You may have noticed I haven’t made a new post in a while. Then again, you may not have. In any case, it’s because my wife’s parents came from Israel to stay with us for ten days, so I basically spent the first half of the month cleaning the house and trying to get things in order, and the second half entertaining and visiting with them, so I’ve had little time for anything else. This had two unfortunate side effects. It put me behind in getting my stuff for the magazine done, and it got me really backed up on e-mails I had to respond to, which I finally just caught up with yesterday. The good thing is, I finally had what amounted to a small vacation. I say small because I had originally planned to not take on much of anything this month as far as screeners to review, but somehow I ended up with five, including two that were sent to me without being pre-arranged, which annoys me a lot. I’m always tempted to simply reject these completely, but I usually do them anyway. There’s only been one or two I ever rejected out of hand, and that’s only because there were other extenuating circumstances with the screener I was sent.
June marks Rogue Cinema’s 6th anniversary as well. I had written up a big piece about it in this post, but it actually got so long I ended up turning it into a full article for the new issue, so head on over and check it out. The new issue should be posted by the 2nd. It’s a huge issue this month, and between my vacation and the huge amount of content we have, it’s created a delay in getting it out.
Now, onto other stuff…
I was going to talk about the Israeli stoppage of those idiots taking “aid” to Gaza, but I’m so disgusted by the U.N., the E.U. and their appeasement attitude toward Arabs and Muslims in general, that I’m not going to get into it. I’m just sickened at how pathetic our world has become when a country like Israel is condemned for protecting itself and its interests while the rest of the world is allowed to do it freely and terrorists are coddled. To the U.N. and the E.U. I will simply say, go to hell. The whole bloody lot of you. I would love to see you both hit with terrorist attacks, if for no other reason than to wake you the hell up to the realities of the world we live in. Then again, we were hit and look at all the idiot appeasers we have running around in this country. It’s like the world is being infected with some kind of a mental illness or something. I don’t know what the hell’s going on, but I feel like I’ve been thrust into some kind of an alternate time line where everything’s all fucked up and backward. I wish dimensional travel was possible. I’d love to get the hell out of this pathetic world and into one where reason and sanity exist.
Anyway, we’ve had some big losses in the entertainment industry as of late, including Ronnie James Dio and Gary Coleman. I knew Ronnie had stomach cancer, but the last I heard things were going well in fighting it. Not well enough I guess. It’s a sad loss. He was arguably the greatest metal singer of all time, and certainly a huge ground breaker when it came to the genre. As for Gary Coleman, that was just a huge shock and came out of nowhere. I feel really bad for him. He survived a kidney disease, years of dialysis, parents who ripped him off, etc…, and still managed to survive child stardom relatively unscathed. He always appeared to me as someone who just wanted to be left alone to live a normal life, and yet no one would let him have that. He was turned into a joke, and never really appreciated for his talent or respected as a human being. Now he’s dead, and everyone who ever impaired his life in any way should be ashamed. Unfortunately, I know they won’t be. People like that don’t have it in them to feel ashamed. They elevate themselves (in their own mind) by putting down others. People like that are worthless, and despite the sadness at his loss, at least Gary is free of them now.
Other than that, everything’s been going along the same as always. Still broke, still bored, still hoping things will change. At least one good thing happened the other night. We had a break in the rainy weather and it was a really nice evening, so we were able to sit outside with a fire burning in the fire pit, staring up at the stars and smoking some awesome pipe tobacco cigars. It’s moments like that that make life worth living. Those are the perfect moments in life. Wouldn’t it be awesome if they could go on forever?