I really did enjoy this short film. I was thinking about this post this week. I love dystopias, I could never ever watch a utopian film, I’d probably put a foot in my TV it would be so unreal to me. I did find it jarring and a little shocking that I had originally disliked this movie, maybe the reality of the director’s vision didn’t sit well with me. However, after much time has passed, it feels like an old friend.
I recommend that everyone watch this video, you can rent it on YouTube for 2.99, and it is available on Amazon.com for a 7 day rental for only 1.99. (way to go Amazon with those prices)
Here’s the trailer below.
Here is the trailer for the one starring Sean Astin
Below you can read my initial thoughts, enjoy.
It is not any mystery that my favorite authors are Earnest Hemingway, Nathan Englander and George Orwell. Why do I love those writers more than I love other writers? I love them because they write in a way that allows me to be drawn into the world, where I can easily see the Ministry of Truth and Obrien’s face, that I can’t picture myself as Winston but I can see everything he is doing like I’m one of the people tasked with watching his telescreen feed.
What these writers do is they show us what is going on rather than tell.
Nathan Englander from The Tumblers
Mendel toasted her silently and, and after the blessing, sipped at his scotch, his first in so very long. He let its smoky flavor rise up and fill his head, hoping that if he drank slowly enough, if he let the scotch rest on his tongue long enough and roll gradually enough down his throat, then maybe he could cure his palate like the oak slats of a cask. Maybe then he could keep the warmth and the comfort with him for however much longer God might deem that they should survive.
George Orwell from 1984
He took down from the shelf a bottle of colorless liquid with a plain white label marked VICTORY GIN. It gave off a sickly, oily smell, as of a Chinese rice-spirit. Winston poured out nearly a teacupful, nerved himself for a shock, and gulped it down like a dose of medicine.
Earnest Hemingway from Hills like White Elephants
‘Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?’ [the girl said]
He did not say anything but looked at the bags against the wall of the station. There were labels on them from all the hotels where they had spent nights.
‘But I don’t want you to,’ he said, ‘I don’t care anything about it.’
‘I’ll scream,’ the girl said.
The woman came out through the curtains with two glasses of beer and put them down on the damp felt pads. ‘The train comes in five minutes,’ she said.
‘What did she say?’ asked the girl.
‘That the train is coming in five minutes.’
The girl smiled brightly at the woman, to thank her.
As you can see, they really go out of their way not to say anything directly to the reader. You can see from Englander that Mendel hasn’t had any scotch in so long and that he might not have eaten any food in a while also that he is savoring the drink because it might be particularly good scotch. And Orwell has Winston drinking some terribly disgusting gin that he doesn’t want to drink but seemingly needs to. Then there is for your review, Hemingway’s very famous Hills like White Elephants where you can see so many different problems going on with these two including the apparent age and maturity difference between the man and the ‘girl’ as well as their knowledge difference and the apparent change in language.
All of these passages are subtle. They don’t just throw out the information for you, it makes you a detective and places you actively in these stories and makes it into a story that you can read again and again.
Now as a contrast let us look at something from Twilight: New Moon.
I skipped breakfast, in a hurry to get out of the house as quickly as possible. I wasn’t entirely able to avoid my dad, and so I had to spend a few minutes acting cheerful. I honestly tried to be excited about the gifts I’d asked him not to get me, but every time I had to smile, it felt like I might start crying.
There are so many ways that she could have written this in order to show the reader that Bella is upset and wants to get away from her father rather than this. So many ways that I might just show you what I would do. Of course who am I to bash Stephanie Meyer apparently bad writing makes big bucks.
To compare lets check out Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnwhich is written in the first person as is New Moon.
I didn’t answer up prompt. I tried to, but the words wouldn’t come. I tried for a second or two to brace up and out with it, but i warn’t man enought — hadn’t the spunk of a rabbit. i swee i was weakening; so i just gave up trying, and up and says:
Did you see the difference, how unlike the way Meyers just puts out how Bella is sad, Twain makes you work a little to realize that Huck is scared and nervous and trying to secure himself in the lie hes about to tell but Twain never just out and out says that he lets you picture it in your mind more.
So for the exercise:
You can try writing the paragraph above over into as many or as little paragraphs as you want. Or you could try the below situation with as little telling as possible.
A husband has just been fired but does not want to tell his wife but he comes home early. The wife has her lover upstairs but doesn’t want him to know about that either.
Try it and enjoy!
