Best Rock Video category. If you know the history of MTV, you already know, that the network launched in 1981.
MTV did not launch the VMA's, until 1984 YET the Best Rock Video category was NOT launched, until 1989. Considering that MTV has been playing Rock music videos since its launch, you would've thought the category always existed. Looks like you learn something new everyday.
Originally, the category was labeled Best Heavy Metal Video in 1989. Even though Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" was from 30 years ago, their video won this category 28 years ago.
GnR won over Aerosmith's "Rag Doll," Def Leppard's "Pour Some Surgar On Me" (both those music videos also released 30 years ago), and Metallica's "One."
When you have been watching MTV as long as some of us veterans, you start noticing the changes in the programming. Like I said earlier this month, how the mighty have fallen. Since 2004, MTV turned into a joke, especially when it comes to the VMA's.
In 2007, which was the same year Britney Spears bombed for the very 1st time ever as a VMA performer (also the same year she got divorced from Kevin Federline, had a breakdown, and shaved her head), MTV removed the Best Rock Video category.
The 2007 MTV VMA's was 1 of the WORST in VMA history. That year, MTV removed most of its original VMA categories. Then in 2008, the network brought them back probably because they realized that the 2007 MTV VMA's was a Shit Sandwich.
Once tomorrow night's VMA's end, something tells me that MTV will have to bring back their gender and some other missing categories, again because they will have angered more viewers for promoting genderless politics, CONTRIVED political correctness, and other regressive, political propaganda.
After last year's MTV VMA's, I believe it topped being the WORST to date. There is no telling how horrible this year's VMA's will be. For the 2017 MTV VMA's, Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, Green Day, and Twenty One Pilots have been nominated for Best Rock Video.
Because the MTV VMA's have been extremely contrived and RIGGED, since 2010 if not before then, chances are highly great the award will be given to any band except Foo Fighters. If they do happen to win over all those shitty Rock bands, I will be shocked.
As I browsed through the category for Best Rock Video, I realized that Rammstein was NEVER nominated for a VMA within the last 2 decades. They were blacklisted from our MTV VMA's.
This is shocking, considering that MTV heavily played their music video for "Du Hast" in 1998. Luckily, Rammstein won a European VMA for Best German Act in 2005.
Then again, with the media's feigned outrage and need to demonize Rammstein as being a "fascist" band because they are from Germany, it shouldn't be a surprise. I have noticed over these last 15 years, that people are quick to label something or someone as a "fascist" or a "nazi."
This is especially when it comes to someone being of German descent or speaking in German.
Leave it up to a news rag like The New York Times, which allows authors with money to lie and pay them to say their books are "best sellers," when they NEVER were, to demonize someone for only being themselves.
The New York Times, which is also called "fake news" today, labeled Rammstein as being a "fascist band" for having militaristic content. Earth to The New York Times! Rammstein is NOT a fascist band!
Rammstein is an apolitical, Industrial Metal band from Germany. The New York Times exemplifies why most people (including celebrities) have always hated tabloids and the media in general.
The media loves to over exaggerate and publish lies about anyone they personally feel is a threat to them.
Rammstein has a total of 6 studio albums, 23 singles, and 26 music videos. For those who don't speak German, here are the English translations of their song titles for the music videos I shared below:
1) "You Smell So Good" 2) "You Hate" 3) "Angel" 5) "Fire At Will!" 6) "No Desire" 7) "Fuel"
You have to click on the link below for the last music video I shared. You must watch it on Vimeo because it is pornographic. In Rammstein's music video for "Pussy," it has porn stars. The band also had their own body doubles for their porn scenes. Yes, we are getting raunchy today. Anyway, here is Rammstein for today's Song Saturday.
1) Rammstein "Du Riechst So Gut" Herzeleid (1995)
2) Rammstein "Du Hast" Sehnsucht (1997)
3) Rammstein [Featuring Bobo] "Engel" Sehnsucht (1997)
4) Rammstein "Stripped [Depeche Mode Cover]" Sehnsucht (1997)
5) Rammstein "Feuer Frei" Mutter (2001); XXX Soundtrack (2002)
6) Rammstein "Keine Lust" Reise, Reise (2004)
7) Rammstein "Benzin" Rosenrot (2005)
|Posted by Anna H. on August 20, 2017 at 6:50 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Wow! Can you believe that not only is August almost over, but also summer? It seems like it was August 1st just yesterday.
Pretty soon, it will be time to celebrate the 4th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, which is at the beginning of fall. Changing my web interface's design and publishing another Q&A blog in celebration of its 4th anniversary is the goal for next month.
For a while, I planned on giving It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns a different interface. It has looked the same for the last 3 out of 4 years.
Earlier this month, I changed some of the font style. Now that Halloween is creeping around the corner, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns will start looking festive again.
If there is enough time, sharing more Horror, Supernatural, and Halloween themed content are my plans. It is not that I haven't been sharing anything Horror related. There has been all throughout this year. It's just that when it comes to Halloween, the holiday sets the tone for Horror a lot better.
Speaking of Horror, in case you happened to miss yesterday's Song Saturday blog, it was about the solar eclipse, Bonnie Tyler, Rober Englund, urban legends, and the Slasher, Urban Legend. You can can read yesterday's blog at the following:
Meanwhile, I re-shared a Cartoon Sunday blog around Google Plus 3 days ago, that I published before Mother's Day. Axeman Cartoons, Let's Read, and Eden collaborated together for the short, 10 Two Sentence Horror Stories.
In case you missed it, here it is once again.
Recently, Let's Read was involved in another collaboration. This time, Let's Read, Mort Animations, and Corpse Husband worked together for 2 true scary stories.
Lately, I am starting to notice just how frightening getting gas at the gas station and ordering pizza can be. After watching these 2 true scary stories, narrated by Corpse Husband and Let's Read, it should make you think twice about being alone.
Since today's blog is mostly about Horror, here are 2 true scary stories about being at the gas station and ordering pizza for today's Cartoon Sunday.
2 True Scary Stories Animated Featuring Corpse Husband and Let's Read (2017)
|Posted by Anna H. on August 19, 2017 at 12:25 PM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In case you missed the blog I published Wednesday night, regarding primetime shows I will be watching this fall, here it is once again:
In that same blog above, I also gave quick reviews on Sleepy Hollow and Grimm. This was along with linking past reviews about those 2 shows and their flaws in that same blog.
Aside from Wednesday night's blog, you should've either read somewhere online or already seen the news about the solar eclipse on August 21st. My local news won't shut up about this eclipse and how we are not supposed to be staring at it.
At the same time, reporters repeatedly tell us to buy the right sunglasses for Monday's solar eclipse because there are faulty sunglasses being sold to stare at it. Does any of this make any sense to you? I am going with a NO.
Since the time the news has been reporting about the solar eclipse, Bonnie Tyler's hit single, "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" has been stuck in my head. MTV Classic aired the music video for it, last month. Every time I hear "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," I now associate it with that scene from the 1998 Slasher Horror film, Urban Legend.
Urban Legend was based on the premise that a serial killer was using strategies described in certain urban legends, in order to kill students at a New England university.
In the beginning of Urban Legend, a tone-deaf Michelle Mancini sings along to Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," while buying gas at a gas station.
Urban Legend: Gas Station Scene 
It has been years, since I last watched this movie. Urban Legend was filled with urban legends from start to finish. In regards to this particular scene, Michelle Mancini had a killer in the backseat of her SUV. The urban legend about the killer in the backseat is a car-crime urban legend, that was documented by Carlos Drake (folklorist) in 1968.
According to the research done by Indiana University students in '68, the killer in the backseat urban legend typically involves a woman driving a car, while being followed by a strange vehicle. The driver of that vehicle flashes high beams, tailgates, and may even ram her car.
After finally making it home, the woman realizes that the driver was trying to warn her about a man, which could be a murderer, rapist, or an escaped mental patient, hiding in the backseat of her car.
In some instances like what you just watched in the scene above, a woman stops for gas and the attendant can be a lumberjack, trucker, OR a man with a scary-looking appearance, that she mistrusts without reason. He asks her to follow him inside the gas station to sort out her credit card problem.
Inside, the attendant asks the woman if she knows there is a man in the backseat of her car. The woman then assumes, that the gas station attendant wants to hurt her, when in reality, he ends up trying to save her life.
So, what is the moral of this particular urban legend?
It really should be common sense for people to check their vehicles BEFORE getting inside. This most definitely applies to female drivers. Women are always vulnerable to attack by some creep.
