Theatrical Tuesday – In Slow Motion

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I keep thinking about and forgetting a topic I want to talk about on Tuesday. I’ve been doing it for several weeks now and it’s so annoying! It feels as though the thoughts have been shoved behind a barrier in my mind that I can’t see, but only feel is there.

Having a cold has given me time to slow down and refocus some of my energy. I’ve found Facebook more annoying than usual and logged out for the day. I’m exploring other options for connecting with like-minded people whose goals align with my own. I started today out extremely frustrated and am ending it in the opposite state.

The first draft of my one act play has been written and was submitted yesterday. It’s an office-based melodrama that touches on a number of societal ills and uses office noises in a musical way. I’m pretty psyched about it! It’s not as long as my teacher wanted, but there will be a couple more times during the semester to add to it and make it better.

Sometimes it’s not about getting something written quickly. That’s hard for me to accept. I’m usually working at a fast pace. What this year has been teaching me is that our work needs to go through a lot of stages before it can be its best, so it’s not crucial to get it perfect on the first pass.

My TV series partner and I were supposed to be mock pitching for our show, but between my cold and her ultra packed week, I requested a move to next week. I’ve never been one for sharing my germs if I can help it.

I’ll be working on a movie set this weekend as part of wardrobe. I’m hoping to learn a lot and maybe they’ll have good tips for my sewing. It’s mostly outdoor work, so I’m really hoping I’m feeling better by then. I also hope I can stay warm, so I don’t get sicker.

Today, I’ve slowly added to my feature film script and got a load of laundry done. Every time I tried to do more, I had a sneeze fit or my nose would run.

And that’s how life’s river flows today.
R~

Theatrical Tuesday – Harsh Realties

TuesdayToday was partly a day of hearing things I don’t want to hear.

Things like that if I’m to get anywhere in this career, I pretty much need to move to Toronto or possibly my hometown. I don’t want to move back to my hometown. My heart hasn’t been there for a very long time. I’m not averse to moving. I just hope I don’t have trouble selling my condo and I still have the problem of not having money to cover May’s expenses.

And while killing time, I chatted with one of our alumni who thought my movie sounds more like a made for TV idea, but I think it could be bigger. Maybe I didn’t explain it well enough.

Derek Diorio from Hard Rock Medical and many other things spoke to our class today. We learned a bit about how things get funded in Canada and that’s what brought up the likely needing to move to Toronto idea.

Otherwise, it’s been a tough day for me. I guess I slept wonky because my neck is super pissed off and I’ve been in pain all day going down into my shoulder. I’m basically sitting here with my head in an inflatable neck brace/stretcher to try and reduce the pain. I might take a shower just to have the warm water help.

It’s also been tough because I took Naloxone training tonight due to losing a friend a couple months ago. We weren’t close, but I was hoping to catch up with her and the next thing I knew, she was gone. After that time, I noticed how much stupid things people say in relation to the opioid issue, so I’ve also written a play to help some of them see it more clearly. At least, that’s the hope. She was in my high school drama club, so I felt like a play was appropriate.

The semester is ramping up and there are a ton of things for me to get working on. The first act of our feature films is due this week and we also have to have something done for our TV shows. There is also reading and watching of some web series’s.

And that’s how the river of life flows today.
R~

Theatrical Tuesday – Review of Okja

TuesdayWhen I saw comments about Okja being a film that seems like the brainchild of Spielberg and Miyazaki together, I knew I had to watch it. I also knew that a film that sounds that fantastic would be a great pick for my first film of 2018.

Initially I wondered if it was going to be a modern take on Charlotte’s Web. It did have some basic elements of the children’s story, but add a bunch of blood, violence, poop comedy, and action scenes.

From the plot to the beauty of the scenery, it felt like a live action Hayao Miyazaki film throughout much of the story. Near the beginning, I was hooked.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance was quirky and I thoroughly enjoyed him. I also enjoyed Steven Yeun’s character.

I almost loved the film. It seemed fresh and I was ready to sing its praises.

