Pain & Gain

The movie poster for Pain & Gain. Found at

The movie poster for Pain & Gain. Found at

Pain & Gain, Michael Bay’s quirky non-Transformers offering, is a spectacular failure. It begins as a promising original take on the “average joe commits a crime” storyline, particularly in its serious treatment of murder.

However, after the midway mark, the film returns to territory more familiar to and comfortable for actors Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson (not to mention Bay himself) as the movie degrades into a violent farce.

Ultimately, Pain & Gain is proof that the man responsible for the recent Transformers trilogy is not suited to telling a “true story” about human desperation with tact and sensitivity.

The Great Gatsby

A movie poster for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. Found here

A movie poster for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Found here

Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby is a testament to his directorial speciality: spectacle. For the first thirty minutes we’re treated to larger than life visuals accompanied by anachronistic disco and rap beats that nonetheless highlight the heady opulence of the roaring twenties.

However, the film stumbles once it remembers that there’s a story to be told. Leonardo Dicaprio tries to buoy the film despite this, but he never gets it to do more than tread water.

Ultimately, The Great Gatsby simply isn’t worthy of the article and adjective that Tobey Maguire’s Nick Carraway writes over “Gatsby” at the film’s end.

Glarkly in 2014

After more than a year away from the movie review game, this blog is going to making a comeback. I don’t have an exact date yet, but within the next few weeks I’ll return to regularly posting a movie review per week.

However, instead of the old “The Good–The Bad–Judgement” style reviews, I’ll be posting reviews that are exactly 100 words long (according to WordPress’ word counter). I might return to the longer form review down the road, but for now, the reviews that appear here will be concise and (hopefully) pithy.

So, until that first entry appears – watch this space!

The future of A Glass Darkly

I know that I originally planned to re-launch this blog and Tongues in Jars for December, but recently my time has been short. I’ll spare you the regular spiel about working three jobs and planning to move out and etc., etc. The shortest possible version is that I just haven’t really figured out exactly what I want to do with A Glass Darkly going forward.

Now, I’m still going to blog (as is plain in my resuming regular updates at Tongues in Jars).

However, the big difference between my blogging in the future and my blogging in the past is that I’m only going to dedicate 1/4 of my writing time and energy to blogging. The other 3/4 are going to my novels, short stories, and poetry. Nonetheless, I want to keep updating these blog regularly. The best way to do this, as far as I’ve been able to figure, is to simply write more fluid entries.

So, rather than sitting down, planning out, strenuously editing and drafting each blog entry, from now on my entries will be shorter. Ultimately, the purpose of these blogs is to publicly indulge my hobbies, and to give you all a way to get to know me and what to expect from my writing. My blog entries will still have the usual polish, though the fiction and poetry I post here will still be drafts and thus a little unpolished. Think of them as the sketches that artists might post on their sites.

The new year’s also going to bring some changes to A Glass Darkly‘s design and, possibly, name. I’ll still post creative writing on Mondays, editorials will return on Wednesdays, and reviews will go up on Fridays. These reviews will mostly be of books, but there’ll still be some movie reviews sprinkled in for good measure. But, these entries won’t necessarily be regular.

Along with these irregular entries, the plan right now is to post thought pieces based on what I’m playing and reading every day. I’ve got a crazy book/video game backlog, and so there’s plenty of fodder for free-writing. The difference between these entries and Wednesday’s editorials will be that the former will be free-flowing wanderings with words, while the latter will usually be more concentrated mini-essays that try to make a point.

So, now that all that’s out there – what about the rest of December? Well, for now all I can say is that I don’t expect to get much up and running here. I might do one final movie review, either of a bad Christmas movie or of the famous flop Ishtar, but doing either seems unlikely. Instead, I can say for sure that Tongues in Jars will keep getting updated on a weekly basis, and I’ll be publishing an article over on every week as well.

So, watch this space, gentle reader, and something will appear!

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Blog Happenings for the End of 2012

Because I’m using National Novel Writing Month to launch myself back into writing my fantasy series, my blogging time has been short lately. So, instead of pushing through and getting out some sub-par entries, I’ve decided to put my blogs on hold for the rest of November.

However, I will be posting the entry for Stanza 8 of “Dum Diane vitrea” this coming Tuesday, while the final wrap-up entry for that poem will be posted on 4 December.

So, enjoy what’s posted here and over at Tongues in Jars for the rest of November, and watch for new content come December!

Oh, and if you’re interested, watch my video game blog for a new article every Saturday, plus an extra one this Monday!

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