31 January 2012


Oh, Really, Marshall McLuhan?

He said that the medium is the message. I understand that now.

One of my friends recently told me about an Andy Serkis interview in which he defended his motion capture performances as real acting--something as legitimate as any other dramatic way of portraying a character. It may be different from what we have come to know as "acting," but it's still acting.

And I really wish I could be more sympathetic.

20 January 2012


Reading Diary: The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott

"I want you to remember that everything you know--or think you know--about myth and legend is not necessarily false, nor is it entirely true. At the heart of every legend there is a grain of truth. I suppose that much of your knowledge comes from movies and TV. Xena and Dracula have much to answer for. All minotaurs are not evil, the Gorgon Medusa did not turn every man to stone, not all vampires are blood drinkers, the Were clans are a proud and ancient race."

Josh attempted a laugh; he was still shaken . . . "You'll be telling us next that ghosts exist."

Scathach's expression turned serious. "Josh, you have entered the Shadowrealm, the world of ghosts . . ."

One of my friends is a huge Harry Potter fan who prides herself for having discovered the series a full year before Pottermania really hit the rest of the world. But she was also the first to give me the best critique that can ever be made of J.K. Rowling: "She just invents, Enbrethiliel. I don't know how else to describe it. I read something by Tolkien and it feels so thoroughly thought out, but Rowling just puts in whatever will fit."

Not being very familiar with the oeuvre of either writer (at the time), it took me a while to see what she meant. I get it now.

13 January 2012


These Dreams: Who Believes in Friday the 13th?

Let me begin by apologising to anyone who (still) comes here for the Horror posts. This one isn't about Jason Voorhees at all--and no one is sorrier than I am.

Blogging requires just as much training and discipline as every other extreme sport (LOL!), and it seems I've let myself go too much to jump back to my usual cheddary standard at the blink of a cursor. But it is Friday the 13th today and I do have something to say that is vaguely luck related.

If I were in better shape, this would be a "Twelve Things about Just My Luck" post (or a McFly Monday post)--and the world would be graced with my personal opinion of Lindsay Lohan (and more McFly pop). But I'm just warming up at the moment, so let me just tell you about a crazy I dream I had, which was definitely inspired by a well-known scene from that movie.