In fact, I loved it right up until it turned into obvious vegan propaganda and showed business people as one dimensional heartless monsters. There are so many business people doing great things in this world such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Ted Turner, and Mark Zuckerberg. You can read about more of them at The Giving Pledge.

It had everything going for it until it decided to beat me over the head with its message.

Ultimately, I’m disappointed by it.

A final note, Okja should not be watched by children nor anyone who has been sexually assaulted.

R~

Warrior Wednesday – Needing Downtime

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First, I’m sorry for not posting yesterday. I’m Canadian, so you know I’m being sincere.

At least, I think I didn’t post yesterday. My Facebook feed can’t tell me if there was a post or not as it seems to be missing all my posts from after my grading video that I posted around Christmas. That’s… A lovely thing to discover.

I didn’t have time to get to martial arts yesterday. My class went out for drinks and then I had to round up something to wear for a web series that I played an extra in today. It was neat seeing the non-writing side of things. I met a lot of new people in the Ottawa film community. The lead actress was nice. I spent most of the day glaring at her though. It’s what they wanted me to do!

Anyway, tomorrow is our last day of class for semester one. With my four-day weekend, I intend to get some cleaning in and to set up the piece of floorspace in my living room to do some working out. It’s also an okay space to practice some iaido because it’s not directly below anything I can break with my sword like a light bulb.

I really wish I had the kind of energy that Jesse Jane McParland has. We do have a spinning set, though it’s not quite that exuberant. We chase away the dojo demons with ours. It’s a cleansing ritual we do twice yearly. I can’t find a video on YouTube for it or I’d share it.

I’m also going to play some video games because I really need some downtime. It’s an important thing to have in order to prevent burnout. This last couple of weeks has been pretty killer in terms of workload.

I have a play to finish for one teacher and I have to send another teacher a copy of the peer review I gave one of my group partners before I get to relax. At least tomorrow is mainly movie day. We’ll be watching the films we made in Video Production class.

It was good to get away from the computer for a little while though I need to get back at it.

And that’s how today flows.
R~

Theatrical Tuesday – Review of The Last Jedi [SPOILERS AHEAD]

TuesdaySo I loved the movie.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t see any flaws in it.

Leia’s Space Flying Whatever-The-Fuck

Initially, it bothered me. A lot.

Then I thought about it more.

I thought, Leia is the general of a rebel army. My warrior brain said, if I was in her position with the weight of a colony on my shoulders, basically had magic powers I didn’t know how to use, and my brother was like Gandalf or some shit, I’d totally have my bro teach me some things. I mean, at the very least, the Jedi mind trick would be good if I got captured again. And really, the floating thing is basically like calling a lightsaber to your hand, but instead you’re calling your hand to something stationary.

Basically.

So what’s wrong with it? Well, I can’t say I fully understand the math and such in this article, but I think it’s saying Leia could move in space, just not as fast as she did, thus making it impossible for her to actually make it back to the ship in time to survive.

I think that means that some of the other things that shoot in space are also problematic except lasers as they travel at or passed light speed.

I thought they were going to use the moment to end the Leia’s storyline given the loss of Carrie. Now I’m left wondering what they’re going to do about that.

Rose

I think it’s great that they have an Asian character, but I’m not a fan of the Rose and Finn ship. I mean, Finn clearly had feelings for Rey. Did they think Rey should stick to the rule that Jedi can’t have relationships? I mean, that goes against the whole idea of changing the way Jedi live in the future. And why can’t Rose have saved Finn without being in love with him? We already had a love triangle with Luke, Leia, and Han in the original trilogy.

Finn

Finn was a rather useless character for most of the story. He probably should’ve died. I hope they do better with him in the next one.

Rey’s Parents

I don’t care one way or the other about Rey’s parentage, but it’s entirely possible that Kylo was just being an asshole to her. He’s kind of the bad guy. He wants her to join him. He has an agenda that doesn’t involve her being happy unless she’s with him. Finding her real parents might go against his plans in some way. Yeah, they could be losers. She could even be another immaculate conception force baby for all we know.

