Archive for June, 2010

A new wolf?

Have you seen the new movie just recently in released on DVD “The Wolfman”? Benicio del Toro starred with Anthony Hopkins in the remake of the 1941 classic.

I thought the movie was well done. Many gave it mixed reviews. The plot was changed slightly and those who were familiar with the storyline wanted more of Maleva or thought that the deviations did not help the plot.

Blood and gore came one response…

These are my thoughts on the matter:

Werewolves are all about blood and gore. Their response to the moon is one that lacks self-control. That same lack of control accompanied by an inability to satisfy an endless blood-thirst epitomizes the werewolf as it savagely shreds its victims.

This uncontrollable stereotype has been cast upon the werewolf, a far cry from its undead extreme nemesis, the Vampire. The Vampire who remains the picture of control (with a few exceptions here and there) has evolved into a sexy and seductive hunter. I’m thinking the Werewolf who has not evolved much at all (Even the Lycans show their full-blooded brothers as wild animals) will remain the root of the blood and gore – until perhaps Stephanie Meyers gets hold of them. 🙂

So what are the mixed reviews about?

Full moon – Check nice transitions on time depicting the phases. 

Blood and Gore – check check can we really have a werewolf movie without that? 

New Plot – Although closely tied to the original, this plot did have some new twists. Can you really be kept in suspense when you know the storyline from end to end? What will make you jump out of your seat if not with a new twist in the plot? The question becomes how much do you change the story and still keep it as a remake? With the advances in cinematography there’s no doubt that this was a well-crafted movie. We have after all come a long way from 1941.

Perhaps it was all just left to timing… Which we all know has no rhyme or reason for making things a hit!


Dusting off the routine

The grind can be very addicting as well as limiting.

Everyday a person may get up say a few words to the family, fight with the morning sea of traffic, start work with the daily dose of caffeine, only to end the day to begin it again. There are glass ceilings

How do you know when it’s time to reset?

Sometimes we are so accountable that we forget that life would go on without us. Life is passing us by as we work. Life is only what we make of it, and when consumed by work – it consumes us.

Having taken a huge break from everything, I found that I truly was in need of a reset, but how to revisit where you left off?

Hordes of email await, towering piles of mail cast shadows on the desk, and activities/tasks overwhelm.

The vmail light blinks red, I slowly make a list of all callers while sipping my tea – it is still piping hot.

I sift through the email crossing off those who opted to call and email. After adding the snail mail to the list I can then devise a plan of action.

No more than 6 issues/day to address. Pace yourself.

Reviewing social networking sites takes time effort and energy. Time management becomes more critical. Perhaps until everything is caught up a decrease in word count output may be necessary. No matter what the outcome, consistency is key. You want to be able to pick a routine, either dust off the old one or develop a new one that works with the changes that you implemented upon your return.

A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today.
Robert Bulwer-Lytton

A Blood Moon?
A Blood Moon usually occurs in October. It is also known as the Harvest moon or the Hunter’s moon, better yet a sanguine moon. Most other red moons throughout the year may be caused by pollution. However pollution, although a reality, is not sexy to write about.
On May 28th 2010, the day after a full moon, a red moon hung rose in the star-filled sky.
A moon drenched in blood was a good omen for a night of hunting. A true Blood Moon meant sacrifice. Is there a wonder that this type of moon became synonimous with Vampires and other blood hunters? Werewolves who are dominated by lunar phase must feel the peculiar strength of the Blood Moon while Vampires relish in the glory of the exhibition of blood.
Even today a full moon is thought to have an effect on any city. Police are particularly wary and on the look for hooligans.
Where the night dominates all things that go bump, some lure and seduction still exists. It’s not all blood and gore. The ripping of flesh is what seems to put the Vampire and the Werewolf at extreme odds. The Vampire rising to the top end of the classy spectrum with the best being a picture of control using seduction and lure to meet his or her needs. Conversly, the werewolf is typically depicted as the loss of control subcumbing to the pull of the moon incapable of rational once changed into were form.
Is there a happy medium?
Can the werewolf be just as sophisticated as the Vampire in or out of regular lunar phases? And then what happens with a true Blood Moon?