The Wrong Bad Guy

I’m sure some of you may have seen the video that someone put out arguing that Daniel-san is actually the bad guy in The Karate Kid and Johnny is the good guy. It is an interesting theory, and the guy had a couple of good points, but I don’t buy that one.It did make me think about various movie villains and if there was an argument to be made for them being the good guy. I came up blank for a while, but I finally got one.

I think the reason it took me so long to find this one is because it’s a movie that I don’t like. In fact, if it was up to me, I’d never have watched this movie in the first place. Both Mrs. Revis and Baby E like it, however, so I’ve been forced to watch it more times than I’m comfortable admitting to. Of course, there’s a chance that someone else has made this argument before me, but since I’ve never seen it, I’m going to say that I’m the one who came up with it.

What’s the movie, you ask? It’s right on the other side of the “Continue Reading” button.

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I don’t know what it is about The Man Without Fear,  but for some reason I’ve always been drawn to him. He’s not very powerful. He’s not a mechanical genius. He doesn’t have all of those wonderful toys. So, why do I consider him to be one of my favorite comic book characters?

I don’t know.

Maybe it’s because of all of those things that I like him. He doesn’t have all the gadgets like Batman. He doesn’t have the technical know how like Iron Man. He doesn’t have a lot of awesome powers like Superman. Hell, Daredevil’s powers are pretty weak…

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My Weekly Soundtrack: 12/10

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing a soundtrack based simply on genre. This week, I’m going back to basics and just going with songs that have been stuck in my head at some point during the past few days. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy them.

Up first is Unraveling, by Sevendust.

Our second song is Better Think Again, by Submersed.

There might be some subtext in this song, but, if there is, it’s too subtle for me.

Fourth is a song by Chevelle called Mexican Sun.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Stephen Lynch song, so here’s one that popped into my head after watching a Christmas special.

Here’s a song by Dark New Day called Evergreen.

Last for this week is Disturbed with their song, Serpentine.

Well everyone, that’s it for this week’s soundtrack. As always, I hope you enjoyed the music and wish you all a good week.


My Weekly Soundtrack: 11/12/13

It’s time for me to post a soundtrack on a weird date….11/12/13. They said something about this on the local news this morning (because people are rushing to get married today just because of the date) and I couldn’t help but thinking, “Who cares?” There’s been a date like this every year since 2003 (1/2/03). There’ll be one next year, too (12/13/14). Granted, this won’t happen again after that for 100 years, but, still, who cares? It’s just another day…

There are no themes this week. Just songs that I’ve heard this week. Onto the list….

Up first is Hollow, by Submersed.

The second song for today is Enemy, by Sevendust.

Third is Pieces by Dark New Day.

Fourth is I Get It, by Chevelle.

The fifth song is Sorry, But Your Friends Are Hot by Zebrahead.

Metallica’s Hero of the Day is up sixth. I know a lot of Metallica fans didn’t care for Load, but I like it. I don’t care much for ReLoad, but I do like Load.

The seventh, and final, song is called Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell, by The Offspring.

Dead Set: Part 26


“You idiot! Do you realize what you have done?”

Christian couldn’t see anything. He knew it was Shadow who spoke, but couldn’t tell where he was. The voice seemed to surround him. A soft glow began to illuminate the area around him, but there was still nothing to see. This must be Shadow’s home, he thought.

“Where are we,” Christian asked.

“This is the Shadow Realm, and you, my friend, have made a huge mistake.”

“Oh really? And what’s that?”

He felt a force throw him up against a very solid wall of darkness. Pain erupted inside his head. The room was spinning. What was going on? He hadn’t felt pain like that in a long time. It wasn’t something he wanted to experience again. Continue reading

Song Story: Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying From You

Song stories. Everybody has them. They are memories that are evoked every time you hear a particular song. Sometimes, it’s something big (like the first dance at your wedding). Other times, it’s something mundane (such as something that happened once while you were just hanging out at home). It doesn’t matter how many times you hear the song after it happens, you still think of it every time you hear the song.

I’ve decided that every once in a while, instead of putting up my weekly soundtrack, I’ll share one of my song stories instead. This one is one of the mundane variety. I had it in one of my soundtracks a few weeks ago. It’s one of the songs that gave me the idea to do this kind of post.
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Dead Set Part 23


Darkness. Emptiness. Void. There is nothing, not even herself. The world is gone. Everything has disappeared. She was scared. She wanted her Mommy, but she was gone too. She wanted to scream, to cry, but you can’t do that when you don’t exist. Finally, a light appears to save her once again.

Bethany opened her eyes. She screamed as she stared at her nightlight. Her grandfather had bought her that one to replace the one that was broken when he had fought with Bethany’s father. It was special, then, because it came from him. Now, it was special because it rescued her from her recurring nightmares. Even during the day, she found it’s presence comforting, but didn’t know why. Her mother ran into the room.

“What’s the matter, baby,” she asked, although she already knew the answer.

“I had the dream again,” Bethany replied, still crying.

“It’ll be ok, honey. These dreams will pass.”

Samantha wasn’t so sure, though. She had a premonition that her father and DS would come to her, but they hadn’t. Something had gone wrong. Her visions didn’t always come true, but they had only changed before when she had somehow gotten involved. This time, she did nothing and it still changed. Something bad was going to happen. All she had to do is figure out what.

After getting Bethany back to sleep, she focused herself. Normally, this is when she would see the future, but there was nothing. All she saw was darkness, a never ending void. She saw Bethany’s dream. Awakening from her trance, she knew why her daughter was afraid. She was afraid, too. Something bad was going to happen, and there was nothing she could do to stop it. Continue reading