What does any of this have to do with the solar eclipse and Bonnie Tyler?
On August 16, 2017, it was reported, that Bonnie Tyler will be performing "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" with Joe Jonas and his Dance-Rock band, DNCE. They are scheduled to aboard the MS Oasis Of The Seas cruise for their performance.
I wonder if Bonnie Tyler, DNCE, and their fans have ever watched the Slasher Horror film, Urban Legend. If you have never watched it, I recommend doing so. It is quite the clever movie.
Not only is the writing for Urban Legend CLEVER, but it also features Robert Englund as Professor Wexler. In this Slasher, he is the professor of American Folklore teaching students about the different types of urban legends. The film especially pays homage to Englund by featuring a puppet of his notorious character, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare On Elm Street.
I tried finding the exact clip of the Urban Legend scene but had no such luck. However, I did find a video with scenes of Robert Englund in the film.
The Englund Files: Urban Legend 
This should be enough news and trivia for now. Because this is supposed to be a Song Saturday blog about Bonnie Tyler and her 1983 hit single, here is the music video for Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart."
Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" Faster Than The Speed Of Night (1983)
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|Posted by Anna H. on August 16, 2017 at 7:55 PM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? We have now reached the middle of August. It is only a matter of time until it is fall and winter, again. I dread the thought of having to rake leaves and shovel snow all over again. While some people hate the summer, I love it. I love having been born on the cusp of summer, wearing less clothing, and having to do less yard work.
Not having school for 2-3 months (that was if I did NOT have to make up classes in summer school) and a vacation from sickening classmates, teachers, and professors were the best parts about the summer, when I was a student.
Not having TV shows to watch besides fighting and killing bugs have always been major disadvantages about the summer.
As much as I LOVE the summer, it kind of sucks not being able to watch your favorite primetime shows. Just think about it.
TV viewers have to wait 2-3 months, if not longer to watch weekly premieres of our favorite primetime shows. That's if those same shows did not already get canceled.
Viewers may not have already noticed that the writing for The Real O'Neals, Sleepy Hollow, and Grimm became too political. This most definitely applies to last year's shows in general.
Since 2016 was an election year, it was as if Hollywood screenwriters at Fox, NBC, and ABC needed to drag in divisive topics such as illegal immigration, homophobia, racism, the 2016 election, and other political topics into their storylines. It can be argued that The Real O'Neals was already political.
The Real O'Neals was an ABC sitcom about a socially inept, homosexual, teenage boy, who came from an Irish Catholic family in Chicago, IL. Before premiering, this sitcom was considered to be "offensive" towards the GLBT, Irish Catholics, and Christians in general.
Considering that The Real O'Neals was being targeted, before its premiere last year, Noah Galvin made a bad situation worse for himself and the entire cast of the show. Had Galvin NOT insulted other homosexual actors from other primetime shows and networks, he probably would've still had a protagonist to play, this season.
Meanwhile, Sleepy Hollow and Grimm were not necessarily meant to be political shows. Both shows were Horror and Supernatural Dramas with Police Procedural themes. Out of the 2, Grimm was my favorite.
I watched Grimm from the very beginning (not that I didn't watch Sleepy Hollow from the very beginning either). Over the years, I saw how much the writing for Grimm started to change.
I hated that the writers wasted too much time focusing on Nick and Juliette's on/off again relationship. This was along with making the show more about everyone else except the protagonist, Nick Burkhardt.
Also, the last 2-3 seasons wasted time politicizing Grimm by having Captain Sean Renard run for mayor. Much like Sleepy Hollow, Grimm had to focus on the 2016 election.
Even though Grimm was a Police Procedural Drama, it was about exploring different folklores. Had the writers spent more time focusing on international folklores rather than politics, I believe Grimm would've lasted longer.
The show's writers alienated their own viewers because of the way they wrote Grimm the last 3 seasons. Actually, I'm surprised that Grimm made it passed 1 whole season on a network like NBC. Sleepy Hollow had similar problems with its writing on Fox.
The writers of Sleepy Hollow CHEATED their viewers as soon as the Horror Drama was granted a 3rd season. Sleepy Hollow was campy, which was what I enjoyed about the show. By its 3rd season, the writing became TOO contrived like some fanboy's shitty fan fiction.
I was already annoyed, that the writers dropped the love triangle which was brewing with Lieutenant Abigail Mills, Ichabod Crane, and the bounty hunter, Nick Hawley in Season 2.
After placing more emphasis on Abigail Mills' sister, Jenny, Joe Corbin, and randomly inserting the Greek mythological character, Pandora and her supposed husband, The Hidden One, during Season 3, the show became unbearable to watch. I'm starting to believe that was probably why the actress for Abbie quit Sleepy Hollow.
How did a show like Sleepy Hollow go from having 10.10 MILLION viewers, during its 1st season to only having 2.93 million viewers by the end of its 3rd season?
Talk about pathetic! That Pandora arc was the ULTIMATE kiss of death for Sleepy Hollow's 3rd season. After the writers killed Lieutenant Abigail Mills, which was a significant character, fans stopped watching. That was if they didn't already stop watching it because of Season 3's premiere, 2 years ago.
When will the Hollywood screenwriters realize, that they are alienating their viewers by writing the most contrived storylines and heavily politicizing their movies and shows?
It's understandable if their TV shows and movies were intentionally contrived and political from the start. It's another to suddenly make shows and movies become political for the sake of wanting to jump on the bandwagon.
Politicizing shows, that were never meant to be political is the kiss of death to viewership. The same applies for contrived writing.
So, what primetime shows will I be watching this fall?
Judging by the looks of it, I will continue to watch American Dad, Family Guy, Hawaii Five-0, and Fresh Off The Boat on weeknights this fall season.
Speaking of political shows like American Dad, I have no idea when it will premiere another season. American Dad premiered its 14th season on November 7, 2016 and will have its season finale on September 11, 2017. There is no mentioning of a 15th season, right now.
Meanwhile, Family Guy premieres its 16th season on October 1, 2017. Now that Adam West and Carrie Fisher are dead, what will Seth MacFarlane do with their characters? Adam voiced Mayor West and Carrie voiced Peter's supervisor, Angela.
After Carrie Fisher's drug overdose last December, MacFarlane said Angela would appear in 2 more episodes, that Fisher already did voiceover work on last season.
Seth MacFarlane had no comment on Angela's future other than saying, that Family Guy will miss Carrie Fisher.
As far as Hawaii Five-0 goes, I am somewhat unsure about its new season. The series premieres its 8th season on September 29, 2017. Hawaii Five-0's 2 Asian characters will be gone by their own doing, this season.
Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park demanded to be paid the same amount of money as Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin. CBS' final offer to Kim and Park was 10-15% LOWER than O'Loughlin's and Caan's salaries. This made both regulars of Hawaii Five-0 quit.
All the while, the actor Ian Anthony Dale, who plays Kono's Yakuza husband, Adam Noshimuri will stay a part of the show's cast. Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have been written out of Hawaii Five-0.
Grace Park, who played Kono was JUST starting to get interesting. Since the time this Hawaii Five-0 remake premiered in 2010, I always considered Park's portrayal of Kono to be vapid. There was nothing interesting about the character.
Even after getting married to her former Yakuza husband and Kono being a crooked cop like her cousin Chin, Kono was STILL a boring character. It sounds harsh to say, but Grace Park lacks charisma. I always felt that Park should've been replaced with Maggie Q. once the remake of the Spy Action Thriller Drama, Nikita ended in 2013.
Before Hawaii Five-0's 7th season finale, Kono actually became interesting in all of 1 episode about girls being sex trafficked. Season 7 ended with her getting on a bus to track down sex traffickers and Chin was undecided about leaving for San Francisco, CA to run his own task force.
Now that Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim left the cast of Hawaii Five-0, I don't believe too many viewers will be that heartbroken about it. Alex O'Loughlin is the star of the show and Scott Caan is the co-star.
More women are watching Hawaii Five-0 because of Alex O'Loughlin. Scott Caan was automatically grandfathered into playing Dano BECAUSE James Caan is his father.
Fresh Off The Boat:
Last but surely not the least is Fresh Off The Boat. Fresh Off The Boat's 4th season premieres on October 3, 2017. I'm so glad that ABC did NOT cancel this Taiwanese American sitcom!
I was worried about it possibly being canceled last season because the ratings were down much like The Real O'Neals' ratings. Fresh Off The Boat is the only primetime show I continue to watch on ABC.
Because ABC is so talented at canceling TV shows, I stopped investing time in watching most of its programming, years ago. The network loves alienating its viewers probably the most out of all the networks.
