The 5 Obstructions Blogathon – Obstruction 1

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Silver Linings Playbook

Necessary disclaimer:  This is harder then I thought, but it made me look at the movie from a different perspective. I guess that is the point. Here is my negative review of Silver Linings Playbook, a movie that I loved.

Typical when you have a film with such a great cast, the movie doesn’t have to do a lot to be considered good. The good cast can carry a not so good movie.  When you have a good movie, the cast of characters can be a distractions.

That almost happened with Silver Linings Playbook.  They created an amazing story with compelling, touching and sad, but hopeful characters with real life problems, but the choice of cast pulled you out again and again from what could have been a perfect movie.

Bradley Cooper played Pat, a guy who suffered from bi-polar.  He was fixated on getting his life back after he returns from a stint in a mental institution.  Bradley Cooper is gorgeous, sexy as hell, his voice has a melody to it.  He can be the playboy, he can be the sweet sensitive type. He can be the hero, and the villain,  but he doesn’t get anywhere near crazy.  He never quite got there for me and it was hard to believe him in that role.  He needed to go all the way and unfortunately, he feel a little short.  He may have tried to act crazy, but he was still to attractive to be believable.

Jennifer Lawrence played Tiffany, a recent widow with her own issues of mental stability.  I admit she had issues, but come on, real issues are choosing to replace your younger sister from competing in a ‘to the death’ survival game in order to return hope and morale to your home town.  Now that girl had problems.  I don’t mean to sound flip, but when I saw the movie, I keep thinking Katniss, you have enough to deal without taking on Tiffany’s problems.

Finally, you have Robert DeNiro as Pat’s father.  Robert DeNiro is one of our all time greatest actors. He has stared in, carried and played so many characters. To see him relegated to such a supporting role was hard to see.  DeNiro isn’t a small actor and this role needed subtle that a great actor like him couldn’t settle into.  He stoled every scene an I don’t think he was supposed to.

Don’t get me wrong, some times a great movie needs great actors (see The Avengers), but for the tone of this movie, it would have benefits from letting the characters, and not the cast, speak for themselves.

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My Weekly Update – Followers

I enjoy getting new followers. It makes me smile. When I notice Mel Chesley was hosting a New Followers bloghop, I had to participate. Simple bloghop, add your name to the link and follow other blogs on the list.  I’m excited to make new friends.

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Post to Ponder

The Networking Introvert by R.C. Lewis – The online community can be quite supportive in person as well if given the chance.

Something Special for Writers by Angie Richmond – See what makes Angie want to dance around throwing skittles in the air.

I’m So Sick of Words by Elise Fallson – I read this post a few times this week. So relatable. Sometimes that’s how I feel about writing.

#JuNoWriMo Post to Ponder

Rules for #JuNoWriMo Sprints by Eden Mabee – Never participated in a word-sprint on Twitter, join Eden and the other JuNoWriMo sprint leaders (myself included) everyday this month under the #JuNoWriMo hashtag.

Sarah Chafin: #JuNoWriMo Interview by Fel Scotzig – See how Sarah combats writer’s block.

Coolest Thing

17667605The debut novel by Alessandra Thomas. I loved it. It was the coolest thing I read last week. I started it on Friday morning and had to finish it before going to bed on Saturday night.  It is a New Adult Romance where the heroine has body issues and the hero has a past to overcome and they have some really great sex scenes in the mix.  I don’t review books, but I do recommend. I loved this book.  Click on the book if your interested in purchasing this great read.

New Followers
PK Hrezo
Liam Wood
Joe Seeber
Dee Coded
 
Next Week’s Schedule
Tuesday – Tattoo Tuesday – A Tattoo to Celebrate a major life event. 
Thursday – The 5 Obstruction Blogathon – Really unique concept. 
*Short schedule this week. Busy with #JuNoWriMo.

SQM – Wreck It-Ralph

Ralphnew002Sydney Quotes the Movies bringing you the animated video game epic, Wreck-It Ralph by Disney.

Honestly, I felt like my worst fear had come true. Went the light go out at the arcade, I knew the characters hung out in a parallel world behind the machines. Super Mario Brother cheated on the princess with Ms. Pacman, Q’Bert suffered from anxiety attacks about hopping off the side of his world and Centipede must have a standing appointment with a chiropractor to help with his flexibility issues.

It was a cute kids movie and if you got all the movie and real life references it was an entertaining adult movie, as well.

