2 Problems with the Film Old Henry

Spoilers ahead!

First off, I’m not a critic or a reviewer and my wife and I absolutely loved this film, especially the big reveal. Wow! It was absolutely fantastic and we didn’t see it coming. This film is such a breath of fresh air in an overplayed and tired genre.

However! And that’s a very big However. Big as they git. There were 2 big problems that I had with this movie:

Problem #1: The leader of the gang was shot in the final battle (no, that’s not the problem, I’m getting to it). We later find out that he was shot in the upper chest and managed to crawl away as Henry was picking off the rest of the gang one-by-one. Eventually, Henry meanders to the front of his house to take care of the supposed last gang member who spoke Spanish. After a 10 second or so stand-off, Henry ends up killing him. As Henry begins to walk away, if my memory serves me correctly, he is then shot at by an unknown assailant, who we find out a few seconds later is the leader of the gang who, as I stated, was not mortally wounded by Henry, and crawled away to hide behind a shed like structure in the front of the house and off towards the side. My problem with this is that this gang leader, from his vantage point behind the shed, had a clear shot and plenty of time to shoot Henry in the back while Henry and the last gang member were having their stand off.

Problem #2: Henry’s out-of-character running away from the gang member. This was really weird to watch. At this point in the movie we have learned that Henry is actually Billy the Kid. He just singlehandedly took out like 6-8 armed men without getting shot himself. Now he’s after the leader of the gang who is wounded. For whatever reason, as smart as Billy the Kid is based on the actions he took throughout the course of the film, he gets a whole lotta stupid in this final act. He ends up getting out in the open in order to try to shoot the gang leader, and Henry ends up getting shot himself in the process.

This is when things really get weird: he ends up running away almost in a straight line, in the open without any cover, as the gang leader continues to take pot shots at him.

I felt this entire sequence was out of character for Henry knowing how smart he was in the entire movie beforehand. He still has his wits about him as old as he is. He was able to act offensively and defensively during the gun fights. But this last sequence where it’s almost comical as he’s running out in the open and later ducking in between trees reminded me of some very old comical silent western movies. And that’s what this sequence was to me, just weird and funny at the same time. It was like we weren’t watching the great Billy the Kid anymore, but an old man who all-of-a-sudden was really just a farmer, and not a wily, smart old gunslinger.

The only thing I could think of, which I told my wife, is that after he (Henry) got shot, he was trying to lure the gang leader away from the house so in the event he (Henry) died, his son could get away or possibly take out the gang leader himself, since the gang leader was still alive. But even if this was the case, it still was no excuse for Henry’s actions and antics at this point in the film.

Henry should have killed the gang leader in a smart manner and that’s that. Fill up that part of the movie with something else. I would have liked to see something like that instead of the weird, very out-of-character way that Henry was acting.

Other than that, absolutely fantastic movie and I had no problem with the ending. 5 stars regardless of my nitpicking.

ERP #31: All Things Horror

Ephemeral Rift Podcast episode 31 where I talk all things horror (fiction): why we like it, its history, different cultures, the various horror books, movies, video games, etc., and responding to some messages.

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Using a mouse all the time? This is what you get to look forward to when you get older!

Ah, modern society and its technology. I’ll spare you the rant regarding how we’re slaves to it and the various troubles and pain it causes. For now.

I’ve been behind a computer and using a mouse since about the mid-90’s. So for about 30 years I’ve been gripping a mouse with my right hand without much support in terms of recent technology such as mouse & keyboard wrist pads (which don’t prevent CPS anyway). So that’s around 8 hours during the day at various jobs, then anywhere from 3 to 6 hours at night playing video games on the computer. I continue to use a mouse to this very day because I’m a one-man production company and I produce/edit my own youtube videos and podcast.

I started having Carpal Tunnel Syndrome-like pain in my right arm, from the elbow up the arm to the wrist, since around 2015 while still working behind a computer for various companies. However it wasn’t that bad and didn’t seeing a doctor. It was just an aggravating burning, inflammatory type of situation. So I forced myself to learn how to use the mouse with my left hand. It’s funny because my left hand is my dominant hand. I write with my left hand. But when it comes to the mouse, I use my right hand. So becoming ambidextrous with the mouse provided my right hand and arm a great deal of relief and helped reduce the pain to where it practically went away.

