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The Decent

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Starring: Shauna McDonald, Natalie Mendoza, Nora Jane Noone, MyAnna Buring, Saskia Mulder.

Blurb: A year after a severe emotional trauma, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) goes to North Image resultCarolina to spend some time exploring caves with her friends; after descending underground, the women find strange cave paintings and evidence of an earlier expedition, then learn they are not alone: Underground predators inhabit the crevasses, and they have a taste for human flesh.

Review: First thing’s first. I have no idea who any of these actresses are. They are probably in other things I’ve watched but I didn’t recognize any of them. That’s not the issue. I mean, I’ve watched movies with no name actors and actresses all the time–a good portion of the time I’ve enjoyed these flicks.

The Descent started out with promise. The blurb was good–the premise was good but somewhere along the way, someone decided to screw a good thing up. With that said, here’s what I think of this flick.

This is the dumbest movie I’ve ever watched. And I’ve seen some dumb movies. This is even worse than the newest Power Ranger movies. I’m pretty sure it would have been scared if I didn’t spend half the time watching this movie thinking it was just Jerry Springer with monsters. There was no surprises in this dense replica of a horror movie. From the first scene you know what’s up and that’s not a good thing.

After crap hits the fan, instead of working together to get out of it, these women descended into the same BS stereotype of women not being able to do anything without clawing each other’s eyes out. The bickering in the depths of hell took away from the feeling of it. Sure, when things go bad and tension is running high, human beings argue. But eventually, in real life, they get their crap together and sort things out so at least a good number of them can get out of it alive or in one piece. Not these dense, hair-brained facsimiles.

The acting was stiff. The women were just cold. There was nothing there and I do mean nothing.

Ugh – and there’s a part two of this crap. There’s a sequel – I kid you not. Because after one of them escaped–or we think she escaped, once wasn’t enough. She has to go back for more.

See what I mean?

Ugh – what a waste of a good concept.



Bad Milo! – A Movie Review

Star: Ken Marino (Wet Hot American), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Peter Storemare (Fargo), Mary Kay-Place Sweet Home Alabama), Patrick Warburton (The Tick).

A stressed-out man (Ken Marino) discovers that a tiny demon lives in his intestine, and that excessive anxiety causes the creature to escape and slaughter the man’s tormentors. (IMDB)Image result
It depends on how you look at it – this movie might have the most ingenious premise or the dumbest one ever. When I read it I had to watch. I mean, what kind of mind would come up with something like this!? After I watched I have to admit that I-regret-NOTHING!
Let’s break it down. Duncan (played by Ken Marino) works in a company where it seems like he has it all together and life is good. I mean he’s getting a pay cheque and he has a gorgeous wife. But his boss is a dick, his wife wants to have a kid and everything that could possible go wrong is beginning to.  I mean, the man’s life is unraveling so bad, its evening affecting his digestive system. After a trip to the doctor, they find what they believe to be pulps on in his intestines but they only think they knew. This man has a little monster inside him that escapes and whacks anyone who kills anyone who stresses Duncan out or even think of making his life miserable.
Don’t get me wrong, there are times in this movie when I’m sitting there thinking oh hell naw! Other times I’m terrified I’m jumping and other times I’m laughing so hard I almost peed myself.
For a movie that could have gone so horribly wrong, it’s a gem that not many people I think know about. Think of the book This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously Dude, don’t Touch It! I kid you not, that is a real book title and the book terrifies you one second then make you laugh like mad the next.
If you like rare gems, get a scare and a laugh in the same place, then Bad Milo is the perfect thing.

Stoker – A movie review

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Mia Wasikowska

Warning – there are scenes in this movie that WILL be offensive to some. There are also things that might be triggers to others, viewers’ discretion is advised.

India Stoker’s (Mia Wasikowska) world comes crashing down when her father (Jacki Weaver) dies in a car accident. Adding to the girl’s emotionol turmoil is the sudden arrival of Charlie (Matthew Goode), an uncle whom she never knew existed. Charlie moves in with India and her unstable mother (Nicole Kidman), and soon India begins to suspect that this charming and mysterious man has ulterior motives. However, instead of feeling alarmed, India becomes increasingly Image resultinfatuated with him. (IMDB)

Watching this movie was by accident. I read the blurb for it and rolled my eyes so hard I swear I saw the inside of my head. But, I was bored so I decided to give it a go. It starts out a tad slow but picked up toward the twenty minute mark. It’s a great little tale that might be offensive to a lot of people. The twists and turns were worth it with a whole lot of ick factor.

