Saturday, April 30, 2011
What prompted me to post however, had been a particular incident. A man uses a teleportation tube of some sort, phazing in like he's being reconfigured atom-wise (which, by the way, Star Trek borrowed for their transporters) to hand in a report to a head honcho. It got me to thinking... Interesting that in this ultra-futuristic 25th Century they don't have a way to send a report without a person hand delivering it. They do have communication devices (like a future phone/intercom) though. Sure, it could be the case that the reports are very secret or something and they need to be handled in person. But in this part of the story that didn't seem to apply.
Obviously the writers didn't think up something like a fax machine, or even a text message. I don't mean that as a slam or an admonishment. There's no reason they should of conceived of them. They had enough to dream up, no?
That's the part that got me thinking. It's often the storyteller's job to invent the future. Suppose the writers had thought of data pads and wireless transfer of information. They might have planted the seed for us having them today. For as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells have demonstrated, tales of the fantastic will give rise to reality.
Stories don't just entertain, they inspire.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
It's a shame, because someone worked hard on that trailer. SomeONE? Many people. Besides the trailer, the movie itself of course But unfortunately I just didn't like the packaging and as such, I won't be seeing the movie. And it probably will turn out to be hailed as top notch.
If it does turn out to be a great film, then the flip side of this particular flick is Superman Returns. I'm not going to get into it beyond saying I loathed the movie. However, I had been uber-excited to see it. Hats off to anyone involved with the trailer for that film. They managed to make it look amazing by cramming all the best bits into a well-paced and well-edited piece of comic book glory. Excitement oozes from it and I watched it several times in a row. And yet I will always regret not leaving the theater.
All this being said, it just goes to show once again that it really does matter how a story is presented/packaged. A lesson I re-learned not so very long ago with Hoodwinked.
Monday, April 25, 2011
I don't remember where specifically (and suspect it's been much more than once) I remember someone asking, "Did you just make '____' a VERB?"
I bet I’m going to be noticing it more and more now... but I’ll be more interested in the words that “can’t” be interchangeable!
Friday, April 22, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
I’ve been told that my writing is of the “simple” variety in the good sense. But do I then irritate the readers who want a challenge?
I suppose this one is all personal preference. Even amongst authors. I've seen both praise and intolerance for vocabulary-heavy stories.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Sure, there’s bound to be some imprint of their father’s influence that helped make the Neverland seem enticing. But certainly not to the degree that many would have us believe.
Yet another misconception of the story of Peter Pan.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Apparently Chaplin had been born on the 16th and Google started celebrating on the 15th.
Go figure. Sorry for trusting them to use his actual date and not re-looking it up. Sigh.
Hail Chaplin, again. Hell, he deserves a little more praise anyway, no?
Friday, April 15, 2011
Imagine what THAT would have been like, eh?
UPDATE: Apparently Chaplin had been born on the 16th and Google started celebrating on the 15th. Go figure. Sorry for trusting them to use his actual date and not re-looking it up. Sigh.
*Word "the" used since it would have been the first live-action screen version of the tale of Peter Pan.
That honor didn't get claimed until 82 years later, by P.J. Hogan.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Consider the utterances: I am hungry. I am dying.
In Irish they’re phrased differently: Hunger is upon me. Death is beside me.
Makes quite a bit of difference. Sort of keeps one’s persona intact among other mind shifting.
Something to think about - the way we speak can alter the way we view the world.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
First let me say it's nice to see that Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens is recognized, as it tells of him being a baby and a week old. No other prequel attempt that I know of (with the current available information) has even acknowledged Barrie's origin tale. Unfortunately, though, I didn't have to look too far to see a place or two that it doesn't connect to Barrie.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
I guess what I like boils down to 'teasers,' since I eventually cut off my supply of info. Really, I do. I once shut my eyes and plugged my ears in a theater so as not to see the "Inside Look" of On Stranger Tides, the next Pirates of the Caribbean moive. (For the record, I'm hoping for the best from this movie, but don't expect too much. It's Jack Sparrow, so I have to see it.) And also for the record, I'm not keen on either of the aforementioned movie titles.
Lastly for the record, this bewonderment about information seeking and red herrings applies to all other entertainment media for me, too.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
If you’re a regular reader, you know that “remakes” tend to drive me crazy.
Yes, folks, once again I have to put in a rant about the craziness of Holly-world.
This time I have a good and a bad.
Let’s take the bad first. Funnily enough, this “bad” is on account of a cancellation of a remake.
And so, with a cocked head mentality of “ok, let’s try it” I figured it might be good.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
And then there is this line to ponder:
But then, Peter likely had no intention of letting them return to London in the first place.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Well, friends, I would be a fool not to tell you that I deciphered this riddle. Without getting into the whole delineation of the path to pluck this from the depths of filed imagination in a historical context, I shall now present to you the real identity of Captain Jas. Hook of the Jolly Roger. He is none other than the personage mentioned in Peter and Wendy in this line: Wendy thought Napoleon could have got it, but I can picture him trying, and then going off in a passion, slamming a door. And it also explains why said personage is often depicted with his right hand hiding in his vestments.
So glad that's solved on this, the first day of April.