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The pain of an unproductive day May 16, 2011

Posted by pacejmiller in Misc, Novel, On Writing, Study.
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I got a reprieve this week because I managed to postpone my next meeting with my writing supervisor, and it was a much needed one because I hadn’t done nearly as much over the last couple of weeks as I would have liked for various reasons, including household stuff, getting the flu, general laziness, Fight Night Champion, the NBA Playoffs, and a battle with the worst food poisoning I’ve ever had (thanks to a cafe at Potts Point) where I actually passed out for the first time in my life!

This week needs to be the week where stuff happens, but I got off to a horrible start yesterday.  It was just one of those days where nothing seemed to go right (write).  I had nothing.  A whole day of trying to write and I ended up with barely over 2000 words — of first draft quality or worse!  My mind raced but no words came out.  Pain.

I think it may have something to do with what I discussed with my supervisor last time, being that it’s time for me to start rewriting and shaping each chapter into the best it can be.  I had so much success earlier on because I was just pouring out my thoughts onto the page (screen) without thinking about anything else.  Now, even though I’m still working on new chapters, shaping the narrative is always stuck in the back of my mind, and it has really handcuffed the free-flowing style I captured earlier.

So today (and possibly tomorrow) I will head back to basics.  Not think so much and just write (type), and see where it takes me.  The fixing up always needs to come later.

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Movie Review: Insidious (2011) May 16, 2011

Posted by pacejmiller in Movie Reviews, Reviews.
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Well-made horror movies about hauntings are a rarity these days.  Genuinely frightening ones are almost impossible to find.  For me, Insidious was both.

Written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan (the Aussie duo who kick started the Saw franchise), Insidious is a unique spin on the haunted house genre, something I didn’t expect and was pleasantly surprised by.

It tells the story of a young married couple played by Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, who move into a new house with their three boys.  Weird things start happening and a tragic event occurs — but that’s just the beginning.  At some point in the film the story takes a turn and takes us in a new direction.  Some will like the fact that we are being treated to something we’re not used to seeing.  Others will despise it.

You will have to either know a little bit about what I am referring to or be able to keep an open mind in order to truly appreciate it.  If you can’t, you’ll probably write off the film as silly and farcical.  But if you can (and I could), I believe you’re in for a real treat.

For those put off by the Saw reference, don’t be, because Insidious is nothing like those torture porn films.  It’s also nothing like Paranormal Activity (also referred to on the poster because it has common producers, including Oren Peli), which I thought sucked.  Whannell and Wan have shown their versatility with this one, using clever and authentically frightening situations, escalating tension and downright freakish moments to create one of the most suspenseful ghost films I’ve seen in years.  Sure, none of the tactics are necessarily original, but the execution was undoubtedly superb.

The film does have a few shaky moments, especially towards the end, but if it’s frights you are looking for, then Insidious definitely delivers.

4 stars out of 5

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