Around the Horn: “Reading is so Passé”


For the past 5 years I’ve been listening to audio books of all kinds. Once upon a time, I used to love going to the bookstores and browsing for hours to find the perfect book to spend my time reading on my comfortable chair, but now I listen to voice actors dramatizing my virtual book on my ride to work… AND I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!!!

I never found anything wrong with this convenient way of getting through all the books that I want to read, but recently I’ve shared this new passion with a close friend of mine and he told me, “THAT’S NOT READING! Don’t say that you’ve read that book when you clearly didn’t turn a single page”… funny how that struck a chord with me that now I felt that for the past five years I’ve really failed to really “read” a book. And yet, I’m fine with it.

Funny story. I was listening to “The Child” read by British actors. I told my wife that it was hard to listen to them with their heavy accents, so I commented by saying, “I feel like I needed subtitles for the actors.” My wife responded, “… Like a book?”

Do you think by listening to Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” or even E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” dampens the experience of reading the actual words in the book? I want to hear the writers opinions on this subject since the written art can now be consumed by listening while doing laundry.

The Walking Dead — Season 5, Episode 15 — “Try” Recap & Review


(Spoilers ahead…)

The episode opens with Deanna and her family, mourning the death of Aidan by playing his mixed CD as Trent Reznor sets the tone of despair and doubt in this episode. Carol prepares a casserole and delivers it to Deanna’s doorstep with a condolence card. Deanna doesn’t take the casserole and burns up the card as her husband and other son look on.

The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 14 – “Spend” Review & Recap


(Spoilers ahead)

The Alexandrians, old and new, rack up a pair of losses, in tonight’s episode, which will serve as a an us vs them that will unravel (probably badly in the remaining episodes).

Aiden, the guy you just knew was going to get someone killed? He did — again, as it turns out. He, Nicholas, Glenn, Tara, Eugene, and Noah head out on a supply run, in desperate need of some parts to repair a failing power grid system. They find the parts in a large warehouse, but also a horde of walkers locked behind a gate. One breaks free, and when Aiden unleashes gunfire at it, he hits a grenade the uniformed walker is carrying. The explosion impales Aiden onto some warehouse fixtures, and when the others try to rescue him, the swarm of walkers (who were freed during the explosion) force them to flee, and Aiden is eaten alive (good riddance).

The Walking Dead – “The Distance” (Season 5, Episode 11) Recap & Review

Quick Recap (Warning, Spoilers Ahead):
Still scarred from their experiences with Woodbury and Terminus, the group has a hard time trusting Aaron, a new survivor who promises them safety in a community called Alexandria. Rick immediately ties him up, as he tries to persuade everyone that he is genuine and has been watching them for awhile and wants them to join his community. Michonne, perhaps tired of being on the road and eating bugs, says to give Aaron a chance, who tells them that his RV and car are parked a few miles down the road. Rick reluctantly agrees for Michonne, Glenn, Maggie, Abraham and Rosita to check things out and make sure he isn’t lying. They find the cars, but unbeknownst to our heroes, there is a man creeping from behind an abandoned car, observing them.

The Walking Dead — “Them” (Season 5, Episode 10)


(Spoilers ahead)

Synopsis: Grieving from Beth’s and Tyreese’s death in different ways, the group faces the harsh road to Washington D.C. as they’ve run out of supplies, water and gas. Sasha and Maggie, in particular, are slowly grieving in their own ways. Trekking along a lone country road, they dodge walkers, and eventually, an incoming thunderstorm.

They seek refuge in an abandoned barn. As they make a campfire, Michonne assures the crew that DC is the right move, while Rick waxes philosophically that they need to do whatever it takes to survive, and declares that the living, are “the Walking, dead.”

YOMYOMF’s TV Showdown – The Walking Dead – “What Happened and What’s Going On” (Season 5, Episode 9)


(Spoilers Ahead)

The Walking Dead came back last night and following the death of Beth in the mid-season finale, we saw the loss of another member of the group–Tyreese, arguably the show’s moral compass. When Rick, Glenn, Micchone and Tyreese accompany newcomer Noah to the gated community he once called home in the hopes that they might find a thriving community they themselves can call their new home, all they find is death and destruction. Everyone’s been slaughtered and the place looted. While the others scavenge for supplies, Tyreese follows a distraught Noah to the house where he once lived with his mother and twin brother and that’s where Tyreese meets his fate. He’s bitten by Noah’s zombiefied brother and spends the rest of the episode in a fever pitch dream where he hallucinates visits from previously dead friends and enemies (including Beth and the Governor) before letting go.

ANDERSON: It was a weird episode, a bit hippity dippity with the weird intro to the episode with the hallucinatory and “poetic” imagery, and then allusions to a funeral. The viewer is to assume Rick and company were burying Beth. But, in TV Drama 101, that ain’t the case. I knew immediately, someone was going to die tonight. And after losing Bob and Beth, I knew we were going to have someone die with high stakes in the show and the fanbase. Sadly, the producers decided that it was Tyreese, the other black guy, but also the heart of the show’s humanity. Sure, is big sensitive teddy bear neuroses were getting a bit stale, I felt sad that he was the next one to go.

