Save me from television.

TiVoI’m not exactly sure when I started disliking television, but I have to face facts and admit I have reached that point. Used to be I’d binge like everyone else, and I had a whole slew of shows I was eager to catch up with week after week, but somewhere along the line I started to get… bored? But how could I be bored when I’m constantly being entertained? And yet I was bored. I am bored. I find I don’t want to sit in front of the TV for my usual two or three hours a night. I’d rather go to bed or read a book. What’s happened to me?

The weird thing is that right now is probably the best time to watch TV. It is true that over the past couple of years on this blog I’ve cast my eye backward to the ’80s and the ’90s and the shows which aired in those days, but most television from yesteryear kind of sucked. A handful of shows endure because those were the best TV had to offer, but for every Law & Order there’s a Law & Order: Trial By Jury. You know what I mean?

People bitch and moan about reality TV ruining things, and they’re not wrong about the generally lousy quality of those shows. The thing is, though, there are so many other options that you never have to watch another reality show again and you still won’t have enough time to get through what’s on offer. And more keeps coming all the time. If it’s not Netflix it’s Amazon, and if it’s not Amazon it’s Hulu. And if it’s not Hulu then it’s HBO. And I could go on and on. The list isn’t actually endless, but it’s lengthy enough that it might as well be.

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[REVIEW] Ninja III: The Domination

Ninja III: The DominationIf you haven’t figured it out by now, I really like ninja. When I was a tween and a teen, ninja were the shiznit and I wrote stories about them and imagined movies I’d make about them and even role-played them at the table. And I’ve never let go. Heck, I recently posted an excerpt from a whole set of new stories I wrote about ninja. I don’t foresee a time when I will ever lose my taste for them.

I say this despite the fact that movies of the ’80s were trying their damnedest to make me stop liking ninja. They did this with movies like the American Ninja series, which got worse and worse as it went along, but the pain really began with Ninja III: The Domination.

Cannon Group was not the first studio to make a ninja movie, but they were definitely the studio to make the most of the trend. They latched onto that sucker and didn’t let go until all the juice was drained from the concept. Sometimes you got classics like Revenge of the Ninja, which remains the high-water mark for ninja films made in the US. And sometimes you got… Ninja III.

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