Monday, December 5, 2016

Unboxing Cthulhu The Cat

The shelter put little Cthulhu in a box. A temporary cardboard cat carrier with the shelters logo. Holding the box, by the handle I felt the full weight of the creature for the first time. I carried Cthulhu to my car and secured her to the back seat with the belt. I drove more careful than normal. More careful than when I have humans as passengers.

I listened carefully for noises of distress. Growls or yelps. I broke the awkward silence and chirped my best meeeeooowww. From the depths of the box a meeeooowww was chanted back. A little bit more mysterious and significantly more cat-like noise. The chants last until we arrived.

Opening the box I found a predator. Hunter of ghosts, and mice. Destroyer of worlds.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Introducing Culthulu The Best Cat Ever

Comrades,

My life has been exceptionally difficult over the last 6 months. Between tragedy, the blood spilled on the streets of Chicago, and my internal struggle with depression and PTSD I have little energy to write, read and create. I have no plans to stop blogging, but I am going to mix things up a bit. The single greatest joy in my life is the new Culthulu a cat I adopted several months ago. She has been a blast and has been a great boost to my spirits. So, I am going to be sharing some of our adventures here. Somehow this is fitting and we come full circle. Two thoughts. The first philosophy professor I had in college explained philosophy through stories about his cat and Buffy the Vampire slayer. And, somehow it feels like this cat has turned me into a real social worker. A social worker isn't made by the degree but the pet they rescue. Today announces a little bit of a shift, but don't confuse this for an abandonment of my philosophical horror project. My needs, interests, and energy have shifted.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Update

I am taking a small hiatus in order to pay off my car. I have taken up Lyft driving part time on top of my day job. I am left with very little time to do much of anything. Good news is that I have raised over 3 grand driving and hope to pay off my car soon.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Episode #5 | All Things Interrogated | X-Men Billboard, Choking Out Mystique and Max Payne

All Things Interrogated is a topical series that discusses news and cultural events. This episode is about the controversy's surrounding X-Men Collapse Billboard that depicts Apolocapse choking out Mystique. The film analysed in the second half of the podcast analyses the Max Payne video game and film. Available on iTunes.

Film References
Max Payne
X-Men : Apolcapse

Episode #4 | Why Horror? | Part 2 | Trauma and PTSD

Why Horror? Part 2 is the first podcast in a series that seeks to reflect on the relevance of horror movies today. This episode focuses Trauma and PTSD. Available on iTunes.

Film References:
Halloween
Irreversible
Lovely Molly

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E15 This Sorrowful Life | Who Is Morally Superior - Rick Or Merle?

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig through the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous post in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing TWD S3E14 Prey Or Suffer Not A Liberal To Live

Merle shares many traits with my favorite character from Game of Thrones. The Hound. Merle and The Hound are wild cards. They are characters freed from social contracts and internal consistency. This freedom allows Merle l a wider ethical berth than most of the characters on the show. Rick, unlike Merle, is trapped in his need to maintain moral consistency in his sense of self and political persona. While Merle’s freedom allows him to do great evil, he is also free to reach ethical good’s inaccessible to characters like Rick who are trapped in pathological need for consistency.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E14 Prey Or Suffer Not A Liberal To Live

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig through the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous post in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E13 Arrow On The Doorpost Or How do Survivor Groups Go To War?

Andrea was provided with many opportunities to kill the Governor but she failed to shot, stab or bash his face in. This begs the question, is Andrea a coward? Is she afraid to kill the Governor because she fears the repercussions that Woodbury will sentence her to death? Or is Andrea’s fear is rooted in something subtle? The democratic misconception that everyone’s perspective are worthy of existence?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Episode #3 | Why Horror Movies? | Part 1

Why Horror Part 1 is the first podcast in a series that seeks to reflect on the relevance of horror movies today. This episode focuses on thinking beyond the surface the of a film. Available on iTunes.

