The Lenses of Optimism: About “Tomorrowland”

Storytelling isn’t just devoted to the limitations of words found in a book; it also extends out to television and movies too.  These past few months, I’ve been opening up my blog more to periodically exploring storytelling in these other mediums.  Officially, the last post devoted under this topic was my write-up I did on “Doctor Who,” in honor of its 10th anniversary since returning to television.  Unofficially, I devoted part of a blog post I did earlier this month to such subject matter when I discussed exploring my heritage through storytelling.  Now I present to you my first post devoted to a movie; that movie being the recently released film to come out of Walt Disney Studios, “Tomorrowland.”

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The Shrinking Appearance of Original Screenplays

Two weeks from now, Part 1 of the film adaptation of “Mockingjay” will be playing in movie theaters all over the world.  Based on the final book of the same name of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, this will continue the adaptations of the books for film, with Part 2 of “Mockingjay” set to come out next year.

It’s anything but unheard of for a book to be adapted for film nowadays.  While this has been a recurring venture that’s been going on for decades, it’s been especially common in today’s time where practically everything that’s being shown in the movie theaters are either based off a book or real life events- and if not either of those two common occurrences, then it’s based on a comic series or it’s a remake of a film. Continue reading “The Shrinking Appearance of Original Screenplays”

In Homage to Robin Williams

I have been debating for the past few hours as to whether or not I should write anything about the passing of Robin Williams.  So I finally decided to come up with this little homage to him.  I feel like what’s already been said about him has been said; about how sad his unexpected death is and the enormous legacy he leaves behind.

I wasn’t an adamant fan of his, but his face and voice have definitely made notable appearances and last impacts in films when I was growing up; from “Hook,” to “Aladdin,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Happy Feet.”  He had a distinguishable charm that could capture an audience in an instance, and that is something- amongst many things- that he shall be remembered for.

I leave with you this clip from “Hook,” when the Lost Boys have realized that their original leader has returned to Neverland.

IMPORTANT NOTE: While an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, it’s been reported that Robin Williams has died of a successful suicide attempt, following a bound of depression he’s been suffering from recently.  This could have been prevented if he had gotten the right help, which is why I want to say this: If you or someone you know is suffering from depression and contemplating suicide, there are people there who can help.  Don’t ever feel ashamed to ask for help: 

RIP Robin Williams (1951-2014)