Will post my effort next Monday.
Also post your efforts and send a link so we can show the efforts of budding writers.
And remember buy from Amazon.com because Barnes and Nobel sucks.
Earlier today, I was able to watch Season of the Witch at my local movie theater. I had originally wanted to go see the Dilemma with Vince Vaughn and Kevin James but I don’t like teenagers. Even when I was a teenager, I didn’t like teenagers. Yes, I am as a big geek, dork, or maybe even nerd (as of late I’m thinking nerd because I keep getting pen stains on my pockets).’
I was pleasantly surprised watching Season of the Witch with Nicholas Cage and Ron Perlman. I didn’t exactly know what to expect, I had only seen some teaser trailers so I didn’t exactly know what was going on. I had at first thought it was a remake of Halloween 3: Season of the Witch.
But after seeing some posters, I thought that it would be a Harry Potter knockoff and I generally don’t like those kinds of movies but since I do love Nicolas Cage from his wonderful work in the following movies:
I also knew that I would enjoy the movie because Ron Perlman was one of the main actors. Anyone who can play a bad ass as well as he does has my heart.
Therefore, I went in thinking I was going to see some mildly annoying movie but was pleasantly surprised. The movie turned out to be about two ex-knights during the time of the Crusades who through their travels come upon a village that request that they transport the witch to a different town of monks to have a trial to see if she is actually a witch.
I really enjoyed this movie. It really surprised me and had some twists. The characters showed a lot of depth and weren’t as two-dimensional as many supernatural thrillers or even period pieces that are out there. I know that this movie isn’t going to win any fancy awards. It is partially an Action movie and the academy tends not to give action movies the kind of recognition they deserve. Ron Perlman and Nicolas Cage played very well off each other. I really liked the camaraderie that they shared. The other actors were very good.
I did not particularly like the actor, Robert Sheenan who played Kay, an altar boy with aspirations of Knighthood. He seemed really winey and wimpy and in general, I just did not like his face, he always looked like he was pouting. I know that it’s a little shallow to remark that the reason I didn’t like an actor was that he has a pouty face, but I don’t really care, it just got annoying as the story progressed.
I did like the special effects. The special effects were purposeful and necessary there wasn’t a reliance on extraneous special effects. Especially in today’s everything is 3D special effects, CGI movie culture. Although they could have probably done the story without them, they didn’t seem like someone had tacked them on to make the movie have more effects. They added to the story and were almost barely recognizable unless you know a lot about animals.
Overall I really enjoyed this movie and give it a
Last week we discussed Nouns of all varieties proper, common, abstract, concrete, count, and non-count. This week Write, Read, Watch will discuss pronouns.
I am not certain, and if you made me put money on it on Million Dollar Money Drop I would refrain, but I reckon most people originally thought that pronouns were proper nouns. At least, I did, but I was also a very imaginative and nice child (read stupid and easily fooled). Unfortunately, for me, and other children like me, pronouns are not a football team that plays in the Pro-Bowl nor are they nouns for professionals.
Pronouns are nouns that are substitutes for nouns. The more technical term is the word Pro-form.
Defined by the Oxford English Dictionary
A morpheme, word, lexical unit, or other clause constituent which concisely refers to and is used in place of a more specific expression occurring or implied elsewhere in the discourse.
The simpler version of that from Wikipedia:
A morpheme, word, lexical unit, or other clause constituent which concisely refers to and is used in place of a more specific expression occurring or implied elsewhere in the discourse.
What we are trying to say here is that pronouns are words that stand in for nouns and noun phrases to both give a sense of variety and avoid a dry and repetitive tone to your writing or to stand in for other words when necessary.
Now imagine the following situation (which is fictional and in no way ever happened).
On the planet Alternate Earth 2.7, a woman named Oprah Winfrey met the homeless man with the golden announcer voice, Ted Williams and began a tawdry love affair. After many months of the tawdry love affair, the woman named Oprah Winfrey and the homeless man with the golden announcer voice, Ted Williams decided to go out to eat at WackArnold’s. At WackArnold’s, the woman named Oprah Winfrey and the homeless man with the golden announcer voice, Ted Williams decided to eat a Triple Pterodactyl Burger with extra cheese, mayo, barbeque sauce, and secret sauce on a sesame seed bun. The woman named Oprah Winfrey and the homeless man with the golden announcer voice, Ted Williams were happy with their decision to continue the tawdry love affair and to eat the Triple Pterodactyl Burger with extra cheese, mayo, barbeque sauce, and secret sauce on a sesame seed bun.