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Kylo

Kylo’s character arc has been decently written. It’s almost as if he’s struggling to grow into manhood. Those pants though. Awful. He should fire his fashion designer. Don’t believe me? Check out the proposed LEGO mini figure.

I hope he does actually grow up soon because the whiny teenager attitude is getting to be a bit much.

 

Snokes’s Death

Snokes’s death kind of bothers me, but then I think back to how Vadar killed The Emperor and I realize that a lot of the deaths of the sith masters have been rather pathetic. Darth Maul looked like he was going to be a formidable foe, but he didn’t get far either.

Captain Phasma

Captain Phasma is a crappy character. Look, we all know her purpose is to look cool, but you’ll sell even more toys if she’s not completely useless.

I’d love to see a strong female on the sith side.

The Credits

The memorial message in the credits made me cry. Actually, there was a lot of time I was choking back tears because I fucking miss Carrie Fisher that much.

Plot

I think some of the things that people are complaining about with regards to plot holes will be answered in the third film.

They might not, but that’s the whole point.

I find it exciting having no fucking clue what will happen next. Movies aren’t meant to tell you what you already know. This was the most exciting Star Wars film I’ve seen in a long time. Yeah, some things could have been smoother. One friend’s review covers it as he talks about there perhaps being too many subplots going at once and the transitioning between them being done clumsily.

Here’s another good review.

Here are more memes. Many make fun of Kylo.

The bigger plot problem in the last two Star Wars films is that they keep recycling the story from previous episodes as the below meme borrowed from the Star Wars Sithposting Facebook group shows.

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A list of things about the film that make me love it, but also make me unsure about where things are headed.

Fight Scenes

Yeah, I always love a good lightsaber scene. I know there wasn’t as many in this film as some others, but it’s good to change things up.

I enjoyed watching Rey show her fighting skill on the island. It actually doesn’t take much to translate skill with one weapon to another though lightsabers are rather more dangerous than her staff. I’ve seen seventh degree black belts cut themselves with katana they’ve been training to use for 30 or so years. Realistically, it would be hard for anyone to safely use a lightsaber unless the force helps protect them from cutting themselves with it. Too much realism in a fantasy (yes, space operas are fantasy, not sci-fi) story detracts from it. It might have been nice to see her singe her hair or something though.

Rey’s Force Lifting

I felt like the levitation of the rocks was too easy for her. It would’ve been nice to see her struggle with it a bit and maybe have to remove the rocks in small chunks to clear the path.

Porgs

They’re cute, but I’m not sure they really add much to the story. I wanted Chewie to munch away.

The Milk

It was pretty savage seeing how Luke’s been living on the island. We didn’t see much of that need for survival skills with Obi-Wan or Yoda in their rather isolated places. There are a lot of funky creatures in the Star Wars universe, so the seal like animals don’t bother me.

Final Points

I thought the movie could’ve been a tad bit shorter. I think it sagged a bit. I liked Luke’s storyline, but they almost lost me on the way to the final battle because it seemed like we we  already had a natural climax moment earlier as usually the big bad killing device is destroyed then the baddest dude is killed and everyone celebrates. As the middle film of a trilogy, I think it’s supposed to leave us in the lurch wondering if the rebels will survive or Kylo’s minions will crush the rebels once and for all. It had to continue until Luke had his final battle so Rey could take her place as the last Jedi.

The bottom line is that it’s a divisive, subversive film and I loved it. It might not be your thing. That’s cool. I feel like Star Wars has finally been brought back to life. Despite the recycled content, it looks like we may actually be heading into new territory. At least, I hope so.

R~

 

Theatrical Tuesday – A Writer At Christmas

TuesdayI did take Christmas Day off, but the rest of my “vacation” has involved writing. There is too much on my to-do list not to. Maybe someday I’ll have vacations completely free of work, but I’m sure ideas will strike me and I’ll have to write them down anyway.

