Monday, August 26, 2013

Those Who Are Real~Peter Jackson, Epic Director, and "Limn the Mask", by Danielle Notaro

  Today I have two reviews for you--the first, as can be guessed, is the bio I've been reading on Peter Jackson. The second is for Limn the Mask, a poetry book I've been reading, (and was quite good!) by Danielle Notaro. Now to get started....

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  You know, just recently I learned that the filming for The Hobbit finished. I finally learned what it felt like to be a fan, knowing that something epic had ended. At least there will be more news. But I can already see myself, telling my kids in the future, "I remember the day I learned the filming for The Hobbit had ended. And I finally knew what it was like to realize that an era had ended." I'm weird, so I likely will say something like that. Whether out of seriousness or just being funny, doesn't matter. Possibly both.

  But with all this news and anticipation, and reading the Ian Pryor's book Peter Jackson: Prince of Splatter to Lord of the Rings, it really made me think of PJ--as a director, and as a person. Because many things surprised me, reading that book. Rest assured I don't take everything an unauthorized book (or even an authorized book, sometimes) as complete truth. This is a person's perspective. But I realized that I actually knew squat about PJ. Realized that his tastes were somewhat different than what I had imagined.

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  A few things were really true, and they were things I could just see for myself, watching behind the scenes footage. (Believe me, I actually watch the Making of Lotr for fun, and as a learning curve, as I want to get into the film industry). He's enormously creative, and he operates like an artist--but he's profession-smart. His tastes are for the strange, the far fetched. (And this was one of the things that surprised me) he also did a movie about puppets. Meet the Feebles. Carnage+puppets? That's different. What made me realize how very much out there his tastes can be, is that the author described the movie as slightly pornographic. (I felt like he went back and forth between "slightly" and just "porn", to be honest. No real clear idea). Pornographic puppets? Personally I find that disgusting on a different level. I can see, from a secular+creative point of view, how PJ might think this is just another "far out thing, that just is" that he wanted to try to pull off and might find "fun". And I think that it is also that enormous penchant for expanding creativity which gives him such good things to bring to film. Like what he brought to Lord of the Rings.
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  But do not think that I'm condoning even slightly pornographic material. I'm not. Like I said, I found the idea revolting and stupid. I'm just trying to understand the mindset, the nature that makes people do vastly different things, whatever their beliefs and backgrounds. I have seen what PJ put into Lotr, and the first installment of The Hobbit so far. It takes something real, to portray and make movies that good. That inspiring. And I've heard so many people say what a genuine, kind, understanding person he is.

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  Reading this book was like getting to see many different aspects. Part of his nature, (from an outside perspective of course, so therefore taken with a grain of salt) part of his professional prowess, his passion, perhaps faults. I found myself wondering what I'd do in certain situations. I do that more and more nowadays. Although I'm still very much a "be your best, no excuses" person, I'm finding more compassion in areas I didn't before. And in others, I feel more judgemental. It's strange, how both change and grow.
  One thing was certain, reading this book. I think PJ is an incredible artist, a magnificent director. I feel like amidst all the studio-controlled "creativity" out there, PJ stands for just being real, as much as possible. I like real people. I like people who tell great stories. There's not enough of them. My understanding of who Jackson is has broadened--and still I like him, respect what he's done.

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  If you'd like a copy of Ian Pryor's Peter Jackson: From Prince of Splatter to Lord of the Rings, you can find it here on Amazon.

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  Now for my review of Limn the Mask by Danielle Notaro--it was a nice find. Written from both a natural and a modern secular perspective, it had content rich with an eye for beauty, life in its kaliedoscope of varied expression, and wells of feeling. Though I couldn't analyze the meter like some people, (a skill I'm lost on) just the arrangement and choice of words had a pattern and flowing quality that I found very smooth, relaxing, and professional. The content ranges from simple words conveying a single expression or image, to voicing the soul's wondering commentary and statement of things perceived. Genuinely liked many of the poems here.
  One thing I really liked was that although some of the content was frank, it was not written in an explicit way--it expressed without trying to shock, or shove beliefs and emotions in the reader's face. There are too many books out there that feel like they have to be gratuitous to just put themselves out there (sometimes quite obviously doing the equivalent of flipping the finger). Here, I didn't find that at all. It was just simple and sincere. I respect authors like that. And I enjoyed the skill and talent portrayed in these poems! Many were quite beautiful, and I truly enjoyed the read.