Now that long and silly sentence discusses a number of different noun phrases repetitively. Those noun phrases being, “woman named Oprah Winfrey”, “homeless man with the golden announcer voice, Ted Williams”, “a tawdry love affair”, “Triple Pterodactyl Burger with extra cheese, mayo, barbeque sauce, and secret sauce on a sesame seed bun.” A long list of noun phrases but with Pronouns, we can shorten the above paragraph significantly.
|Noun Phrase||Becomes Pronoun|
|woman named Oprah Winfrey
|She or Her|
|homeless man with the golden announcer voice, Ted Williams
|He or Him|
|a tawdry love affair||It|
|Triple Pterodactyl Burger with extra cheese, mayo, barbeque sauce, and secret sauce on a sesame seed bun
Now let us try that paragraph again
On the planet Alternate Earth 2.7, she met him and began it. After many months of it, she and he decided to go out to eat at WackArnold’s. At WackArnold’s, she and he decided to eat it. She and he were happy with their decision to continue it and to eat it.
See the difference between the two! Now of course, there exists a problem in the second version if the reader has no clue what you are talking about but there is a discernable difference. The first version is 147 words long while the second version is only 52 words long. That is a reduction by almost 2/3rd.
There are different types of pronouns. The different types are possessive, personal, relative, interrogative, demonstrative, indefinite, and reflexive.
You probably already know the Personal pronouns. Personal pronouns are: I, my, mine, me, we, our, ours, us, you, your, yours, he, his, him, she, her, hers, it, its, they, their, theirs, them. I, my, mine, and me are all first person singular personal pronouns. We, our, ours, and us are all first person plural pronouns. They are typically used to avoid Dole-isms. You never hear anyone say, “Jennifer the Writer wants some cake.” Nor do you read, “Oprah Winfrey is having a tawdry love affair,” said Oprah Winfrey. And if you do hear or read a sentence like that, you would think there was something wrong with the person saying it. At the least, it makes the person seem extremely self-absorbed. Therefore, to avoid self-absorbed language it would be more natural to say, “I want some cake,” or to write, “I am having a tawdry love affair,” said Oprah Winfrey.
Last week, we talked about a pool party with Glenn Beck and Barack Obama. Let us assume that at the pool party Barack Obama and Glenn Beck are having a Conversation.
Glenn Beck (GB): Hi, Barack Obama, are the hot dogs ready?
Barack Obama (BO): No, The hot dogs aren’t ready yet; when they are ready, I will call Glenn Beck.
Doesn’t that seem a little weird for Barack Obama to talk to Glenn Beck like that? It would be more natural for Barack Obama to answer, “No, the hot dogs aren’t ready yet, when they are ready I will call you.”
This is a more natural usage. Let us also assume that Oprah Winfrey and Ted Williams are at the pool party.
GB: Barack, Oprah wanted to know if Oprah could have two hot dogs. Oprah also wanted to know where the soda is. In addition, Oprah wanted to know where to find the sunscreen.
That sounds very annoying and weird. Even if it is correct, it comes off as repetitive and robotic. A better way for this would be to use Pronouns. First, you have to announce the proper name of the noun that you will replace in the first sentence.
GB: Barack, Oprah wanted to know if she could have two hot dogs. She also wanted to know where the soda is. In addition, she wanted to know where to find the sunscreen.
This second sentence sounds more natural using she sounds much better and unless the person you are talking to has some kind of short-term memory problem, they will know that you mean Oprah when you say she.
Now, I think I have really exceeded the length that I have intended so, I will continue with Pronouns next week. Who would have thought nouns that stand in for other nouns would have taken up so much time!
References: Oxford English Dictionary, Wikipedia, Morenberg’s Doing Grammar. And i lifted that Brontosaurus Burger Picture from the QuarryLaneFarms Blog
There are a number of different parts of speech, according to multiple sources like Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition, Wikipedia, And Morenberg’s Doing Grammar, there are eight. In the following weeks, I plan to talk about all eight of them but today I wanted to start with Nouns.
Nouns are words that stand for people, places and things, as your kindergarten teacher must have explained. However, nouns are much more than that; nouns also refer to ideas and concepts.
Here are some examples:
Person: Glen Beck
Concept: hate (but it depends on how it is used in a sentence.)
