Walked out of the Maze Runner (yes, THAT Maze Runner) and instead saw Operation Arctic, about three Norwegian kids stranded on an Arctic island. Those kids made some mistakes, but I say they still had more brains than all the Maze Runner kids combined. One maze kid says no matter what you think of to get out of this prison, we tried it twice, we’ve been here years. I thought of something, and I watched the movie less than fifteen minutes. And what’s with having every new prisoner fight the leader? They are in a tall wall prison guarded by killer robots. To rephrase what was said to Al Capone: Maze kids, your fists are no good there!
Also saw Three Windows and a Hanging. It has won awards. Quiet, slow, no big fights or bangs, and it held my interest. It covers the touchy theme of cultures where if a woman is raped, she shames the family’s honor. Still, I admit I wanted Star Trek next gen’s Worf to beam down, grab that village’s leader by the neck, hoist him high, and growl, “I am KLINGON, and you have NO honor!” It’s the geek in me.
I saw “Songs She Wrote About People She Knows” at Cinequest. A very funny movie. The lead actress gives an emotionally restrained an d singing performance that reminds me of Buster Keaton and Daffy Duck: she did not have the most lines, but boy can she emote! Her face was a joy to watch. She was paired with a guy who was a motormouth. His blabbing was a symphony of laughs. She and he were a perfect duet.
I need a bit of motormouth in my writing.I am thinking of my scene where fanboys argue with the villainous John Glutt. John does a lot of windbag exposition. Fanboys love to argue. I need to rewrite that into rapid-fire dialogue. Readers do not skip dialogue.
P.S. I met my twin at Cinequest. At least, according to his friends and his wife. (Well, I assume it was after their lips touched). I am the one on the left. Or is it the right? Darn you, my evil twin! Or is he the good one?
Last night, I saw the old restored black and white movie L’Atalante. It was hosted by Richard von Busack, the chief film and literature writer for Metro Newspapers. Years ago, Richard reviewed the Cowboy Bebop movie and said the character Edward was the most irritating character in cartoondom. I emailed him and mentioned several more annoying cartoon characters, such as Orko, Snarf, Hello Kitty, and a few others, one that was a true horror. Below is his reply, showing that he too knows his cartoons. I reprint it with his permission, editing out a little non-cartoon stuff at the start. Yeah, he remembered this after about ten years!