Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Still shakey...

So I stopped at Starbuck's on the way home to do e-mails and check some things online then went home to watch "Departures" thanks to Netflix.

What a lovely little Japanese film. It's the story of Daigo, a man who's lost his dream to play cello for an orchestra because he doesn't think he's good enough. He and his wife move home so he can live in a house left to him by his mother, and he winds up becoming someone who ceremonially prepares the dead for cremtation, all done as the family watches and with all the grace of a Japanese Tea Ceremony. It leads him to a new appreciation for humanity and also a deeper love for his music.

A couple of times it fell into formula (I knew from the first introduction of this one character they were deat meat) and I think the timeline was off for some of the plot points, but overall it was a very moving experience, and people's reactions to his job are fascinating. I can see why it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

This is the kind of movie I'd like to have made. Even my horror scripts were based more in character and reality (as much as possible). I wrote one called "Killing Moon" where the first ten minutes are this minister trying to raise a demon, having a trick played upon him and then winding up becoming the demon he asked for. It's basically showing how people can convince themselves of things that would seem fantastic (hell, look at the Tea Party crowd and their claims of death panels for seniors, all ludicrous but still they believed it)...and how when the devil makes a deal with you, he plays by his own rules. As does God, when he's fighting back. No one who's read the script got that. Comments were -- "How would he not know it's a trick?" and "This guy doesn't think he really raised a demon, does he?" and such. It wasn't easy to hear.

I will say, though, I shrugged off the comments that were just "Doesn't work for me" and focused on making the script better. And now it's ready to be made into a book, I guess...so long as I throw in some serious sex. After all, the guy God sends to fight the demon is gay and has a lover, so let's have some fun with it.

3 comments:

Penman said...

It was also hilarious, the opening when he discovers the corpse is not a woman but a man and then later when the boss shoves a wad of cloth up his ass, the look on his face as his employer is explaining why you need to close the body openings. And his wife is watching this on the TV, asking him why would he want to do a job like that?

I liked the change that came over people in the performance of the ritual. It was, to me, very much like his cello playing. I saw a connection with his music and how the dead were prepared. A reverence played out in both.

Brad Rushing said...

How did you get your lion image into the icon in followers? I uploaded a picture weeks ago, but my icon is still blank. :(

JamTheCat said...

You have to have a blog on Blogger and follow your own blog. It's goofy but that's why mine's on there.

So...you getting a blog going? Let me know its name and I'll follow thee.