Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Why the movie Zoom sucked

BEWARE> SPOILERS BELOW.


I love superior's. I'm a total sucker for super strong guys in spandex. I read comic books as a kid and, more often than not, when I write my characters end up on the para side of paranormal. So I was really excited to see Zoom. I read the reviews that were a little bit down but I took the fam and went anyway. The movie really did suck. Don't get me wrong, my kids loved the little girl who could pick up a truck. And when they stole the fling saucer was hilarious. But the movie really did suck.

The next day at work, I went to rotten tomatoes to check out the rating. It was at 0%. Every review was bad. They would say, great acting, bad story. Cute kids, no purpose. Sometimes they would say, just not funny. But none of them really hit on why the movie sucked. It sucked because of the villain. As in, there wasn't one. They talk about him throughout the movie, then he shows up in the last scene and is defeated. It was like the only reason they would had a villain was so the kids could use all that training they learned in the training montages that took up over half the movie.

That is why it sucked. The characters were good. The story arc was good. I even thought the acting was good. But you can't have a good action movie with out a good bad guy. The military people said, "he's dangerous." And we, the viewers were just supposed to believe him. All it would have taken were a few flashbacks of Tim Allen's Team getting their asses handed to them to show us that he was dangerous or that he deserved to be redeemed. But they left that out and that is why it sucked.

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

I told you, I suck at the updating thing.

Truth is, I've been really really busy. Since May 31st, I've written over 150 pages. I wrote the scenes out of order. Then I organized them into a sort of detailed outline. Now I am flushing them out and adding transitions between the scenes.

One of the scenes involves a movie that is filming in the town where the book is set. The name of the movie was Cry Your Name because it is about werewolves and there is that old werewolf myth that if you call a werewolf by name and tell him you love him, it breaks the spell and the werewolf turns back to a human.

So, I googled Cry Your Name and came across a song by Beth Orton called She Cries Your Name. I was curious and went to iTunes and all I can say is OMG. The song is like perfect for the tone and feel of the story that I am writing. That song led me to a list of songs that had been on the Roswell TV series. I loved Roswell when it came out and a lot of the songs really worked so I add them to my list.

I like making soundtracks for my stories. It allows me something to focus my brain on so that my creativity can take over. So every free second I have, I listen to this CD over and over and write, write, write. My goal is to have the complete first draft by the end of the month.

For the fun of it. Here is my current soundtrack.
1. Beth Orton - She Cries Your Name
2. Cary Brothers - Blue Eyes
3. Coldplay - Scientist
4. Eddie Reader - Bell, Book & Candle
5. Joni Mitchell - Cases of You
6. Kasey Chambers - Nullabor Song
7. Save Ferris - Let Me In
8. Vertical Horizon - Evreything You Want
9. Beth Orton - Stolen Car
10. Dido - White Flag
11. Ivy - Edge of the Ocean
12. Kasey Chambers - The Captain
13. Sarah McLachlan - Fear
14. Sheryl Crow - I Shall Believe
15. Vertical Horizon - Best I Ever Had
16. Coldplay - Trouble
17. Joni Mitchell - River

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Question of the Day

I'm driving into town. All three kids in the back seat amazingly quiet as I'm singing softly along with the radio. Then this comes from my seven year old:


How can George and Tarzan both be king of the jungle?

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Monday, June 26, 2006

I'm backkkk



Two weeks. Over 3000 miles in a car with a three year old, five year old and seven year old. Two many relatives visited to count including a brand new nephew born on the 20th.


Also some new sites seen. On the drive over to Louisiana we stopped at Carlsbad and toured the cavern (not the best picture of me. The damn cave was very humid and my hair was going everywhere, but I do look skinny). On the way back, we stopped in San Antonio and saw the Alamo (I didn't put in the alamo pictures because on the way home, for some reason, we weren't such a cute little family).

The best thing about the vacation, I have over eighty pages written. Hand written because it was a damn long drive. Why did they make Texas so big?

Anyway, we are back. I'm six pounds heavier and have 159 emails to wade through. Five suitcases full of dirty clothes to wash. A couple house plants to throw out. Not to mention I need to put all those pages into the computer.

It sure was nice sleeping in my own bed last night.

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

I suck at that staying in touch thing

Yes, I know. It's been a while. May is always a busy month for me. My anniversary, mother's day, and then my birthday. June isn't going to be much better as I'm taking the hubby and kiddos back to Louisiana for a two week vacation.

Anyway, today was a pretty good day. Got home from work, went out to eat Chinese, then we went to see X-men 3. It wasn't as bad as some of the critics have made it out to be. I'm not quite sure how to take this. I was really hoping for Rogue.






Which X-Men character are you most like?




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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Saturday Afternoon

As much as I complain about how much I hate living in Arizonia, I have to admit the weather is great. We took the kids to the pool today. Not a cloud in the sky. Great family day.

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Making a little progress

Those word meters are slowly inching forward. I love that I am actually getting words down. I don't know how good those words are but the story is slowly becoming real.

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