Movie Critique: God’s Not Dead – The Critic Unleashed

My first real movie critique! I’m excited. The reason I chose to write up a critique on this movie is because I have quite a lot of thoughts about it, and when it comes to God’s Not Dead, I have an opportunity to unleash all the critic within me, though I don’t have the space here to do all of it. No better movie to start out with, right? Maybe the next movie critique I’ll do will be on Guardians of the Galaxy, so stay tuned.

I am a Christian and I disliked the movie. If you’ve seen the movie, and you’re a Christian, you’ll probably know what I’m talking about. I do know of quite a few Christians who actually didn’t like it very much at all.

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Writing Tips: Quirks – The Pros and Cons

I’m sure all you writers have heard that your characters need quirks … especially your major characters, such as the protagonist and antagonist. Foreshadowing and background adds quirks to the character, makes him unique. Especially if the quirk has an effect on the story and ties in with the character’s personality, his problems or desire. It can be a subtle quirk, an oddity, an out-of-place physical appearance, a gait, the way she talks while twisting her hair, even his tendency to say “UM” very loudly in the middle of sentence transition. They can also make your characters memorable and even act as a symbol to remember a character by. Jack Sparrow, for example, has that strange, (and yet awesome) walk of his which communicates that his character is a bit off the rocker. Ahab has that wooden peg for a leg because Moby Dick bit it off during their first encounter, which is why he now wants vengeance upon Moby Dick in the story.

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The Book and Movie Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“It is said that despite its many glaring (and occasionally fatal) inaccuracies, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy itself has outsold the Encyclopedia Galactica because it is slightly cheaper, and because it has the words “DON’T PANIC” in large, friendly letters on the cover.” -The Guide

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I had no idea when I started reading this book that it would end up on my list of top favorite books. But it’s just the type of book I can’t pass over: Written by Douglas Adams, it’s hilariously funny, ultimately sci-fi, has priceless and witty philosophical satire, is just plain weird, and makes sense and doesn’t make sense all at the same time. Besides the mainstream hilarity that will make any reader laugh till he cries, Adams loves to put jokes in there that only he gets (which just confirms the awesomeness of the whole thing). Summed up: Read this book. You don’t only have to be a fan of sci-fi/space stuff, anyone can read this classic and just love it.

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Set to Be Released: Score – A Film Music Documentary

Today’s subject is film scores. Don’t forget to check out my recent guest post about writing from emotions in music (specifically film scores) on Hannah’s blog. Thank you Hannah for letting me post! Someday you’ll be seeing a guest post on here written by Hannah herself. Her posts are helpful, inspiring, funny, and just plain awesome and it’s a privilege to exchange writing with her.

So, I am super excited because there is a documentary coming out… on film scores! Doesn’t get better than that. In this documentary, film score composers will be interviewed and talk about their careers … thus, the title: Score: A Film Music Documentary. … The story behind what I argue is one of the most important aspect in movies: the music. If you’re into film scores or movie soundtracks, you should definitely see this.Read More »