Nouns take a number of different places within sentences. They are often the Subject of the sentence, for example, Glen Beck talks. In the sentence, Glen Beck is the Noun that performs the action of talking. Sometimes they are the direct object of the verb like in this sentence “President Obama talks to Glen Beck.” In the sentence President Obama is the Subject Noun, talking is the action verb, and Glen Beck is the Direct Object of that action.
Furthermore, the noun can take the form of an Indirect Object of the verb. Try this sentence. Let us pretend like Glen Beck and President Obama are hanging out at a pool party and Glen Beck wants a hot dog.
Glen Beck asks President Obama for a Hot Dog.
In the above sentence, “Glen Beck” is the noun subject of the sentence. “President Obama” is the direct object of the verb “asks”. Hot dog would be the indirect object of the verb “asks” and the object of the prepositional phrase “for a hot dog”. There is a little more to this whole indirect and direct object thing. You are going to have to wait until after I teach you about verbs because it is confusing unless you learn about the different type of verbs.
Therefore, as you see a noun can be the subject, the direct object, the indirect object and even a modifier of another noun. If you notice the sentence “President Obama talks to Glen Beck” President Obama is the subject but it is more like that Obama is the subject whereas the noun president modifies the word Obama.
Furthermore, there are different classifications for nouns. You have proper and common nouns. In the above sentences, the nouns Manhattan, “Glen Beck,” and “President Obama” are all proper nouns. These nouns are distinguished by their status as being the specific name for a place, and people.
“No Country for Old Men”
borough or place
As you see not only are proper nouns characterized by using capitalization but also as the very specific nature of their reference. If a person wanted a car from a lot and said “I’ve come for a car” the person could be referring to any car on the lot, but if the person said “I’ve come for a Ford Focus” they have given the salesman a very specific request. The same goes with the difference between man and Glen Beck, place and Staten Island, movie and “No Country for Old Men.”
There are also Countable and uncountable nouns or count and mass nouns. A count noun is a noun that has the ability of being pluralized or combined with numeral or quantifiers. An example is gun, rock, or bottle.
One gun (number + noun) = gun
Two guns (number + noun) = guns = more than one gun
The most bottles = more bottles than x
Several rocks = a number of rocks (a pet peeve of mine is that several equals more than two as a couple refers to two and several would be three or more.)
In contrast to these countable nouns would be the mass or non-count nouns. Examples of mass nouns would be water, beer, furniture. As it is impossible (even if you hear moronic people in Manhattan or L.A. say so) to have “three waters”, you can only have water so when your waiter says “Three waters” respond by saying “No, three bottles of water.” Make sure to leave immediately afterwards as you might be subject to some tomfoolery for correcting the person.
Additionally, collective nouns are nouns that refer to groups of more than one, like committee, gaggle and more.
Moreover, there are concrete and abstract nouns. Concrete nouns are words that refer to tangible entities like cars, guns, and bottles of Jack Daniels. Abstract nouns are words that refer to intangible objects, like ideas and concepts like the original examples above like liberty and hate, although hate isn’t always a noun.” One way to identify an abstract noun is if you see the suffix –ness, -ity, or –tion, attached to a verb or adjective you have an abstract noun see words like happiness, indignation, and serenity.
I hope this study into the different types of nouns helps you to become a better writer. In the coming weeks I will try to enhance your knowledge of Pronouns, Adjectives, Verbs, Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections. In addition, even further into the year I will expand on the different punctuation marks and even phrases within sentences. I look forward to talking about grammar with you.
2081 is a sort film directed and written by Chandler Tuttle. It is based on the sort story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut. It stars James Cosmo, Julie Hagerty, and Armie Hammer.
Although it was a very interesting 25 minutes I didn’t really enjoy it. I thought that the film was much too brief and didn’t fully expand on the situation that is occurring within the movie. I much more enjoyed the Showtime Movie that starred Sean Astin (the dude from the Rudy movie). In comparison with that movie, I felt that the director’s treatment of the story was much too brief. However, “Harrison Bergeron” with Sean Astin focused way too much on the intellectual aspect rather than all aspects of what the Handicapper General’s job of creating equality was. In 2081 he was able to show the entirety of the way that creating equality would be achieved.
All in all I give the movie NNN
I plan to watch Harry Brown, Yogi Bear, and the New Tron
The movie that I’m looking forward to for this coming year is Thor; The hammer of the Gods and all that good stuff. Enjoy this video.