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Leonard DiCaprio Writes?!

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I recently saw the trailer for the new gothic version of the classic fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood.  Simply called Red Riding Hood, the biggest surprise about this film is where the idea originated.  As I’ve already given the answer away in the title of this blog post, I’ll just spit it out – Leonardo Dicaprio.

Catherine Hardwicke, the director of the popular (but in my opinion, much overrated) Twilight series was given the responsibility to turn DiCaprio‘s idea into a reality.  DiCaprio, according to Yahoo! Movies, thought it would be cool “to do a Gothic twist on Red Riding Hood, with the wolf being a werewolf, and just have a cool, sexy, romantic thriller.”  Apparently Hardwicke agreed.

The trailer, I will admit, is a little too Twilight-ey for me, but I believe that was the idea.  I’m not sure whether to look forward to this movie or run the other way with dread.  I am a fan of the Gothic Lolita ideals that have infiltrated our fairy tales (i.e. Alice in Wonderland). However, I am tired of the vampire infatuation running rampant through our society.  In all honesty, it disgusts me.

Anyway, run on over to YouTube or IMDb and check out the trailer.  It might be something you enjoy, it might not.  Like I said, it reminds me too much of Twilight so I won’t post it here.  There’s enough of that garbage floating around the Internet without my support.

– Paul Scott

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Personal

 

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Chatter – Killer Social Media

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I just started a new account on Vimeo.  Now, I’ll give you the info for my account as soon as I actually get some videos updated.  For now, though, I’d like to share a video I found while browsing the site.

It’s a horror film entitled Chatter. You can check it out here:

http://player.vimeo.com/video/16487049

Let me know what you think.

– Paul Scott

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2010 in Inspirational

 

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Sucker Punch!

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As I mentioned in my previous post, The Man of Steel, I am a fan of Zack Snyder films.  His newest, Sucker Punch, is due out late March 2011.  I can’t tell you how excited I am to see this movie.

The story follows the plight of a young girl in a mental institution who uses a fantasy world to cope with her depressing reality.  It looks like the real world and the fantasy world that this girl creates in her head are somehow intertwined.

You can watch the trailer here:

http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi107256089/

You gotta love the Alexander Hamilton quote at the end:

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

– Paul Scott

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Passion isn’t Always Enough

240/365 National Novel Writing Month begins

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The end of November is closing in on me and I can’t help but look back and ponder on the events of this month and its importance to me.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, November is National Novel Writing Month.  I can’t tell you how hard it has been to stay on track with a project of this magnitude – writing a novel in 30 days.

It’s made me question myself and the way I view my life.  If you were to ask anyone who has had even one conversation with me, you would know that I am extremely passionate about writing.  I eat, sleep and breathe the written word.  Regardless of all that, this month has been more challenging and exhausting than any month I’ve ever had in my life.  Sticking to something that should come so easily to me (after all, I love doing it) was harder than I ever could have imagined and begged me to ask the question

Is passion enough?

I’ve learned that no matter how much I enjoy a job or work of any kind, including writing, I seem to approach it with a half-ass attitude.  There are so many other things that I could be doing right now instead of hammering away at my keyboard at 80-some odd words per minute.  I have over 300 movies in my movie collection as well as a subscription to Netflix, I have several video games that I still haven’t completed and about 20 or so unfinished books to read.

I have literally wanted to be a writer since I was able to pick up a pencil.  Why is it just as difficult to force myself to write as it is to get myself up early every morning for work?  After 9 hours of work, how can I expect myself to sit down and write for another few hours?  The answer is simple really:

I don’t have a clue!

My passion, writing.  And if only I had the time to do it every day.  That’s the excuse I make after my Weeds marathon with my wife.  Did I really need to watch so many episodes?  Probably not.  Was it more important than my writing?  Every day that I gave in to that urge, it was.  I treat the opportunity to veg out and let my brain retard itself into a stupor with equal or more respect than my passion for writing.

How embarrassing to think that I once thought like that.  The rewarding and euphoric feeling I have every night when I turn out the light knowing I’ve written my 1,667 words for the day (sometimes more) is 1000-fold the relaxation I feel while I drool at a digital video.

The more blogs I read that are written by true writers, the more I see that I’m not alone in my struggle.

– Paul Scott

P.S.  Special thanks to Cordelia, whom I pretty much stole the idea of this blog post from.

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2010 in Inspirational

 

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L.A. Noire

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Say what you will about Rockstar games.  They are a controversial company who adds adult content into their games.  They have made big, hell, huge mistakes in the past when it comes to their decision making.

However, I have played through several of the Grand Theft Auto titles and, regardless of content, these games have amazingly deep story lines.  I have never been let down by Rockstar’s intense and dramatic plots.  Their games, if nothing else, are captivating stories about the conspiracies and betrayals that happen every day on the streets.

Rockstar’s newest game title, L.A. Noire, is set in 1940s Los Angeles where the player will be required to complete a series of murder investigations.  I don’t know anything about it yet but if it follows the rich traditions of the Grand Theft Auto series, then this game will be every bit as edge-of-you-seat thrill seeking as any film set in the 1940s-era.

The trailer was released on November 11, 2010 and I’d like to share it with you:

L.A. Noire Trailer

It really goes to show you how far games have come from Pong and Pac-Man.  Games are truly reaching the levels that other art mediums have had for decades.

– Paul Scott

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy Thanksgiving – 5 Things I’m Thankful For

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Today I am in Orem visiting my in-laws.  Because this a holiday that is spent with family, I’m going to make this post shorter than most.

I will simply challenge you (I’ve been doing that a lot lately, haven’t I?) to write down 5 things that you are thankful for.  Better yet, post them as a comment to this blog.

Here are mine:

  1. My beautiful wife, Rachel.
  2. My little girl, Oriana.
  3. A God who has given me the family that I love so dearly.
  4. The ability to express myself through the written word.
  5. For all of you.  Thank you for your kindness and support in reading my blog.
 
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Posted by on November 25, 2010 in Personal

 

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Pedophile’s Guide to Love, or WTF?! (Reprise)

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I just read that Amazon is no longer offering The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct. I have to say that I am relieved to see that Amazon has decided to do the right thing in this circumstance.

I know this is a shorter blog post than most but I wanted to share the good news with all of you.  Thank you to all of those who offered your support.  Our children can sleep peacefully yet again.

– Paul Scott

(To read the original post I shared with you on this topic, click here.)

 

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2010 in Personal

 

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