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Limn the Mask is available here, on Createspace and on Amazon, in paperback and Kindle.

             ~E. C. Shore

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fantastic Voyage Interview with Peter Jackson

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  As I mentioned recently, I am reading a bio on director Peter Jackson, who directed the epic Lord of the Rings films. I just came across this interview with him from the DGA Quarterly, shared by It was an awesome article, giving good depth to how Jackson sees himself and movie-making, things he's learned, and hopes to do. There were many photos of him that I had never even seen before, and it was great to be able to learn even more about him through this interview.

  Hopefully in the next few days I'll have finished Peter Jackson: From Prince of Splatter to Lord of the Rings by Ian Pryor, and I'll have some more stuff for you! In the meantime, enjoy the interview.

  E. C. Shore

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Keepin' On and Geekin' Out

  You know, there are just those days when you feel like there are so many beautiful things to experience, so many things you want to do--so many things you see other people doing that you think are awesome. And you feel swamped. I feel swamped. Trying to achieve the things one loves is taxing. Thank goodness for endurance.

  Things I'm doing right now include writing (two things at once, my epic, and my romcom--weird combo, right? Oh, and whatever poems/songs etc. after that), learning to play guitar, getting books relevant to topics/genres I'm working on read. Doing reviews. Networking. Working on my business. The works. I sometimes just stop and wonder if these little things add up to what I'm working for.  (Good grief, that was a lot of "work" words). But...well, a simple good thing is that I'm a stubborn mule, and passionate. Stubbornly optimistic. It'd just be nice to get some prove of progress.
  I know a good pick me up. Some geek-off time. I think I'll watch some Dr. Who while getting some writing done. But here is a Youtube StarWars Medley for you, from Lindsey Stirling and Peter Hollens! It was awesome, and so funny. The making of was amusing to. The awesome things people come up with. ;)
  I'm geekin' out about the new Star Wars movie. How 'bout you guys?

  ~E. C. Shore

  P.S. I'm currently reading the bio of Peter Jackson. I'll be reviewing it soon! It's very interesting, with surprises and things i didn't expect. (Well duh--that's the definition of "surprises" right)?

Friday, August 9, 2013

The 360 Degree Heart Poetry Review

The 360 Degree Heart
  Okay guys--another poetry book review! This one I'm really excited about. I enjoyed it so much. It's The 360 Degree Heart by Maja Dezulovic. She wrote with a real feel of experience and personal expression--many I found original, and lyrical. They had a beat. It covers topics from mistaken love, lost feelings, heartbrokenness--without the typical "woe is me". It just had that simple, strong humanness that took things as they came, learned from them (or tried to), and moved on. Kept moving on.
  Part Three is what thrilled me the most though. This portion by far I found the most intriguing, the most original. It was like a mini story, told in free verse, over telephone calls. I felt like I was really following the characters, realizing who they were. It was completely natural, completely believable. So personable. I was thrilled at this unexpected piece! I enjoyed it so thoroughly, I just had to tell Maja how much I enjoyed it.
  I would strongly suggest that you go pick up a copy of The 360 Degree Heart, and after you've read it, I'd love to hear what you have to say about it!

~E. C. Shore

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Wizard of Oz Collection

  I recently did a post on my reading of the first Wizard of Oz book. Recently while looking at other things on Kindle I found a collection of the books for $.90. How nice is that? So I of course got it. Hopefully I can get through them over the next couple of months. And it'll be interesting to see if any of the books are the source of inspiration for either of the Wizard of Oz movies. Perhaps there's Ruby Slippers in one of the other books, or perhaps the Wizard will reappear in one of them. One of the other books, not one of the Slippers, although that'd be hilarious. I'm looking forward to seeing how they are. I still find it amusing that it took me this long to discover that there was more than one book.
  Here's a link to the collection that I got on Amazon.

  ~E. C. Shore

I also did a review on the first installment of Ellise C. Weaver's The Huntingson Saga, a Christian romance novel. I had mixed feelings, but it was enjoyable. Here is the link