The Dangers and Joy of composing a Blog a day


The writemare before christmas

This month I have been writing a blog every day as part of my WMB4X aggreement with Sudo One, except yesterday I chose not to.  And why? Well for one I was verybusy and very tired. But the piece I was writing wasn’t ready and I didn’t want to rush it out just to get a blog post out.

I think I may have rushed one or two of them in the past and looking back, im not entirly happy with them. Since the blog I was going to post yesterday was a short story, I didn’t want to put it up half cut for the sake of putting something out there.

Having said all of that, I wouldn’t have produced even half of the good blogs I have, if I hadn’t had the deadline of doing a blog a day. I’ll let you be the judge of which blogs were good.

My advise to you would be to do what ever suits you best. But always keep in mind what ever you put out there on the internet, wether it be on a blog or social media, is there for all to see, and if you say anything rude, contriversal or hurtful, you better mean what you say and have a rational reason for saying it. Because while you might be able to delete it, anybody could have taken it and re used it, given you no control over it. This is advise that a celebrity or two could take note of.

Think before you post.

——————————————————————————————————-

Sorry Sudo One, It’s only 29 out of 30 posts, but I think with good reason.

Top 10 Christmas Films


As there is now under a month till Christmas, and that this 30 blog a day effort is collectively called ‘The Write-mare before Christmas’, it seems appropriate to do this top ten list. Yes in my continuing quest to find my favourite film, doing top tens by categories and sub categories continues with my favourite Christmas films….well films set at Christmas at least. Would they be yours too?

10. Elf (2003)

 Elf

What stands out for me – Will Ferrell’s performance is terrific and laugh out loud at times. The premise of an Elf leaving Santa and seeing the real world had been done before in Santa Clause the Movie, but Elf adds new fun to hold its own, make you laugh and give you that christmassy feeling.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Peter Dinkalidge

Great quote –  Gimbel’s Manager: Why are you smiling like that?

Buddy: I just like to smile, smiling’s my favourite

9. A Christmas Story (1983)

Christmas Story

What stands out for me – This film is more associated with and watched in America. Although for me it still shows the magic of being a kid a Christmas and some realities that come with it. Well worth checking out in other countries too. Oh and this was the film that spawned the iconic image of a false leg lamp shade too.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Darren McGavin

Great quote –  Mr. Parker: He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny.

Mother: He does not!

Mr. Parker: He does too, he looks like a pink nightmare! Read more of this post

Top 10 Comedy Romance Films


Ok then, I think in my on-going quest to my favourite film I have tended to err on the darker side of films; horror, zombies, post-apocalyptic, Stephen King movies. You get the idea. Well I thought it was about time I explored my lighter side and make a list of my favourite romantic comedy films, but with the focus being on the comedy. There are of course romantic films out there that have comedic elements about them that I like, but they are for another list, another time. For now though, why not check out these knee slapping heart melters.

 

10)  Splash (1984)

Splash poster

What stands out for me – This is as much about nostalgia as it is for comedy romance for me. This tale of how love can’t be stopped even if you have fish tail. With all the ups and downs that go with it and some cracking comedy performances.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – John Candy

Great quote –  [Excitedly waving a Penthouse magazine]

Freddie: They published my letter. Here it is, “A lesbian no more”.

 

9) Love Actually (2003)

Love_Actually_movie

What stands out for me – The connections between the quite brilliant ensemble cast, the sweetness and The Britishness

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – There are many to choose from, but I will choose Emma Thompson

Great quote –  Billy Mack: Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!

 

8) About a Boy (2002)

about_a_boy

What stands out for me – It is well observed and reflects the reality of relationships a bit better than most, being based on the great book by Nick Hornby helps a lot. Plus it has a cracking soundtrack written by Badly Drawn Boy.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Toni Collette

Great quote – Will: It was terrible! Terrible! But driving really fast behind the ambulance was fantastic!

Read more of this post

Excuse me while I kiss the sky (calling all photographers)


image

I recently took this photo of the sun and noticed a rather bizarre side effect. It was a type of lens flare. And no, I’m not talking about that somewhat irritating lens flare affect that distracts most of us in some Star Trek movies (J.J. Abrams, I’m looking at you).

There are certain effects a camera can artificially simulate these days, but there’s nothing quite like seeing an effect on a photo as the result of a natural accident.

In the photo is what appears to be a pair of pink lips. I have tried searching the internet for things like ‘lens flare pink lips’ to find out what it is, or whether it’s a common effect, but to no avail. Whenever you search for lens flare, the internet seems to be filled with people bemoaning J.J. Abrahams and his addiction to using the effect.

Please, if there are there any budding photographers or anyone out there that has seen this before and know if it has a special name, could you comment on this piece? I would be interested to find out. Read more of this post

Kings Cross Station and Long Journeys


Traveling for work can be a gruelling experience at times, but you have got to take the rough with the smooth. So I thought I would share a couple of things I saw at Kings Cross Station.

First, and probably known by most now, is the Harry Potter themed platform 9 and ¾. It does help somewhat being a Harry Potter fan, but if you do visit Kings Cross and you have a spare 5 minutes or so (which by the people rush around, you really wouldn’t think so) it is worth checking out. There is a wizards luggage half way through the wall at platform 9 and 3/4, with a heafty queue of people eager to have their picture taken with it. Next door is a the merchandise shops with all sorts of goodies in it, cashing in of course and quite right too.

A Harry Potter fan at kings cross               Harry Potter shop

Another thing Kings Cross has and a rather disturbing thing it is too, Read more of this post

Top 10 Stephen King movie adaptations


It may seem odd to have one of my categories of film top tens to be based on the work of one author, but in the case of Stephen King it’s easy to make an exception. He is a very prolific author and writes about subjects that interest me in an enjoyable way, this is not just horror by the way, that old adage to his work is fiercely tiresome.  Most of his work has had some kind of adaptation for TV or film. Some have been duffers for sure, but there are some excellence as well. Here is my choice for the crème da la crème of his filmic adaptations.

 

10) Secret Window (2004)

 secret_window

Year of story – (based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden from 1990)

What stands out for me – The setting, the twist, the writing cabin along with Jonny Depps dressing gown.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – John Turturro

Great quote – Mort: I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t on the verge of doing snoopy dances. Read more of this post

Top 10 Zombie films – Non Comedy


Dancing_Zombie

Given yesterday’s post on ‘How Zombies speed mirrors Society’ of the time, it got me thinking whether I prefer Zombie movies with fast movers or slow ‘traditional’ walkers. Turns out my top 10 list is a bit of a mixture. Take a look and see which ones came out on top.

I decided not to put any films which IMDB classified as ‘Comedy’, as comedy and horror is covered in another post ‘Top 10 Comedy Horrors and Horror Comedies’. That said there are some nice comedic moments in a few of these films.

This top ten list Read more of this post

%d bloggers like this: