Today I am visiting the great Rachna’s Scriptorium and discussing a writing topic - Don’t Lose Sight of the Characters. Please stop by!
Rush – R40 Tour
It was bittersweet knowing it might also be their last tour. Neil Peart wants to spend more time with his family, plus the guys are in their sixties now. It’s a shame, because they’ve never sounded as good as they do right now.
The stage set was awesome and very clever. It went backwards in time from the steampunk setup of Clockwork Angels to old amps on folding chairs with a high school gym on the big screen in the background. (Their first paid gig!) The stage hands worked hard to keep the set evolving backwards throughout the show.
They played some songs they haven’t played in years. (Again, going back in time with their selections.) Highlights included Between the Wheels from Grace Under Pressure, Cygnus X-1 Book II from Hemispheres, and Xanadu and Cygnus X-1 Book I from A Farewell to Kings.
It was an amazing show – Rush has never let me down!
It started off intriguing, and then went into a slow decline.
There were a lot of plot contrivances and parts of the film were a bit convoluted. And unbelievable. (A rocket ship built under the Eiffel Tower over a hundred years ago? Right…) Plus there were some unoriginal clichés, like the diatribe by the villain at the end.
The Tommorwland sets and designs were really cool. Just a shame most of the movie takes place in the here and now.
It was also a bit preachy. (Not as bad as Happy Feet, but still preachy.)
Overall it was all right but not great. A decent way to shoot two hours. Just don’t expect to remember much after you leave the theater. If you want a great film that you will remember, go see Mad Max: Fury Road instead.
(And for a really great breakdown of the movie’s borrowed plots, read the review at Pensuasion.)
Beth Ellyn Summer signed a deal with Bloomsbury Spark for her manuscript At First Blush!
Layers of Lace by Christine Rains
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I decide to pick something a little different - Peter Gabriel’s Shock the Monkey.
Now, if I’d just pitted Coal Chamber’s version against Gabriel’s, then quite likely the original would win. But I dug around and found another band who had covered the song. You know the routine – pick your favorite:
Coal Chamber (with Ozzy Osbourne)
Make your selection! Votes will be tallied and posted next Monday.
Question of the Month
Hosted by Michael at A Life Examined, this is the debut of Question of the Month!
If your house caught on fire, what's the one thing you'd grab before running out?
Trusting that my wife would be running out with me, I would grab my guitars. I have several Les Paul guitars and a Music Man, and I would do my best to scoop them all up. Loosing those in the fire just might make me cry!
Have you seen Rush in concert? (Have you seen them almost thirty times like me?) Seen Tommorrowland? (More important, have you seen Fury Road?) Got your Challenge t-shirt yet? Ready for Wednesday’s IWSG post? (Plus the June movie preview.) Which version of Shock the Monkey is your favorite? And what would you grab if your house was on fire...?
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