Project X – V

For all the bionic details about what led to the Creation of Project X, please visit the Intro Post. It’s totally worth six million bionic dollars.

LIKE
Vacation!

A while ago Mrs B and I went on a Vacation down to Georgia to visit the family. Ahhh, good times. I do wish we could have a vacation like that every year. It would be a big stress reliever for sure.

DISLIKE
Villains

Villains are like poop; necessary but only those with severe issues actually like them. If you see someone smearing poop around, I’d hope you would knock them down, tie them up and call the cops. I feel that way about people who praise those who are villains. When movies come out with the main character being a villain, it makes me want to shoot someone. But since I’m not a villain, I don’t.

Of course, now that I’ve said that, you should go watch Villain Pub. It’s pretty funny πŸ˜‰


And that is it for this week. Stay tuned for our next episode, . Where Whether to Weather the Weather will be the main topic of discussion. Exciting stuff!

57 thoughts on “Project X – V

    1. Bad doesn’t “evolve” into Good. There might be a redemption story, but it always involves the badguy making a choice and becoming a good guy.

      As for anti-heroes. I think that philosophy is a pernicious creeping evil. One of the people I follow wrote something on this very subject. I’ll have to get back to you with the link, as I can’t figure out how to search her site at the moment.

      And I began writing without reading the rest of your comment. Sorry.

      Redemption. I completely agree that redemption must be there and that villains are not cast in stone. But redemption is more than just a bad guy doing a good thing. It also involves them repudiating the bad things they have done. And in the stories we get today, that almost never happens 😦

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        1. And Darth Vader is exactly who I was thinking about actually. If he had lived, his redemption would have included an about-face for his past and a return to Anakin Skywalker. He wouldn’t have been redeemed if he’d saved Luke only to become Emperor 2.0.

          And yes, I have given it thought. Being a Christian, this type of subject has real world application πŸ™‚

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    1. How did you guess? It was exactly like that!
      I thought about asking the Chevster if he was psychic and based the whole movie on a vision he had of our vacation. But I didn’t want to take the mystery out of the situation, so I didn’t ask.

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  1. One does have a need of a good villian to make a good hero story tho, i feel its kinda a cant live with them, cant live without them scenario… I mean I do like the Terminator, but he was reprogrammed, I used to love Predator and Alien before Holywood screwed up the franchises… Predator I did not feel was particularly bad, he was more a guy coming to show humans that they werent as on top of the food chain as they thought they were…

    Happy you got to take some vaycay at least, always good to do some recharging.

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    1. Yeah, Predator was a whole different kettle of fish. I do wish the franchise had stayed awesome. I haven’t even dared watch that “The Predator” from 2018 as I heard nothing good about it.
      I do hear there is another one coming out this year called “Prey”? According to Wikipedia it is going to be Hulu Direct release. That doesn’t inspire much hope 😦

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  2. Love vacations, there’s nothing better. Unfortunately I do like a good villain too. Don’t you just find them more entertaining? Think they’re more accurate in the diluted morality of modern times rather than your perfect, upstanding citizen e.g. Superman. After all, that tiny, slight, sinful thought we repress to our deep subconscious is something we can all relate to, right?

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    1. The reason they are more entertaining, as you say, is because most writers are a bunch of *insert your choice of pejorative* who are perverts and purveyors of filth and as such wouldn’t know a Good Guy if he biffed them upside the head. How can they write well about something they not only ignore but actively denigrate? They can’t. So we end up with insipid vanilla nobody’s.

      “they’re more accurate in the diluted morality of modern times”
      This is something I’ve discussed with Dix before, and most movie watchers seem to favor his (and your view) that movies are supposed to reflect us and usually the bad part of us. My take is that movies should show us what is possible and give us something to strive upward for.
      I don’t want to relate to the baser part of humanity when watching a movie. and I think the obsession with that idea (I had a coworker who loved the latest Venom film because of woke bullshit reasons about Carnage) is what is driving movies down the path movie reviewers all lament (ie, originally, interesting stories, etc, etc).

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      1. Very very interesting. I don’t think there are any intriguing modern-day heroes that really come to mind when I think about it that aren’t an anti- or some sort of superhero. Maybe that’s just my viewing choices, but I wonder if that’s representing a shift in society to our more animalistic urges, or a shift in more liberated writers.

        I think the argument here about movies reflecting us is really: what is the purpose of a film to a viewer? Personally, I think it’s the opportunity to live vicariously in another life or world we’ll never be able to experience – and so often have we had the urge to disregard social confines for our own selfish wants. Perhaps it proves your argument of writers exploiting our worst qualities for the success of their own stories.

        I do accept your view movies should present a better future, but I think there’s also value in films that show the opposite to shock us into change too. But, at the end of the day, cinema can only do such much.

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        1. Hanks likes to play everyday heroes πŸ˜‰ he had a bunch of movies recently where he’s the typical good guy, understated but generally morally upstanding. I think we need those movies, too πŸ™‚ But well done ambiguous antiheroes are more interesting πŸ˜‰

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          1. Of course, Hanks! You’re right: we do need those sort of films too and who better than him. I really enjoyed A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood which I watched a while back – Hanks playing the arcanely perfect children’s TV host, but even then I felt we were only just rippling upon the surface of an incredible and complex man. But Bridge of Spies, Sully, Captain Phillips… they fit the bill.

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        2. I agree that society HAS shifted.

          And what is the purpose of movies? To me, the basic premise, above all else, is to entertain. But what we choose to entertain ourselves with is where the morality of movies come into play for me.

          Movies are just a representation of a greater cultural shift though. It’s what the greatest number of people in the world can relate to, which is one of the reasons I have thought about this subject. More people watch movies than read books, so I need to know what I think of movies in general and in specific before I talk to them about them.
          I’d love to be able to do this for books, sigh…

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  3. A lot of focus on Villains in the comments so let me subvert your expectations (really dislike that phrase!) and say I LOVE Vacations. And I really miss being able to go on one. Argh! As I was typing this, Over-The-Shoulder’s comment just dropped. Beat me to it πŸ˜‚

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    1. Yeah, that vacation a couple of years ago was the first “real” vacation I’d had in years. I wish, really wish, I could afford something like that every other year. While I’m wishing, why not every year? Yeahhhhhh……

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