Film and TV reviews, 🎞 as well as short stories and free verse poems.
My Goals and Aspirations as a creator on Vocal in 2024
My, what a beautiful Grzyb! ⬆️ I feel like most of the stuff on this topic I’ve already written about in Rick’s writing questions. I hope Rick gets a hefty tip from Vocal for pinching all that writer introspective gear for their challenge! 😉
Cold War - My Thoughts 💭
This is a previously unpublished review from late 2018. "Cold War" - Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski "Cold War" is a Polish drama-romance directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, shot in black and white and framed with a 1.37:1 ratio. There aren't really any other pivotal characters besides the two leads. When I heard this film was comparatively quite short and spanned two decades - I was uncertain how on earth a cohesive tale could be pulled off. Has Pawlikowski fashioned a romantic epic, or has the hyped publicity pulled the wool over our eyes and made us cold with disappointment?
“The Power of the Dog” - My Thoughts 💭
“The Power of the Dog” - Dir. Jane Campion *This is a slightly expanded version of my prior film review from 2021. 🎞 Although it doesn’t at first appear to be much like a Campion film, I’d say that “The Power of the Dog” is a return to form for Jane Campion - after two uneven seasons of “Top Of the Lake” (2013 & 2017) and her last feature film “Bright Star” as far back as 2009. Overall, this film is more so Campion exploring different territory with this male-centric neo-western, instead of her back-catalogue of predominantly female-driven stories with highly feminist rhetoric - yet her reoccurring themes of power and desire are still ever present. The widely acclaimed “The Piano” (1993) is probably my favourite of hers, although I appreciate all her works.
- Top Story - January 2024
MORE 50 word Critiques in free verse? Oh no! 😅Top Story - January 2024
The “Game of Thrones” Opening Titles & Theme Music - composed by Ramin Djawadi “It can be very dark and moody, but also beautiful and emotional at the same time”. - Ramin Djawadi on the opening titles theme.
My Mini Critiques in free verse
This is just a little recap (and links to my original critiques) of last year’s challenge. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while and have just been slack. I liked the challenge because I was able to tap into my love of reviewing films etc. I also chose to write in free verse (rule breaker) to help me separate my ideas more clearly & write sparingly, given the 50 word requirement.
Hitchcock’s Most Superior and Nuanced Films - in mini 50 word free verse/reviews/critiques
Quick note: As Alfred Hitchcock has always been my favourite film director from a young age - I thought it would be fun to comment on a few of my favourites, but not give too much away - perhaps whetting one’s appetite to seek out the films again. I’ve always found his films captivating. I remember watching “The Man Who Knew Too Much” and “Rear Window” on T.V when I was about seven or eight and repeatedly loving these. The combination of mystery, suspense and biting wit, along with likable characters that you root for from the get go.
Quick note: I believe this is my first ever micro. Remember the ring finger unofficial challenge? I have no idea what this is that I wrote haha, but it helps if you have seen the movie “The Banshees of Inishirin” with Brendan Gleeson. I wanted to have some characterisation so this went way over the word count of the micro.. so then I chose not to shorten it or share it. 😅 Anyhow, enjoy.
Distractions from Yourself
Quick note: I’m trying to clear out my WIP 🚧. It’s getting too chaotic. So am unloading some garbage, I mean stuff I was not big on. I didn’t really like this distraction entry as it felt too negative, while it has a message, um.. I definitely don’t recommend destitution! 😅 I also don’t think my words for each letter REALLY match the theme. Enjoy, or not. I don’t care!