Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
I finally got around to seeing Birdman and wow, what a film. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s about a disgruntled actor who played Birdman in several films at the height of his career but went on to do Broadway (read: real acting), but no one takes him seriously because he’s just an action flick movie star. What’s so daunting—and, frankly, exhausting—about the movie is that it appears to be filmed in one long, continuous shot from beginning to end. It’s spectacular because I never once any trickery to hide a cut, so it feels like one organic, fluid shot. That alone makes it worth watching, but the phenomenal acting and intriguing story and symbolism make it that much better.
I love any and all Pixar movies, but after digesting Inside Out for a while, I think it’s kind of weak compared to the greats like Monsters Inc. and Toy Story. Don’t get me wrong; it’s funny, has a good story and teaches kids valuable lessons about how it’s okay to not be happy 100 percent of the time. But as great as it was, plenty of other Pixar films top it. Definitely give it a watch, though.
I watched this movie with my girlfriend at her bequest. She said it was good. It wasn’t. It certainly didn’t deserve the five-star rating it had on Netflix. The Crow is this dark, gothic movie about a guy who lives in a Gotham-like city. On the night before Halloween, he and his girlfriend are married. A year later, the guy somehow comes back to life using the power of a crow and starts killing his enemies. The crow also makes him invulnerable. Boring. Pass this one.
The Simpsons Movie
That’s right, I’m still working my way through The Simpsons, and I’m only now reaching the movie, which released between seasons 18 and 19. The movie was actually the first time I experienced watching The Simpsons, back when the film released. I remember loving it so much that I’m surprised I didn’t immediately start watching the show. Oh well. At least I’m enjoying the cartoon now, though I’m wondering when they’ll get around to making a sequel to the film…