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 decided to go through the Academy Award best picture nominees because I don’t watch enough good movies. I started with Room, a movie about a woman and her young son who are trapped in a small room. It’s revealed early on that they’re both prisoners of the room, having lived there for about seven years. The son is the product of rape of the woman’s captor, meaning he’s never known anything outside “Room’s” walls. The first half of the movie takes place solely in Room, to the point where I felt claustrophobic. The film’s climax is when they escape, but the rest of the movie dragged as they both adjust to outside life. Still, it was an emotional flick.
I reviewed Quantum Break. It’s good, but not great. Read my thoughts here.