My time lock for this post is the red bar on the computer battery. Whenever this ends, you will know the battery has run out.
Today I saw two and 3/4 movies and a play. The films were: Mirage, most of Aliens, and The Island. The first was for my thriller class, because it's a thriller, and we screened it in class; the second was for the workshop I'm going to teach, because it's in conjunction with International Day of the Woman, and I want to show a scene where a woman is a bad-ass; and the third was for research, since the new script I'm outlining involves a clone. (The play had no far-reaching motive--a friend invited me and had a free ticket.)
I've notice lately that often when I tell someone I'm writing something with clone, even before I say much about characters or plot, they say, "It sounds like The Island. " or "It sounds like Moon" or 'It sounds like Never Let Me Go."
I'm always happy to hear suggestions of movies that bear some similarity to something I'm working on, or might inform the same subject matter in some way, but I can't help but bristle when the response is too reflexive and dismissive-sounding.
If you say you have a movie whose protagonist is in jail, I will try to refrain from automatically firing a barrage of "It sounds like The Rock," "It sounds like Shawshank Redemption," "It sounds like Cool Hand Luke" at you. This is because I don't think you are a moron, therefore I will listen to two or maybe even three more sentences before jumping to the conclusion that you plan to spend the next six months of your life replicating The Green Mile, just because it was the first film to pop into my head when you said the word "jail."
Time's up... I actually cheated and plugged in just for a minute, just so I could finish that last paragraph. G'night!
UPDATE: 1) Finished Aliens yesterday: Wow, that Paul Reiser character was a TOOL. If someone tried to impregnate me with an alien for profit I would be soooo mad! 2) Working on my Second Act outline--actually, maybe my movie DOES sound like The Island. Damn.