Monday, December 10, 2018

Jigsaw puzzles.

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes

In an earlier post titled Art is Subjective I wrote, "... I find satisfaction in balancing to the penny; it means I did something exactly right. It's either right or it's wrong. No guessing. No whims."

And that's why a particular line in the movie Puzzle (2018) resonates with me as Robert (Irrfan Khan) explains his attraction to jigsaw puzzles...
...There's nothing we can do to control anything. But when you complete a puzzle, when you finish it, you know you have made all the right choices. No matter how many wrong pieces you tried to fit into a wrong place, but at the very end, everything makes one perfect picture.
I, too, love putting together jigsaw puzzles and now I have deeper understanding as to why. Similar to balancing the budget to the penny, it's another area where I can do something exactly right. No guessing. No whims. That's refreshing.

(Click here for my review of Puzzle.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Something old turned new.

Wednesday: Point of View

I recently reviewed two wonderful movies (linked below) which seemed fresh in their respective genres despite having age-old plots.
Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. (Voltaire)
Good story-tellers can turn something old into something new, but I get a chuckle out of this comedy sketch...

Studio C: Teddy's Story Joint

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. (C.S. Lewis)
I certainly enjoy films that keep me guessing, but I also appreciate movies with their own spin on tried and true plots. How about you?

Links to the reviews referenced above:

  • Alpha (2018) - similar to other adventure stories and worth watching.
  • Crazy Rich Asians (2018) - similar to other romantic comedies and lots of fun!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Habit interrupted.

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes

(I originally posted this on September 10, 2012 and, sadly, it still applies.)
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.  ~Jim Ryun
Life keeps kicking the snot out of my writing habits. Why does it feel like once habit is interrupted, it takes forever to get it back? Today I need both: motivation and habit.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Keep playing.

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes

I recently reviewed the movie Tag (2018) for ClearPlay. It won't go down on my list of favorite comedies, but I'm glad I had the chance to watch the filtered version. The movie is based on an actual group of friends who have been playing an annual game of tag for decades. I don't know if the real Tag Brothers use this quote by George Bernard Shaw, but the movie characters are inspired by it:
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.  
Looking around my office I see my hula hoop, coloring books, jacks, and marbles reminding me it's playtime! I hope to never grow old.

(Click here for my review of Tag.)