Before today, however, I was rather blocked up. I got maybe a scene or two looked at each day on my short film script. Normally, I can get a revision done in a couple of hours. Nope. Couldn’t focus. Final Draft’s method for displaying comments didn’t help either. I sent them feedback because they’ll either tell me about some setting I couldn’t find or make use of the feedback. They’re pretty good that way. Anyway, I got the revised short film done today after several days of barely getting anywhere with it. Holiday brain, as one friend said, was probably another factor.

Writers are rarely not working. Every interaction or experience is potentially research. As is every moment we’re browsing on-line. We may or may not make use of it, but these are the things that become part of stories. Someone says something in a weird way like speaking nonchalantly about cancer. A dog that hates having his snow booties taken off and prefers to slip all over the house. These are character elements.

Maybe you’re watching TV with the family and a bit of dialogue strikes your mind in a funny way, which gets you thinking about one of the projects you’ve been stuck on. Suddenly, you have the inspiration you need to finish it.

I also completed a creepy monologue for some placement hours. That involved a couple hours of research and the actual writing. Now I’m just waiting to find out where I send it to.

I’ve watched a lot of cheesy Christmas movies in the last few days. I keep thinking the people that write them probably make a decent amount of money on the scripts, but some of them are so awful I want to bash my head against a wall. They would be better work than copy writing, but I’m really hoping my films are different enough to get me somewhere.

When I get back to Ottawa, I want to check out some Akira Kurosawa films and maybe catch some of the things I haven’t made it to yet at the theatre. I’d like to have a second watch of The Last Jedi also.

I think New Years might be filled with gaming this year. I can dress comfy and stay warm. We’ll see. I don’t currently have plans. Maybe I’ll go to a bar nearby for a bit too. Maybe I’ll visit friends. Really anything is possible.

I hope everyone is enjoying Boxing Day. I briefly thought about going out, but with all the Lego games I have, there’s really no need. Also, the only thing I want is a Nintendo Switch. Instead, I made a list of goals that include getting a Switch, with the steps to work toward them. Instead of using the gift card I got on a possible copy of Lego Star Wars, I’m going to put it toward the Switch after I sell some things to make that happen. It seems like a good idea to me. It also fits into my goal of reducing the stuff I don’t need.

My plan now is to take a break. Later, I want to have a look at the script for our video term project. I think it might be worthwhile to list the shooting information inside the regular script, so it’s all in one place. I need to slightly tweak a couple of lines and then work on memorizing mine. I *can* leave much of the rest for the end of the week, but I probably won’t. The more I have finished while not in class, the better.

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~

Theatrical Tuesday – A Review of The Star Wars Holiday Special

TuesdayIn short, just don’t.

Seriously.

It’s one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.

If you’re going to watch it, you best be super stoned.

It’s truly painful to watch.

I’d rather not know that Chewbacca has a wife and kid.

Or that wookies call Christmas “Life Day.”

There.

You now know everything you need to from it.

Now go watch something worthwhile.

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~

Merry Monday – Christmas Party Season

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I’m sorry. I totally sucked this weekend in regards to blog posts. Christmas Party Season has started and made me rather busy on top of school work.

I saw Star Wars on Friday. I love it despite some seriously WTF moments. The music is fantastic, as usual. There were several awesome combat scenes. I felt like some things came too easy to certain individuals and you’ll know what I mean when you see it. I won’t say anything else because I’m not the spoiler type. I don’t know if I’ll do a lengthy review at some point or not, but maybe.

Also on Friday, I boosted my own car! Life skills leveled up. And then I had to boost it twice more because I couldn’t drive it long enough to charge the battery between getting gas and going to Star Wars. After Star Wars, I drove across town to get Sensei and Sempai some sake. That has brought Pixie back to life so far. The Eliminator boosting thing I got for $99 at Canadian Tire is now my favourite car thing. I feel much more at ease about traveling in the winter.

Saturday was spent on homework and our dojo dinner. I had a premium sake sampler. Many of the shots were rather strong like vodka, but I was feeling pretty good by the time dinner came.

