Thursday, February 21, 2013

a speculative glance at a conversation


"If only you knew what delights I have planned for you," Writer murmured to Character.

"I am sure it is wonderful," replied Character. "But perhaps it could come sooner?"

"Alas," said the Writer, "I'm afraid a great many hard things must come first. But do not fear. My pen tells only good tales."

Character was silent for awhile.

"Dear Writer, why must it happen this way? Surely you can scratch out an easier path for me to walk."

"I could," said He, "but it would not make for much of a story."

"Story!" squeaked Character. "Is that what you care about? An good story for the telling, but not about how I fare in it?"

Writer waited until Character was ready to listen.

"You talk as if the whole universe spun around for you."

Character could make no response.

"I let it happen this way because you will be changed, and better, for it. And your story is not written for your benefit alone. In fact, you are not even the main character. But I will take care of you nonetheless."

Character thought about this.

"I am sorry I was so selfish." said Character at last.

"All is forgiven," said Writer.

"Do you promise that my life's pages will be in your hands alone? That you will not turn this work over to a less Wise and Gentle master?"

"With my blood," promised Writer.

"Then write on," said Character, "Write on. My mind is made: I will never be in a better place than when I bow to your pen."

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Snippets: Double Movie Review

(Sorry these are so short. Not much time on the computer these days.)



Batman Begins
Christopher Nolan

The thrilling beginning of the Batman franchise, headed by the brilliant Christopher Nolan. Starring Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Gary Oldman and Michael Caine.
Obviously a must-see for any superhero fans. Batman Begins is an origin story, an action-drama, and an exalter of fear and justice.
Certainly along the darker vein of epic tales, Batman Begins concerns itself with the beginnings of Bruce Wayne and his rise into the unforgettable being of Batman and his quest to bring justice to the villains of his city Gotham.
A fantastic film, one I think is much more than "entertainment." It's serious and thought-provoking and shows the world from several different points of view. Throughout, there are different images, characters, and occurrences that are the result of magnified fear, which certainly make this a more somber and chilling superhero picture than, say, the Avengers.
All the same, it is a classic and well worth a re-watch or two. But lighthearted chick-flick this is not.


Star Trek (2009)
J.J. Abrams

I'm not sure I can adequately praise J.J. Abrams and his ability to make me fall in love with a story I had no interest in previously. Before this film, I had few brushes with Star Trek- some reruns on TV, which we never finished watching. I had the series written off, in my mind, as an old, dusty, and quite cheesy piece of production.
However, multiple viewings of the trailer of Star Trek: Into Darkness in the theater convinced me it was worth a shot. And in order to see the second film, I had to see the first.
This 'modern' Star Trek is thrilling, beautiful, and brilliant in every way. From casting to cinematography to effects to score, I am rendered utterly speechless with admiration. It's a quite tangible and very believable presentation on Trek, and one that reminded me again why I love science fiction.
If you're looking for a space epic, fraught with humor, intelligence, fantastic characters and a brisk pace, look no further than Star Trek.
As for "cleanliness," there is quite a spattering of language, a bit of smooching and one scene that deserves to be skipped.
(Just ask a friend who's seen it before where to edit.)
That aside, Star Trek is, and will remain, one of my favorite movies.
And no, this doesn't mean I renounce my love of Star Wars. There is room for both in my heart. ;)

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What do you think? Give us your take on these movies if you've seen them.