Such as the Wizard of Oz like soldiers chant reference “Oreo, Oreo” and “Diet Cola Hot Springs, Look out for falling Mentos”.

And you know I love made up movie words such as poor Vanellope suffering from “Pixlexia” and the cruel insult of being refereed to as a “glitch” and “Verp – like vomit and burp” and “retro, which means old but good”.

But, Vanellope has confidence, “I know I’m a racer. I can feel it in my code.”

I also liked the anti Hero, hero and his enthusiasm – Fix It Felix:

“Oh, that’s not blood force trauma, ma’am. That’s just the honey glow in my cheeks.”
I almost drowned in chocolate milk mix!”
“Look at that high definition! Your face… it’s amazing.”
 

And, of course, we can’t forget our Bad Guy – Ralph:

“It’s hard to love your job, when no one else seems to like you for doing it.”
I wonder how many licks it would take to get to your center?”
“I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be then me.”
I was GOING to get my medal and go until your little children of the candy corn made off with it!”
I’m already happy, I got the coolest job in the world! It may not be as fancy as being president, but I have a duty, a big duty!”
 

Some of my other favorite quotes:

“Dooms Day and Armageddon just had a baby and it is ugly.”
“I bet you really gonna watch where you step in a game called Hero’s duty[Vanellope Laughs] What’s you win a medal for wiping? I hope you washed your hands after you handled that medal.”
Flattery don’t charge these batteries, civilian.”
 

Did you see Wreck it, Ralph?  What did you think?

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Wreck-It Ralph by Andy Watches Movies
Wreck It Ralph:  What would happen if we all put others first? by MarcyKennedy

Heroes & Villains Blogfest SQM Version

HvsVblogfestI though about this one long and hard. I wanted to make sure I got this right. This was a hard decision, but I think I have narrowed it down to 4 each.  Sorry, it’s the best I can do.  Heroes & Villains are what make the story worth while.

Thank to all our host. Click on the badge to check out what other Heroes & Villains made the list.

Let’s start with the Villains:

Villain #4 – Loki from The Avengers
Villain #3 – Darth Maul from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – scared the hell out of me as an adult
Villain #2 – Darth Vader from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – scared the hell out of me as a kid
Villain #1 – The Joker – from The Dark Knight – brilliant performance by the late, great Heath Ledgerimages

“If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” 

Now, the Heroes:

Hero #4 – Yoda from Star Wars New Hope – there are no Jedi’s w/out Yoda

Hero #3 – Bumble Bee from Transformers 3 – the radio voice track and a heart full of gold.

Hero #2 – Maximus Decimus Meridius from Gladiator

Hero #1 – Tony Stark/Iron Man (the original) and The Avengers

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“Let’s do the head count here.  Your brother, the demigod; the super soldier, living legend who kind of lives up to the legend; a man with breathtaking anger management issues; a couple of master assassins and you, big fellow, you’ve manage to piss off every single one of them.”

What are your favorite Heroes & Villains?  

Insecure Writer’s Support Group – No More Disclaimers

InsecureWritersSupportGroupBefore I get on my soap box for this month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group post, I must thank the Ninja Captain himself, along with his co-host for the month:  Sheena-kay Graham, Suzanne Furness, and Laura Eno!

If you have time, please visit and help some of the other IWSG participants.  You never know how your wisdom and experience can help another writer.

Ok, soap box time: I’ve noticed recently a disturbing trend and I need your help to put an end to it. Don’t get me wrong, I am guilty of it as well, but no more.

What is this trend among us writerly types were we add disclaimers before we share our work with others.

Raise your hand if you have said, written or even felt some version of the following?

I am so bad at pitching my project, but . . .
I am terrible at writing synopsis, but . . .
I am new to writing, so . . .
I didn’t have time to polish this, but . . .
I’ve never shown this to anyone, so . . .
 

Come on, raise your hand, don’t be shy. We are all friends here.

Why are we apologizing to each other for something we created. If any group of people in the world understands how hard this writing process is, it’s fellow writers.

When you preface something you share with an apology, you already put a preconceived impression of your own writing in the reader’s mind.  That preconceived impression is based entirely on your own insecurities and has nothing to do with the work itself.

Believe me, it is never as bad as you think it is and even it if is, well that’s what rewrites are for.

So, I am proclaiming this ‘stop apologizing for your work’ day.  Let  your work speak for itself.

Do you see this among fellow writers?  Do you do this?