Friday, November 28, 2014

A Trailer and a Full Load of Meh

As you guys doubtlessly already know, the teaser trailer for the forthcoming Star Wars flick, The Force Awakens, debuted today.  I've watched it about a dozen times and I gotta say... I'm not really moved.

I'm on record as not being in favor of more Star Wars flicks.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm a huge fan.  For a long, long time, Star Wars (Episode IV if you wanna get over-nerdy about it) was my favorite movie of all time.  I'm one of those people that can quote the first three movies pretty much start to finish.  I don't even hate the prequels and I think Revenge of the Sith was actually pretty damn good.  However, I feel like that story was finished and doesn't really need to be added to.  The only reason to make new movies is so Disney can make get a return on their investment in buying Lucasfilm.

However, as things wore on, I kinda started thinking "It IS a Star Wars movie.  Maybe I should give it a chance."  I'm not a fan of the title, which seems more appropriate for a cheap pulp novel than a Star Wars film.  But I kept reminding myself that I hadn't yet seen any footage.  J.J. Abrams has made stuff that I like quite a bit.  Disney seems to be keeping out of things, which, for me, is a very good sign.  Maybe it'll turn out okay.  It was no time to be making uninformed decisions or opinions. After all, I hadn't seen anything from the movie yet, right?

Well, I have now and I'm a little worried about how unimpressed I feel.  This is a Star Wars trailer.  I should be bouncing off the walls.  That how I was for the Special Edition Trilogy trailers.  That's how I was for each of the prequels.  Hell, I sat through The Water Boy a second time a week after I saw it just to see the Phantom Menace teaser.  And I ran out of clean underpants, I was so damn excited.

This time around, nothing.  I'm not excited.  I'm not disappointed.  I'm just kinda like "Oh, this is what this is gonna look like".  Even the shot of the Millennium Falcon twisting and looping over a landscape covered in sand dunes while pursued by TIE Fighters while the strains of John Williams of majestic score wells up on the soundtrack.  Even that didn't do too much for me.  It looked like a shot from a Michael Bay flick that just happened to have the Falcon in it.

It didn't help that this trailer is more about introducing the new instead of bringing out the old favorites.  I understand why they'd do that.  This is a new Star Wars movie for new fans, not people like me.  They wanna intrigue them, not me.  Hook the young.  I get that.  But you can have all the shots of X-wings that you want, and if I don't see R2-D2, you're not gonna get me excited.

So, in the end, all I can really say is "Meh".  There's nothing in the trailer that really turns me off but there's nothing in the trailer that jacks up my excitement.  And the fact that I'm feeling this way about a Star Wars movie makes me really quite sad.  I'm still probably gonna go see it.  I'm hoping that it'll surprise me and that'll love it.  But my stoke factor is pretty low and I'm afraid it may be sinking.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014, Week 2

A quick update: not much happening.  I switch projects and now find myself like 12,000 words behind the pace.  I'm finding getting excited to write is exceedingly difficult when I'm all alone.  I do okay when I'm with other writers, though.  So, I've decided I need to set a different goal for myself.  I'm gonna try to write some, at least a little bit, everyday.  It doesn't matter how much as long as I put in a concerted effort.  So, that where I find myself.  Stay tuned.

Crush of the Week!!!!

And... We have our first repeater.  Back during the initial run of COTW, we "honored" Gemma Arterton.  After viewing Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, we decided it was time to do so again.  Miss Arterton plays a bad-ass witch killer who stock around the screen in tight leather, and she looks pretty amazing doing it.  Soon, she'll be lending her voice (and a super-sexy voice it is) to Reds and Grays, an animated yarn about squirrels.  And if you haven't checked out Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters yet, give it a try.  Then, you too can get woozy over the beauty of Gemma Arterton, this week's Crush of the Week!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

On NaNoWriMo 2014

It's November.  Again.  That means National Novel Writing Month, and I'm participating for the fifth straight year.  But this is the least excited I've ever been for NaNo.  I chalk that up to several factors:

  1. There's less of a feeling of challenge, cuz I know I can do this.  I've done it four times already and "won" it every time.  It feels kinda like been there, done that.
  2. I'm not excited about what I'm writing, even though it's something I've wanted to write since before I knew I wanted to be a writer.  I can change gears and do something different, and I'm planning on it.  But I'm not happy with my slow start.
  3. There are other things in life that seem more important right now.  With everything that's going on, I'm having a tough time justifying writing 50,000 words of something nobody else will ever read.  Is that really the best way to spend my life right now?
I DO really wanna write something, so I'll come up with something and I will hit 50K.  I'm just not feeling it right now.  Stay tuned.