Hooray for Fences

Applause all around for this movie! Amazing performances from an all-star cast, which included Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, and Mykelti Williamson. Not only that but the dialogue was phenomenal. This is a movie that focused much more on the message and delivery on the words being spoken than on the action of the movie. I read the play a couple of times in college so I knew about the basic premise and underlying themes. First, there’s the obvious starting point which is the title of the play, Fences. The character of Bono brings out a good point in the play. That sometimes fences are built to keep people out but they can also be built to keep people in. I believe that to be the main theme of the play considering that’s the title. Rose is so desperately trying to hold on to her family and keep them together, but we find out in the end some things go awry and it doesn’t quite work out. On another point, I have to give kudos to Mykelti Williamson for playing the mentally ill Gabe. I think he did a fantastic job of submerging into that character. He gave an excellent performance. I think any actor who can successfully portray mental illness is outstanding. Whoever hasn’t seen this movie it is a must watch!

First impressions of IT by Stephen King

First of all let me say that I am super excited for the new adaptation of IT to come out on September 8th, 2017 (for anyone that is curious). Second, I am thoroughly preparing myself for what looks like is going to be a fantastic movie. I feel like the 2 minute teaser trailer that the audience got was just enough and for me it developed an obsession. I always knew Stephen King was an amazing writer in the back of my mind. I’ve read other stories by him like Carrie, The Green Mile, and Pet Semetary, so I am familiar with his work but just seeing the preview to this new adaptation of IT impressed upon me a new appreciation for Stephen King. After watching the trailer on YouTube I read the comments of course and a lot of the comments were about the original miniseries that came out in 1990 and of course the ORIGINAL source material written by none other than Stephen King. I read comments like the book is scarier than even the movie and that the book is super long but well worth the read, and so reading more and more comments like that I told myself that I have to definitely read the book before the movie comes out because the fact that a book can be scarier because you have to use pure imagination is incredibly awesome to me. I’m only a few chapters in and I am impressed more so with King’s story telling. I will admit though that I haven’t really gotten to the really scary bits yet. I’ve read some things in it so far that have been disturbing, but I’m expecting way more to come from the comments that I’ve seen and heard. However, I’ll tell you what I like about IT so far. First of all, King does a great job at character development. King shows us the kids as they’ve all grown up first but he also gives us glimpses of their childhood, which tells why they are the way they are and what makes them tick. I also think King does a great job at foreshadowing. From the beginning we see the brotherly bond that Bill and George have, but we also see the impending doom soon to follow. One scene that really struck me and I seemed to analyze in depth was Tom Rogan and Beverly’s relationship. Tom Rogan is Beverly’s abusive husband. Beverly gets a call to come back to Derry to defeat IT. What’s interesting is that we learn that Tom grew up in an abusive household with his mom, which obviously was passed down to him. Something that I noticed was that Tom seems to have a fear of being invisible. Maybe he was invisible to his mom growing up besides being visible enough to get a whooping for minor things. After Beverly gets off the phone call she seems to look right through him. That scared him. He keeps asking himself, “Are you there? Are you sure?” King’s writing is really striking and it does make me think and analyze certain themes. I’m looking forward to reading more. Stay tuned!

The Picture of Dorian Gray

I just started reading this book a couple of days ago. I’m also reading another book at the moment as well, so this one is on pause. I’ll write a blog about the other book later, but there was something in this book that the character Basil Hallward said and that Oscar Wild captured perfectly. It’s the mark of every true artist. He said, “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” Also, he said, “it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.” I find this to be very true in every sense. This quote touched me so much that I actually took the time to highlight it on my Kindle. I think it goes without question that most if not all artists carry self-doubt around with them. I know I do. Like Hallward so eloquently put it, it’s us on that canvas or in that poem. It makes us vulnerable and sometimes it’s nerve wracking sharing that with somebody. All of my poetry is based off of my life and experiences and my emotions so actually sharing that with somebody is actually giving the glimpse into my soul. It’s a very intimate thing…not something I’m so willing to share. The characters that we create or portray may be fictional but it’s really us as the artist…at least a little piece of us. Art is such a vulnerable topic, but it’s something that deserves to be shared with the world. Although, not everyone deserves to become that intimate with you.

What writing means

“A writer, out of loneliness, is like a distant star sending signals.”~John Steinbeck

This particular quote has always resonated with me from the first time I heard it and read it in college. For a writer such as myself I don’t think truer words could ever have been spoken. I know for myself a lot of times I do feel that loneliness creep in. I think all artists deal with that in one way or another, but writing is a way to reach out. I have to sit back and ask myself, “Why am I writer?” I often think about this question and I never have a problem answering this and this is honestly the truth. I’m a writer because I want to help people. I want to heal them. I think writing has that power. A lot of people feel lonely in this world. You have a lot of depressed people, but when they find someone who is not so different from them, who understands their struggles and their fight that can mean a lot. I want to let people know that they’re not alone in their fight and that can make all the difference in one person’s world. I believe from an early age I’ve always been a storyteller, but I haven’t always realized that about myself but I think it’s true. I remember being a kid in elementary school and eating lunch with my same group of friends and I would always come up with little skits using my plastic spoon and fork, completely improvised. It’s just what I did to get a laugh and then I was always writing stories….mostly love stories. I’m a sucker for a good love story. Books have always held a special place in my heart. I think I was born to have a heart like mine…full of compassion and creativity all at the same time. John Steinbeck’s words often echo in my head because I wholeheartedly agree about what writer feels that his or her purpose is. It’s like we’re begging someone to understand us, so we write hoping that someone does. We’re like that distant star signaling to someone to understand.