Personal Tarot Reading – 12/13/17

So in the interest of beginning the tarot portion of my blog (labeled in the category Journey to Apokalypsis), I’ll start with a personal reading I did for myself yesterday.

My personal reading for today, what I need to know, is that I’m holding myself back out of fearing myself and fearing that I’ll make my situation worse if I move forward. I’m being guided in my transition from one state of mind/being to another. Even though I fear myself, as well as the transition I’m making, I’m doing it regardless and sharing my ideas with others, and getting out of my old molds in order to grow.

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Shameless Review

TITLE: Shameless

TYPE OF MEDIA: TV Show

GENRE: Drama

RATING (OUT OF 5): 5/5

GENERAL SUMMARY: The Gallaghers and their friends live a difficult existence. The Gallagher family is comprised of a group of children from infancy to young adulthood and their often absent alcoholic father and their absentee mother. This is a show about how they live and what they do to get by.

BEST: Their relationships and the love they all have for each other jumps off the screen. Their community is colorful and rich, even though they don’t have money. The character development makes the story real.

WORST: Their parents. I despise Frank (alcoholic dad).

COMMENTS: All in all, this is a good show to watch, especially to binge watch. It’s addictive so be forewarned. The drama is constant.

Review: The Good Place, S1

TITLE: The Good Place, Season 1

TYPE OF MEDIA: TV

GENRE: Sitcom, Comedy

RATING (OUT OF 5): 5/5

GENERAL SUMMARY: A woman ends up in “the good place” after she dies, due to a mix up of mistaken identity. She enlists her “soulmate” to teach her how to deserve being there and everything goes whacky.

BEST: The twist at the end. The premise. I enjoyed watching the flashback scenes of Eleanor’s life and all of the ways in which she was a bad person.

WORST: It gets pretty weird. I hated the way it ends but it leaves it open for the next season, and that’s a good thing.

COMMENTS: I plan on watching more as soon as they put season 2 out on Netflix, and I recommend it to others who will enjoy it.

Satanic Review

TITLE: Satanic

TYPE OF MEDIA: Movie

GENRE: Horror

RATING (OUT OF 5): 3/5

GENERAL SUMMARY: Four characters, whose names I’ve forgotten in the space of less than a day, are on a road trip to Coachella. They decide to stop in Los Angeles and follow along with one of their obsessions: “the inner darkness”. This leads them to altercations with LaVeyan Satanists and much worse.

BEST: I sort of enjoyed the story line in a cheesy way. The excitement factor is nicely high in this movie, which is hard to find these days for me. The teenagers are actually somewhat intelligent, and the movie doesn’t have gratuitous sex scenes to make up for lack of writing and acting ability, which is a major plus.

WORST: The characters. All of the characters, especially the portrayal of the Satanists. I just wanted to smack everyone for being stupid.

COMMENTS: All in all, this movie is not the best but not the worst of its genre and subgenre. It’s mediocre at best but it’s better than a lot of the fare out there. The movie goes for scares, not just tits and ass. All in all, it’s not a bad way to kill some time if you’re bored on a Saturday night.

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The OA Season 1: Review

TITLE: The OA, Season 1

TYPE OF MEDIA: TV Show

GENRE: Scifi/Fantasy

RATING (OUT OF 5): 3.5/5

GENERAL SUMMARY: A woman “attempts suicide” and then they discover that she’s actually a missing person. She’s been missing for 7 years and her story is an incredible one of numerous near death experiences, spiritual encounters, and experimentation.

BEST: The flashbacks were interesting. You’re always left wondering if the more fantastical elements are true, or if she invented those subconsciously in order to deal with the situations she lived through. The bond between the people with her underground is also a big plus. Her consistency and belief in herself is admirable. It leaves you wanting to know the real truth, for sure.

WORST: I hated, absolutely hated, her adoptive parents. The less screen time you see of them, the better. I didn’t like the characters she chose to share her story with. I related to her experience of being medicated from a young age and even that doing nothing because the things she described were spiritual in nature, and while that ability to relate to the character’s struggle is a good thing, I wanted to hurt her adoptive parents for hurting her. It’s a good thing for a story to inspire strong emotion, but be warned that there’s a lot of intensity in this show. I thought that her loving, passive personality was a little bit too much, too stereotypically “New Age”, and I thought her niceness was unrealistic for everything she’s been through.

COMMENTS: I give it 3.5 stars because it leaves a lot of mystery and unanswered questions, and ends with a cliffhanger.

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AHS: Roanoke Review

TITLE: American Horror Story: Roanoke

TYPE OF MEDIA: TV Show

GENRE: Horror, Drama

RATING (OUT OF 5): 5/5

GENERAL SUMMARY: A married couple moves to the woods in North Carolina and find out that their land and the surrounding area is haunted by not only bloodthirsty ghosts but also cannibal hillbillies. It’s shown in a creative way: as a TV show within a TV show.

BEST: The story behind the ghosts in this one. The way the story is structured and told.

WORST: There’s common misinformation about how schizoaffective disorder presents itself.

COMMENTS: This is, by far, the most interesting season of the show. It held my attention through the two binge viewings I did (one by myself, one to introduce it to someone else), which isn’t easy.