Posts Tagged ‘movies’

On Back to the Future Day, I’ll share my favorite Marty McFly quote: “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”

In my opinion, that goes for art, writing, and life. Enough said!

So turn on your VCR or DVD player, or find a Back to the Future movie on Netflix or Amazon, and watch one of these fun movies from the past (or future depending on which Back to the Future you choose).

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News today of Leonard Nimoy’s death brings sadness to many fans of Star Trek. As a kid, I watched the original show on television. Later, I enjoyed the re-runs and Star Trek movies featuring Spock, Kirk, Scotty, Bones, and the rest of the crew of the Starship Enterprise. And it was a delight to see an older Leonard Nimoy reprising his role in the new Star Trek movies.

Saturday is not my usual day for quotes, but an exception will be made. The man who played the ever logical Vulcan, Spock, Leonard Nimoy said: “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” Which, if one thinks about it, is quite true.

On the subject of exploration, one would assume Nimoy would promote space exploration, instead he said: “That is the exploration that awaits you! Not mapping stars and studying nebula, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.”

And lastly, I’ll quote a tweet from Leonard Nimoy sent on February 23, 2015 from @TheRealNimoy – “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”

For those Star Trek fans, like me, we know what LLAP stands for, and can raise a hand and separate our fingers in a Vulcanish manner. For those who don’t know (or remember), Leonard Nimoy’s final wish for his followers was “Live Long And Prosper.” And I, for one, will remember him.

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For Browncoats, die-hard fans of the short-lived Firefly television series and Serenity movies, there’s news in the ether.  A Firefly tie-in game is set to release in 2015.

Now, I’m not a gamer, but every time a Firefly related item or book hits the market, I hope for another movie. (As much as I’d love the series to return to television, I’m a realist – Nathan Fillion is having too much success with Castle, and I’m sure he’s signed a long-term contract.)

So Browncoats celebrate – Firefly lives on!

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“Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.” — George Lucas

I really like this quote because I do believe that everyone has talent. Just look at a film like Star Wars (I’ll pick Episode IV, because it’s my favorite!) To become successful, Star Wars needed good writers, artists, designers, special effects people, sound engineers, actors, make-up artists, costumers, props people, editors, cameramen, etc. And, of course, a good director! The amazing part, this long list of people doesn’t even scratch the surface of those who contributed to the success of the movie.

Some talents are highly visible. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill were on the movie posters and book covers. I’m sure their action figures sold the best. But hidden under the robes and armor were extras playing Storm Troopers and Jawas. Their contribution made the movie work, too.

And lest I forget, there were cooks who prepared the meals eaten on set. There were assistants who made sure everything went smoothly. There were pre-production, production, and post-production workers whose names no one knows whose talents contributed to Star Wars. I think George Lucas would agree with me that each of them have talents – talents which made a difference in making Star Wars an iconic science fiction blockbuster.

Of course there’s a little more to it then having talent. I’ll quote George Lucas again: “Working hard is very important. You’re not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard.”

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In my internet travels, I discovered this Tolkien-themed blog, A Tolkienist Perspective. This blog contains lots of information on JRR Tolkien, his books, the films, and his mythical worlds. And if you’ve always wondered about the Nazgul, here’s the link to an interesting essay on the subject.

Tolkien fans, do you agree with the essay?

I hope you’re enjoying my blog posts and links. Want to show some love? Visit my Amazon page and consider buying a book. 🙂

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Older, but no wiser than the last time I blogged, I wish each of you a Happy Star Wars Day!

As for me, I fell in love with George Lucas’s saga from the opening frame of Episode IV, and have over the years read most of the Star Wars books and watched (multiple times) all 6 of the movies. And unlike many diehard fans, I have no problem with Star Wars Episodes I thru III. I enjoy them for what they are, and don’t compare them to Episodes IV thru VI.

Nevertheless, Episode IV will always be my favorite Star Wars movie. As I sat in the darkened theater those many years ago, spellbound by the action unfolding on the screen, I was reminded of my love of adventure tales with heroes, villains, damsels in distress, sidekicks, and exotic locales. Whether Treasure Island or Tarzan or Buck Rogers or Lord of the Rings, I’ve always been a fan of adventure tales. And that’s what Star Wars is – an adventure tale.

Wait, you say. It’s a science fiction world built by George Lucas and the various writers who’ve contributed to the Star Wars universe. True. But location, spiffy space vehicles, and lightsabers aside –  it is the sense of daring, of plunging forward against incredible odds, of using wits and magic and luck to battle the dark forces of the world, and the friendship between unlikely allies that lure us into the story. And oh what a story!

For writers like me, there’s much to be learned from Star Wars: world-building, appealing characters, redeemable villians, fallen heroes, complex non-human species, gadgets and gizmos, and creating a compelling adventure tale that is fun to read. Remember, dear readers and fellow writers, good storytelling is good storytelling whether it’s classified popular fiction/cinema or literary fiction/cinema.

For those who’d like to revisit a bit of the Star Wars world, the place to be is: www.starwars.com For those even geekier (I say that with no judgment. How would I know of the link had I not visited it?) — there’s Wookieepeida: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

So on May 4th, all puns aside – May the Force be with each of you!

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