Friday, October 21, 2016

Questionable Dating Advice

Friday: Comic Relief!

It's been a tough week, so I turned to Studio C for comic relief. In this sketch, The Phantom receives dating advice.

Monday, October 10, 2016

True courage.

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes

In Peaceful Warrior (2006), Nick Nolte's character, Socrates, gives wise insight:
"A warrior is not about perfection, or victory, or invulnerabilityHe's about absolute vulnerability. That's the only true courage." 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Wednesday: Point of View

(I found this in my drafts and it's a post that I needed today.) ...............


Imagine if Joan Wilder (Romancing the Stone) remained in her New York City apartment searching for tissue and feeding her cat. Or if Jean Valjean (Les Misérables) spent his time curled up in a ball, whining. We wouldn't feel engaged in their problem, or really care about them much.

At some point in compelling stories, the main characters take action to solve their problems. The idea or solution might come from an outside source, but the characters act on it--even when it pushes them out of their comfort zone--and we cheer for their success.

Think of a favorite movie. How did the main character take action to solve his or her dilemma? Did it make the character more interesting and likable?

I think of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. When Walter leaps onto the helicopter as it takes off, I thrill over his courage. His story becomes far more interesting at that point.

We are the characters in our own life story, and taking action to solve our dilemmas can make us more interesting, too.
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie
As I said... I needed this. Lately I've been rolling along letting circumstances dictate direction. I don't want to be that character. It's time to take action.

What kind of character are you in your life story?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wish in one hand.

Writing Prompt: Write a blog post inspired by the word: wish

Geppeto wishes for a real boy, Aladdin's genie grants wishes, and in The Princess Bride (1987) Westley expresses love for Buttercup when he tells her, "As you wish."

Here's to "wish" in cinematic dialogue...

There are two kinds of people -- Greeks,
and everyone else who wish they was Greek.

I don't wish I was Greek, but I certainly wish to vacation there!

In Divergent (2014), citizens are classified as: Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless), and Candor (the honest).

"Candor" value honesty and order.
They tell the truth,
even when you wish they wouldn't.

Yep, the truth can hurt.

I love Dory in Finding Nemo (2003). She's already conversed in whale, but awhile later when Marlin tries the language, she says...

Wow. I wish I could speak whale…

Sadly, sometimes my memory resembles hers. 

Where was I? Oh yeah..

From Jack Reacher (2012)...

… Look at the people.
Now tell me which ones are free.
Free from debt. Anxiety. Stress. Fear.
Failure. Indignity. Betrayal.
How many wish that they were
born knowing what they know now?

Count me in, Jack! Oh the mistakes I could correct... but then again... I'd just make new ones.

Did you pin any teen idols on your wall? I had Bobby Sherman, and Davy Jones in my room, so I get a kick out of this scene from The Parent Trap (1961). As Sharon watches Susan put a picture on the wall, she asks...

Who's that?

Are you kidding? Ricky Nelson?

Oh, your boyfriend.

I wish he was! You mean you've never
heard of him? Where do ya come from? 
Outer space?

A fun line from Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)...

Captain, I wish to report a mutiny.
I can name fingers and point names.

In this scene, the Goonies (Goonies, 1985) gather coins from a wishing well, but Stef tells them to stop. Data and Mikey ask her "why?"

Because these are somebody else's wishes.
They're somebody else's dreams.

Yeah, but you know what?
This one,this one right here.
This was my dream, my wish.
And it didn't come true.
So I'm taking it back.
I'm taking them all back.

I tossed a coin in the Trevi Fountain with a wish to return to Rome. Hasn't happened yet. I'm still wishing.

A dear friend recently passed away, so I can relate to Forrest (Tom Hanks) when he speaks to Jenny's grave (Forrest Gump, 1994)...

Mama always said, dying was a part of life.
I sure wish it wasn't.

Me too, Forrest. I wish that too.

Jiminy Cricket sings, "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you." 

Um hmm, right.  Well, my mama always said, "Wish in one hand and spit in the other. See which one fills up fastest."

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Wise words from a red panda.

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes

Words that make me go, "Hmmm..."

In Kung Fu Panda 3, Master Shifu (a red panda) tells Po:
If you only do what you can do, you'll never be better than what you are. 
Tell me about a time you moved beyond what you thought you could do!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Take 32: In the Heart of the Sea

Tuesday: My "take" on a film.

"Based on the incredible true story that inspired Moby Dick."

A massive white whale attacks and destroys a ship under the command of an inexperienced, prideful, and greedy captain. Herman Melville's novel, Moby Dick, is a fictionalized version of this actual event. Directed by Ron Howard, In the Heart of the Sea portrays the story of the 1820s disastrous expedition of the whaling ship Essex, and Melville's desire to write the tale.

The film opens with Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw) arriving in Nantucket where he coaxes the full account from Tom Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson), the last living survivor of the ill-fated voyage. The story flashes back to the time of his youth as they prepare to sail, and resurfaces periodically to the aged Nickerson recounting the events to Melville, purging his soul of suppressed ghastly memories.

The Devil loves unspoken secrets,
especially those that fester in a man's soul.

Benjamin Walker portrays the ship's captain, George Pollard, a man who came to that title mainly by family status. His Nantucket bloodline runs deep, a fact he holds over First Mate Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth), an implant to the island--a "landsman"--descendant of farmers. They clash in leadership styles but share traits of arrogance and greed.

I found the story and movie more interesting than Moby Dick (but admittedly, I haven't given that novel much effort since high school lit). And, at risk of showing my ignorance, I didn't know Moby Dick came from a true story until learning about this film. 

The quality cinematography and special effects, along with some enormous action, kept my interest despite a few slows scenes of the crew adrift. It's worth watching this (can't resist the phrase)...whale of a tale.

Notes on content:
  • No sexual situations or nudity except for a risqué figure of a woman carved in whalebone.
  • Some mild swearing, numerous religious profanities and vain references to Deity.
  • Violence of whale harpooning, some bloody scenes especially while butchering a whale for the blubber. Later, violence of the whale attacks, along with death and injuries. Disturbing images of the emaciated crew adrift, and implied abhorrent methods of survival (not shown on screen).

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Movie locations inspire vacation destinations.

Writing Prompt: Write a blog post inspired by the word: vacation.

Sometimes a film's breathtaking or intriguing location implants a desire to vacation there.

Here are some vacations of my dreams and the films that fueled them.

  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005), a somewhat forgettable movie, except for the scenes of Greece. When Lena (Alexis Biedel) rides a donkey up a path surrounded by blue domed white-washed buildings with glimpses of the deep blue sea while iconic Greek music plays, well… it calls out to me.
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  • The same with Mamma Mia! (2008). The main thing I remember is the beautiful scenery, and my desire to go there.

  • The film Only You (1994) highlights beautiful areas of Italy, but my favorite scenes take place in Positano. Breathtaking. 
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) also has a short scene in Positano.
Because of those films, when I went to Italy on an internship a few years ago, I made sure to visit Positano. Unfortunately  I only had about 45 minutes to enjoy it, and I still feel gypped. I could spend days there. Homes and buildings ascend the hillside connected by stairways everywhere. (I love stairs!) They say you don't walk to your neighbor's home, you climb. I want to return while I can physically handle it.

The locations and scenery in those films entice me to visit there. My husband and I dream of taking a train ride across that grand continent.

Exotic places sound wonderful, but when I want Shangri-La, I go to Montana. Whenever I visit the Bitterroot Valley, a calmness washes over me. I feel peace. Films depicting Montana make me ache for the "big sky state."

Have movie locations inspired your vacation destinations?