Whatever happened to the good ole’ “Goodbye?”

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I read quite a few things on the internet, most of which are pretty harmless, some of which are eye opening, and every now and then you find a good ole’ disturbing story.  The basic break down is that this guy (Jason Hart) is an idiot who thought he could Walter White his way out of a problem and dissolve the body of a girlfriend in a plastic tub of acid after strangling her.

“Let’s just put that in the garage and that’ll just simmer for a few days.”  [heads out to Applebee’s for some poppers and a Bud]

I like Breaking Bad as much as the next guy but when the hell does it become a good idea to do ANYTHING that happens in that show?  Not to mention the ammo you give the asshats that want to blame real world problems on the make believe ones that we love so much.  Not that I’m here to throw out the “violence has nothing to do with music, movies, or video games” argument.  I think we’re all on our own sides with most of these types of arguments.  I personally prefer Coca Cola product because Pepsi is garbage.  It’s all the same shit and you aren’t going to sway someone with any kind of argument.  There’s no one thing you will say to a Southern conservative that will have him saying he loves Obama by the end.

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[The victim Regan Jolley and Jason Hart]

Back to the story at hand.  As you dig a little deeper with this story, you see overwhelming evidence that his guy had way more going on than just being an idiot that thought he was his TV Show (though there is a dash of that going on with him).  His wife (yes, you heard that) moved out of his house a while back due to Hart’s increasing drug use, taking their children with her.  Smart move on her part but who knows how much crazy shit those kids have already seen and how that will pop up for them later down the road.  She also noted that he brought back a pretty bad case of PTSD from his deployment in Iraq.  That shit is nothing to mess with and it’s a very sad subject.  Though the media is less likely to focus on something like that when there are pop culture buzz words and references to breaking bad that will hold their audience’s attention which sucks because people suck and have the attention span of my dog.

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[my dog, attention span of most]

People kill people in messed up ways all the time.  PTSD is something that I think we will see more and more cases of as out boys return home.  It’s definitely something that we have dealt with as humans for a long time.  If you haven’t seen  War Torn: 1861-2010, you should.  Probably one of the best PTSD documentaries out there and it really forces you to see the reality these guys face.  I’m not excusing what Hart did to that woman.  Just looking at it from a different perspective.  I still think that this story is crazy and funny as ever but I really took a hard look at it when I saw the quote on the PTSD that this guy was suffering from.

My life has had its share of “Breaking Bad” wannabes.  It’s kind of the deal you get when you rent basement rooms out to 19 year olds that have no idea how the real world works and they think that everything is not fair.  Really give me no hope for my own and following generations.  Some of us got to catch that tail end of “have a good work ethic, work for everything you get, and respect others.”  Most of the others got the “well if things don’t work out, you can always come back home and stay with us.”  You need to live your life as if you folks told you that you were on your own and there was nowhere to come back to.  I know that I have that option but I NEVER want to use it and that’s nothing against my folks, just not what I see myself doing.  Having those kids as tenants for the last year or two has opened up my eyes to how much the younger generations feel like they can talk to others as if they are parents that can wield the SWORD OF FAIRNESS.  I swear I haven’t heard “it’s not fair” so much since I was a kid with my brothers growing up.  Something has to happen.  These kids will raise their kids with the same logic.  I also notice a drastic difference in folks I know that were brought up in privilege and those that had the “glad we had a Christmas this year” kids.   Sometimes the Good Ole “Goodbye” and a boot to the ass is what a kid needs.

I know this post was all over the place but I like to wander.  If you read this far.  Thank you and I’m sorry.  Haha.

-Lopez

(stories via UPROXX and Gawker)

…Just don’t call it World War Z

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I was/still am very excited about the movie World War Z.  I got so excited, in fact, that I wanted to read through the book before I actually got to see the movie.  The book was enthralling and was really able to pull me in.  Max Brooks did a stellar job of delving into what this our world would likely be like if a zombie apocalypse were to occur in real life.  It almost feels cheesy saying that last sentence.  Almost as if you talked to any random fan of The Walking Dead:

Faux Nerd Guy: “Yeah, maaaan.  That’s what it would be like.  It really puts things into a, like, perspective.” [proceeds to not getting laid]

Brooks just grabs onto more than a landscape and the shoot em’ up aspect of a this type of fictional catastrophe.  He delves into what is taking place globally, politically, and personally with each character.  With a move that almost reminds me (slightly) of George R.R. Martin, each section (or chapter) of the book is told from a different character perspective and is being compiled by one guy who is interviewing these people for an official commission report for the government after all the events have taken place.  I won’t dig too deep into the the actual story but you get a good idea, through flashbacks of what happened.  I will say that what takes place in the book is great and worthy of reading.

The problem that I have with the movie actually being called World War Z is that it’s “solution” at the end actually negates the things that happen in the book.  The movie is essentially a prequel to the book overall and gives you a good live view of “The Great Panic” as it is referred to in the book.  You also get the benefit of a hunky Brad “I-can-do-anything” Pitt.  It falls short in a few places but you can see why, through Hollywood “research” and focus groups, they would change things to hold our shitty American attention spans.  The big one that I kept looking at was the fact that all of the infected are always running and jumping in a very sped up way.  Not so much in the book.  That’s just one example out of a few and I’m not here to point out disparities between the two all day. I just know that if I’m Max Brooks (I’m not), I can’t see being too thrilled about having my great fiction novel attached to what amounts to a completely different movie with clever references to my book.  Call it “Tyler Durden Tricks the Zombies” or anything but World War Z.  I think that a person can see this movie after reading the book and get satisfaction as long as you tell yourself that this is a different experience and a different story altogether (and I’m not going to get to see all the cool weapons and crazy shit that I read about in the book).  Likewise, You can see the movie and then read the book and get just as much satisfaction because it goes deep and is very smart.  I would have definitely voted for the book to be made into an HBO series based on the accounts of these characters in the book with Brooks as the one in charge of the writing.  I would think though that it would end up being more like a show on history or discovery channel seeing that the man gives real lectures about the zombie apocalypse in actuality.

Fun Fact: Max Brooks is the son of comedic genius Mel Brooks.

In short:  The book….Read it.  The movie….See it.

-Lopez

*edit* I read this article about Max Brooks and it gives a pretty good idea of his thoughts on the movie.