Thursday, July 29, 2010

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

- William Ernest Henley

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Inception

I really liked this movie. The concept was really cool. It had to do with the fabric of the mind and how dreams effect our real lives. How dreams are a reflection of our subconscious as it perceives the conscious world we experience. I always was interested in the importance of dreams and how they can be a window to deeper, more inexplicable aspects of our mind. I always believed dreams have a relevance to our real lives and can help us understand ourselves more. At one point I even had a concept for my comic in which the character would experience and act within his dreams, and those actions would have a direct correlation with what happens to him in his real life the next day.

There was an especially interesting concept said in the movie detailing the actual process of dreams. It said that when you're dreaming, your mind is constantly creating and perceiving at the same time. Your subconscious is creating the dream scape world, people, and events simultaneously as you 'conscious self' is perceiving it. This interaction creates a duality between your subconscious and conscious beings, separating yourself into 2 beings in a sense. An active cause and effect between yourself and your imagination.

They even introduce the idea of how the sheer perception of time within a dream is exaggerated greatly. How can the mind have you experience a days worth of events withing minutes. That means your mind has you simultaneously experience all the elements of the dream at the same time. Past, present and future all at once. Something we cannot do in our real world.

Chris Nolan also worked with Hans Zimmer again for the musical score (as he did with Dark Knight) which I just downloaded, and its a good accent to the movie.

He claimed he's been working on this movie for over ten years and just wanted to wait until he had to technological and otherwise resources to actually film. This is similar to James Cameron's Avatar, who wrote the movie in 1995 according to him and waited until now when he had the appropriate CGI capabilities. Which also was a good movie. I guess these things take time and patiences pays off. We don't blame you James for stealing the script from Disney's Pocahontas. =P

Well I just talked a lot about movies so I'll give the keyboard a rest and continue listening to my soundtrack. =)

PS. Just confirmed Az'raels first show July 27th @ the Workshop with Wrath of Vesuvious and Belmont. Plus we're recording again August 3rd and 4th. Should be fun. =)

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