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Keepin it Positive

Things are too negative these days. I contribute to it on a daily basis and am trying my best to avoid it, especially with recent events. So here's a whole bunch of positive thoughts to try and drown out all of the nonsense.

  • I have a lot of great people in my life. Sometimes its easy to take it all for granted but I've been trying to do better. I try to text people more and respond in a more timely matter. I'm still awful about phone calls but I'm trying. Here's hoping this focus on optimism furthers my own goals/happiness.

  • UFC 205 is right around the corner and, like millions around the globe, I couldn't be more excited. While McGregor/Alvarez is certainly the spectacle of the show, there are other fantastic bouts in Woodley/Wonderboy and Joanna/Karolina (if you thought I was going to try and spell their last names, you're crazy). This is looking like it could be the greatest card in UFC history while simultaneously making history in epic proportion with New York's first ever.

  • The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Special Edition came out recently and it's just as incredible as I'd hoped for. No matter how much I played the game on 360, nothing quite compares to playing it on a top of the line PC and the SE is no different with brilliant graphics that only get better with a little modding here or there. Those that have been running Skyrim with mods won't really see much of a change but for us lowly console gamers, it's a look at Skyrim through brand new eyes.

  • This ended up being a fantastic year for horror. Insidious: Chapter 3, The Conjuring 2, Don't Breathe, Hush, and Lights Out all provided a much needed jolt to the public's horror nerve. These are all stylish and try to carve their own path in the horror world. Just like so many other horror directors before them, I can see these guys (especially Fede Alvarez) really moving on to greatness.

  • The Mass Effect trilogy was recently released to EA Access as well as XBOX One Backward Compatibility. So in other news: I won't have much of a life for the next few months. As much as I was hoping for a fancy new remaster, I'm happy to not have to repurchase a bunch of games I already own. And EA Access has helped me forgo the distance that exists between myself and my physical copies of these games, meaning I can start my adventures aboard the Normandy all over again.

  • Joe Rogan's latest Standup Special "Triggered" was released recently and, while I'm not always a fan of Rogan's standup, he really went above and beyond for this special. His casual demeanor carries over well and since he actually has some decent points to make, it makes the jokes stronger as a result. While it's not going to change your life, it's definitely a lighthearted way to spend an hour.

  • So apparently The Vision is awesome? I've really fallen off of comic books and only recently got caught up on Batman (which, even without Scott Snyder, is awesome) so I was shocked to hear that a comic based on the Vision was the top comic around. Consider me pleasantly surprised because I always love when lesser Marvel characters start getting some love (Black Widow, Miss Marvel, Moon Knight). I have all the current issues loaded up on my Kindle and I can't wait to dive in.

  • Insomnia Theatre has really been a lot of fun. I'm not sure if you've been keeping up but my friend Dom and I have been doing these fun little commentaries over Public Domain horror movies. It's a great way for us to shoot the shit while also doing something we love while also feeling just a little bit productive in the process. I've really enjoyed it, as I love B Horror Movies and don't feel like I've seen nearly enough. While not always first time viewings for Dom, they are almost always completely new for me. And we both completely understand if you don't have the time to listen as they do run the full length of the films we watch but we appreciate it nonetheless.

  • I started playing DnD and I've officially entered super nerd territory. I'd always avoided the game because it had a certain connotation to it but after several close friends repeatedly recommended it to me, I finally succumbed. I have to admit, it's a lot of fun. I've always been a very imaginative person so I figured I'd have fun with the game but I wasn't expecting to know so much about the game already. Every RPG I've ever played has borrowed from DnD so the transition was rather easy. While my friends and I just do it over voice chat at this point, I can see it being loads more fun being in person. But as of now it's a great way to keep in touch with friends on a weekly basis.

Insomnia Theatre

Anyone that knows me knows I love me some horror movies. My good friend Dom also loves horror movies. So it made sense for us to combine forces and celebrate horror movies in the only way we know how: making fun of them.

Insomnia Theatre is basically just Dom and I providing a commentary for random Public Domain Horror Movies. Why Public Domain? Well we want to make it as easy as possible and PD is the only way we can include both the video and our audio all in one spot (unless we wanted to pay exorbitant licensing fees for legit movies which would never happen). Are we going to provide the level of insight that a cast/crewmember would provide? Of course not, but if you like a friendly conversation over an old horror movie filled with plenty of ball-busting, swearing, and laughs.

Check out the first four episodes below.

NOTE: Episode 3 has a copyright claim from some asshole producers who don't understand that the film is in the US Public Domain. So get it while you can.

Auditorium of Horror

Well I missed Halloween. Spent an entire month doing a bunch of stuff, most of which was non-Halloween related. Younger Tyler would have been so disappointed. Unfortunately, I just didn't have the time nor the heart to continue with my "31 Days of Halloween/Horror" for another year. Instead, I opted just to enjoy the month without limitations and it ended up being one of the more memorable Halloween experiences of my life, with something I'm hoping to add to subsequent years: a trip to the theaters.

I was recently lucky enough to be able to see two classic horror movies in movie theaters: The Shining and Halloween. If you know me, then you know that those are two of my absolute favorite films of all time and have been since I was a teen. So the while the idea of seeing this films in an auditorium may have crossed my mind, it never came across as a feasible option. Thankfully 2016 has provided a bountiful harvest of horror films in the theater that I'm actually able to pick and choose which I wanted to see, and the choices were obvious.

As much as a I love The Shining, it's run-time can certainly be wearing, especially given the slower pace of the extended version (which was what we saw). While I prefer the Kubrick Cut for it's more frantic pace/less supernatural elements, I still love this version to death. It's a journey into insanity, only being rivaled by A Nightmare On Elm Street and The Descent.

Halloween was an otherworldly experience. I never in a million years would have thought that I'd be able to see that movie in theaters and the quality was superb; the best I've ever seen the film look. While The Shining was clearly just an okay transfer likely taken from the Bluray, Halloween felt absolutely pristine. I'm still not entirely sure what format we saw it in, but whatever it was, it provided a look unlike any other.

While I can't vouch for every Fathom Event (apparently their presentation of Halloween last year was poorly done with low quality sound and a darkened image) but they seem to have worked out all the kinks for this recent cycle, and I can't recommend it enough. Here's hoping they switch it up next year and I'm able to cross a few more essentials off my list.

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