In addition to that, I also stopped playing video games at a computer and moved to the console, which provided even more relief. However, fast forward to this year, 2021, and over the course of September and October, for whatever reason, the CPS-like symptoms flared up again. And because video production & audio engineer work requires a lot of tedious and accurate mouse work, I really couldn’t switch to using my left hand like I could at previous jobs because while I can use the mouse with my left hand, I’m not as accurate with it as when using my right hand. I did try using a vertical mouse but it wasn’t as precise.

So about a week prior to this entry, I looked into getting a wrist brace. I found one that received decent reviews, and it has been a life saver! It was uncomfortable at first, but once I broke it in, and after about a week of wearing it while both behind the computer and while sleeping, it has practically alleviated all CPS-like symptoms! While the symptoms have been pretty much alleviated, I plan to continue to use the brace while sleeping and while at the computer because of how much wear and tear I’ve put on my arm. CPS doesn’t go away either. I don’t want to or plan to wear the brace for the rest of my life but for now it will have to do until the CPS-like symptoms have resided to the point where I maybe no longer use the brace at night. I probably will continue to still use it while behind the keyboard though.

So if you’re younger, whether in your teens or even your 30’s, and you’re using the mouse a lot due to job requirements, when gaming at home, or streaming all day long, you should do yourself a favor and consider using the mouse with your other hand whenever possible. Because eventually you’re going to end up like me and so many others that have to wear a brace to relieve CPS symptoms. The worst case scenario if you don’t take care of your arm is getting surgery, cutting tendons, and who knows what else they do, and you always want to avoid surgery whenever possible.

ERP #30: Fear (Part 2) – Physiology to Phobias

Ephemeral Rift Podcast episode 30 were I discuss a variety of topics ranging from the physiology of fear (limbic system (amygdala, thalamus)) to phobias and everything in between & beyond such as: OG monkey vs modern brain, anger, paranoia, controlling behavior, the power & speed of fear, innate vs learned fears, common fears, patience & fear / anxiety, these self-aware biological machinations, the human body has no user manual, our inability to inquire our own minds.

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Squid Game Analysis: The 1 Argument That No One Raised

Yes, the participants involved in the Netflix series Squid Game chose to join the game by their own volition.

However, the 1 immersion breaking part of this otherwise perfect show was that no one ever said “yes, we willingly obliged to join the game to win money, but none of us knew that we would be killing one another or putting our own lives at risk!”

There was 1 particular scene where one of the main protagonists was shouting and questioning everything that was going on, and 1 of the people running the show, maybe it was the Front Man himself, said how each person chose to be there on their own accord. And that was that.

And as I sat there watching this scene unfold, I was waiting for the contestant to say: “well, duh, yeah.. but we didn’t know we were joining a game where we had to kill each other or that we might get killed in the process!”, because that’s what I was thinking.

It’s funny how smart these characters were, how smart the writing was, but they weren’t that smart. The fact that no raised this argument was kind of a immersion breaking and a bit of a let down.

Because the first question asked in this scenario was: “none of us wanted this!” and the response given was “but we didn’t force you to be here!”. So the next logical response/argument to raise is “true, but you never told us what we’d be getting involved in!” which the response then would be “if we told you, you’d never join the game!”. Of course if the people running the game told them what they were getting involved not only would no one join, but the people running the game might actually get arrested. All you needed was some people to record the conversation about “join our game where you have to kill other people and you might even be killed yourself, but you have a chance to win a ridiculous amount of money”. Not to mention it would ruin the surprise of what they were getting involved in.

The writing was 99% smart except for this one part, and maybe a few other scenes, but nothing’s perfect. And I’m pretty sure if the contestants knew about what they were really getting involved in from the git-go, they wouldn’t have ever joined the game in the first place.

But then we’d never have (this wonderful and amazing series that is) Squid Show.

ERP #29 – Down the Wikipedia Rabbit Hole Part 2

Welcome to the Ephemeral Rift Podcast episode 29.This is part 2 of the ongoing, periodic series where I go down the Wikipedia rabbit hole, picking up where we last left off with the entry for Crust. But before all that I revisit micro plastics, Squid Show, Parasyte anime, then talk sequels, plot twists & reveals, the pros and cons of some listener/viewner countries, anti-intellectualism, “woke” as an insult against smart people, my drug “experiences”, taxes, and human spaghetti code.