AROUND THE HORN: Home is Where the Heart Is?


I left my hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii exactly 20 years ago to seek fame and fortune in Los Angeles (might take another 20 years.) Weirdly I’m reflecting this moment right now in Hawaii where I’m attending my good friend’s wedding.

Now that I’m back here in Honolulu, I almost don’t feel the need to go back to the hustle and bustle. What is this spell over me? The food? The friends and family? The food? The clean air? The food? I know one thing… I’ll wanna come back to LA in one week. It’s such a high with all my intentions of wanting to stay and believe that it’ll be a better life here, but it’s shortly diffused after just 7 days. Isn’t home is where the heart is?

I guess I’m just longing for the feeling of home even when I’m away. It really is like a warm hug here and I wish I can take with me on my plane trip back.

Do you ever wanted to just go back to where you grew up and stay or have you moved on and never looked back?

YOMYOMF’s TV Showdown: The Walking Dead (Season 5 Episode 4) – “Slabtown”



We apologize for the tardiness of this week’s post. Offender Anderson who usually discusses the latest Walking Dead episodes with his fellow Offender David is busy this week with his duties at HIFF which is taking place right now. So Philip fills in for this latest episode.

Synopsis: So if you were wondering what happened to poor Beth, whom we last saw back in March when she was “abducted” by someone in a car with a white cross painted on it, we finally get the answer.

Beth wakes up in a hospital room in Atlanta under the care of a group of survivors including the lone doctor (Dr. Stevens), the leader (Officer Dawn) and a sadistic policeman who expects sexual favors from Beth in return for “saving” her. While this group may not appear to be the threat that the cannibals of Terminus were, they definitely have their own issues including their attempts to “rescue” other survivors that they can dominate by forcing them to pay off the debt of having been rescued (hence, the officer expecting sexual favors from Beth).

Among other things that happen in this episode, Beth is manipulated by Dr. Stevens to kill a patient who also happens to be a doctor (Stevens believes if another doctor joins the group, his position will be threatened) and Beth is forced to kill the sadistic cop when he attempts to rape her.

Beth attempts to escape with the only other sympathetic survivor in the hospital, Noah, but is captured. We end with a shot of Carol being brought into the hospital in a gurney.

YOMYOMF’s TV Showdown: THE WALKING DEAD (Season 5 Episode 3) — “Four Walls and a Roof”


Synopsis: As Bob fights for his life, Rick and the group take a stand to defend the church against Gareth and his gang of cannibals. This week’s episode, “Four Walls and a Roof,” is the episode where Rick Grimes and the gang strike back at the remaining Terminus gang. The title refers to a line from Maggie, when Father Gabriel, completely in shock, mutters “but this is a church” after Rick, Michonne, Sasha, Abraham and Rosita go full on Texas Chainsaw Massacre on the remaining Termites, with Gareth getting hacked to pieces with the very machete (with the red grip) that Rick picked out in the season premiere to kill him.

The Other Non-Anderson Review: THE WALKING DEAD – Season 5 – Episode 1

TWD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE ONEDavid here! I’ll be expressing my thoughts about last night’s “The Walking Dead” season premiere.

My fellow offender Anderson has reviewed this too, but I’ll give my short version of how I felt about this premiere episode.

I have to say that this was an exceptional piece of zombie apocalypse goodness! Carol is fast becoming one of my favorite characters, she’s even more bad ass than Rick… so sad to say. Love to the writers who didn’t give in to the obvious of having another drawn-out “let’s stay here and get comfortable and see how we can screw up this place” plot… but hey, we still got a whole season to screw it up. But props to all who made Terminus just a short visit for the bigger show… and those who read the comics know what I mean… that better be the foul mouth, sarcastic, baddest moro at the end of this episode who’s named Negan (hopefully played by Kevin Durand). I only need his trusty sidekick Lucille to confirm that notion, but I’ll live with that dream for now.

Around the Horn: Time Oh Give Me Time



Loving what you do even when you’re not doing it all that much.

Times in the film industry are tough in LA.  So, I’ve made the decision to go from freelance videographer and visual effects artist to doing corporate work for the litigation industry.  Seems sad that I wouldn’t be doing what I love on a day to day basis.  Now, that I’m starting my journey into the corporate work force, I find myself more… creative?  What?  How can that be?

Funny how when you know you have a lot of time to do something, you don’t utilize that time well, for me anyway.  I sit in my office and say, “Look at all this time I have to be creative, I’ll make something awesome… one day.”  For years, I’ve been saying that, but all I do is prep the ideas and leave things undone.  But, now my time is limited and I see only short windows opportunity to do something… anything creative.  So, I went back to my roots as a graphic artist and did something I loved within films and the poster art arena… so, that’s what I went with.  Finally, I made something I liked and that I knew I could finish within the time allowed.  I definitely felt my love of creation more because I made time for it.

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!


GUARDIANSSelect Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN. You can read previous roundtable reviews, which are all archived here

In this final edition of our summer-long SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN, we review the latest contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned!