Creative Writing Challenge: Psychic Pizzas

Was talking a little about creative writing challenges today and thought I’d give one a crack. Found an excellent blog for ‘em:

Genre: tragicomedy
Person: a psychic pizza-delivery woman
Problem: There’s a funeral, but the casket is empty.

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Will this be a recurring thing? I don’t know.

But for now, read on for my story. Bear in mind that it was written quickly (that’s the idea). So don’t take it too seriously and don’t read too much into it.

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Movie Club: The White Tiger (2012)
Moby Dick, but with WW2 tanks, told as a creepy campfire story. In Russian.
A Soviet tank driver is critically wounded in battle, gets miraculously better, and becomes “the tank whisperer”. His goal is to kill the mysterious White Tiger tank that nearly killed him.
Is it a good war movie? No. It does have props — especially tanks — that would make any war movie director jealous, and it puts them to good use. But this is not a close look at the men, weapons or tactics.
Is it a good monster movie? Almost. It starts out great; the premise of a “ghost tank” draws you in and makes you wonder how the enigmatic tank whisperer will finally catch his nemesis. Early tangles with the monster are gripping. But just as the story reaches what should be a climactic third act it peters out into some weird scenes about the German surrender in Berlin.
The ending scenes seem incongruent; the movie wants to impart some message about the inevitability of war but this message seems so banal compared to the epic showdown (or twist?) I thought was coming. I’m not sure what they were thinking. This movie is based on a novella, but I believe movie adaptions should always be able to stand alone.
There are good things to be said about this movie. Good production values. Great scenes full of WW2 kit. There are thought-provoking moments. The fact that it’s a Russian movie is interesting enough in this age of Hollywood. (It was nice to see a movie where Soviet soldiers are not two-dimensional propaganda props.)
Great premise, but the ending is so disappointing I can only really recommended it if you’ve got an interest in watching restored WW2 tanks trundle about.
My rating: Ordinary ★★☆☆
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Movie Club: The White Tiger (2012)

Moby Dick, but with WW2 tanks, told as a creepy campfire story. In Russian.

A Soviet tank driver is critically wounded in battle, gets miraculously better, and becomes “the tank whisperer”. His goal is to kill the mysterious White Tiger tank that nearly killed him.

Is it a good war movie? No. It does have props — especially tanks — that would make any war movie director jealous, and it puts them to good use. But this is not a close look at the men, weapons or tactics.

Is it a good monster movie? Almost. It starts out great; the premise of a “ghost tank” draws you in and makes you wonder how the enigmatic tank whisperer will finally catch his nemesis. Early tangles with the monster are gripping. But just as the story reaches what should be a climactic third act it peters out into some weird scenes about the German surrender in Berlin.

The ending scenes seem incongruent; the movie wants to impart some message about the inevitability of war but this message seems so banal compared to the epic showdown (or twist?) I thought was coming. I’m not sure what they were thinking. This movie is based on a novella, but I believe movie adaptions should always be able to stand alone.

There are good things to be said about this movie. Good production values. Great scenes full of WW2 kit. There are thought-provoking moments. The fact that it’s a Russian movie is interesting enough in this age of Hollywood. (It was nice to see a movie where Soviet soldiers are not two-dimensional propaganda props.)

Great premise, but the ending is so disappointing I can only really recommended it if you’ve got an interest in watching restored WW2 tanks trundle about.

My rating: Ordinary ★★☆☆

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Watching the news tonight. Disgusted by a report about a high school football coach being suspended … because he took a knee and led his team in a post-victory prayer. Parents commenting to the reporters that maybe this suspension “will give him time to think about and learn from his mistakes.” Mistake? How is expressing his gratitude to God a mistake? Those high school kids can decide if they want to pray along or not. They can step away and not partake.

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You can read the whole thing here and the news story here.

This post piqued my interest. I have not seen such a brassy defense of prayer in schools. Read on for my take…

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Movie Club: The Sessions (2012)

Some friends and I have started a challenge to watch one another’s favourite obscure movies, round-robin style. So long as this “club” continues I’m going to write about it here. (Click here to see all movie club entries.)

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This week’s movie was The Sessions. It’s a great movie that’s best to watch with minimal foreknowledge. It’s better to go in with no preconceptions. Don’t worry about it being soppy… I won’t lie, it is, but it’s 1 part soppy to 9 parts thought-provoking. It is worth watching, I guarantee it. Then come back and read on below.

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