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A Thought of Remakes

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I was watching the Lord of the Rings the Fellowship of the Ring this morning while I was grading papers (it’s always good to have background noise on for me). It is an epic movie full of special effects, great performances, and many other great qualities (A great movie all the way around for those reading this who might not have watched it). As I teared up at the end as the (*spoiler alert) fellowship broke up and went their separate ways, I thought, ” in 50 years when technology advances will they decide remake these movies?”

It was quite a startling thought for me because who in our day and age would think to remake these masterpieces. However, look at classics like Clash of the Titans, considered to be a special effects marvel of its time, has been remade and so have many others. So, I’m just curious if the LOTR trilogy will have the same fate later down the line.

Now, I’m okay with remakes in theory because they’re supposed to improve upon the original. Yet, how many of them actually do this? The answer from my perspective is not many. Matter of factly, I cannot even think of one right off the top of my head as I write this post that even lives up to the original. The reason being, special effects are everything. Sometimes when this idea gets in the heads of filmmakers, it pollutes the overall story of the film, and it gets lost in a cocoon of technical wonder. I’m not saying that special effects aren’t all well and good because I do enjoy movies like Avatar and others which are marvelous. However, the integrity of a film should not be forfeited because of them.

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April 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm

100 Posts and Counting

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So, I’m up to my 100th post on my blog…I don’t know whether that’s to be celebrated or what…It just boggles my mind that I’ve posted this much, but I think it ties into the idea of why I wanted to blog in the first place. I think blogging has become a favorite pastime of mine for several reasons.

1) It allows me an open forum to rant/discuss my ideas. Not everywhere do you have this. Given I have the workplace and multiple friends that I feel open to chat with; however, this allows me to just randomly talk and chat with myself as the primary audience and you readers bounce ideas back and me. It also allows me to get my entire idea out before some people (and you know people like this) start trying to interfere and add to my idea.

2) Blogging is kind of like a journal of my thoughts and ideas. It might seem weird to put these out in such a public forum. But what do I have to hide? Hopefully, no one thinks that I do have something to hide because really I’m quite boring and I don’t. It actually gives me something I can go back to later in order to get inspiration for writing or thinking in general.

3) It’s my way of really relaxing sometimes. There is nothing better than sitting down and typing away on a computer to get the mind pumping and the creative juices flowing. Blogging helps me get into a good frame of mind to do many things. It settles me down for going to sleep at times (as seen by the late postings of many of my blogs). It helps me get my thoughts in order (after a day at the old grindstone).

4) Finally, it’s getting me back in the writing habit. I hope to go back to grad school in the fall (more like an I am sort of thing at this point) and know that I will be required to write a lot. Now, for an English major, you may be thinking this shouldn’t be a stretch. However, after being out of school and without a purely academic job for a year, I notice that my skills have gotten rusty from not using them. Blogging is really allowing me to get my “writing hat” back on. I’ve noticed that as I’ve been blogging thoughts and ideas for writing projects I’ve been working on come a lot easier.

When thinking over the randomness that is my first 100 posts, I can see where my mind has been and possibly where it is going. Whether writing poetry or discussing the new Captain America queries, I can see that I have definitely spurred something in my head to write which for me is a good thing.

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March 30, 2010 at 11:30 pm