Hello all! I’ve been thinking – on weeks that I can’t post a chapter, I’d still like to have something ready for you. I’ve been doing movie reviews on Legends Undying, and figured this would be a good way to keep up with my own blog as well. 🙂
I’m thinking I’m still suffering from a little writer’s block – the inspiration has been coming a little slower over the past couple months. My next chapter of Ascension is almost ready, and I’m working on some rough outlines to keep me on track over the next few weeks. Lol, wish me luck. 🙂 What do you guys do when you have writer’s block?
Now, on to some reviewing! 🙂
I have read many reviews where the reviewer loved or hated a movie, and I felt the complete opposite about it. Nothing wrong with that, or those particular reviews, just a different appreciation for certain aspects of a movie’s plot/characters/effects/acting. So, because everyone’s different, and has different tastes, before I get into the reviewing, I’ll tell you a little about my own movie biases. That way you’ll know what angle I’m writing my reviews from. 🙂
Things I Like: Romance, action, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, special effects secondary to plot, movies based on books/comics/games, heroes/heroines or anti-heroes/anti-heroines with depth, justice which can also mean vengeance, strong lead characters
Example Movies: Underworld (all), The Illusionist, Unleashed, The Count of Monte Cristo, Alien (all), Pride and Prejudice, Resident Evil, Labyrinth, Singing in the Rain, The Rite, Silence of the Lambs, The Avengers, Iron Man (all), Spiderman (all), Batman (all), Lockout, Sleeping with the Enemy, Malice, Mirrormask, The Dark Crystal, Harry Potter (all), A Haunting in Connecticut, Gothika, Ghost Town, Ace Ventura (all), Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, City of Angels, He’s Just Not That Into You, Scrooged, Ghostbusters (all), Stir of Echoes, Undercover Blues, The Notebook, The Mothman Prophecies, The Sixth Sense, Fright Night (all), Kiss Me Kate, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Avatar, The Matrix (only the first one), Warm Bodies, Star Trek (all)
Things I Don’t Like: Tragedy with only a couple exceptions, a lack of justice in the ending, characters I like dying for no apparent reason, having my romance messed with in general, plot secondary to special effects, plot secondary to shock value, violence for no apparent reason
Example Movies: Unfaithful, The Lady in Black, Crank, Saw, The Bridge to Terabithia, Immortals, The Lovely Bones, The Last Exorcism, Memento, V for Vendetta, The Order, A Scanner Darkly, Donnie Darko, The Matrix (two and three), Sleeping Beauty (the one with Emily Browning)
I tend to like more than I don’t. 🙂
And I’m using a rating system, to make it seem all official-like. 🙂
My Rating System:
Epic: This movie is so mind-bogglingly awesome that I may go see it twice. This one will have a place of honor on my shelf.
Cash-Worthy: Good stuff. This will most likely find a place on my shelf.
Not Bad: I liked it. I’m glad I saw it, and it may or may not end up on my shelf at some point. I would say rent it first to be safe.
Meh: Rent it first. You may love it or hate it, but I’m indifferent probably because it’s not my type of movie. I’m glad I saw it, but it won’t end up on my shelf.
Emergency Cake: I have an emotional reaction to movies sometimes, especially to tragedies. If a movie makes me sad or angry, sometimes it will stick with me for a while. At these times, only chocolate cake can save me. Chocolate cake makes everything better. No shelf for you. Ever.
Lol, so far only one movie I’ve reviewed has received the dreaded Emergency Cake rating. 🙂
In case you’d like to see any of my older reviews, you can find them below.
Movie Reviews So Far:
Movie Review: Batman – The Dark Knight Rises
Movie Review – Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
Until next time, Take Care and Happy Writing! 🙂
I’ve usually found that writer’s block happens because I have something on my mind that’s keeping me focusing on the project at hand. If it’s another story, I sometimes make notes on that story and that can help. If it’s something else, like a job I need to do, it’s better to go take care of that task, then try again. Sometimes, writing something else like a movie review or a different story can also help for me.
Thank you for the advice – I think I do have other things spinning around in my head, distracting me, lol. Finding a balance with everything can be a challenge. 🙂
I kept feeling like I had to do things in a certain order, but the other ideas I’ve been playing with just won’t pipe down and wait their turn, lol. I still have the Dragon Age fanfiction I wanted to do several months ago (the story where I wanted readers to be able to make decisions that would change the ending), which I had put on hold for a while. And then there’s also another story for M, my friend who passed in March, that I’m considering.
I’ll definitely try out your suggestions. I even have 2 more movie reviews I’d like to do. Man of Steel and This Is The End. 😀
Love your rating system! And your preference seem to be very much in line with mine. I don’t like sci-fi/fantasy or movies with lots of violence. ANd it had to be smart comedy to make me laugh–cheap humor doesn’t work for me!
Lol, thank you Lorna! 🙂 I have a lot of fun getting wrapped up in the movies I watch, so I’m looking forward to doing more reviews.
And I totally agree – I don’t really like violence in movies just for the sake of violence. I think that’s why I don’t get into as many horror movies – I’ve seen too many with just random body parts flying everywhere and buckets of blood. I like a more psychological kind of scary. Gore just grosses me out. Lol, and my husband tells me I’m very specific about my comedy too. I don’t know why, but I can’t get into slap-stick or sitcoms as much. I think I tend to lean more towards dark humor or sarcasm – like the little one-liners in Iron Man. 🙂