I am not a huge fan of Nicole Kidman and I have no clue who Mia Wasikowska is. But Matthew Goode, I am a fan of. It was a little strange watching him play Charlie Stoker in this. I mean, he was a little too good at this role which is a good thing. It was a side of him that I’ve never seen before. I mean, the first time I saw Matthew Goode, he was playing a cute Irish boy in Leap Year. To see this side of him in Stoker – I welcome the diversity.

Nicole Kidman I could take or leave. She was more of a prop in the movie, I’d say. Her character wasn’t as developed as India and Charlie. Mia Wasikowska was marvelous in her role as India. A couple of times I wanted to slap her silly but aside from that she seems to be a very good actress and I look forward to see what else she does, or has done before.

The ending is a little problematic for me because I couldn’t see a reason for the way it ended. As a writer myself, I the ending to each story must make sense. There has to be a reason for how a story comes to its conclusion and I’m not entirely sure I’m satisfied with this one.

All in all, if I was to give it stars, I’d go with a three because of the Mia and Charlie characters as well as the scenery and photography in this movie. It was just stunning.



Merry Christmas!

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Hello everyone!

This post will be short.

2017 has been a year of trials and joy. I would like to take this moment to thank everyone who stopped by to read what was going on in my head. Thank you for your comments, your private messages, your virtual hugs and kicks in the pants. Thank you for your encouragement and your cheers. I really appreciate it.

At this time of the year, I spend WAY too much time watching made-for-tv movies. I binge watch Shawshank Redemption (I know it’s not an xmas movie but come on!), Trading Places and Home Alone.

This Christmas season, from my family to yours, I wish you peace, joy and love. Spend the time with those you love. Remember, family isn’t necessarily those who share your DNA, but the people who you chose who adore you for you and make you feel as if you’re worth everything.

Love always,


You did Well, Jonghyun

“Everything want to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple    

The first time I heard Crazy I didn’t even know who the singer was. Yes, it was Korean. Yes, I was into Kpop but I was just getting my foot in, learning the different bands and producers and labels and singers–I mean, Super Junior in its first real incarnation was 21 members big. I had no idea who this man with the voice of an angel was. So, I hit Shazam and Jonghyun showed up. I then rushed to google and found out that his real name was Kim Jong-Hyun, he is from the band SHINee and he was beautiful. Image result for jonghyun

His voice was pure, it was filled with emotions and clarity that I had come to expect from Korean bands but there was something else. After I binged on all the solo stuff I could find by him, I started looking into the rest of his band, SHINee and ever since that day, became a Shawol (fans of SHINee are called Shawols). I was addicted to Jonghyun and Taemin – so much so that any time there is anything posted on both these singers, Youtube would send me an email suggesting it.

A few days ago the world received the news that Jonghyun was gone. He’d committed suicide after reaching out to his sister in a way to say goodbye. She didn’t think she would get to him quick enough so she called the police.

Though I didn’t know this man personally, it felt as if someone had reached into my chest and ripped my heart out.  Why? Let me explain.

Music, good music, breaks down barrios and walls. Great music doesn’t care what language you speak – it moves you in ways that is indescribably. Jonghyun and his brothers have a way of doing that for me. The talent that surge through those veins always amaze me –even now as I try to listen to his music without crying.

A while back, I accidentally came across a kpop rapper that I fell madly for. His song titled Agust D drew me and for a while I was confused. It was hard, dark, deep and though I don’t speak Korean, before having it translated, it broke my heart. As I watched the video on repeat I realized he looked familiar. So, I did what I always do when I find a new singer/band/actor, I researched. Turns out, Agust D is Suga from BTS (Bulletproof Boyscouts). And he talks about the soul crushing loneliness, the way people and tides can turn on you on a dime. He talks about battling depression and that the idol lifestyle isn’t all it cracked up to be.