Anytime The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise is ABC's cash cow, that says little about them as a network. With that being said, I will be crossing my fingers this fall season.
More Americans spend less time watching TV and more time streaming shows online. I have not made enough time to stream shows online, over the last 5 years. Most of my time is spent doing other things online, if not watching some shows on TV, household chores, or something else.
Anyway, what are your thoughts about primetime shows for this fall? Have you been dying to watch any?
|Posted by Anna H. on August 6, 2017 at 9:45 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? To my surprise, it seems like more people really enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog. I am really glad.
As a quick reminder, let me know if you get my replies back to you on these blogs. I always make sure to respond back to comments below every blog I publish.
In regards to another update, it was confirmed on August 3rd that the Seinen Space Western Space Opera Anime, Outlaw Star will be returning to the Toonami block on August 19th. It will replace Ghost In The Shell.
Outlaw Star Trailer (2017)
Because I have never seen Outlaw Star, I have no comment. Hopefully, this series is worth all the hype it has been given, over the years. Japan released Outlaw Star in 1998. Then, it aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami block in 2001. Eventually, this series aired on Adult Swim.
As I have said countless times, most animation I watched, during the '90s and even some during the early 21st Century were on MTV. You may recall that I published a Cartoon Sunday blog 2 Sundays ago, which featured John R. Dilworth's The Dirdy Birdy.
Younger Millennials and Generation Z missed out on the glory days of MTV. I cannot help emphasizing, that MTV was still very popular, when I was a teenager.
Then again, I grew up during a time when music was highly influential. We may rant about the current state of MTV, but we have to give credit when credit is due. MTV influenced fashion, animation, movies, art, etc.
Without Beavis And Butt-Head, Comedy Central would not have South Park. This can also be said about Fox's King Of The Hill, Family Guy, American Dad, and other Fox cartoons meant for adult viewers. This is along with the fact that The WB's Mission Hill, The Oblongs, and Adult Swim would not exist.
MTV paved the way and set the trend for adult animation.
Honestly, I believe that those running Fox, The WB, Adult Swim, and other local and cable networks were highly influenced by what MTV was doing during the 1990's and chose to air, if not create more adult animation.
The cartoons MTV aired consisted of abstract and more adult content. This can especially be said about the shortly lived, Downtown.
MTV seriously dropped the ball by canceling Downtown. This animated series was created before its time. I'm surprised that Adult Swim never bothered to acquire Downtown. Adult Swim would probably have to arm wrestle MTV for it.
MTV's Downtown could be filed under the category Slice Of Life Animation. When I say "Slice Of Life," I mean shows with social realism because they depict everyday life.
For example, Jerry Seinfeld's TV sitcom Seinfeld falls under the category, Slice Of Life. It is often referred to as being "a show about nothing."
Japan has a list of Slice Of Life Anime. For those unfamiliar with Japanese animation, everything is NOT Action Anime. The Slice Of Life genre is very realistic.
MTV's Downtown premiered in 1999 and only lasted for 13 episodes. This Animated Slice Of Life Sitcom had a lot of critical acclaim. Critics and fans loved Downtown. However, MTV canceled it. Downtown was more reality based.
MTV's Downtown centers around a fanboy named Alex, who works at a boring copy shop. He saves up money to move into his own apartment in New York City's East Village. It turns out he moves into a dive apartment located downtown.
Downtown is a cartoon I would recommend to younger Millennials and Generation Z. As a 17-year-old, I enjoyed watching it on MTV and was disappointed when it NEVER returned with new episodes in 1999. Because this is another blog about MTV and its animation, here is MTV's Downtown for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Downtown Episode 1: "Sin Bin" (1999)
|Posted by Anna H. on August 5, 2017 at 9:15 AM||comments (6)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Most people don't know that MTV turned 36 on Tuesday. Yes MTV was launched on August 1, 1981. Wow! Like the old adage, "how the mighty have fallen." MTV is obviously in a rut and has been, since 2004.
The programming is so awful, that the network is reviving their afternoon countdown, Total Request Live a.k.a. TRL.
Of all the shows to bring back, TRL should've been the last. Don't get me wrong, Total Request Live was alright between 1998 to 2002. TRL became outrageous the moment MTV allowed Pop-Punk bands like Good Charlette to be number 1 on the countdown.
If anything, MTV needs to clean house with the current administration and restore the network to what it was before the late 1990's. MTV did not start going downhill, until 20 years ago. It reached its all time low either this year, or last year.
Watching the 2016 MTV VMA's left me with a disgusting taste in my mouth. Never have I ever watched such a racially divisive awards show saturated with poilitical propaganda, until 2016. The 2014 and 2015 VMA's weren't exactly stellar either.
Although, 2014 and 2015 had more performers, awards show hosts, and the winners of the Vanguard Award did NOT perform 4 times within the same night, unlike last year's VMA's. Even the Pre-Show was pathetic.
When MTV normally broadcasts the VMA Pre-Show, the crowd is somewhat lively and the celebrities act like they care to be there for the ceremony. Last year, the energy was dead.
The casts of Guy Code and Girl Code desperately tried to hype up the VMA's but failed miserably. Almost no one went. THAT'S how horrible the 2016 MTV VMA's were, last year.
As a long-time viewer, I was highly disgusted with the fact, that MTV's need to be politically and racially divisive takes precedence over entertaining we the viewers. This was along with the fact, that there were NO tributes performed at last year's MTV VMA's.
Considering the fact that Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, Vanity, Prince and Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland died, MTV should've planned tributes for ALL of them. Holding tributes was tradition. Over these last several years, MTV broke that tradition. Not only did the network break their own tradition, but also Beyonce.
Last year, Beyonce was supposed to do a Prince tribute at the MTV VMA's. Instead, she wasted our time by demonizing police officers with her performance and made criminals from national news into martyrs.
Beyonce acted like stereotypical ghetto trash with her SJW bullshit at last year's MTV VMA's.
This year, Katy Perry will be hosting the MTV VMA's. God help us all! Not too long ago, the pretentious blowhard said the VMA's were fake and rigged. As if we didn't already know that? Usually, Katy has a snide remark about being snubbed for a Moonman.
Speaking of MTV's Moonman trophy, it is no longer called a Moonman. Because MTV continues to be politically oppressive, the trophy is now called a "Moon Person."
The network wants to be "genderless" and went as far as removing the categories, Best Male and Female Video.
In addition to renaming the trophy as "Moon Person" and removing gender based categories, MTV continues to oppress viewers with the new category, Best Fight Against The System.
Seriously MTV? Keep burning those bridges with your viewers, until there are no more. Something tells me that more viewers WILL be boycotting this year's VMA's. I plan on doing the same as well, after the last 2 years of politically oppressive and racially divisive VMA's.
Since today's blog is about MTV, I thought I would start from the very beginning of MTV's launch. Here are the first 2 music videos that aired on the network by The Buggles and Pat Benatar for today's Song Saturday.
1) The Buggles "Video Killed The Radio Star" The Age Of Plastic (1979); (1981)
2) Pat Benatar "You Better Run" Crimes Of Passion (1980); Roadie Soundtrack (1980)
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|Posted by Anna H. on August 3, 2017 at 2:25 PM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Today I am answering more questions. Like I have said in the past, I normally reserve Q&A blogs for September 23rd. Next month on September 23rd will be the 4th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Since a number of my subscribers typically have a lot of questions to ask, I have been trying to decide if I should do Q&A blogs more routinely.
Let me know what you think! Last week, I answered Jesse's question. Today I have 3 questions from Victor. Victor asks the following:
1) Have you ever listened to a song, that you liked but you can't remember the artist or name of said song and would get it stuck in your head for hours hoping to remember the artist's name?
2) What brand of anime do you like that are of your taste buds? (Dark Comedy, Horror, Gritty Grindhouse, mature shows, etc.)
3) Did you ever have pets when you were younger and wish you had seen them one last time?
These are excellent and fun questions to answer, Victor. I am actually glad that you asked them. Here are my answers to your questions.
1) Yes! This has happened, since childhood. You would be amazed at the amount of times throughout my life, that I have heard songs but did not know, who sang them. This is something most of us listeners face at least once in our lifetime, I'm sure.
After watching commercials, that advertise music compilations, if not seeing an old music video aired on MTV Classic (nowadays), I usually end up saying,"Oh! So that's who sang this song! I always thought it was ___" or something along those lines.
