I came across a nice insight, while reading. “Its quiet sad tension is a writer’s quality”, writes Raymond Durgnat, in his review of True Confessions, in The Film Year Book 1983. Yes, quiet sounding prose is a writer’s quality, a being imperative, for writers have many different qualities. And reading a quiet piece of prose is actually a quiet experience. Therefore, reading something can be a very quiet sort of engagement. It’s just feels quiet reading the piece. Sometimes, reading is so very quiet. And, yes, it can be a sad experience, too. But a quiet experience doesn’t necessarily add up to a negative one.
The Blues Brothers (1980) is a sort of ‘road of redemption’ story.Continue reading “Road of redemption”
The following piece was inspired by an article I read in a local newspaper around 2004. It was about an Anglican Bishop lecturing on the myth of The Lord of the Rings. I decided to contact him, for an interview, and he sent me a fairly long email about the “gospel echoes” and myth of The Lord of the Rings. That became the following article.Continue reading “Inspired by an article”
Sting’s solo debut, Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985) is an 80’s album, but is what I call alternative pop music, rather than bubble gum pop. The artist, Sting, had been doing The Police for several years then released his first solo record. Opens with the infectious (less so today) If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, which has Sting singing about something thoughtful in an accessible package for mainstream listeners. Love is the Seventh Wave follows, a spirited reggae-styled political song. Russians is the highlight of the first half of the album, with its clear, distinctive voice on prejudice and Cold War paranoia, that’s musically compelling, followed by Children’s Crusade and a steady list of quietly assured tracks, while inserting the idiosyncratic title track, ending with the powerful Fortress Around Your Heart. Unremarkable stuff, but quietly assured, with a few highlights.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Before posting, I removed the last three paragraphs. Everything else is the same as it was posted at Anglican Taonga a few years ago. Lesson? Don’t say too much, because it will need to be removed.Continue reading “42 (2013)”
The following is an example of a good collaboration between writer and editor, the piece I did for Challenge Weekly on the DVD Collector’s Edition of Ben Hur. I like how it all sounds.Continue reading “A nice one”
There’s satisfaction in knowing that the writing piece one has done is the best possible work one could have done, together with a conscientious editor, who fills in the flawed parts with a deft touch.Continue reading “When all comes together well”
I can’t believe my review of Pacific Rim was published. Sure, it stoked my ego. But was it worth it? No, the review was only 60 per-cent, maybe less so. Not that anybody said anything or possibly didn’t (couldn’t?) read it. To my eye, it needed a revamp, so I’ve adjusted a few things and republished it here, which is now live. Here’s the new cut.Continue reading “Pacific Rim (2013)”
When one gets all the grimpy I mean grumpy editors, When one has empathy with their predicament, that being having to read through a creed of emails that contain “stuff”, mostly rubbishy contributions (including mine at one time or another), and understand when one faces a similar creed of emails. I feel for you. I understand, at last, why you never got back to me.
Fill life with living life to the max or empty life from the need to? Sometimes, we want to fill life by embracing all of it, but then we find we’re empty. Is living life to the max detrimental to living life? According to the gospel of All That Jazz, perhaps it is. All That Jazz (1979) has an angle on living life to the max. Simply, it’s when Max living gets out of hand…Continue reading “Life to the max and all that jazz”
The following review has appeared nowhere on the web recently, although it “was there” on the web a few years ago. But I still have the content that I can re-post. I’m not 100 percent satisfied with the quality of that once published review, as a writer knows when something they write is not feeling perfect. This review is one of those moments. So, I’ve revised it to reasonable satisfaction. Here’s the revised review.Continue reading “Amour (2012)”
I wrote twenty-two film reviews for Anglican Taonga online during the 2013-2014 year, that covered films released on DVD during that period, apart from one. Some of those are still posted on their website here. Others have been taken down it seems and don’t even appear on a Google search. Online publishing can be like that, here one day, gone another, but “i was here”. Unless there’s an agreement between the publisher and the writer over what happens to archived material, which is something I didn’t have, as I wrote for the ‘fun of it’ although with quite a purposeful outlook. I’ve always taken film reviews quite seriously, even when writing reviews for free. Sometimes in writing, a purposeful attitude is all one needs.
The Final Countdown (1980) is about time travel—in that an American aircraft carrier finds itself in time-past and could change the course of events that led to the bombing of Pearl Harbour. It’s such a significantly grave event that one is impressed how it can be prevented.Continue reading “It’s a world without time travel”
The following review of mine has straightforward content, but one of my tutors may say it’s a tad complicated in the expression, and advise me to be simpler, which may or may not go heeded. It sounds all right–and happened to get published. But I have revised it. Here’s the revised review:Continue reading “Oblivion (2013)”
There’s a review I did that explained the story-line at some length, and just when Joe thought it had come to an end, something else made him think: that’s a complicated story-line. He meant the movie plot and not my review.
The article, review, what have you–that the author forgot, even though he wrote it. He expects the piece won’t be that good — and that’s what I thought about a review I did six-and-a-half years ago, a review I forgot existed, but discovered when I did some digging around in my filing cabinet. Alas, it was better than I thought, and if I may, much better than I thought!
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”
A reader doesn’t know what’s in the heart of the author, but can only tell by what’s put on paper or delivered to the screen. That’s why it’s essential to make sure written communication is transparent and says what it is supposed to. A slight omission here and there may produce the wrong meaning, although the writer has good intentions. Looking back, I know I have done this sometimes, but since I’m more aware of it, I am aiming to make sure my work always says what it’s supposed to.
Next year is the fortieth anniversary of the sequel to the first Star Wars film. No doubt there will be quite a bit of fanfare among Star Wars aficionados when the anniversary date sets in. I’ve just watched the original theatrical version once again and it’s an odyssey of the senses.Continue reading “Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980)”
It’s not necessarily the work provided that ends a writing relationship, but it could be. Sometimes, the editor moves on, and the next editor wants to do something different without you. Not to be taken as a reflection on the writing, necessarily.