You see, we look at these men and we see gorgeous, out together, sexy, talented angels. But most of us fail to see past that glitz to the human beings behind. A lot of people were angry with Junsu after he left TVXQ, they were saying he shouldn’t have broken up the group. Then two more members, Jae and Yoo left the group. Once again, there was an outcry. I had people who refused to listen to JYJ because of this reason. I love me some JYJ. Backseat always made me giggle and Get Out speaks to me on a whole other level.

Image result for jonghyunWhat am I saying? I’m saying in everything we do, we have to do what’s best for us. We’re on the outside looking in. We see what is on the surface. We don’t see the super long contracts that eats away every part of these people’s lives. We don’t see them getting taken advantage of. We don’t see them not having control of their own lives, their own words their own minds. We don’t see what goes on in the backstage of the kpop industry, the pressure to be respectful, of having ever minute bit of their lives scrutinized. We don’t feel the judgment of the people around us, and millions of strangers around the globe. We don’t know what it feels like to not be able to want to go somewhere and can’t.

We don’t feel the pain.

For Jonghyun, I suppose he didn’t see another way out. He was in so deep and it was so dark that he felt as if he was drowning and he needed the pain to stop. I can honestly say I know how he feels. Depression is a horrible thing. It consumes you until you feel as if there’s a dark cloud over your head and it’s always raining but it’s only raining on you. And I keep hearing people saying he was in a band, why didn’t they know? The answer is simple, a depressed person doesn’t walk around with a sign that say look at me! I’m depressed! And most people can’t recognize when someone else is going through this. Most times, he smiles and sings and he dances and he has normal conversations–but they don’t know what happens when he’s by himself.  The other guys of SHINee cannot be with him 24 hours of the day. Depression is a silent killer, it’s there, lurking.

Others, like Junsu, Yoo and Jae, file a lawsuit to get out of their contract and find their own happiness. I mean, JYJ is one of the biggest selling Kpop bands around.

I think, Jonghyun’s death should be a wake up call to the Asian pop industry–hell to all the music industries around the world. They now need to take responsibility for the stress they’re putting these kids through – I said Kids because most of these agencies start grooming these singers as kids. They need to realize that their mental health is just as important as their physical health. If the Record companies won’t do this willingly the government needs to start stepping in and saying you MUST have a doctor/shrink on hand for these artists to meet with at least once a week.

Something needs to be done. It’s bad enough that we’re losing these singers to military service – but at least we know that’s only for 2 years. It’s worse when we know they are never coming back.

RIP Jonghyun.


Lunch at Bymark – Toronto

One of the things that falls under my job description at work is to plan the Christmas lunch. This includes finding the location, check it out, find out cost, figure out menu, cater to those who have gone vegan and vegetarian-that sort of thing. For months, I called locations, asking questions, emails. Finally, a friend of mine suggested Bymark.

Right off the bat I got a good feeling about them. Why? When I emailed the even coordinator, she was super quick in getting back to me. She knew her stuff–explained how it all worked, answered all my questions and furnished me with menus for not only those who ate meat but the vegetarian of our group. Then, one of our attendees told me she was Vegan so I had to contact Bymark again. Without even a fuss, they came up with a vegan menu, specifically for our girl which was amazing.  Then the day of the event, another attendee told me he was vegetarian as well and again Bymark stepped up.

Once we arrived, we were instantly shown to our private space. It was lovely. The table was set beautifully, wine glasses, clean cutlery etc. Our servers were fantastic. The main waitress knew precisely what she was doing, always followed up with us. They knew their wine, could suggest wines depending on our likes and dislikes.  The staff we dealt with were super helpful, polite, funny–it was one of the best experiences I’ve had at a restaurant.

The food – the food was delicious. Everything that had to be hot came to our table hot. Everything was spiced just right. I had a meal of chicken with quinoa and usually most restaurant serve you quinoa that had no spice or taste. Not this one. I was pleasantly surprised at how good everything was.