In fact, I was in the middle of watching MTV Classic the other night and saw the music video for the song "Broken Wings." I always thought it was Don Henley's growing up. It turns out it was Mr. Mister, who sang "Broken Wings."
Interesting enough, Mr. Mister DID actually go on tour with Don Henley, The Bangles, The Eurythmics, etc. during the 1980's.
Also, the Indie Grebo Industrial Rock band, Pop Will Eat Itself. For the last 2 decades, I never knew who sang the song, "Ich Bin Ein Ausländer." This means "I am a foreigner" in German. When 102.1's DJ, Raven used to host her radio show, Industrial Nation on late Saturday nights, she played Electronica and Industrial remixes of Rock songs. It was not until a year or 2 ago, that I learned the name of this band.
To be more specific, Raven used to host her Saturday night show, Industrial Nation, in my hometown at New Rock 102.1, during the mid to late 1990's.
2) When it comes to Anime, I try not to limit genres and sub-genres. I watch a wide variety of Japanese animation meant for both genders, different age groups, sexual orientations, etc. both English subtitled and dubbed.
Lately, I have not had as much time to watch as many as I used to because I'm busy both on and offline. I still have yet to watch xxxHolic in its entirety. However, I'm currently watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Tokyo Ghoul, and I'm re-watching Naruto Shippuden dubbed in English on Adult Swim's Toonami block.
If I had more time, I would marathon Anime again. My biggest complaint about both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim these last 5-9 years has been, that both only care about Shonen Jump Action Anime.
Because of these restrictions, both have bred a lot of ignorant, self-entitled, and highly misinformed fanboys in America.
Toonami only represents Action Animation mostly meant for teenage boys. It does not represent female viewers. The people running both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim intentionally alienate most of their viewers regardless of their age and gender.
Colours TV was the only network, that represented a wide variety of Anime genres for both genders. Even though Colours TV was a highly syndicated multi-cultural network, it STILL aired Shonen, Shojo, Comedy, Romance, Action, Mystery, etc.
Cartoon Network and Adult Swim could afford to tear a page out of Colours TV's book. Colours was EXTREMELY lowly-funded. Although, those running it were still able and willing to air something for most types of Anime fans.
3) Yes, I've had 3 dogs and 4 guinea pigs, during my youth. I haven't owned any pets for the last 13 years. Pets require a lot of time, money, energy, and care. I always took care of my guinea pigs and they normally lived for at least 5 years.
After my last dog, Alexis had to be euthanized in 2004, I stopped wanting pets. I hate the fact, that my pets normally died around Christmas.
Who wants to wake up to dead pets on Christmas Day?
I sure as hell don't. I don't want to be in tears on Christmas Day because my pet died naturally or was euthanized without being told about it, until the very last minute.
I REALLY wish I could've seen my dog, Mendy 1 last time before doing my high school final exams before Christmas Break, almost 2 decades ago. After coming home from school and learning, that he was euthanized, I cried my eyes out.
Hopefully, all 3 questions have been answered Victor. Since I mentioned Pop Will Eat Itself, I might as well share their music video for "Ich Bin Ein Ausländer" with you all.
Pop Will Eat Itself "Ich Bin Ein Ausländer" Dos Dedos Mis Amigos (1994)
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|Posted by Anna H. on July 30, 2017 at 8:45 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? I must say, I am really quite surprised as well as pleased with the fact, that MORE of you enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog. Yes' song, "Roundabout" was something a little different from their usual, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart."
As I mentioned at least twice, Yes' 1983 hit single, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" was used as a sample in Season 1: Part 2 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency.
After publishing yesterday's Song Saturday blog and sharing it around social media, I saw a Viz Media video by the voice actor, Patrick Seitz. Patrick Seitz is best known for voicing Luke Valentine from the Hellsing franchise, Bleach's Isshin Kurosaki and Kenpachi Zaraki, numerous characters from the Naruto franchise, Blue Exorcist's Igor Neuhaus, and most importantly Dio Brando from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood "It Was I, DIO!" (2012)
These are only naming a few characters, that Seitz has voiced throughout the last 10 years or so. If you would like to learn about other characters he has voiced, click on the following link.
As I was saying, a Viz Media promo appeared in my facebook news feed, which featured Patrick Seitz. He was promoting JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders for Adult Swim's Toonami block.
Viz Media: Patrick Seitz Promotes JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders For Adult Swim's Toonami Block (2017)
Watching this promo for Stardust Crusaders made me giggle. It was clever. I love the way Patrick Seitz held that rose in his mouth, while delivering a witty promo. Seitz has voiced villains in the past, but voicing the villain, Dio Brando makes me laugh.
The villain Dio Brando is named after the late Metal frontman, Ronnie James Dio.
During this promo, Seitz referenced to Dio Brando's Stand, The World. This particular season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure focuses on Stands. Stardust Crusaders begins with Joseph Joestar's grandson, Jotaro Kujo purposely staying behind bars in jail because he claims to be possessed by a supposed evil spirit.
Eventually, Joseph and his fortune telling friend, Mohammed Avdol strategize how to coax Jotaro into leaving his jail cell.
After Joseph, Mohammed, Jotaro, and his mother, Holly leave the jail, they have a meeting at a coffee & wine shop about their ancestry. This includes revealing more shocking news about Dio Brando's connection to The Joestar Clan.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders "Dio Brando's Revival" (2014)
So, what it is a Stand?
A Stand is a unique, supernatural personification of life energy, which is attached to the body. It can also represent the manifestations of a human or a creature's innate "fighting spirit." To an extent, Stands embody the psyche.
As we have already been shown, Joseph Joestar is a Stand User. He snaps screenshots and smashes his cameras as evidence to support his claims about having a Stand.
Who and what are Stand Users?
Stand Users are humans and creatures with Stands, which can be used for various purposes.
Obtaining a Stand is currently unspecified. However, it has been hinted that having a Stand can be linked to bloodlines, rigorious spiritual and/"Ripple Training" and/ a very strong will power, desire, and passion.
Since this season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure centers around Stands, here is a list of Stand Users with their Stands.
Stardust Crusaders: Stand Users With Their Stands (2017)
In case you missed the previous Cartoon Sunday blogs I published regarding the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise, click on the 3 blog links below.
|Posted by Anna H. on July 29, 2017 at 6:10 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? I have some exciting news, in regards to Adult Swim's Toonami block. Yes, I know today's NOT Cartoon Sunday. In fact, I am sharing this news for all those, who watch the block.
There appears to be a schedule change as of TONIGHT. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and Tokyo Ghoul have been moved up.
It would be nice if Naruto Shippuden was airing at the start of the Toonami block, but I can live with its new timeslot. I believe that The Toonami Team actually took what I said earlier this month into consideration on facebook.
On the official facebook page for Toonami, I told them that in order for more viewers to have a better chance of watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and Tokyo Ghoul, both shows should be airing at earlier times. Then, both of their viewer ratings would be higher.
We all know how NEUROTIC Toonami fans can be over cartoon ratings, that are already RIGGED.
Regardless, I am so excited to see Stardust Crusaders! Hopefully, Toonami plays The Bangles' "Walk Like An Egyptian." It is the ending theme song for Stardust Crusaders, after all. On April 29th, I published a Song Saturday blog, featuring the band's music video.
TALK ABOUT THE SO-CALLED FEELS!!!
Over 3 decades later, I still have The Bangles' album, Different Light on vinyl. My mother bought their 2nd album for me, when I was a preschooler. What can I say? Cartoons and music videos were a major part of my childhood, during the 1980's.
Now that I think about it, not too much has changed as an adult. I suppose some can say, that "old habits die hard." Meanwhile, the ending theme song for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency was a song I never heard in all my life. That was until last year.
When I heard Yes' "Roundabout" as the ending theme song for Phantom Blood AND Battle Tendency, it reminded me of the 1970's band, Earth, Wind & Fire. Because Yes was a Progressive Rock band from the '70s, Jazz, Funk, Latin, and Disco can be heard in their song, "Roundabout."
This song from their 4th album, Fragile released in 1971. That was 11 years before I was born. Considering that I listen to some songs, which happen to be YEARS before my time, it is surprising that I have never heard "Roundabout" on radio stations.
Yes released their song, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" 1 year after I was born. I have known about that song for the last 3 decades and still love it until this very day.
Speaking of "Owner Of A Lonely Heart," a quick sample of the song was featured in an episode of Battle Tendency. The song quickly played, when Joseph Joestar was in the middle of doing his Hamon training with Lisa-Lisa and Caesar Zeppeli, last season.
