• Movie Rants

    Finding Connection

    I had a discussion with somebody once about movies now compared to movies from my childhood (1970s–80s), and she said you tended to have a fondness – out of nostalgia – for things you grew up with. I thought about that, and while I agree that you do develop that emotional connection, the truth is there were a lot of great movies coming out when I was growing up. Here’s a small list off the top of my head (but which I’ve revised and put in chronological order): The Godfather (1972), The Exorcist (1973), The Godfather: Part II (1974), Jaws (1975), Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977),…

  • Life of the Mind

    Character Development

    One of the most important things for me in story is character development. Measuring development can done by asking (and answering) these three simple questions. Where does the character begin the story? What is the journey the character takes? Where does the character end the story? This is one of the reasons I loathe so many of the blockbusters nowadays. Characters don’t develop. They just are. I’ll use the new Star Wars Trilogy as an example. This new series has polarised fans. I find it boring because the protagonist is complete when she is handed to us. Although she opens the story as a scavenger, she is a crack pilot…