• Film,  Writing

    Movies that Make Me Want to Write

    So it’s probably no surprise to hear I love movies. We own a whole bunch of them, and we watch them quite frequently. And so, it’s probably also not surprising that I sometimes find movies great sources of writerly inspiration. Today, I decided to share some of the films that have a way of making me want to write. This list is definitely not exhaustive, and if you share your own titles in the comments, I’m sure I’ll see tons more that also inspire me! I’m also not including any t.v. here, although that does make me want to write, too (remember my writing fascination with Darkplace?) Here are a…

  • Celebrate the Small Things,  Film,  Librarianship,  Writing

    Celebrate the Small Things

    Hosted by Viklit, this is a great weekly chance to talk about the small things worth celebrating in life! I’m combining this week and last week for this Celebrate the Small Things. So this “week” I am celebrating:  – Realized that another of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s early MG/YA stories has been released in English! I really enjoy him, and The Watcher in the Shadowssounds like a really awesome gothic-y tale. I’ve picked up a copy, of course, and have started reading! – Found a kindred spirit in one of our summer students at the library. She lugged a gigantic volume of Sherlock Holmes stories into the break room the other…

  • Film,  Save-A-Word Saturday,  Writing

    Save-A-Word Saturday (15)

    The rules run thusly: 1. Create a lovely blog post that links back to this one. The easiest way to do that would be to grab the code under our pretty Save-a-Word Saturday button. Just copy and paste it into the HTML part of your blog. 2. Pick an old word you want to save from extinction to feature in your blog post. It really must be an old word, not just a big one. We are trying to save lovely archaisms, not ugly giants (for example, “Dihydrogen Monoxide” is not an acceptable choice). Luciferous Logolepsy is a great database of lovely words if you’re having trouble coming up with…

  • Film,  Writing

    Taking A Closer Look

    Last week we watched the movie Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. It’s a horror-comedy, half mockumentary about a wannabe serial killer who is preparing for his first attack, and half horror movie once those attacks actually begin. I enjoyed this movie so much. As an actual horror movie, it’s definitely nothing special, but as a look “behind the scenes” at what it takes to be a horror movie star (and by this I don’t mean as an actor, I mean what it takes to actually be Freddy or Jason) it was awesome. For example. There is a typical horror movie scene…girl is taking garbage out from her…

  • Character Profiles,  Film,  Writing

    Character Profiles: The Character Who is Beautiful by Imperfection

    This is a rather broad profile, and it can refer not only to the character who is loved/admired because of his/her imperfectness, but also to the character who is doing the loving/admiring of the imperfections. I have a big thing against “perfect” characters. You tend to see this a lot in romance novels, where the main character falls for someone who is pretty much perfect in every possible way. And another thing you often see is the main characters who are beautiful, but they don’t know it. Both of these drive me insane! I don’t even mind when main character loves character B and thinks character B is perfect (because…

  • Film,  Me,  Writing

    Perfection Vs. Perfection

    So, not long ago we went through all of our movies, and made lists of the films which we consider to be our absolute favourites. And through this fun game, I noticed something interesting. There are certain movies that I love which are, in a very general sense, what I think of to be excellent movies. Perfection of cinema, so to speak. But there are plenty of other movies which I love, and love the most, which are not perfect in a general sense, though they are basically perfect to me. For example: My favourite movie of all time, which I’ve mentioned before, is Dark Harbor. LOVE this film. It…

  • Film,  Librarianship,  Writing

    Here’s to you, teens!

    The other day we watched the documentary film Don’t You Forget About Me, which is about four filmmakers who set out to discover what happened to John Hughes after he more or less disappeared in the 90s. **Spoiler Alert** They don’t find out much…they never get to talk with him, and not too long after the film was made, John Hughes unfortunately died. However, what the film did do was talk not only to some of the actors and adult fans of Mr. Hughes (we were particularly fond of Kevin Smith’s segments…that scene in Dogma is the BEST!) but it also talked to a bunch of modern teens about John…

  • Film,  What...Taught Me About Writing,  Writing

    What Labyrinth Has Taught Me About Writing

    The other week I was watching Labyrinth, a great Jim Henson movie from the 80s starring the wonderfully odd David Bowie. And there is a line in that film that stuck in my head after we watched it. I kept thinking about it, and realized it related to writing well. So then I started looking at what other quotes the Labyrinth has, and decided to do a “what…taught me about writing” post. Enjoy, =) *Disclaimer: The wording for these quotes (with the exception of the last one) came from IMDB. So if there are any slight changes from film to word, that is why.*Disclaimer 2: Images all from labyrinthfilm.com The…

  • Film,  Halloween,  Reviews

    Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin

    It’s Halloween!  A wonderfully creepy night, full of fun, fright, and, of course, candy! So, to celebrate, I thought I’d review a horror book I read recently...Rosemary’s Baby. Alright, so here’s the backstory.  I watched the movie Rosemary’s Baby with my husband a few years ago, and…I hated it. UGH! I wanted to throttle Rosemary the entire movie!  I thought she was an idiot, and the whole thing just had my teeth on edge. But after the movie was over…I kept thinking about it.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  A week or two later, I watched it again, by myself, thinking I would turn it off after ten or…

  • Film,  Reviews

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Ian Fleming

    A fair while ago, I did a post on my top 5 favourite children’s movies.  And whilst making the post, I realized that all of my top five movies were, in fact, based on books!  At the time, I had read three of the five books, and made it my goal to read the other two…I read Mary Poppins first, and now, finally, I’ve read my favourite…Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! This was a difficult book to get my hands on.  Now, I have a feeling it might be re-released next year, because I see someone new is coming out with some “new adventures” type stories, so the original might be…