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Just another praying mantis

This young praying mantis was found on the tire of my car this October 2021. It’s always a wonderful occasion whenever I spot one of these just because of how uncommon they can be. Apparently this one had no problem basking in the limelight. Or maybe it wanted to get the hell outta dodge and was hoping to hitcha ride. We will never know.

The praying mantis will always be my favorite insect. I think its because of the obvious and apparent humanoid appearance. That, coupled with the fact that they are never aggressive towards humans. They will never jump at you or anything, unlike bees or spiders.

After this photo was taken, I picked up the mantis and put it under the car so it would be out of the sight of birds. A few hours later, I found it on the exact same location but on the other front tire. I then scooped it up and put it in the shadows of some brush so it was better hidden out of view this time.

“Boredom”, a Poem

I’m fucking bored,
so I went down into my basement,
because that’s where my computer is.

While my computer renders my next video,
which is scheduled to be published on October 10th, 2021,
I decided to post this poem I made up on the spot.

And now I’m done,
and I’m still fucking bored,
so it’s time to do something else,
besides be on the fucking internet.

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Don’t you dare think about stealing this fucking literary masterpiece.

“Shit”, a Poem

I took a shit in the toilet.
I felt relieved afterwards.
I think I found god.

“Shit” is a poem that is Copyright © 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2029, 2030, 2031, 2032, 2033, 2034, 2035, 2036, 2037, 2038, 2039, 2040, 2041, 2042, 2043, 2044, 2045, 2046, 2047, 2048, 2049, and 2050 Ephemeral Rift.

Don’t you dare think about stealing this fucking literary masterpiece.

ERP #28 – Rise of the Plastic Fungi People

Nothing scarier than reality. Welcome to episode 28 of the Ephemeral Rift Podcast where I talk about time, Carpe diem, irrational people & COVID mask mandates, indoctrinating children into organized religion, wisdom teeth, Fantastic Fungi documentary, fungi health benefits, our fungal ancestry, Terrance McKenna’s Stoned Ape Theory, microplastics & human evolution, Parasyte anime, Back 4 Blood video game, High on the Hog documentary, Squid Game show, and responding to messages about “why this ASMR stuff works”, science & proof, learning to drive, anxiety, and people who like cold weather.

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Rules of the Sleep Note

Image of the actual Sleep Note

Hello, dear reader, or should I say, sleeper? After all, you are one who sleeps.

Welcome to the official Rules of the Sleep Note.

I recently discovered this notebook in early October 2021 purely by happenstance while preparing to make another ASMR video on my YouTube channel.

If you want to learn more, or are new here and unfamiliar with what this is all about, please watch the video below. You may also want to look into the Death Note while you’re at it.

And like the Death Note and its related incidents that occurred in Japan in the early 2000’s, the Sleep Note also has rules that explain how it works. I have decided to share some of them here for anyone who is curious, as well as anyone who may not speak or understand English.

Rules of the Sleep Note:

  1. The person whose name is written in the note shall sleep.
  2. The note will not take effect unless the specified questions are asked and the answers written down in the note, and a sketch of the person’s facial features is drawn.
  3. If the time & place of sleep are not specified, the person will sleep at their usual time & place.
  4. If the place where the person is to sleep that is written in the note is not within 20 meters, the person will be teleported to the place once they have fallen asleep. They will also wake up at that new location (i.e. they will not be teleported back to their original location).
  5. The sleep note will affect anyone under 54,750 days old.
  6. If the amount of time the person is to sleep is not specified, the person will sleep for 8 hours undisturbed.
  7. If the amount of time the person is to sleep is days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries, millennia, etc., the person will sleep straight through without aging or requiring sustenance.
  8. The person in possession of the Sleep Note is possessed by a god of sleep, its original owner, until they die.
  9. The God of Sleep is called a Sleepigami.
  10. If a human uses the note, a god of sleep usually appears in front of the owner within 18 days after using the note.
  11. If anyone or anything other than a human uses the note, it will not work.

That is all for now, I’m starting to feel a little sleepy myself…
– E.R.