The Original Idea

July 25, 2010 at 1:05 AM | Posted in Movies, Psychology | Leave a comment
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A friend of mine who majored in Psychology once told me that there is actually no original idea in the world because every person has based his idea on, or at least is inspired by someone else’s. Given this concept, that would mean that it wasn’t Christopher Nolan’s original idea to write a story about inception. Someone had planted an idea on his head to write that story and make it into a movie. It could be that he read a book before which explores the same concept and got inspired to write the screenplay. And of course I know that other people are probably thinking of the same thing, so what I’m saying now is not an original idea.

M.C. Escher's Relativity

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I haven’t watched or read any interviews done with Christopher Nolan about the movie so I can’t really say for sure where he got this idea of a story about inception. I loved the movie and enjoyed it immensely but I couldn’t help but notice that it reminded me a bit of Vanilla Sky and The Matrix. The former also tackled the concept of lucid dreaming while the latter explored the difference between virtual reality and the real world. And The Architect in Inception is like The Architect in Matrix:Reloaded. But kudos to Nolan for writing the screenplay. The movie is a refreshing break from all those typical Hollywood action movies these days.

My Writing Decoded

July 22, 2010 at 11:20 PM | Posted in Writing | Leave a comment
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Well this isn’t really an “official” or formal analysis of my writing style. It’s just a fun and amusing tool to use so you have an idea on which famous writer resembles your writing style.  I pasted a few paragraphs of my unfinished short story/novel on I Write Like and this was what came up:

I write like
Margaret Atwood

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But then I pasted another sample of my writing to see if the same result would show. This time I pasted a few paragraphs of one of my blog posts on the site and to my surprise (and delight), this was what came up:

I write like
Jane Austen

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I never read anything by Margaret Atwood (perhaps it’s time to do so?) so I can’t really tell if I write like her. As for Jane Austen, sure I like her but there’s just no way that I write like her.

Bones Says the Darndest Things

July 10, 2010 at 11:12 PM | Posted in TV | Leave a comment
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I’ve been catching up on the Bones episodes I missed these past few days (season 5, that is) and I gotta say that I find Dr. Temperance Brennan – the main character in the show – to be totally endearing. Brennan – or “Bones” as her FBI agent partner Seeley Booth fondly calls her – really says the funniest things without meaning to be funny. Though she is a brilliant forensic anthropologist, her lack of social skills and knowledge of pop culture make fodder for most of the hilarious if not wittiest dialogues in the show. Her deadpan way of pointing out a fact also adds to her unique charm. And I love the chemistry between her and Booth. Yup, I am definitely shipping for Booth and Brennan. They are the next best on-screen partner after Mulder and Scully.

Here are some of my favorite Brennan quotes from the show:

Booth: What? Do you want me to spit in my hand? We’re Scully and Mulder.
Brennan: I don’t know what that means.

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Brennan: “I would like to marry you.”
Booth: Kind of sudden, Bones. Let me think about that.
Brennan: No, Booth. That’s what Angela told Hodgins. Are you joking?

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Brennan: They’re all pumping me.
Booth: Excuse me!?

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Booth: Reason for wanting a gun?
Brennan: To shoot people.
Booth: Not a good response.
Brennan: It’s the truth!
Booth: You know, I’m writing self-defense in the performance of my duties pursuing suspected felons as contracted out to the FBI…
Brennan: …so I can shoot them.

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Booth: Enough, OK? We’ll talk about it later.
Brennan: Well I’m not asking for you to be involved. All I want is your sperm.

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Brennan: She’s easily as pretty as I am. I mean, using me as a standard.
Booth: Well Bones, you are a standard.

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