Since today's Song Saturday blog is mostly about the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise, here is its original ending theme song by Yes.
Yes "Roundabout" Fragile (1971) JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood & Battle Tendency Ending Theme Song (2012)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 27, 2017 at 6:10 PM||comments (6)|
Before dying, both had performed Temple Of The Dog's "Hunger Strike." "Hunger Strike" was originally sung by Chris Cornell and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. After publishing last Thursday's blog, Jesse asked in the comments section:
"The lead singer of Linkin Park has been found dead. What are your thoughts of him and his band?"
I was going to publish my answer in the latest Song Saturday blog, but changed my mind. Even though Jesse's question is music related, I will answer it in today's Q&A blog.
Personally speaking, I did enjoy listening to some of Linkin Park's songs, when the band debuted with their album Hybrid Theory. At the time, Linkin Park debuted, when I was on my way out of high school; I became of age in 2000.
If you were someone, who grew up and enjoyed listening to both Rock and Rap Music, you had a chance to enjoy "the best of both worlds" so to speak. Since I listen to more than 1 music genre and sub-genre, I was open-minded to Rap-Rock.
Most older Gen Xers (currently in their late 40's to mid 50's), Baby Boomers, and some Millennials despised "Nu Metal" because they were not fans of Rap, Hip-Hop, Alternative Rock, or Grunge Music.
Rock Music containing elements of Rap, Hip-Hop, Funk, Alternative Rock, and Grunge was like the late 1990's equivalent of Glam Rock. Glam Rock became labeled '80s Hair Metal.
The "Hair Metal" label was a label used to mock Glam Rock much like "Nu Metal" is a label used to mock Alternative Metal bands such as KoRn, Limp Bizkit, Staind, Papa Roach, Slipknot, Linkin Park, etc. Both Glam Rock and Alternative Metal attracted fans from more than 1 music genre, sub-genre, and sub-culture.
They also attracted more female listeners, which led to some of us soon becoming their fans. In addition, Alternative Metal attracted some from the Goth Rock genre and sub-culture.
Alternative Metal is more aggressive and angsty much like Grunge Music. Alternative Metal is also considered to be "Aggro Metal." Most "Nu Metal" bands were demonized as well as ostracized by narrow-minded critics, who really cannot accept change.
Looking back, KoRn, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park received the most vilification. Those that were Rap-Rock bands, during the late '90s and early 21st Century began changing their music to sound more like Rock, later in the early 2000's and 2010's. This included Linkin Park.
"Nu Metal" reached its pinnacle, when The Deftones, Coal Chamber, Slipknot, KoRn, Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, and many others became more popular among younger Gen Xers, Millennials, and Xennials (those born on the cusp of Gen X and Y) in 1998.
Meanwhile, over the last 3 years or so, I have noticed the amount of hatred directed at Chester Bennington after The DeLeo Brothers from Stone Temple Pilots chose him as Scott Weiland's replacement. Nearly 3 years ago, I published a Song Saturday blog about Chester replacing Scott.
Allow me to reiterate, I NEVER hated Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. As much as I liked listening to Linkin Park as a young adult in my late teens and early 20's nearly 2 decades ago, I was and still am a much bigger fan of the original Stone Temple Pilots. Chester had some HUGE shoes to fill, when it came to replacing Scott Weiland.
The late Scott Weiland is irreplaceable as STP's former lead singer. Now, the same can be said about the late Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. It is so tragic that BOTH frontmen became friends with each other before dying.
After it was announced that Scott Weiland died from a drug overdose in December 2015, I remember reading how upset Chester was as a friend and fan.
Because Scott was an idol of Chester's and was even Scott's replacement for Stone Temple Pilots, Chester took his death really hard; Chester was really grief stricken over Scott Weiland's death. His grief echoed over social media.
Then, Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog, and Audioslave's Chris Cornell died from a supposed suicide, 2 months ago. In case you missed last Song Saturday, I encourage you to read it.
Everything about Chris Cornell's "suicide" feels odd. The same can also be said about Chester Bennington's suicide. After reading Neon Nettle's article about Chris Cornell learning about an "elite" pedophile ring, that he was about to expose, it adds to my suspicions. I believe he and Chester Bennington were murdered.
The fact that both Chris and Chester were in the middle of trying to save abused children and had evidence, that reveals the truth about an "elite" pedophile ring, makes me believe that they were both murdered.
I believe that someone was sent to permanently shut them up by killing them and setting their deaths up to look like suicides. Some cynics are laughing as they roll their eyes at yours truly about such claims, but anything is possible.
Why is everyone so quick to believe, that Chris and Chester's deaths were suicide? Ever have that needling feeling, that something doesn't feel right?
This is how I feel about Chris Cornell's death. His "suicide" has been needling me, since May.
What lead singer happens to be in the middle of working on and releasing a new album, going on tours, and SUDDENLY chooses to commit suicide?
These are questions more people should be asking themselves. Like I said last Song Saturday, this exact same incident happened with Michael Hutchence from INXS 20 years ago.
It has been claimed, that Chester's depression echoed through his songwriting, along with being grief stricken by Chris Cornell's death, since May. However, people cannot be happy and book tours, then suddenly hang themselves the next second.
Call me Nancy Drew, a conspiracy theorist, or delusional, but my intuition tells me that foul play is being hushed.
Whether or not you were a fan of Linkin Park or Chester Bennington, more people should show not only sympathy, but also empathy.
Family, friends, fans, and band members now must cope with a huge loss of someone very close to them. 1 Godson, 6 children, and 2 widows are also in mourning over the loss of their father, Godfather, husband, and ex-husband.
Hopefully, this answers your question Jesse.
|Posted by Anna H. on July 23, 2017 at 7:40 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you enjoy yesterday's Song Saturday Tribute to the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots? If so, let me know.
Also, let me know if you would like for me to do a Q&A blog at least once a week. I am already getting ready to answer 1 question. Hopefully, I'll be able to publish my next Q&A blog for this week.
On another note, I am sharing something a little different from the usual for this Cartoon Sunday. How many of you are familiar with John R. Dilworth? The actor, writer, director, animator, and producer is also known as "Dilly."
"Dilly" is best known for the Animated Horror Comedy, Courage The Cowardly Dog. I think it is strange, that no one credits the cable network, Nickelodeon. Several years before Courage The Cowardly Dog aired on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon aired it.
In fact, I remember channel surfing and stumbling upon Courage The Cowardly Dog on Nickelodeon, when I was in 6th grade. That was more than 20 years ago. Quite a few shows meant for children, which started airing on Cartoon Network WERE originally from Nickelodeon.
I remember Courage The Cowardly Dog airing on Nickelodeon years before Cartoon Network acquired it. Even though I was never a fan of the cartoon during my youth, there will be some fanboys 1 generation younger than yours truly, discrediting me about something they were not old enough to comprehend, much less watch.
Unlike younger Millennials and Generation Z, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney, etc. were NOT a part of my childhood or adolescence. I grew up watching Saturday Morning Cartoons and cartoons that aired on local channels everyday.
During the 1980's to mid-90s, cartoons used to air on local channels at least 5 days a week. On weekdays, cartoons aired on local channels in the mornings and afternoons. By 1994, I stopped watching local channels.
By 1992, I had already reached puberty and started watching the Liquid Television Animation block on MTV and Anime on The Sci Fi Channel in 1994.
MTV and Sci Fi had more mature content in their animation, that I wanted to watch whereas Cartoon Network and other networks showed more immature cartoons for pre-schoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary school children.
Some of you already know about me watching the Liquid Television Animation block. Beavis and Butt-Head, Daria, The Maxx, The Head, Celebrity Deathmatch, Aeon Flux, etc. were popular, during my adolescence.
The Cartoon Sushi block succeeded Liquid Television by 1997 on MTV. During the mid to late 1990's and early 2000's, I was an adolescent, when MTV aired these cartoons. This was years before Adult Swim was ever launched.
By 1997, the local networks had replaced cartoons with Court TV and Daytime Talk Shows. These local networks assumed every household by that time had basic cable channels like Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney, etc.
Truth be told, every household did NOT have a basic cable package.
Because today's blog mostly focuses on MTV, the network's cartoon blocks, its cartoons from the 1990's, and briefly mentions John R. Dilworth's Courage The Cowardly Dog, it's only fair to share a cartoon, which briefly aired on MTV.
Have you ever watched John R. Dilworth's The Dirdy Birdy?
The Dirdy Birdy was a 7-minute animated short, which aired on MTV during the early 1990's. The short features a hostile cat (Fergurina) and the obnoxious bird (Purdy) sitting in a tree.
