In the film Fingers (1978), Harvey Keitel plays a promising artist with ambitions to play piano at Carnegie Hall. He’s passionate about his talent and future fortune, but he’s also a heavy for his Dad in collecting debts.Continue reading “A double life at heart”
The Imitation of Christ was originally written in the Middle Ages by a monk, Thomas A. Kempis. It’s mind blowing devotional literature, to use the modern expression, but firmly in keeping with the essence of the best Christian devotional literature that points to God.Continue reading “The Imitation of Christ”
Based on the popular video game, Angry Birds, comes the hilarious animated movie version, which spawned a sequel in 2019.
The Angry Birds Movie (2016) is about an island of flightless birds who have their own guardian, the Eagle (Peter Dinkage). Three little and not so little, but extraordinarily cute, juvenile-esque birds – Red, Chuck and Bomb – call on the Eagle when their island is visited by suspicious green pigs.Continue reading “The Angry Birds Movie (2016)”
There’s always in the back of the mind of a writer of shorter material the time when he’ll be an author and gets the book contract. But does one really want to do that? The book signings, the author meet and greets, the interviews…the general busyness over your book? And does one really like reading books anyhow, the longer stuff that is? Can a writer be satisfied with the niche he already has and make the most of it, as much as possible? And not put all his eggs in the writing basket?
After being in the “attic”, “basement” for so long, in other words put away for a rainy day, one reopens the old magazine and finds a fresh revelation. It was actually pretty good.
The humble writer or artist and filmmaker for that matter, may shy away from publicity or at least attempt to. But, underneath, there may be a liking to the question, what will he do next? Will it be as good or better than the last thing they made? That’s when a writer and artist gets a little inkling they have made it. But what will be next? A widely received disappointment? After the artist has gained acceptance?
The writer and the artist are names that can be used interchangeably, in terms of function– the purpose is to create using kinds of media and materials–and in style–to ‘stylize’ and place, for an effect, which can include journalism, in terms of how elements of art are embedded in journalism, such as flow. Both can change style in a period of their vocation/career, but this can be normal to writers and artists who can naturally be spontaneous, experimental and adventurous.Continue reading “The art reflected on is worth studying”
Should one write journalistic style articles or other, more simpler, beautifully flowing ones? I asked myself this and came up with this: that if approaching a newspaper, to write for them, I just wouldn’t care about investigating the details on real life stories anymore, so I wouldn’t. But would love to keep on with the simpler style for work, that’s well-rounded, perhaps art-full even.
It’s always nice to be told you’re doing a good job, even when it could have better.
The purpose to write may not be planned, but in their quest, the writer may submit to places they never thought they would. When this happened to me, I was worried that I wouldn’t get paid a greater sum. The publication looked a little obscure and unknown from where I stood. But in the words of a wise old mother, literally giving a piece to someone, that may be discarded by others, is a volunteering kindness.
What if a writer promised a certain product to a publisher, presumably knowing what he was doing, but they ended up with something else? What’s going on?Continue reading “The hollow man”
in 1999, I wrote a short piece that was implicitly about truth but even I, the writer of that article, found myself caught between truth and experience.Continue reading “Truth and experience”
I happened to be reading a film reference book, back in ’98, which defined movie terminology, such as “post-modernism”. This particular term, post-modernism, was especially interesting, as it seemed relevant to a few films I had been watching at the time.Continue reading “Inspired to write”
Reading between the lines of an article of mine from 1996 brings clarity on what I believed about movie violence and still do. Back then a sense of “getting a job done” predominated, but now, it’s good to clarify what I believe which can bring more definition to my current work. My philosophy has become fully integrated, with a sense of confidence in it.
Time Cinema: this cinema, or theater for showing films, was unique among theaters in the vicinity because it catered to a certain clientele, that of the needs of some people who described themselves as conservative Christians, as well as interesting groups intrigued by nostalgic films or films from the vault. John and Margaret Bell founded the popular film house but have since retired and sold the cinema to someone who is keeping old films playing in their original setting. Here’s my 2004 article about Time Cinema, written for Challenge Weekly, a Christian newspaper, where I interview John Bell, the founder of Time Cinema, who told me about their slice from the past.Continue reading “Old time cinema goes down memory lane”
Supertramp’s album Breakfast in America (1979) seemed to be about the need to feed the spiritual appetite when there is a decline of spiritual values. Perhaps the album hit a nerve during a darker period of cinema; Breakfast in America was the progressive rock/pop band’s most popular album (selling 20 million copies). It is the one album that stands out for me in the band’s repertoire.Continue reading “Breakfast in America (1979)”
Rejections-ville is a multi-colored place. One day, it’s a form letter, telling you, you lost today son. One another day they had said, they’d like to see more. Another day the one you send may win.Continue reading “Rejections-ville”
I think this is an interesting article to share, but may not be to everyone’s taste. Particularly interesting is the following point:
I have heard a number of New Zealand pastors and worship leaders express a concern that worship and music have virtually become synonymous-Steve Worsley, pastor.
Here’s the article I wrote in 2007, for Challenge Weekly.Continue reading “Music and worship”
Looking back at the people I’ve interviewed in older articles I have written makes me wonder where are they now?Continue reading “Catching up”
Finally getting on to some “market research” on a publisher. It’s called market research, the first thing I was taught at the Writing School before doing any actual writing. They told me, or my tutor told me, “know the market” before venturing out.Continue reading “Finally”