Thursday, July 14, 2011

Random Thoughts: Intellect and Thought

I'll confess, I tend to read and listen more than I write. With the Internet and film viewing as primary examples in my own life, I tend to tune into all that's being mentioned, discussed, or delived, but I don't give as much time in actually writing it down and recapping on it. Not to say that I do this all the time; it's just a habit I've had lately.

I guess writing these thoughts out is good practice, as I have been surfing the Internet the last half-hour to and hour, mainly catching up on news of this weekend's movies (the last Harry Potter, and Winnie the Pooh) on Rotten Tomatoes, Yahoo! Movies, and IMDb.

On the other hand, being the film guy that I am, I can't help it. What I should help, though, is how I control that time, how much I spend on it, etc.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Overwhelmed in Need of Fulfillment

A few days ago, I made a huge list on my phone, of movies from Family Video that I'd like to see. I've had a tendancy to do this in the past, as I get really excited and enthusiastic about movies and about what I'd like to see. Looking back (as I've done in the past as well), I remember how extremely overwhelming I can get when thinking about so many films at once--and I MEAN so many. I also have to remind myself that I won't be able to (and can't, for various reasons) see every movie there is.

So I decided to delete the lists I made on my phone.

There are connections between this and the book of Mark, chapter eight, verse 36, which says, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" In my recent case, I have to ask myself if I'm giving into films so much that I'm getting lost in them. Here is another case where wisdom and discernment come in. As much as I believe in the influence and enlightenment and entertainment value of films, there needs to continually be a line between reality (the viewer, watching the viewed) and illusion/fantasy (what is being viewed/experienced).

In addition, there needs to be discernment in terms of what brings fulfillment. I, for one, believe that reliance on film alone (or the world, for that matter) does not bring fulfillment.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

B.E.'s Update (July 7, 2011)

So apparently, I haven't been doing avery good job of posting things on here for a while. I've still been in kind of a limbo state the last few days. I'm still watching movies and writing review notes for each; this afternoon, I went through one of my Microsoft Word documents (featuring notes for original movie reviews) and made some minor updates on said documents. I've also been doing some research on movie theaters and a local auditorium in the tri-state area, but not much in the last few days.

I will say, though, that, a couple weeks ago, I made a list of potential projects I've been working on the last few months, such as ideas for books and screenplays. I'm planning to make a list (and to research) potential publishers to get my work out to and through. But for now, I should concentrate on work that I can submit, such as potential film reviews. (I have a LOT of notes and things to go through!) But as a friend of mine has been saying, keep pursuing and getting yourself out there, and don't just focus on one thing.

I have an interview with a video store in town this weekend, so hopefully something will work out there.

More updates coming soon from yours truly,
B.E.

For extra fun, here is a list of recent film trailers I watched moments ago, and brief thoughts on each of them. (Titles in bold are films on my "Want to See" list.)

Zookeeper (opens this weekend): I don't know. Kevin James and talking animals. Looks like the next live-action "Dr. Doolitle," but in the Adam Sandler territory.

Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (opens this weekend in select cities): Documentary on the influencial hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. We'll see.

Project Nim (opens this weekend in select cities): Documentary on 70s story of a chimp who was part of a groundbreaking science experiment to show communication between man and animal. Looks compelling in its illustration of interspecies communication.

Another Earth (opens July 20 in select cities): Story of the discovery of a replica of planet earth in space looks intriguing, thought-provoking, emotional, and mysterious.

War Horse (opens December 28): One of two Steven Spielberg-directed projects (the other being The Adventures of Tintin) coming out this fall, this one looks wonderful in its WWI setting and nostalgic aspects. Should be an amazing family film a la The Black Stallion or Secretariat.

Brave (opens Summer 2012): Pixar's next animated feature looks amazing already. Just watch the trailer!

Captain America (opens July 22): the last superhero/comic-book movie coming out this summer. Hopefully, it's really good. Can't wait.

Life in a Day (opens July 24 in select cities): Documentary consisting of originally-made You Tube videos, submitted by You Tube users, with simple messages and aspects of life and emotions expressed. Now this is my kind of film. I'm looking forward to it.