If you did NOT know any better, you would swear that Purdy was the equivalent of an online troll sexually harassing Fergurina. Purdy is in love with Fergurina and expresses his affection for her. The bird's affections consists of MOONING her. The Grim Reaper also makes his cameo appearance.
Talk about an obnoxious creep! No wonder why the cat turns into a monster. Never in all my years have I ever seen a bird moon a cat in a tree or a cat transform into such a ferocious monster. This is surely a sight to behold!
Rather than explaining every detail of this abstract short, which used to air on MTV, it is much better for you to independently watch it, right now. Anyway, here is John R. Dilworth's The Dirdy Birdy for today's Cartoon Sunday.
The Dirdy Birdy (1993)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 22, 2017 at 9:25 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? On Thursday afternoon, I published a blog asking if you would like for me to publish more Q&A blogs. In case you missed that blog, click on this LINK.
While working on Thursday's blog, I clenched my chest in shock after reading the headline about Chester Bennington of both Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots.
Supposedly, Chester hung himself on what would have been Chris Cornell's (Chester's close friend) 53rd birthday had he also NOT supposedly hung himself, 2 months ago.
You may be wondering why I keep saying the word, "supposedly." Call me a conspiracy theorist, but both of their deaths were extremely sudden.
Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell's suicides remind me of Michael Hutchence's death from 20 years ago. In case you're unfamiliar with Michael Hutchence, he was the lead singer of the Australian Rock band, INXS.
In April 1997, the band released their final 10th album with Hutchence, Elegantly Wasted. It was named after their song, "Elegantly Wasted." INXS had lots of tours scheduled to celebrate their 20th anniversary that year.
By November 22, 1997 INXS's homecoming tour was canceled after Michael Hutchence was found dead hanging outside his hotel window in Sydney, Australia. Reports claim that Michael hung himself.
On January 19, 2016, Soundgarden announced that they were working on their next studio album. Apparently, they had been working on their music for the last several years and were touring.
After Soundgarden performed on May 17, 2017 at The Fox Theatre, which is located in Downtown Detroit, MI, Chris Cornell was found dead by his bodyguard on May 18th around 12:15 am. According to the reports, Cornell's body was lying on the bathroom floor of his hotel room at the MGM Grand Hotel.
***An exercise band was wrapped around Chris Cornell's neck and blood was in his mouth.
By the Detroit Police reviewing a hotel surveillance video, they ruled out a homicide. Supposedly, there was no evidence showing anyone entering or exiting Cornell's hotel suite, after the frontman's bodyguard left around 11:35 pm.
By June 2, 2017 the coroner confirmed that Chris Cornell committed suicide.
Chester Bennington was not only a close friend of Chris Cornell's, but also the Godfather of Cornell's son, Christopher.
In an interview with Radio.com, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda claimed that Chester was really aggrieved, as they performed "One More Light."
Radio.com: Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Claims Chester Bennington Was Hit Hard By Chris Cornell’s Suicide (2017)
This interview with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda was taped on May 19, 2017. This was the day after Soundgarden's Chris Cornell died of suicide. I'm still not believing this story. Chris' death sounds very suspicious; It sounds more like he was murdered.
Considering that Soundgarden was last seen in Detroit, MI, it would NOT surprise me if Cornell was murdered. Detroit is notorious for having a criminal element. I know this because I have relatives, who unfortunately live there.
As for Chester Bennington, he grew up troubled. At 7 years old, he was sexually abused by an older male friend and was scared to ask for help. He did not want everyone thinking he was gay or a liar.
The abuse did not stop, until he was 13 years old. Here's the real kicker, Chester Bennington's father was a police detective, who worked with sexual abuse cases. Meanwhile, Chester's mother was a nurse. By the time he was 11, his parents got divorced and Chester's father gained custody of him.
During the time of their divorce, Chester Bennington began using marijuana, alcohol, opium, cocaine, methamphetamine, and LSD. After turning 17, he moved in with his mother. When she discovered that he was using drugs, she banned him from leaving the house. By 2011, Chester Bennington supposedly quit using drugs.
In addition to Chester Bennington's dilemmas, he and his wife were harassed by the cyberstalker, Devon Townsend. The cyberstalking went on for almost a year.
Luckily, Townsend was found guilty of tampering with the couple's e-mails, sending threatening messages, and was later sentenced to 2 years in prison. Learning about Bennington's cyberstalker makes me even more suspicious than before.
What if Chester's cyberstalker, Devon Townsend murdered him on Thursday and made his death appear as a "suicide"?
You may assume that I am some crazy fan with conspiracy theories. Given the fact, that people were always attacking Chester, anything is possible. Regardless if Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington's deaths were murders or suicide, the news about both frontmen dying was and still is tragic.
Excluding the critics, trolls, AND haters, both frontmen are worldwide losses. Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell greatly touched the lives of many families, friends, fans, and celebrities. If you don't believe me, here are 2 videos from these people.
1) Death Of Chester Bennington: Celebrities Reaction [Dwayne Johnson, Mike Shinoda, and Others] (2017)
2) Loudwire: Rock World Reacts To Chester Bennington's Death (2017)
After publishing Thursday's blog about my Q&A, Jesse posted in the comments section:
"The lead singer of Linkin Park has been found dead. What are your thoughts of him and his band?"
Depending on my chaotic schedule, I plan on answering Jesse's question. Anyway, here are my favorite Linkin Park music videos for today's Song Saturday.
1) Linkin Park "One Step Closer" Hybrid Theory (2000)
2) Linkin Park "Papercut" Hybrid Theory (2000)
3) Linkin Park "Points Of Authority" Hybrid Theory (2000)
4) Linkin Park "In The End" Hybrid Theory (2000)
5) Linkin Park "Bleed It Out" Minutes To Midnight (2007)
1) Linkin Park [Chris Cornell Tribute] "One More Light" One More Light (2017)
2) Jonathan Davis [Featuring Chester Bennington] "System" Queen Of The Damned Soundtrack (2002)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 20, 2017 at 5:05 PM||comments (7)|
How's it going my gumdrops? If you have been subscribed to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns throughout the last 3 years, you already know that I normally publish Q&A blogs for the anniversary of launching this website.
On September 23rd, it will be 4 years since building It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. Like I already posted yesterday on Google Plus, I have contemplated whether or not to publish Q&A blogs at least once a week over the last 3 years.
Whenever I DO publish Q&A blogs in September, there are usually subscribers literally asking me 5-20 questions at a time, when I have other questions to answer from other subscribers.
Last year, I was surprised that barely anyone had questions for my Q&A blog. After limiting subscribers to only 1-3 questions, it seemed as if no one wanted to ask any.
I don't know if fear of public humiliation, having nothing to ask, or simply boycotting the last Q&A because I restricted subscribers to 3 questions maximum made people not want to participate in my annual Q&A. Usually, subscribers ask me really good questions.
Every question that is asked is NOT a simple yes or no question. Normally, I must give more detailed explanations to a question(s), which is enough to create an entire blog. Some questions are so complex, they leave me stumped.
Meanwhile, some love strategizing ways of asking me politically divisive questions. We all have our own political views. I try my hardest to stay as apolitical as possible. The last thing I need is to ALIENATE my subscribers by sharing my opposing views about politics.
The Internet, media, and entertainment in general have been flooded with political division and propaganda. I hardly check my facebook news feed anymore because of the divisiveness, lately.
When my news feed is not flooded with spam ads and shit posts as updates, it is usually flooded with anti-Trump group pages, articles, divisive memes, etc.
For the last decade to nearly 20 years, politics has dominated our entire daily lives. It is to the extent that we hardly want to see much less listen to it anymore. Politics has become so polarizing over these last 3 years, that it's overkill.
I am BEYOND sick and tired of hearing about the illegal immigration ban, Black Lives Matter, Obama Care, Hilary Clinton, her e-mails, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Russia, Russia, Russia.
There are more important issues and entertaining topics to report and discuss than political scandals and propaganda ad nauseam.
Also, my Q&A blogs are not an excuse for thirsty creeps to strategize ways of turning my site into being their personal Tinder and xHamster accounts. I did NOT build this website to be fetishized or treated as fap material.
Some of you would be amazed at the number of creeps I have to deal with in cyber space. As soon as they see my picture on here and social media, they expect me to send them nudie pics for the sake of busting their nuts or scoring a free date.
And yet they wonder why they are divorced and/ are STILL single? This is why you often read my so-called "man-hating" rants in blogs. For the record, I do NOT hate men. Men have always been my main audience dating back to 15 years ago, when I hosted my radio show at WIPZ.