Film References:
Dark Nature
The Matrix
Existenz
Nightmare On Elm Street
Hunger Games

Episode #2 | Slashers, Masks and Masculinity

Why do slashers where mask? What about masks has changed in horror film? The episode discusses the history and meaning behind masks in horror movies. Available on iTunes.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Episode #1 | Frozen 2 I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It

When you were watching Frozen did you get the feeling the film was as progressive as it seemed? You are not the only one. Self-proclaimed writer/activist/student and internet personality Alexis Isabel agrees. Which is why she launched the hashtag, #giveelsaagirlfriend. With the slogan, she hopes to leverage the internet and convince Disney to bring Elsa out of the closet. Responding to the controversy liberals and conservatives began slinging mud. On the left, well-meaning liberals are championing outing Elsa's sexual orientation as a step forward for the LGBT community. Available on iTunes.

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E13 Arrow On The Doorpost Or How do Survivor Groups Go To War?

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig through the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous post in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S3E12 Clear and Unpresent Danger

In Arrow on the Doorpost, Rick and the governor meet to discuss terms for peace. Until this episode, the Ricktatorship and the town of Woodbury had not formally recognized each other as equal political entities. As viewers, we get a large perspective of the organizational structure of the two survivor groups. Both share similar qualities; autocratic governance, leadership willing go against popular, and minimal midlevel leadership.

Unboxing the Horror Block May 2016

Good day comrades. Today, I received my second HorrorBlock! Watch as I make a box open. Ta Da! HorrorBlock is subscription service that sends you a box of horror stuff every month. Personally, I love getting creepy presents every month. Check out the video below and be prepared for adorable demons and zombies!
#Horrorblock
https://www.nerdblock.com/horror

Monday, May 23, 2016

All Things Interrogated: Frozen 2: I kissed A Girl And I Liked It

When you were watching Frozen did you get the feeling the film was as progressive as it seemed? You are not the only one. Self-proclaimed writer/activist/student and internet personality Alexis Isabel agrees. Which is why she launched the hashtag, #giveelsaagirlfriend. With the slogan, she hopes to leverage the internet and convince Disney to bring Elsa out of the closet. Responding to the controversy liberals and conservatives began slinging mud. On the left, well-meaning liberals are championing outing Elsa's sexual orientation as a step forward for the LGBT community.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Chainsaw Exorcism With Jonathan R. Rose Author of Carrion

My name is Jonathan R. Rose, and while born and raised in Toronto, Canada, for the last five years I have been living in Central Mexico. During my time here, I have learned things that one would never learn within the borders of Canada. I have seen corruption, cruelty, apathy, and callous neglect for the dignity, and well-being of people, and the majority of these things have been inflicted upon them by those tasked with the job of helping them, from police to military to the government itself. Watching these things, and even having them happen to me on several occasions, inspired my writing in a way that uses anger and discontent productively, as I write stories that whether blatantly, or metaphorically show what people are doing to each other, and don't try to mask those horrors with fallacious anecdotes about hope and faith.

Why do you write?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Green Room (2016) Vs. SLC Punk - Identity, Authenticity and Revolution


I remember a joke from my youth. A guy asks a punk, “What is punk?” In response, the punk kicked a trash can and said, “that is punk.” The guy then kicks the trash can again and ask, “So this is punk?”

“No, you fucking poser!” said the punk.

Friday, May 13, 2016

All Things Interrogated - Is Post-Horror a real thing? And the Tyranny of Choice


Tonight I arrived home from work and sat in front of my Blu-ray and DVD tower. I Scanned the horror movies collected over the last decade. So many choices! A paralyzing amount of choices. Werewolves or Zombies? Vampires or Monsters? Slashers or Exorcisms? And you know what I was caught with a sense of dread. What do I do?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Unboxing the Horror Block April 2016

Good day comrades. Today, I recorded the first YouTube Video for Interrogating Ideology With A Chainsaw!  And I went about a capitalistic as one can get. An unboxing video! Watch as I make a box open. Ta Da!  Horror Block is subscription service that sends you a box of horror stuff every month. Personally, I love the idea of getting creepy presents every month. Check out the video below and be prepared for adorable demons and zombies!