We had some appetizers before our actual appetizers that we ordered on a whim, it wasn’t a part of our menu that we’d picked before.  Remember we had vegan with us. The staff went back and had something prepared specially for our Vegan girl, and she was so happy with it. Keep in mind, they didn’t have to do that. It wasn’t a part of the plan–but our staff were happy to do it.

All in all we had a fantastic time at Bymark and I would personally recommend them. The one downside is, if you’re not too familiar with the address/location, finding the restaurant could be a pain and a half during the winter. There is no moniker above the ground to tell you where it is. There’s just this outcropping above the ground in front of the 66 Wellington. So locating the entrance was problematic.

Other than that, we had an amazing time.

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Acts of Vengeance

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Stars: Antonio Banderas (Mask of Zoro), Karl Urban (Dredd), Paz Vega (Sex and Lucia).

A fast-talking lawyer transforms his body and takes a vow of silence, not to be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter and has his revenge (IMDB).

Okay – I watched this movie because I wanted a kick ass, action packed flick. I had already watched a few of the classics like Commando, Rambo and Mortal Kombat. I wasn’t really looking for a movie to teach me a lesson or to make me think. I mean, I never pick an Antonio Banderas movie for the stellar acting. Though, he’s done an amazing job with Take the Lead, but his acting chops isn’t the greatest. Another thing I really don’t understand, this man has been doing English movies since around 1993 and his English is most often incomprehensible.

The movie starts out like your typical revenge movie. Asshole guy, loses family, goes on a rampage. It was as predictable as most others but the end twist will shock you. The movie is a tad slow in some parts, and Antonio’s accent doesn’t help with fluidity. Also, there isn’t nearly as many explosions of people getting shot as a movie like this would normally have. But its tolerable.




Renegade Childhood

Over the weekend, I was mocking about online and came across my childhood Thursday nights. Renegade starring Lorenzo Lamas (Falcon Crest, The Bold and the Beautiful, Big Time Rush), Kathleen Kinmont (Halloween 4, CIA Codename Alexa) and Branscombe Richmond (The Scorpion King, Batman Returns). Let me explain. This show was one of my birth father’s favorite shows. On Thursday Image result for renegade the seriesnights on CVM, we would crowd around our single television and enjoy this show.  The show was about a cop, Reno Raines (Lorenzo Lamas) who testified against dirty cops, who sent someone to kill him, missed him and killed the woman he loved instead. After he was charged (and I believe convicted) he escaped, teamed up with a bounty hunter, Bobby Sixkiller (Branscombe Richmond) and his sister Cheyenne (Kathleen Kinmont) to work on clearing Reno’s name as well as capture bail jumpers in the process. They kind of just roamed the country, small town after small town (mostly) and Miami and Vegas (of course).

As I watched episode after episode, I realized a few things.

  1. Branscombe had prettier hair than I do and I’m mad jealous.
  2. This show started my cheering for characters to get together–I mean, come on! Reno and Cheyenne?? They were meant to be together–alas, my heart grew heavy with the burden of requited yet impossible love.
  3. Other people blame Disney or fairytales for their unrealistic views and expectations of friendship. I blame Bobby & Reno. The friendship between these two characters are everything. They argue, yes. They disagree, a lot, but at the end of the day, Bobby is always there for Reno and Reno is always there for Bobby. At the end of the day, it’s what do you need me to do,  brother and it was a beautiful thing.
  4. The show had some very good writing – if not some suspect acting. I mean, it was Lorenzo Lamas. But the storylines were always engaging to me back then. Even now, after I’ve been published a few times, I beginning to see the quirks of the writing, the subtleties that I missed as a kid.
  5. Back in the day, television shows stuck with their actors until the end or until something goes wrong. Renegade ran for five seasons and the main cast remained the same for four until Kathleen Kinmont got herself fired–apparently, she went on the Howard Stern show and caught a mad case of the verbal diarrhea when she called out co-star Lorenzo Lamas for his dating life. Classic case of not pooping where you eat since Lorenzo, at the time, was the executive producer on the show. She was replaced by Sandra Dee Robinson who played Sandy in Season 5.
  6. Shows can get rid of a character without killing them. Lately, every show you watch, NCIS, Criminal Minds etc – whenever an actor decides to leave or gets fired, a good 99.9% of the time they wind up dead. And usually, in horrific ways. This show got rid of Cheyenne without slaughtering her like some wild animal on the side of the road. Even though, they were, supposedly, upset with Kathleen Kinmont.
  7. My love of men with beautiful hair came from this show. Most times as I think back to the show, the first thing I remember is Lorenzo, on his Harley, riding through some backwards street, hair blowing in the wind (yes, their disregard for brain trauma on this show was amazing!), looking tall, dark and dangerous in his shades *sigh* – I need a moment.
  8. They don’t make tv shows like they used to. Sure, Reno Raines had a girl in every port, as they said. But there weren’t any gratuitous sex scenes. Yet, for five seasons, millions of people turned in to see what kind of trouble Bobby, Reno and Cheyenne (later Sandy) would get into. I suppose the world has changed–drastically.

