The Expendables: Inexplicable

Also, I watched The Expendables last night. I was persuaded by the all-star cast and the promise of exploding things. Yes, things certainly exploded. Apart from that, it was a sexist, racist piece of crap. Cringe-worthy dialogue, plot desolation, and acting that made me cry. In the bad way. There were maybe two good fight scenes. Seriously. Jet Li was hideously underused and, really, don't get me started on the use of female characters, who seem to exist so that men can hit them. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY! Contrast: the trailer for 'Red'. Dude, that's Helen Mirren with a machine gun! And Mary Lou Parker, who I've loved from The West Wing and Angels in America, finally getting her dues. Not to mention the rest of that crazy star-studded cast - with the guns and the explosions and the hand-to-hand (poor smashed Karl Urban). That's totally DOING IT RIGHT. Take note, Stallone. ...
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Mistaking busyness for productivity

Last week, I experienced the hardest week of work in my life. The day job, now, not the airy-fairy little writing hobby. My life consisted of eat, sleep and work. And has cemented my feelings that there is no way I am doing said day job for the rest of my life. Unsurprisingly, there wasn't a lot of writing done during that time. And what tidbits managed to escape were for fun not profit, an exercise in blowing off steam that could never be commercial. This week, however, I have a deadline. It's now my turn in Bitter Script Reader's Collaborative Writing Project. I just read through the draft so far and I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do with it. There are asthmatic nerds and sexy lesbians (and damnit, I went and bought a new pair of glasses yesterday and I finally look like the geek I am). Also, it's American. Very American. So American that my tiny...
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NOW ASYLUM IF YOU’RE GAY

Unsurprisingly, I have hatred for the Daily Express. This is largely because it hates me, so I think I'm allowed. Via Enemies of Reason, I found out about today's headline: Today's headline reads: NOW ASYLUM IF YOU'RE GAY With the adorable tag: They must be free to go to Kylie concerts and drink multi-coloured cocktails, said judge. Putting aside whether I believe a court of law came out with such bigoted drivel, this is one of those things where the audience of hate is pretty wide. Gays and asylum seekers in one fell swoop - it's a gift to the right. My own mother, by most accounts a sensible woman, came out with this gem: but then they might all pretend to be gay so that they can stay here! My life. The complete ignorance of that statement. One, it's not exactly massive numbers. Say 10% of the population is gay (a plucked-out figure) and then how many would be out in an environment like that?...
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Space Exploitation

My love affair with Space Precinct is already cooling - at episode three. This episode features what appears to be a twelve-year-old girl in a short skirt and what amounts to a bikini top. This child is being used by the villain to kill people. Oh yes. The other point of major irritation is the species ridicule. The team of Brogan and Haldane spend all their time mocking any different species they encounter, while this is all played for laughs and oh-aren't-their-ways-and-appearances-so-different-and-comical! They even had an East Asian man who started every sentence with his name and terrible "engrish". Nineties sci fi - I am so done with you....
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Gender-blind casting

I've been collecting screenwriting blogs for my Google Reader, and came across John August's blog post about The Bechdel Test.. I already had some familiarity with the test (and its various criticisms), but for those still in the dark: Anyway, I then made the mistake of reading the blog comments. I should know by now that reading comments on the internet is bad for my health and I end up wanting to smack someone. The usual arguments came through: "more women should write then", "but all women do is talk about men", "women want to have discussions instead of fight", "maybe men AND women just don't want to see women talk", etc. etc. ad nauseam. I then read a persuasive argument from Overthinking It that Hollywood clearly had no idea what Strong Female Character meant, and that we could articulate it more clearly: Strong Character, Female. Which led me to consider one of my favourite things: colourblind casting. For those unfamiliar, it is the casting...
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Fiction to escape the world, and still change it

When I woke up this morning, I was pretty convinced it was 2009. Now I'm thinking we're somewhere in 1953. Daily Mail columnist decides that Stephen Gately = gay = death US Justice of the Peace refuses to marry mixed-race couples I believe in escape fiction. I love immersing myself in a fantasy world and finding something better than what the world has to offer. But writers have great power, and that power can be used to shape the future. "Racism was not a problem on the Discworld, because — what with trolls and dwarfs and so on — speciesism was more interesting. Black and white lived in perfect harmony and ganged up on green." —Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad ...
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