#Horrorblock
https://www.nerdblock.com/horror

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Crucible of Horror (1971) Or A Murder A Day Keeps The Ghosts Away


The family is a bizarre institution. Families are where we receive our cultural education, learn to walk, and internalize the rules of the world. At the same time, families are where we receive trauma that leaves us with dysfunctional personality traits and maladaptive behaviors. The family at its core is where we are initiated into the best and the most brutal of what humanity has to offer. The Eastwood family in the film Crucible of Horror is a prime example of the nihilistic potentiality of the family institution.

The film centers around a mother and daughter who kill the oppressive father and are haunted by his corpse until the father rematerializes at the end of the film as if nothing happen. Crucible of Horror highlights the difficulty related a revolutionary act of violence, and the specter of the oppressor haunting the revolutionary who is unable to fully commit to her acts.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Aggression Scale (2012) Or Why Do Boys Stab Others While Girls Stab Themselves?

Aggression scale is a film about trauma. Specifically, coping with trauma by using anger. An unjust event shattered Owen and Lauren’s lives. Mobsters are coming to reclaim money stolen by their father and kill the family for the father’s sins. When the mobsters arrive, Lauren in the shower and Owen is already scheming a plan of attack. What the mobsters do not know is that Owen has a diagnosed behavioral problem. Aggression.

Monday, January 4, 2016

All Things Interrogated: Chicago, Black Friday and Laquan McDonald

The times are strange. The vampire that is capitalism at the highest point of is bloodthirst. Christmas, you know, that one day that drives the economy for the planet is on its way. On the one hand, the blind obedience of the shopper. On the other, the Black Lives Matter protest taking to the streets in the name of Laquan McDonald seeking justice on the eve of the 2015 shopping season, Black Friday.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

III (2016) - Or The Christian Guilt Trip Machine And Internalizing External Causes.

Ayia’s and Mirra’s mother have fallen victim to a plague that came to a small Russian town. The sisters are in a state of despair. The doctor's advice to quarantine and the priests offer of prayer is of little use to the sisters and only angers Mirra. After the mother dies, Mirra develops symptoms of the mysterious plague. Ayia carries Mirra to the home of a priest. In her boredom, she finds a book that talks of a ritual that can cure sickness.

The priest explains the ritual is one that requires Ayia to enter into the subconscious of her sister to identify and kill Mirra's greatest fears. These fears, the priest explains, are the cause of Mirra’s sickness. Is this not unlike dark ages medicine where demon’s are thought to possess the sick?

What this means is that Mirras’s psychological burdens are responsible for her succumbing to the plague. Ayia’s journey leads her to find three great fears hidden in the darkest pits of Mirra’s mind. She blames herself for her mother's death, She was raped by her stepfather and blames herself, and her greatest fear is losing her sister.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Dear Zombies - I blame the Xbox One

Dear Zombies,

I have been crazy busy. Between the frenzy at work and getting myself an Xbox One for Black Friday, I have had little time for anything else. Additionally, the biggest blight on blogging is that I have been watching TV shows (I.E. Trueblood, True Detective, ect.) And I have not found a way to make writing about TV fun.

On the other hand, the Xbox One has allowed me to run over or smash many, many zombies. I am trapped in a repetitive gore-y carnival of fun.

One of the coolest things that happened last month is that Interrogating Ideology with a Chainsaw recieved honorable mention in a Guardian article. And they would link to our most popular article that analyses the important question, "Do zombies poop?" Personally, I think that is hilarious. I'm proud the writer for having my sense of humor.

Every year I seek course corrections for myself. Once again I have readjusted my blogging calendar and will be trying a couple tweaks to keep the momentum going.



Bring on the scary!

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