Patreon Link

January 17, 2022

Okay, here it is! It went live over the weekend, and now you can see what I’ve been working on:

I’m creating a Writing Symposium on Patreon

I’m already feeling some improvement in my motivation — I’ve set this up with a structure and deadlines that will encourage me to get work out. I suddenly realized that I haven’t had an external deadline — someone else telling me they need X work by X date — in a year. While I’m usually really good at setting deadlines for myself, I think that muscle has been getting tired. This is going to provide some accountability. Let the experiment begin!

I’m also starting to watch movies again. At home, anyway. Some thumbnail reviews:

Eternals. Oh, sweetie. Where to start. It’s beautiful and elegiac. And hits so many of my pet peeves in the first fifteen minutes that it was hard to keep going. 1) Opening scroll containing information that a character repeats in dialog a little bit later. (MCU, you know better than this.) 2) Huge, vast, expository lumps. In fact, the second expository lump is basically “Oh yeah, that whole first expository lump was all wrong, so here’s another one, delivered in exactly the same cosmically overbearing way the first one was.” and 3) Look, I just really really need people know that agriculture had been established in Mesopotamia well before 5000 BCE, along with domesticated animals, stone walls, and early urban social organization, so telling me that it’s 5000 BCE Mesopotamia and then showing people digging in the dirt with sticks and banging rocks together is just deeply offensive. I know I’m a little sensitive to this because I’ve been studying the Neolithic period kind of a lot for the last few years. But really, all they needed to do was say it was 10,000 BCE and I wouldn’t have had a problem. Or as much of a problem, anyway.

To be fair, I think there’s a good story in here about a family facing a moral conundrum and members coming down on both sides of it in a really tragic way. But we have to wade through a lot of awkward to get there.

The Tragedy of Macbeth. This is here to remind us that cinema can be art. The design on this is black and white, Modernist, spare, shockingly beautiful. Bergmanesque. Washington and McDormand are fantastic. They play the couple as really in love, and their mental breakdowns in the last half are understated, swift, and brutal. This is not my favorite Shakespeare movie, but it’s a really really good one.

7 Responses to “Patreon Link”

  1. Jo Anne Says:

    What is your favorite Shakespeare movie?

  2. carriev Says:

    It’s probably a toss-up between Julie Taymor’s Titus, and Branagh’s Hamlet. I like that Hamlet for more traditionally-staged Shakespeare, and Titus for gonzo concept Shakespeare.

  3. Timothy A Schmidt Says:

    I watched the Eternals at the theater and was disappointed. It wasn’t a terrible movie, it just wasn’t very good. This was especially disappointing because their last aliens movies, Guardians of the Galaxy is so good.
    Several of the issues I have with the film are:
    This is an aliens vs. aliens movie. The only role Earth has is to be the battleground. I felt that humans were like the cattle in a cowboys vs. rustlers story.
    The bad guys are boring. The deviants are just mindless predators with no character. Even the intelligent one was a non-entity.
    None of the characters of the eternals is strong enough to carry the movie. The entire group seemed like supporting characters

    Although I’m a big MCU fan, I don’t have a lot of interest in this story.

    BTW: I’m rereading the Kitty series and they’re just as good the second time around.

  4. David Says:

    Have you seen All is True?

  5. carriev Says:

    Timothy: I agree with all of those observations.

    David: Not yet! It’s on my list, I really want to!

  6. David Says:

    Made for authors, removes bad taste of Anonymous. 😉

  7. Saw Eternals on Disney+ last night. Fell asleep at one point. I rate it below Thor 2 (The dark world). And thus, the bottom of the MCU.

    Too many characters, with little reason to care about any of them. Sort of feel like opening on Ajak’s body and running the movie as a mystery / thriller would have worked a lot better. The scroll was … useless. Not quite as bad as The Last Jedi, but a strong silver.

    Spiderman NWH was dramtically better. I think Sony, now, get’s Spiderman in a way that Disney has lost with … all it’s characters since Infinity Way (End Game’s Thor & Hulk were terrible. At no point has Thor ever been a whiny, unsure drunk.)

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