Noticing the Little Things and Their Importance in Writing

I’m sitting on a bed of cool, green grass. There’s a slight breeze blowing across my face, but at the same time the early fall sun is beating warmly down on me, gently heating my exposed skin. I look around the neighborhood street. There’s a bird in the neighbor’s yard, a discarded snickers wrapper lying next to some old, rusted screws near the street median, and the sound of cars going by in the distance. All the while, I just sit there thinking, a smile coming across my face. Continue reading

And the Oscar Goes to…: The Life of Emile Zola

The video version of this review can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPYl9QgGYbM

The Life Of Emile ZolaHave you ever felt bad for giving a great review or recommendation to something that you know has its fair share of flaws? And not small flaws, but ones big enough that they actually hurt the final product a bit. That’s certainly the case with today’s film, a 1937 biographical drama that was nominated for a record ten Oscars and won three. It’s a picture with a slow, muddled start but a nonetheless great story and out-of-this-world performance by its lead. Continue reading

I Am Iron Man: Is Downey the One and Only Tony Stark?

James Bond, the Doctor, Superman, the Joker, and Sherlock Holmes. What do all these characters have in common? Well, they have all been played by a multitude of actors over the many, many decades they have been portrayed in movies and/or television. They also have met with opposition when it came time to say goodbye to the fan favorite actor playing the part and say hello to the new guy stepping into the previous performer’s shoes. While cries of outrage over the new actors can be heard from many a fan during these times, it usually calms down a bit, if not doing a total 180, when the new guy is seen in action.

This pattern has stayed in my mind lately when I’ve thought about the news circulating around Marvel’s Iron Man as played by Robert Downey Jr. Although it has been confirmed Downey will appear in Avengers 2 and Avengers 3, his tenure as the genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist beyond those sequels is in question, and many fans have stated aversion to the idea of recasting the character when Downey finally steps down from the part. I don’t think Downey is the only person capable of playing the part, however, and think other actors should be given a chance in the role. Continue reading