- This is spot-on:
It seems to be cool at the moment to bag Avatar – something akin to the derision that accompanies Titanic, perhaps? – but I enjoyed it. Not only was I familiar with the original scriptment from way back but it transported me to a different reality for a couple of hours. That takes real story-telling and filmmaking, regardless of the tools and bells and whistles at the filmmakers’ disposal.
(Fedora-tip: Alex Epstein.)
- Some other backlash: on the BBC Writersroom blog, Dominic Mitchell lays into writers holding forth about writing at the Guardian website:
Get lucky. Stay lucky. – Ian Rankin
Stop reading fiction – it’s all lies anyway, and it doesn’t have anything to tell you that you don’t know already (assuming, that is, you’ve read a great deal of fiction in the past; if you haven’t you have no business whatsoever being a writer of fiction). – Will Self
When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else. – Zadie Smith
Yeah, some of them are a bit pointy-headed and a lot of them prescriptive but everyone’s different – particularly writers – and writers
should remembercan always cherrypick advice at their leisure.
(Fedora-tip: WGGB Blog.)
- Heartened by an October 2005 revised draft of Terminator: Salvation, I watched the finished film recently.
I should have taken the hint:
CHRISTIAN grabs a HELICOPTER, which results in a CRASH that somehow leaves him unscathed. A CRIPPLED TERMINATOR chases him, but it is killed by BULLETS. Plain old, regular BULLETS. The kind that couldn’t kill TERMINATORS in the other movies.
I rilly rilly enjoyed the Star Trek reboot recently so: Go forth and prosper.