Archive for November, 2010

Hollywood, Stop It!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 by Budd Black

I have come to the point in my life where I no longer want to see my favorite comic books or movies made into major Hollywood pictures.  I have been burnt too many times.  I think the problem is two fold. 

First, screenwriters are often given the daunting task of turning a 300 page plus novel into a 2 hour movie.  I am sorry, but there is no way that you can do that.  Maybe you should ask the original writer for a novella treatment on their work, instead of thinking you can rewrite it better.  You can’t, that is why the novel sold millions of copies and you are writing screenplays and no one has ever heard of you.  Maybe if they approached the project with a little humility or reverence.  I think for some adaptations they don’t even read said book but just ask someone who did what it was about and who the characters were.  I am serious. 

Secondly, directors feel the need to make everything bigger and brighter.  This causes movies to go over the top.  Big name actors are attached and their contracts say that certain things can’t or have to happen to their characters.  They also want to leave the ending open so that they can have a sequel, should the original adaptation become successful.  What you end up with is a larger than life depiction of everyday scenes that have been changed so that Tom Cruise doesn’t die and gets the girl, and then changed again so that there is a possibility of a sequel.  Oh crap we cast Johnny Depp as a secondary character and his contract requires this amount of screen time, so lets rewrite these scenes and put him in. 

These are two of the reasons why movies from film generally suck.  The occasional exception approaches the film from a place of great respect and humbleness, not to mention excitement.  Please, someone in Hollywood read this before another beloved book or character is forever marred by a crappy adaptation. 

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Veteran’s Day

Posted in military on November 11, 2010 by Budd Black

Today is Veteran’s Day.  Our military is voluntary, and a lot of people forget that.  The men and women that pledge their lives to the service of their country do it because they want to.  Some may do it for college, others for adventure, and still others because they don’t have any better options, but they all sign that line and take the oath of their own free will.  It is a beautiful thing.image-3

While I was in I served with a great group of wildly diverse people.  My wife was asking about my friends from the Army, I told her that the guys in my platoon were more like family.  They really were, I lived with them, ate with them, worked with them, and took really weird camping trips that we called field problems with them.  I was with these guys for work and play day in and day out.  I never served in combat, but a lot of those I have served with did.  I don’t know of any that have died in combat, and I am thankful for that.  image-10

Today, several restaurant chains are offering free food for our nations veterans.  But it sucks to eat alone.  So, I ask anyone that reads this.  Take a veteran to lunch or dinner today.  Check the link and take them to a place where they will eat free. take them somewhere else, or just invite them over for a home cooked meal.   It doesn’t matter as long as they know they are appreciated and are surrounded by friends.  If you read this late, Golden Corral is doing free food on Monday.  Also veterans appreciate appreciation any day of the year. 

From one veteran to all the others.  Thanks for your service. 

Yesterday, I went to lunch with a guy named Joe.  Joe served in Iraq and came back paralyzed from the waist down.  He went to Walter Reid where they told him he would probably never walk again.  Thankfully, he defied the odds and now has full use of his legs.  Joe is a great guy. I am glad that I had lunch with him and got to know him better.  image-7

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Oh No!

Posted in family, kids, parenting, writing on November 7, 2010 by Budd Black

Looking back at a lot of my recent posts and it is apparent that this blog has become a daddy blog.  This was obviously not my intent and still isn’t.  I guess because I am a dad and it is a big part of my life (sometimes seems like the whole thing), it is just a natural change. 

Part of it may have to do with the focused niche writing I have been doing at my other sites.  Some of it has to do with vox closing.  How easy was it to just respond to the question of the day.  Some of my best work was snarky responses to those questions.  I realize that their is a place where I can go for these, but knowing that it is an individual working on them and not some corporate entity makes me not want to answer snarkily and I also have to go out and track the question down. 

I don’t mean to be a daddy blogger, but it just happens sometimes.  I try to post here at least once a week and I will make the conscious effort to make that two posts if one of them is a daddy blog. 

If you want to read about scifi- check out my SciFi Media Page  and if you want some martial arts stuff I write at Practical Black Belt.  I can’t promise all the posts at these places  will be daddy blog free, but a majority of them will be. 

Was this a daddy blog or do I owe you guys another post this week?

All Hallows Eve

Posted in comic books, family, halloween, kids, science fiction on November 2, 2010 by Budd Black

I wasn’t expecting to dress up this year but boredom got the best of me.  You see, we were going to meet up with another family and go trick or treating.  I start getting the kids ready for a 6pm departure at about 4:30pm.  It doesn’t take that long to get them ready contrary to what every Sunday morning church departure has taught me.  At 5:30pm we make the call to see if the other family is ready and they tell us 6:30.

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I had an hour surrounded by face paint and an imagination.  The easiest thing, I think, is a zombie.  15 minutes later, I am done with make up and bored again.  In my mind, I associate Black Lantern’s with zombies.  Not a huge leap and I wonder what the black lantern symbol is.  I check it out on google and my first thought is that I could draw that pretty easily.  So 20 minutes later I am standing there with a black lantern symbol on the chest of my black leather jacket. 

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Of course no one knew that I was a black lantern.  I did get compliments on my face paint though.  One person asked what the symbol on my chest was but didn’t know what a black lantern was and probably didn’t know what a green lantern was either. 

"The blackest night falls from the skies,
The darkness grows, as all light dies,
We crave your hearts and your demise,
By my black handthe dead shall rise!" –Black Lantern Creed

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