Inspiration #6: Marvel’s The Avengers

I must admit, I am a comic book nerd. I love Science Fiction and Horror, but I have a special place in my heart for superheroes and the stories they weave. For years, I grew up watching the cheesy antics of past Batman movies, but in the recent years, the dark tale of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, Sony’s Spider-Man trilogy, and the recent adventure of Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern, (which, despite critics depictions, I loved, and thought was amazing story wise and visually). However, one of the most amazing things in recent years has been the slew of movies released by Marvel Studios. Beginning with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk back in 2008, Marvel began a four year journey to bring together a group of heroes, from Iron Man and Hulk to Captain America and Thor, that lead to this years most successful and amazing film of all time: Marvel’s The Avengers.

The Avengers tells the tale of a group of heroes, brought together when Loki, Thor’s brother and the god of Mischief, comes to Earth with unimaginable power, and threatens to unleash an army upon the world. The heroes, made up of a super soldier, a rage monster, a thunder god, two assassins, the leader of a counter-terrorism agency, and a CEO with a suit of armor, clash with their various personalities, but must find a way to come together in order to save the world.

Now, while this sounds like a basic superhero plot, the story telling is quite unique. Not only is this the first time this many superheroes have graced the screen together, but the unique visual styles, combined with the rich tapestry of actors makes this a must see movie. Led by director Joss Whedon, (Creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, Firefly, and Serenity), this is the first movie I’ve seen in ages where I love every single actor in the film. The action is heart-pounding, and the way Marvel has arranged for their films to intersect has helped me form an outline for my own work, helping me to see how to rightfully blend certain stories together. That is why my current inspiration is Marvel’s The Avengers.

P.S. If you go see the film, make sure to stay through all the credits for two bonus scenes! 

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I’m back…

Sorry for the long wait, folks. I am back though, and although I won’t be able to post daily, I will make the effort to post more often than not. After a year and a half of waiting and going through many personal trials, my family and I have finally moved out of NC, and are living back in sunny Southern California. Not only are we back with family, but we are surrounded by the culture and people we grew up with, and the life we love. We are still in the process of finding a house, but now that things have settled a tiny bit more lately, I will make the effort to write more often. Also, as an added plus, the magazine I write for, formerly known as Rock on Request, has done a major site overhaul, and has officially been re-titled On Request Magazine. Go check it out at this link: http://www.onrequestmagazine.com/#!HOME/BlankPage_0

Creative Inspirations #5: Rockstar Game’s “L.A. Noire”

Mystery, intrigue, murder, conspiracy, gunfights, romance, and intense interrogations. These qualities are all of the amazing gifts last years hit video game L.A. Noire brought to fans when it hit shelves. Brought to gamers by Rockstar Games, the people behind the previous years Game of the Year, Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire follows in the footsteps of Cole Phelps, an L.A. Detective who rise through the ranks of the Los Angeles police department, connecting the dots on a conspiracy involving L.A.’s most notorious criminals and most famous citizens, all the while solving cases in various divisions, such as Traffic, Homicide, Vice, and Arson. 

This game utilized some of the best features of a true mystery. It had amazing character development for both the main character Cole Phelps and the people he interacted with during his investigations. It had amazing music that reflected both the era and the mood of the action around you. It showcased the amazing scenary of 1940’s L.A., with bright days and gloomy nights that reflected both the bright points of L.A. life and the dark, seedy underbelly of the city during that time. And the plot of the game continued to twist and turn as you advanced, and just when you think you’ve put all the clues together for an answer, the story throws a monkey wrench in your plans and introduces a new crime or new clue that points in a completely different direction. That is the wonder of L.A. Noire, and why this is Creative Inspiration #5. 

Creative Inspirations #4: Paranormal Activity series

The horror genre has recently been redifined in recent years, with the release of Paranormal Activity 1,2, and 3. Giving audiences scare after scare, this film series centers around one family, who is targeted by a demon who terrorizes the family. Each film so far has gone back in its timeline, showing how both sides of a family has been affected and where the haunting originated. The series is filmed as if it is a documentary, with handheld cameras and even security cameras allowing audiences a sense of realism that most horror movies fail to grasp. Forgoing horrible disfigurements or mutilations and replacing them with shadowy figures and unseen forces that pull helpless victims out of their beds, this series has given the horror genre a new level to aim for. This series has inspired me as a horror writer to be better, and has taught me that gore does not always equal scary. Sometimes, its what we don’t see that scares us the most. 

Creative Inspirations #3: Mother by Danzig

Last night, I beat one of my favorite horror video game series, FEAR 3, on the insanity difficulty. Anyone who loves games like I do will know this is the hardest difficulty there is. Anyways, after the bone chilling cinematic work and amazing story that neatly tied up the story of Alma, a demonic young girl who terrorized an entire city and brought to life nightmarish creatures to send against her enemies from beyond the grave, I was treated to the amazing rock song Mother by Danzig. This song not only fit perfectly with the eeire message and story of the FEAR series, but managed to capture both the hard rock sound and subtle creepiness of the horror genre. This song just exudes the kick-ass rock attitude, and manages to pull you in with its hard-hitting lyrics and amazing musical sound. This is the type of song that inspires me to go out and write a bad-ass novel full of scares, chills, and action. This is the type of song that drives the creative flow. That’s why Mother by Danzig is my Creative inspiration of the day. 

Creative Inspirations #2: Showtime’s Californication

The perfect blend of drama, comedy, and in-depth look into the life of a sex-addicted writer, Showtime’s Californication has been bringing fourth its unique edginess to Sunday nights. Starring David Duchovny as Hank Moody, a New York born writer who moves to Los Angeles to be closer to his ex-wife and his daughter, the show’s fifth season premiered last night, closing out Showtime’s epic Sunday nights. Watching this show, I can automatically feel my creativeness flow as I watch the characters I have come to know and love develop more. As part of the Showtime format, each character is deeply flawed, and far from perfect or even a hero. But much like Dexter Morgan or Weed’s Nancy Botwin, despite their cruel natures or life-defeating choices, fans and viewers of the show cannot help but like the driving force of Hank Moody, and hope above all that he can rise above his sex-crazed mindset in order to win his daughter’s heart and maybe even find true love again. Showtime knows how to pick them, and Californication manages to capture the rich culture of California while showcasing a great cast of character development.