ARROW & FLASH, Episodes 3: Also, It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month

guest_offendersDominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and@thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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Let’s dispel a stereotype about comic books. The myth is that comic books are not about real stuff, because the characters themselves are myths, with funny names like Ultron and Green Arrow. Comic books are our most consistently mythic art form, and hence thought of as “for kids,” whatever that means. But the Marvel and DC Universes have always engaged the political and social issues that are in our universe, and ideally will continue to do so, now that they are so much more in our “real world” of movies and primetime TV.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, in the real world, which bears mentioning because of a storyline in this week’s episode of ARROW.

John Wick – Full Fledged Revenge-a-thon

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There’s something in our DNA that makes us enjoy revenge. We cheer when an asshole steals a handicap spot and gets a $300 ticket. We root for the one who gets knocked down, and then gets up to fight back. The concept of “karma payback,” however flawed, feels good when it happens. Revenge is why lawsuits, rip-offs, and beat downs were made. We all have this special place in our hearts to get back at people. It’s a gene within all of us.

Keanu Reeves plays a retired assassin, John Wick, who’s living the easy life. His wife passes away, but her last gift to him is a puppy. A home invasion robbery sets off his dormant fury and it blooms into a full-fledged, Revenge-a-thon.

Is Kenny G China’s Manchurian Candidate?

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Who knew that Kenny G was such a Chinese icon? Apparently, like Celine Dion, Kenny G, the purveyor of crappy pop saxophone muzak is strangely tied to Chinese culture. His 1989 ballad ‘Coming Home’ is played in shopping malls and public spaces across the country as a signal the public to leave the premises because the building is closing for the night. Yep, Kenny G’s music is synonymous as Semisonic’s ‘Closing Time.’

Kenny was just in Hong Kong the other day, visiting protestors and even tweeted photos with him posing with said protesters. Obviously, this has stirred some major controversy from Beijing. I mean, the politburo is not only offended but sound actually hurt that their treasured Kenny G would do such a thing.

FLASH FACTS, Episode 3: Drugs, Messy Rooms, and Firestorm

guest_offendersDominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and@thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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In this week’s episode of THE FLASH, a few moments of funny physics beg for a (super-speedy) Flash Fact discussion.

- There’s a gag where Barry zooms around his lab, looking for a misplaced piece of paperwork, CAUSING A FEW PIECES OF PAPER TO FLUTTER AROUND, causing his lab to become messy. This is cute, but it is Infinitely Ridiculous to bring up the issue of air displacement with the Flash. If a human-sized thing moved supersonically through your room, it would not have the effect of  a “light breeze.” It would be a frigging tornado, wrecking everything not nailed down, and some things would likely explode.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ‘A Hen in the Wolf House’ – Season 2 Episode 5 Review

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ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this Tuesday unleashed Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird, finally reunited Simmons with the team (and Fitz) and Skye was this close to meeting her father, played by a maniacal Kyle MacLachlan.The eventful hour ended with The Doctor (aka Skye’s father) — who was revealed to be a hair-trigger psychopath capable of brute strength — forming an alliance with Daniel Whitehall, given their shared interest in the Obelisk, which in its native tongue is known as the Diviner. Whitewall asks him why he is doing this collaboration. The Doctor’s answer — to kill Coulson as well as “you know, everyone else.”

OK, the good stuff: Adrianne Palicki (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, GI JOE: RETALIATION and also as WONDER WOMAN in the failed David E. Kelley TV pilot a few years ago). She fulfills the need for another ass kicker and with the bait and switch of Lucy Lawless in the season premiere (she died at the end of the episode). It’s cool that they are expanding the universe and I bet she’ll be one of those characters that will go back and forth between the TV and movie universes. Maybe she’ll appear in the next AVENGERS movie? CAPTAIN AMERICA 3? She has enough pedigree to do that.

Daikichi Amano brings tentacle erotica to life

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Japanese photographer Daikichi Amano explores the gruesome connection between Japan’s metaphorical and literal consumption of both the female form and creatures of the sea. Octopus carcasses embrace women’s naked bodies, dripping across their skin and morphing into weird appendages that blur the line between woman and animal. Or in other words, Amano loves to depict live action tentacle porn (another mainstay of Japanese anime).

Here are some photos that are borderline NSFW. For the real hentai stuff, you can head over to Juxtapoz to check out the rest of the photos.

Incumbent Mayor’s campaign mailer accuses Vietnamese American candidate for being a communist

Ah, Little Saigon politics. According to the OC Weekly, Garden Grove Mayor Bruce Broadwater’s campaign has sent the most laughable mailer ever, attacking opponent Bao Nguyen.

Pandering to the Vietnamese voter base has been way simple for a long time. In danger of losing your election? Just say he’s a commie! Or you hate commies more than he does!

And here’s the latest example from Little Saigon: an attack mailer targeted at Garden Grove mayoral candidate (and current school trustee) Bao Nguyen paid for by a committee tied to the city’s mayor, Bruce Broadwater. The smear campaign mailer is in Vietnamese, in the Garden Grove/Westminster area, which has the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam:

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The bullet points say:

I Want to Go to There: Cranberry or Apple Stuffed Crust Pizza

File this under “even more evidence that fast food in Asia is much more interesting than here in the U.S.” Now, Pizza Hut in South Korea has the Star Edge Pizza which is topped with bacon, beef, sausage, calamari, shrimp, broccoli and cheese. If that doesn’t already make it more interesting than your typical fast food chain pizza here, it also has this: your choice of a cranberry or apple cheese filled crust.

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Look, I get it—maybe I am romanticizing that which I cannot have. The truth might be this is just as unappetizing gross bleh as the fast food pizza here (save for my precious Round Table), but damnit, I don’t care. Just take a look at this:

Around the Horn: What’s Your Iconic Horror Movie Villain?

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It’s that time of the year again—Halloween—my favorite season. If you have to pick one iconic horror movie villain to remember for this trick-or-treat month, who would that be? And Why? For me, it would be the Tall Man from the Phantasm series. When I first saw the Tall Man in the original Phantasm, I kept wondering what he was about. And he really scared me as a kid, “Boy!!!!!!!” The Tall Man has always been shrouded in mystery. He isn’t exactly a villain… but more of a servant of the dark… or of an alien race… almost like the Terminator… but he certainly executes the scary deeds of his anti-human boss. Who is the Tall Man???

IRIS: I love Vincent Price as a villain. His voice and persona are so distinctly memorable. I went to see him speak once while in college. He read his lines from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” which was definitely a treat to hear in person. Iconically evil, but hilarious at the same time:

THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 Episode 2 — “Strangers in a Strange Land”

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YOMYOMF will be starting a new feature called Television Showdown, where a couple of our couch potatoes will comment about an episode in their viewing queue. In this edition, resident geeks David and Anderson comment about the latest episode of THE WALKING DEAD (Warning: Spoilers).

DAVID: This episode is short of a pulse on the EKG meter. Now I don’t mean the story wasn’t good, it was just edited poorly for me to enjoy the scares and the reveal of their next adventures. Didn’t you think so?

SAF seeking… The meaning of ‘Defect’

Celebrate or cry? (Btw: this is not my sonogram.)

Celebrate or cry? (Btw: this is not my sonogram.)


“We found…”

Not exactly the words you want to hear when you’re already having an unplanned pregnancy as a soon-to-be single mom.

My best friend had excitedly accompanied me to the 20 week sonogram. Life was looking good. I was finally over the first trimester of constant headaches and nausea. I had a little bit more energy. And I was slowly beginning to accept the decision to have a child at this point in my life.