Anyway, with that being said, should I answer at least 1-3 questions in a blog during the week?
|Posted by Anna H. on July 16, 2017 at 10:30 PM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? It has been a while, since I last talked about, much less watched the Shonen Supernatural Acion Anime, Blue Exorcist. Nearly 2 years ago, I published a Cartoon Sunday blog, which consisted of the show's bloopers.
Early on, I noticed that Blue Exorcist looked somewhat similar to Vampire Knight.
Vampire Knight 
Blue Exorcist 
I spent HOURS last night and earlier this morning trying to find pictures showing the similarities between Vampire Knight and Blue Exorcist. The images above were the closest that I could find regarding the similarities in high school academy uniforms. Both Anime titles are Supernatural Action Anime.
Vampire Knight is a Shojo Anime meant for female viewers whereas Blue Exorcist is a Shonen Anime meant for male viewers. I have compiled a list showing the similarities and differences between Vampire Knight and Blue Exorcist, in order to give a better understanding of both shows,
- Shojo Supernatural Action Romance Anime meant for female viewers, which heavily revolves around tragedy
- Somewhat considered Horror because it has some horror elements to it
- Cross Academy is named after the vampire hunter now turned headmaster, Kaein Cross
- Cross Academy is comprised of high school vampire students attending night classes
- Human students attend day classes
-Yuki Cross is the female protagonist, who was adopted by Cross Academy's headmmaster and later discovers that she is a Pureblood Vampire
- Shonen Supernatural Action Dramedy Anime meant for male viewers, which has some tragedy
- True Cross Academy is a prestigious Exorcist Cram School, which is the Japanese branch of the True Cross Order
- True Cross Order is the main organization of Exorcists and a global exorcist institution that is controlled by the Vatican
- True Cross Order has roots to Christianity and was founded by Medieval Christian Knights
- Some Biblical scripture is used in this series
-Rin Okumura is the male protagonist with the ability to see demons
- Rin and his twin brother Yukio were adopted and raised by Father Shiro Fujimoto, who was an Exorcist
- Before Father Shiro Fujimoto sacrificed his own life to protect Rin from the demons of Gehenna, Rin discovers that he and Yukio are both Satan's bastard sons
Judging by the list of these Supernatural Action Anime, both use "Cross Academy" in their high school academy names, have protagonists discovering they were adopted because they are not fully human, and possess supernatural powers.
In addition to what has been listed about Vampire Knight and Blue Exorcist, I noticed that both series have male brunette characters wearing eye patches in high positions at both the Cross Academies.
It would've been so much better if I could've found a split screen image of Vampire Knight's Toga Yagari and Blue Exorcist's Igor Neuhaus. Both characters wear eye patches, have brown hair, and seem to have cold personalities.
If you have NEVER watched Vampire Knight or Blue Exorcist, I really encourage you to watch them both. You will see a lot of similarities between the 2.
It would be nice to see the 2nd season of Blue Exorcist and the entire Vampire Knight series air on Adult Swim or possibly on another network. We all know that Adult Swim will NEVER air Vampire Knight.
The men running Adult Swim not only show disrespect towards their OWN viewers in general, but also love discriminating against women. The assholes in charge of Adult Swim and the creeps, that posted on their official message board for over a dozen or so years, expect women to be inferior to them.
This is when Adult Swim is NOT pretending to promote "women's empowerment," in between showing female characters with very LITTLE self-respect chase after male characters, that continuously express their disinterest in them and cleavage shots.
Keep promoting that "women's empowerment," Adult Swim!
A few months ago, Blue Exorcist's 2nd season finished airing in Japan. I really hope Adult Swim or those running the Toonami block renew their license to re-air Blue Exorcist's 1st season, then air its 2nd season, Kyoto Saga.
There have been claims by Toonami fans, that Blue Exorcist's license expired for it to be re-aired on Adult Swim, and that the Shonen Supernatural Action Anime did badly in ratings. I don't know if that last part is true.
Some of us already know how much of zealots certain Toonami fans are, when it comes to the Nielsen Ratings. Shows will be "trending" on facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites YET there are some Toonami fans, that are still bitter.
There are Toonami fans still bitter about certain shows such as One Piece, for example, being replaced by Tokyo Ghoul or any show with horror in it.
Rather than being more open-minded, OR simply changing the channel to something else, they post threads around social media sites and forums to mock, discredit, and patronize other fans of certain shows, that threaten their interests, views, and don't fit their narrative.
Based on what I finally realized about Toonami fans, that were Adult Swim posters, they are VERY cynical. They have this mindset, that religion is for idiots. These are the same Toonami fans, that LOVE complaining about Tokyo Ghoul, claiming that it supposedly "justifies and glorifies cannibalism."
Since Blue Exorcist uses some excerpts from the Bible, has trained Exorcists, students training to become Exorcists, and the protagonist happens to be 1 of Satan's bastard sons, I believe certain viewers are or will be repulsed by this series.
The ilk of Toonami fans I have dealt with on Adult Swim's forum, before it was shut down are threatened by Christianity, Satanism, and other religions.
Religion "triggers" these particular fans. They CANNOT handle the sound of religion much like the rest of us cannot handle them throwing temper tantrums like 2-year-olds over a cartoon's low ratings.
I advise viewers to watch and enjoy a show for yourself, NOT because of a show's ratings. Much like polls can be rigged, ratings can also be rigged. Every household does NOT have a Nielsen's box.
The fact that there are men, women, and children allowing a show's ratings to control them is pathetic in itself. If you need to obsess over a show's ratings, you will NEVER enjoy ANY show.
Since TONIGHT'S Cartoon Sunday blog is mostly about Blue Exorcist, let's start from the very beginning. Below is the link to the English Dub for Blue Exorcist.
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|Posted by Anna H. on July 15, 2017 at 1:25 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? We just came short of it being Friday the 13th. Yesterday was Friday the 14th. Gotta love it.
Even though we missed out on such an ominous day this month, *knocking on wood* it doesn't mean we can't enjoy Harry Manfredini's "Overlay Of Evil." If you watched the 1980 Slasher Horror film, Friday The 13th, you already know, that "Overlay Of Evil" was its theme song.
Earlier this week, I listened to the Friday The 13th Soundtrack. Every song on the soundtrack (or should I say "score"?) sounded like the movie's theme song. There were some minor changes in each composition.
However, each song had portions of "Overlay Of Evil" in it. Manfredini saying, "ki ki ki, ma ma ma" echoed throughout Friday The 13th's score.
It's fascinating that most people mistake the sounds Manfredini made in the score for this Slasher Horror film. "Ki ki ki, ma ma ma" is commonly mistaken for "cha cha cha, ha ha ha."
According to the composer, "ki ki ki, ma ma ma" was a sound he created from the reel, when Mrs. Voorhees recites "Kill her, mommy!" "Ki" was derived from the word, "kill" and "ma" was derived from "mommy."
These 2-worded sounds were spoken "harshly, distinctly and rhythmically into a microphone." Then, they were run through an echo reverberation machine.
The original score for Friday The 13th was recorded in a friend of Harry Manfredini's basement.
Before I forget, Harry Manfredini's "ki ki ki, ma ma ma" sounds were inspired by a piece of Krzysztof Penderecki's work, which was very similar to his own.
Are you interested in learning more trivia about this Slasher Horror film?
The romantic Supernatural Shojo Comedy Anime, Fruits Basket, which centers around characters that transform into animals from the Chinese zodiac, made a reference to Jason in 2001.
In 2001, the creator of Fruits Basket titled episode 16, "If We've Three Then We Don't Need To Fear Jason." In episode 16, Shigure Sohma (representing the dog in Chinese Astrology) emotionally blackmailed his cousins Yuki (rat), Kyo (cat), and protagonist, Tohru Honda, into vacationing at The Sohma Family Lake House for the summer.
Shigure Sohma succeeded in scaring Kyo with the fictitious, "Jason The Bear." "Jason The Bear" was supposedly a bear down by the lake. His name was in reference to the character, Jason Vorhees from Friday The 13th.
Speaking of the Friday The 13th character, Jason Vorhees has been played by at least several actors. Ari Lehman was the original actor for the character. Not only was Ari the original Jason Vorhees, he also formed a Horror-Punk band called First Jason.
During October 2014, I published a blog featuring an interview Ari Lehman did with the founder of Horror-Punks and host of The Horror Of It All, Marquis DeBlood. If you are interested in watching this interiew, click on the following link.