Though the ending of the show was a little strange–I truly believed we could have done with one more season. The last episode gave us a happily for now ending and I would have LOVED to see what became of Dutch and the final face to face he had with Reno. But I supposed karma is indeed a bitch and Dutch had to learn the hard way.

Le sigh.

Yes, I used my weekend binging on Renegade and remembering a time when life was simple. Happiness was your favorite television show spent with those you care about.

After Renegade wrapped, Bransombe went on to appear in a number of movies–The Scorpion King, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. He’s also been seen in shows like Chicago Med (as Keoni), Hawai’i 5-0 (as Saloni), Roadies (As Puna) and Charmed (as a demon). He has a few things coming up including a role in Runaway Romance and Inquisitor.

Lorenzo Lamas went back to his soap roots, as Hector Ramirez in The Bold and the Beautiful. He also has done a bunch of things that makes no sense to me, like the horrible  movie Mega-Shark V Giant Octopus. He ventured into the reality world on his own show, Leave it to Lamas. He has a few things coming up including a movie called Driver – that I can’t seem to find a synopsis for, as well as playing General Lee in a flick called Unwritten.

Kathleen Kinmont – well, she went on to Days of Our Lives, Silk Stalkings, VIP (with Pamela Anderson) and a scattering of other roles. The last role she’s played was in 2016 – a short titled Bunkmates. But I suppose after proving that you cannot leave your personal life out of your professional one and that you would bring drama to your job – people probably didn’t want to hire her after Renegade. She only had 2 episodes of Days of Our Lives. Currently, apparently, she’s a photographer in L.A.

Sandra Dee Robinson – she was only on the show for one season but still – she made the soap opera rounds – Days of our lives, Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, Another World. She also had a few roles in stuff like The Bay, L.A Heat, 2 and a half Men–so she’s had active roles all the way up until 2016. Which makes sense because she runs a retreat called Charismatic Cowgirl on a ranch in the USA for women who want to be confident in business and life, she is also a writer and does speaking engagements – She seems pretty busy.



Gerald’s Game

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A woman accidentally kills her husband during a kinky game. Handcuffed to her bed with no hope of rescue, she begins hearing voices and seeing strange visions (IMD).

Okay, I admit it. I have fallen down the Netflix black hole and if they keep making movies like these–I just might stay.

From the way people were talking about this movie, I thought it was going to be a softer shade of Fifty Shades. The poster for it didn’t quell that rising trepidation. For those who know me, I’m not a Fifty Shades fan so I tend to shy away from everything to do with the franchise. But, on a lazy Sunday, I decided to give it a try since, so far, this month, Netflix has yet to disappointment with their new releases.  Before I get to the review, I have to admit, I was a good ways into the movie before I realize, it came out of Stephen King’s head.

The movie started out like any other–perfectly. But a few minutes in you realize things aren’t as they seem. Bruce Greenwood (not  bad to look at in clothes and out of them) plays his character perfectly and I’ve always been a fan of Carla Gugino. Together, they have wonderful chemistry that makes you wonder about them together in real life.

The small movie has enough twist and turns to keep you on your feet. It’s twisted and funny and disturbing and you can’t help but watch. Making a movie with two main characters could have gone terribly wrong–I’m talking Castaway wrong or I am Legend wrong. But they somehow managed to pull it together spectacularly.

