9th January 2017

Toady I wrote 659 words on Penal earth before work and during my lunch break. This evening I have dragged my heels a little bit. I had a little trouble getting rolling but when I did I managed to edit through 3500 words of The Space Watch.

I think a problem I’m having with getting started each day with editing is its been so long since I’ve done any real editing I’m a little wary of it. Hopefully the more I do the more easier it’ll be to get rolling.

So far the story isn’t in too bad a shape, but I’m still in the bit I was on before I stopped for NaNo, and it’s the bit just after NaNo that I’m worried about. I fear it’s going to be messy and require a fair amount of re-writing, but if it does, it does. There’s not a lot I can do about it. I’ll try not to get demoralised by it if I do have a lot of work to do to tidy it up. I need to look at it as just another step in the process.

Reading wise I’m about half way through Day of Chaos: Endgame (Judge Dredd). This story is just getting better and better and I’m loving the artwork in it. I’ve also started listening to Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon. This is the audio dramatisation of it and I’m really digging it. It’s reminded me just how much I love the Alien films, and also how much I love anything set in space. I’ve got an urge to watch the Alien movies, and films like Sunshine, Moon, Pandorum, Avatar, and Event Horizon. Also the Predator films, and I want to dive into the Star Wars movies again (loved Rogue One, by the way). So I think over the next few weeks I’ll be digging these films out of my movie library and having a little look around Netflix and Amazon video, I might start with The Expanse, I’ve heard that’s good.

Tonight though I’ll be getting into Day of Chaos: Endgame before bed. I want to see how this gets resolved.

Movie Monday: Event Horizon

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I was at a bit of a loose end as to which movie to talk about today, bearing in mind I have seen a lot of films.  When I sat down to write this post nothing came to mind, until I looked over at my DVD collection and saw Event Horizon.

Event Horizon tells the story of a rescue crew who have to travel to Neptune where a distress signal has been received.  This is a huge risk for the crew of the rescue ship as few vessels ever go out as far as Neptune.  Cleary in this universe mankind has not conquered space flight yet.  Once the crew come out of stasis they are briefed on this mission by Dr.Weir (Sam Neill) Weir informs the crew that the vessel that they are going to rescue is the Event Horizon. The Event Horizon disapered some years earlier and is considered the greatest space disaster on record.  This causes a few issues with the crew as some of they are reluctant to believe this.  Dr. Weir goes on to explain that the Event Horizon was an experimental spacecraft that had a new gravity drive that creates an artificial black hole to speed up space travel.  When they get to the ship they find it empty.  No crew, aside from a frozen corpse that has had its eyes gouged out.  One of the rescue crew gets sucked into the gravity drive which sends out a shock wave that damages the rescue craft, The Lois and Clark. This leads to the rescue crew having to take refuge on the Event Horizon itself.  This is when the crew start having hallucinations, including Captain Miller (Laurence Fishburne).  Miller decides to get off the ship as quickly as possible once the Lois and Clark is repaired and then destroy the Event Horizon, obviously it does not go to plan.  The mystery of where the ship has been all that time come out and people start dying in quite gruesome ways.

In addition to Sam Neill and Laurence Fishburne the cast includes Jason Issacs, Sean Pertwee, Richard T. Jones, Kathleen Quinlan and Joey Richardson.  This film was the first time that I had really seen these actors and I think it is a very strong cast which adds to the film very well.  The relationships between the rescue crews is especially good and feels very real and not artificial.

Event Horizon is one of my favourite films. I remember watching it for the first time when it was out for rental and being sucked into its darkness.  At that stage in my movie watching history I had not really seen anything like it so it was a whole new experience.  It is a dark and disturbing film which asks a fair few questions of the darker side of humanity, but also how strong we as humans can be.  I watch Event Horizon quite often for that reason and it feeds my creativity as not only is the story and characters good and interesting it’s also a very beautiful film.