Is that enough trivia for you? I really hope so. You should be all set, for now. In the meantime, here is Friday The 13th's theme song, "Overlay Of Evil" for today's Song Saturday.
Harry Manfredini "Overlay Of Evil" [Theme Song] Friday The 13th Soundtrack (1980)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 9, 2017 at 10:15 AM||comments (6)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Today I wanted to switch things up a little for Cartoon Sunday. Every so often, I like discussing various topics, including different types of animation, which do not center around Adult Swim.
Next month, I will be sharing another cartoon, that aired on MTV shortly before the network canceled it. Some, if not most of you already noticed, that I constantly talk about Adult Swim.
As I have said many times in the past, I was watching Liquid Television Animation on MTV, during the 1990's. This was YEARS before Cartoon Network launched the original Toonami block and before Adult Swim was ever launched.
More recently, Teenagers and adults 30 years old and younger have been discovering older cartoons, that use to air on MTV during the 1990's. Here's the real kicker, Adult Swim's latest animated promos for the network are only imitations of some of MTV's promos from the 1990's (circa 1992 and after to be more exact).
MTV Promo: "Ding-Dong" (1992)
This promo for MTV is only 1 example. I believe that Adult Swim is currently trying to copy what MTV started doing more than 2 decades or so ago with Adult Swim's latest promos. If you do NOT believe me, watch Adult Swim, during the commercial breaks, especially on the weekends.
I am really disappointed with the current state of both Adult Swim and MTV. At least Adult Swim still shows Anime on the weekends (luckily). MTV on the other hand, has been a disgrace for these last 13 years. I swear, 2004 was seriously THE kiss of death for entertainment in general.
The Entertainment Industry and the media continuously oppress us with their need to be politically divisive AND patronizing humor directed at certain groups of people. To make matters worse, Reality TV Shows have hijacked almost EVERY local, cable, and satellite channel.
It is a disgrace to see how so many networks and the people running them have LOST their integrity. Instead of showing quality entertainment, the networks would rather produce a bunch of Reality TV shows to pander, glorify, and normalize self-centered, attention-seeking, and highly entitled men, women, children, and teenagers.
Speaking of entertainment, you may recall earlier this year, that I published several blogs about the Goth Sub-culture. In fact, I published a Cartoon Sunday blog about Pitchfork TV giving a brief yet satirical history lesson about the Goth Sub-culture. In case you missed this blog, click on the following link.
For the last 10-15 years, I've had some people, including ignorami from college label me as being Emo. By no means am I Emo and have never dressed Emo. Regardless of the clothes I wear, the music I listen to, and TV shows and movies I watch, I have been Goth, since childhood.
Old friends and classmates from 6th to 12th grade would not know it because my physical appearance was NOT Goth at the time. However, I did have some Goth friends in high school and my interests were always dark and morbid.
Decades later, I am STILL Goth.
Despite the negative depictions of Goths in the media, every Goth is NOT a horrible person. Also, the Goth fashion does not always translate well, when you are in the workforce.
Depending on the company's dress code, you have to wear "normal" clothing, in order to assimilate. If you work at a company, that allows you to wear whatever you want, or happen to be self-employed, you can Goth it up as much as you want. Most places in the workforce will NOT allow it.
As I was saying about Emos, Emo people are NOT the same as Goths. Emos normally listen to shitty Pop-Punk bands and "Crybaby" Rock Music. All the while, some Emos may physically appear as Goth because of their make-up, hair, and some clothing.
When you see someone with an asymmetrical and spiky haircut in black hair dye, swept over bangs, and possibly wearing horned-rimmed glasses, THAT person is without a doubt Emo.
During my last 2 years of college, a guy friend continuously mocked and labeled me as being Emo Goth. That was not including his deliberate insults he ENJOYED disguising as jokes. His patronization always annoyed the hell out of me. That was partly why I distanced myself from him, after graduating.
When you watch Pitchfork TV's informative yet satirical cartoon about the history of Emo, you should realize it is different from Goth Rock and the Goth Sub-culture in general. You should especially notice, that I have NEVER featured ANY Emo Rock bands in past Song Saturday blogs.
Listening to songs by A.F.I. is MY ONLY EXCEPTION to Emo. Otherwise, like most people, I HATE Emo Music!
Anyway, here is Pitchfork TV's "A Brief History Of Emo" for Cartoon Sunday.
Pitchfork TV: "A Brief History Of Emo" (2017)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 8, 2017 at 7:55 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? If you are subscribed to the website iHorror, you probably know about the latest movies in the works.
Are these sequels, prequels, and reboots necessary? HELL no.
All these sequels, prequels, and reboots are the main reason for my indifference as someone, who use to enjoy going to movie theaters. I have not stepped foot into a theater since 2005. Yes, you read that right.
It has been 12 YEARS, since I last went to the theaters.
During 2004, entertainment in general became politically divisive and oppressive. The incessant sequels, prequels, reboots, and remakes made the problems we have worse with today's TV shows, films, and entertainment in general.
And Hollywood wonders why it can BARELY turn a profit off today's entertainment?
Today's screenwriters and filmmakers have no originality anymore and want to keep recycling films, which do NOT need sequels, prequels, remakes, and reboots.
A few years or so ago, I channel surfed, scrolled down my TV Guide, and stumbled upon A Nightmare On Elm Street. I assumed it was another sequel to this Slasher Horror franchise. Instead, it was a 2010 remake of the original movie from 1984.
The remake also had someone else playing the role, that Robert Englund originated. The remake was garbage. Why do Hollywood screenwriters and filmmakers feel the need to beat horses to death and keep beating them, after they've been killed?
Throughout this last decade, I have watched a number of Horror documentaries. A History Of Horror is only 1 example.
Halloween's John Carpenter (the original filmmaker/music composer) if memory serves me right, said that even though the original movie wrapped up everything in the plot, Hollywood keeps wanting more sequels because they keep the franchises active and sequels generate more money.
This is very true. Some movies do NOT need sequels. Hollywood loves to beat a dead horse. Meahwhile, you can sense that some movies with cliffhanger endings DO need sequels.
Speaking of Carpenter, an article was published last year, on Entertainment Weekly. He accused Rob Zombie (the former Horror Groove Metal vocalist of White Zombie) of lying on him. Carpenter even went as far as calling Rob "a piece of shit."
I never bothered watching any of Rob Zombie's Horror films, after painfully trying to watch The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto. Zombie may be skilled at illustrating Horror Animation and Art, but his movie scripts were and still are contrived piles of shit.
As much as I use to LOVE Rob during my youth, I grew up and realized the man is nothing more than a pretentious tryhard, sell out, and a HIPSTER. I am sure Sean Yseult probably wonders what she saw in Rob Zombie as the former frontman and founder of their band, White Zombie as well as a boyfriend.
Since we're already on the topics of Horror movies and sequels, you're gonna love this next sequel, which is currently in production. After nearly 2 decades of talking about a sequel, Deep Blue Sea is being made for a channel with THE WORST TV shows and movies. That being Syfy, formerly known as The Sci Fi Channel.
Seriously?! Not that most sequels, prequels, and reboots excite me or anything, but I am REALLY disappointed with the fact, that Deep Blue Sea is being made to air on a network, that airs the most preposterous and contrived Science Fiction TV shows and movies.
Deep Blue Sea is another example of a movie, that does NOT need a sequel. The sequel is obviously being made to capitalize off the latest Killer Shark flicks and pandering to those fans, who want to see a movie as stupid as Sharknado.
The Sci Fi Horror film, Deep Blue Sea released July 28, 1999 (when I was still in high school). If a sequel wasn't made during the early 2000's, it didn't need a sequel now. I can only imagine how ridiculous Deep Blue Sea 2 will be on Syfy.
If Deep Blue Sea 2 was more like the Killer Shark Thriller, Jaws, I would probably consider watching it. NO ONE from the original Deep Blue Sea (Michael Rapaport, Jacqueline McKenzie, Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, etc.) will be in this sequel!
Knowing that Syfy is currently shooting Deep Blue Sea 2 in South Africa without its original cast, and that they want the film to be more Sharknado-esque, I will pass.
Considering that today's blog is mostly about Horror, Sci Fi Horror, Thrillers, sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, and killer sharks, it is ONLY fitting to have suspenseful music dealing wiith killer sharks. With that being said, here is Trevor Rabin's score, "Armageddon," from the original Deep Blue Sea Soundtrack.
Trevor Rabin "Armageddon" Deep Blue Sea Soundtrack (1999)