Sunday was the Christmas edition of B-Movie club and I almost really messed up because I had forgotten I was bringing a potluck item. I hurriedly invented a rice stuffing recipe from several Internet recipes. I put the rice in the rice cooker while I showered. It finished shortly after I was done and I rushed to the store to get the rest of the items for the stuffing. We watched the Star Wars Holiday Special and that has to be one of the most painful things I’ve ever seen. I get to try and top it next month.

But I also got to spend time with my little buddy. We chatted about Iron Man, Spider-man, and Star Wars. He walked about with his “phone” which was apparently telling him jokes. He also made sure I knew he is now 4.5 years old and told me tales of the toys he had when he was young. Yes, that’s how he phrased it. Too adorable!

Oh, AND I conquered my hand wash dishes. My kitchen is close to clean!

It was a great weekend 🙂

This week, I’m finishing up a few things before heading off to visit the family. I’m not sure if I will have the second act of my South Park episode written, but I’d like to try. Each assignment I finish early is one less for the last couple weeks of school. My 10-minute play needs a little more work. I talked about it with my teacher today to get ideas on how to make it a little longer. Hopefully I can figure it out.

Off to wrap gifts and do laundry.

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~

 

Theatrical Tuesday – My Star Wars Theory

TuesdayAre you ready for it?

I’ve been thinking about this for a while.

I haven’t searched to see if anyone else has thought of this.

It’s just in my head and I want to get it out before the movie.

After seeing the trailer for The Last Jedi, my mind got spinning.

At first I freaked out. Then I calmed down and thought.

What if Rey’s name isn’t Rey?

What if it’s actually Rain?

They sound similar enough to me that it’s possible it got lost in translation or something. I mean, I’ve heard so many variations of my own name over my life so far that I really think it’s possible.

If that’s the case, then we may be seeing the rise of the first female sith, Darth Zannah.

Other things to think about include Rey’s original weapon of choice being very much like a bo staff. Darth Zannah uses a double lightsaber configuration like Darth Maul. I think Rey would prefer that.

Anyway, that’s my Star Wars theory.

Don’t worry, I won’t spoil stuff if I got it right.

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~

 

Merry Monday – Movies, More Movies, and Work

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What did I even do on Friday? It seems so long ago that I had trouble remembering, but I saw The Disaster Artist. It’s a seriously great film about the making of the best worst film ever and worth seeing even if you aren’t a fan of The Room.

I think I forgot to post on Saturday. I’m sorry for that. I’ve handed in somewhere around nine assignments in the last week and a half. My brain has been rather mushy as a result. I haven’t gotten to do near enough music lately. I have to rebuild my calluses AGAIN. Someday I’ll get to play guitar regularly… *sigh*.

Saturday and Sunday were taken up by work placement with Digi60 and I was fortunate to see short films made by some really talented people in the Ottawa area. Many of the most memorable and enjoyable ones were by Vincent Valentino. Some other were definitely by people that haven’t studied much. Things like lighting were terrible in those. I could tell because of taking Video Production class. I’m apparently learning stuff in that one after all…

I had some car trouble, but I’m hoping to grab a charge thing so I never have battery trouble again unless the battery truly is screwed and Pixie hasn’t just lost charge from not being driven plus it being cold out. Cars. Are. So. Fun. I suppose it forced me to learn the Rideau Centre bus stop intricacies.

I’ve watched a lot of the Star Wars films over the weekend in preparation for The Last Jedi. I can’t believe it’s almost here. It feels like I’ve been waiting for it for so long! I got the last D-Box seat for Friday early afternoon and just need to actually pick up my ticket. I’m watching in Machete Order because it’s awesome and I can. I want to read the scripts too, but won’t have time before Friday. Yoda kicking ass makes up some of my favourite scenes. Speaking of Star Wars, I have a fan theory I’ve come up with recently that I intend to share tomorrow.

I’m not sure what school has on tap this week, but I’m really enjoying writing every day. It’s what I’ve wanted to do for so very many years. I better get ready.

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~