YOMYOMF Summer Blockbuster Showdown: FANTASTIC FOUR


1. Remake, Reboot, or Recycled? — Is it a remake or reboot or a “based on…” and how does it compare to the previous version, or the source material?

Dom: A reboot of FANTASTIC FOUR based on the Marvel comic. There were 2 previous FF films that stunk, 3 if you count the unreleased Roger Corman version. This FANTASTIC FOUR is……85% of a very good movie.

Liz: So, I wasn’t able to see what sounds like an AMAZING movie experience aka the new FANTASTIC BORE. I mean FANTASTIC FOUR! In the spirit of the films, I shall be adding my two cents as the invisible woman to this showdown.



1. Remake, Reboot, or Recycled? — Is it a remake or reboot or a “based on…” and how does it compare to the previous version, or the source material?

DOM: The 5th film in the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE series. Do we realize that the 6th one would be MI6? Does that beg for crossover with James Bond or what?

Anderson: Aside from this being an obvious remake of the ‘70s TV show, I really liked ROGUE NATION because it’s actually setting up more of a continuity and world building than the previous editions. There’s actually references to previous films and how the “rogue actions” of the IMF have resonated with consequences for the entire team.

Motivation is key to success… so where are my keys!


In the last year or so my wife got off the couch and started running and lost like 20 pounds and ran many 5Ks as I sat on the sidelines.  Is that enough motivation for me to do that too… nope.  I recently went on vacation and sat at the beach and observed that there are many dads with potbellies and lack the strength to keep up with their kids… still not enough motivation for me.  Even if my doctor says, “You must exercise for your family’s sake”… yet I will go home and eat a salad and think about working out.  What’s wrong with that?!

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.