Themes–Darkest Hour (2017)

I am a watcher of movies, but also a viewer of them. As a viewer, I can give a reading into the film, in terms of what I saw as the themes, ideas, etc. So, onto this, with Darkest Hour (2017), a summary. Taking responsibility, actions and consequences, the valley of decision, should one change their mind, the world relies on a decision, and having courage to be strong in the face of the enemy, even if it is involves being sacrificial.

A Christmas Carol (1984)

I wasn’t really that motivated to watch A Christmas Carol. It seemed a quite obscure film from 1984. But being in the mood to record and watch later, I recorded this Christmas movie to watch at a later time, and this I did. I’m glad I watched this, what turned out to be a little five-star gem. The straightest, soberest, most well produced film I’ve seen for a while and what is as straight-forward and dramatic presentation of the Charles Dicken’s classic Victorian novel that you’re likely to get. It’s about the well-off, well-to-do, and very alone Ebenezer Scrooge (George C. Scott), who is disliked for his miserly ways, until he has a crisis of a sort, which makes him rethink his selfish lack of giving to others in need. The crisis is wonderfully done–involving Scrooge’s past, present, and future Christmases, told in flashback, and what may happen to him in the future if he continues to withhold good things from others in need. Scrooge isn’t characterized as all bad, though, the background to this apparently shallow character is sympathetically handled and the truth about him is revealed. George C Scott makes a wonderfully believable and engaging Scrooge and the acting is otherwise superb in this inspirational, uplifting Christmas film.

New Year's

Your strength holds the mountain up,

such is the power that wraps you;

you calm the clamour of the ocean,

the clamour of its waves.

The nations are in an uproar, in panic

those who live at the ends of the world,

as your miracles bring shouts of joy

to the portals of morning and evening.

You visit the earth and water it,

you load it with riches;

God’s rivers brim with water

to provide their grain.

[Psalm 65:6-9; Jerusalem Bible]

Flag (1988), by Yello

The soundfulness of this 1988 Yello album is something to swim into and keep immersed in. Yello might not have produced anything better than Flag (1988). It’s not just any ’88 music–with the swell of pop akin to the limbering up of aerobics, the quickly gone effervescence of a fizzy hit, and the cushiness of a watered down pop psychology–but Flag is an ambient refreshment, and funky in a aesthetically sophisticated way, a cool to revive flagging interest and disenchantment in the likes of socially conscious Tracy Chapman songs, the straining for effect pseudo-spiritual cum religion in People, and disappointing follow-ups to Bobby McFerrin’s monster triumph, and especially repetitive pop melodies, which all droned on next to Flag’s radiant light on a hill.

Is it okay for a writer to change style?

I’ve asked myself this question and answered a resounding no. A writer should have a consistent style. But, if I compare my review of 28 Days Later, written in 2003, to my review of 28 Weeks Later, written four years later, I am resigned to the fact that they have different styles. This is really disconcerting to me, as it shows a flaw. All I can think of, is that a writer may use different styles of writing for a while, then settle on one style. This style becomes natural. In the end, a writer or some, if not many, writers must go through this phase. It’s a natural part of the writing life. One must write to know how one wants to write–and sometimes if not many times this plays out in the publishing world.

Organization

I’ve found building an organized if not overly cohesive series of articles, my “church series” of articles, required a little shifting around of articles. So that the order of them might have some logical sense. This is gathering momentum, now.