The back story pulled the past, the present and the future together intricately and wonderfully. The horror without blood and gore, the silences, the stillness–all of it came together to make a film that reaches into the psyche and pull things out you wish to keep hiding.

It Once again, Stephen King shows you why he’s the king of mind games and why no one could possibly knock him off his throne.

Stream Gerald’s Game now on Netflix.






We are Worse than Animals

This post, wasn’t supposed to be about the LGBT community or the hassles they endure on the daily just to be considered human beings. It was supposed to be about something completely different. But, once again, I find myself having to put on my Ally hat and say a few things that’s sitting on my chest. While I waited for this page to load, I was skimming through MSN – I usually do that before I start my day at the office, just to see what fresh hell humans were putting each other through on any given day. I came across an article speaking about the police’s response to the discovery of the body of a transgendered woman. You can read the article here.

The lady who found the body said she wasn’t satisfied the police did all they could to alert the public, and she believes it is because the body was of a transgendered woman. She also blamed a local activist group, 519, for not doing its due diligence in alerting the LGBT community and to ensure that this case was taken as seriously as any other case like this. According to police, the 519 never contacted them about the body but the 519 said they tried contacting investigators but couldn’t get anywhere.

Alloura Wells, who was last seen in July. Police are conducting DNA tests to determine if it is her body that was discovered in Rosedale: Police respond to 'lax response' charge over body of transgender woman found in ravine

Alloura Wells


So, in essence, right now it’s a case of they said/they said.

What is more important is a woman is dead and people are pointing the finger at each other like a bunch of a-holes.

Police claims, they were being careful how they go about releasing information to the public – since when? A dead body is found, the public is made aware almost immediately. Usually, by that night on the news. You don’t have to give detail about what condition the body was in when it was discovered, or even who discovered it. You just had to say that a body was found and that the investigation is on going. This way, people who have missing relatives in that area can reach out with information to maybe hell the police department figure out the person’s identity.

It is believed the woman was Alloura Wells, a homeless woman who went missing from the area.  And this story gets worse–when Wells’ father went to report his baby missing, he left the station infuriated because he didn’t feel as though the police was taking him seriously.

Keep in mind, this body was found in August and the police only released the information about the body in November. They’ve since gone public with the news and has apologized to the family but I don’t think that’s nearly enough.

Why was this case any different than any other case? Well, let me be the jerk and say it–she was transgendered. These people don’t take into consideration that this woman was someone’s baby, someone’s lover, someone’s sister, someone’s friend. I don’t believe they look at her and think “someone out there loves her and is missing her terribly.” They see her as another problem not worthy of their time and someone deserves to be held to the fire for this.

We spend so much time, so much of our lives dishing out hate and judgment on others.  When are we going to realize that doing that is tiring, that this is no way to live our lives? When are we going to learn that hate never brings about anything but hate and destruction? A human being has died–she didn’t just walk away from her life to live in Bora Bora. She didn’t just decided to drop everything and start over somewhere else. She is no longer of this earth. And I’m sure her life up to that point has not been easy. Yet, even in death we show our disdain but not allowing her family to even claim her body.

This could have ended so much worse – we hear every day of people going missing, of serial killers in areas. The LGBT community is a visible minority now and this means they seem to those wishing to do harm as easy prey. After all, most are estranged from family and they dive into a world of darkness to protect themselves. They police could have come out and ask the LGBT community to be extra vigilant and in so saving some lives. 519 could have spoken to their members and those they help and maybe could have even learn things that could have been beneficial to the police.

Could someone please remind these people their duty is to the public no matter the gender, race or sexuality. No matter what, they promised to serve and protect. But you can’t even trust them to keep their word.

The sadness of this breaks me in unspeakable ways. People may believe I am soft or just out there but I believe in treating each other as human beings. We consider ourselves the top of the food chain when we can’t even support each other though we may disagree. Animals are better than we are–we see it every day on these viral videos–Dogs who adopts cats, lions who nurse baby zebras for whatever reason.

And if the lion can put aside his nature and help another animal he would usually eat, why then can’t we put aside our discomfort and hatred for one second, and allow a woman’s family to claim her, then mourn?

My conclusion then, is that we are worse than animals.