Oh what fun Lunch is providing me. Years ago as a kid, I would take my mothers typewriter and get busy clacking away my thoughts on a movie I had just watched. Showing no real journalistic ability, I kept my little "critiques" folded away in a little book for my own private viewings. I would break it out, occasionally, when I would have some friends over for a movie night. Having quite the extensive collection of video tape, (that's right...tape), my friends could read up on what movie's I had and pick one for viewing. Dorky, yes I know. But have I claimed anything less?
Now, jump a few light years into the future. The internet has grown at a phenomenal rate, allowing it's users to pour their thoughts out into the ether for everyone to read. Finally, I can share my thoughts and ideas with the entire planet. And it be grand.
So now, if I love or hate a movie, you'll know about it.
I would read a critics review in a newspaper or online and more often than not, disagree with them. How many times have you gone to a movie, based on a very positive review, only to walk out dazed and confused, wondering what the hell were they thinking? Or the reverse, check out a flick that has been bashed to near death, only to discover that it struck a chord with you and made you smile.
Movies, art, music, food, wine...all these things that people talk about are an immensly personal experience. One man's trash is another man's Holy Grail. But it sure is fun sharing your thoughts. To generate some kind of feedback, especially on a forum such as this, is proving to be a little addictive. I feel compelled to revisit old movies I haven't seen in years, so that I can write about them with a fresh perspective. To share my opinion, my passion, with people whom I will never meet, but who care about the same things.
Now I don't propose to have any particular skill at writing. I put words down as they pop into my head. There might not be a nice narrattive flow to my writing and there WILL be grammatical/spelling errors. But what the hey, as long as you get the general idea of what is floating around in this sponge like vessel I call a brain, out and into yours...then my objective is complete.
I appreciate the power of the net. The people, putting their voices and opinions out there to be heard, so that others can learn something new. Things have sure changed from the day of the smoke signal. Imagine trying to blog using a can on a string? Anarchy. There would be strings EVERYWHERE. The chances of being strangled while inadvertently listening in on a private converstation would be astronomical. Yes indeed, the internet is a lot safer. Except for the viruses.
Anyways, I was sitting at my computer today and this is what popped out of my sponge and onto the screen. I'll more than likely come back to this at a later stage and update as my brain knowledge expands. As for now, I'm hungry.
Nothing like the power of thought to work up an appetite.
Prior to joining Lunch I used to post reviews of books and movies. The reason I started doing these reviews was that I read so many books (about one a week) and saw so many movies (I usually go to a theater once or twice a month) that I could never remember plots or whether or not I actually had read a book or saw a movie. The review was a way to reinforce my memory and provide a place I could search to give me just enough of a memory jog that I could remember a plot. … more
Teddy Roosevelt (Apr. 23, 1910, France): "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great … more
I'm going to do a little something different with this data point, if only because it gets a chance to welcome those who might be new to Lunch to the experience. It's also a good chance for those unfamiliar with Lunch to really learn what the experience of it is all about. So let me preface this by saying this isn't a review about the website itself. If you must know, Lunch has it's own datapoint which you can find. So this is more of a welcome, and a way to talk about one … more
Honestly, I really don’t think I should be writing something about “reviewing” in this site; not that I think that it isn’t necessary but because I feel that I am not exactly qualified seeing as 1) I am not a professional movie critic 2) I believe reviews are a reflection of one’s personal taste 3) I believe there are better writers than I am 4) I don’t think anyone would care what I think of reviewing. My friends Sean Rhodes and Cenobite7 both … more
Over the years, I've managed to come across great books as well as teachers that would teach me valuable lessons in writing. Although I've managed to take poetic license with quite a bit of my work, their wisdom meant a great deal to me & actually has helped me tremendously through the years whenever I've composed any piece of writing. Although there is always something new to be learned in the world of the creative arts, there are some common elements I believe which stand the test … more
The reviewing format in this lunch is one of the best I've worked with and provides total freedom. I love it that I can add photos, links (to my other reviews), and all the tools that can make reviews look much more fancy and professional looking. It is also nice that the 'unhelpful' button has been eliminated since the goal of the site is not competition but rather sharing and learning from one another with similar interests. While I usually stick … more
As I have just joined Lunch I thought that I would attemt to write a review. The thing is that I am rubbish at making decisions, even given a choice of only two things I can um and err for eternity. So when I am given the opportunity to rant and rave about absolutely anything I like, surprisingly I still cant choose. I like this site because of being able to review anything - but I am not a writer and puttig into words what goes on in my head is well, if you have read … more
I'm a bit of a movie buff. Ok, understatement. I LOVE movies. Will sit through just about everything. Classics, horror, comedy, action, drama, chick flicks (to a degree). If it's filmed, I'll watch it. … more
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