Take One: Top Ten Movies Where the Protagonist Dies

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Top Ten Movies Where the Protagonist Dies

Counting Down to #1

10. Armageddon (1998) Action . Adventure . Sci-Fi . After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.
Stars: Bruce Willis . Billy Bob Thornton . Ben Affleck

9. American Beauty (1999) Drama . Romance . A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend.
Stars: Kevin Spacey . Annette Bening . Thora Birch . Wes Bentley

8. Psycho (1960) Horror . Mystery . Thriller . A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Stars: Anthony Perkins . Janet Leigh . Vera Miles

7. Scarface (1983) Crime . Drama . In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Stars: Al Pacino . Michelle Pfeiffer

6. Titanic (1997) Drama . Romance . A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio . Kate Winslet . Billy Zane

5. Gran Torino (2008) Drama . Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski’s prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.
Stars: Clint Eastwood

4. Thelma & Louise (1991) Adventure . Crime . Drama . An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a ’66 Thunderbird.
Stars: Susan Sarandon . Geena Davis . Harvey Keitel

3. Saving Private Ryan (1998) Drama . War . Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Stars: Tom Hanks . Matt Damon . Tom Sizemore

2. Braveheart (1995) . Biography . Drama . History . When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.
Stars: Mel Gibson . Sophie Marceau . Patrick McGoohan . Catherine McCormack

1. The Gladiator (2000) Action . Adventure . Drama . When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
Stars: Russell Crowe . Joaquin Phoenix . Connie Nielsen

Watch the Top Ten Video for the Honorable Mentions
I will however mention one of the Honorable’s which swept my emotions away . It would have been my choice to be included as one of the Top Ten . since 8 out of the 10 were male protagonists . Where are the Female Protagonists who do not make it to the end of the final reel?

Black Swan (2010) Drama . Thriller . A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.
Stars: Natalie Portman . Mila Kunis . Vincent Cassel

The Actors in RED are the ones who sacrificed or were sacrificed for the film & some were actual people who did die for their beliefs.

John Gardner On Life and Writing #20

Quote about John Gardner: “The late John Gardner once said that there are only two plots in all of literature. You go on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Since women, for many years, were denied the journey, they were left with only one plot in their lives — to await the stranger. Indeed, there is essentially no picaresque tradition among women novelists. While the latter part of the twentieth century has seen a change of tendency, women’s literature from Austen to Woolf is by and large a literature about waiting, usually for love.” ― Mary Morris, The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers

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“We need to stop excusing mediocre and downright pernicious art, stop ‘taking it for what it’s worth’ as we take our fast foods, our overpriced cars that are no good, the overpriced houses we spend all our lives fixing, our television programs, our schools thrown up like barricades in the way of young minds, our brainless fat religions, our poisonous air, our incredible cult of sports, and our ritual of fornicating with all pretty or even horse-faced strangers. We would not put up with a debauched king, but in a democracy all of us are kings, and we praise debauchery as pluralism. This book is of course no condemnation of pluralism; but it is true that art is in one sense fascistic: it claims, on good authority, that some things are healthy for individuals and society and some things are not.”
― John Gardner, On Moral Fiction

Quote about John Gardner: “It was [John Gardner’s] conviction that if the words in the story were blurred because of the author’s insensitivity, carelessness, or sentimentality, then the story suffered from a tremendous handicap. But there was something even worse and something that must be avoided at all costs: if the words and the sentiments were dishonest, the author was faking it, writing about things he didn’t care about or believe in, then nobody could ever care anything about it.” ― Raymond Carver, Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose

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John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson. When I worked at Bennington College in Southern VT I would often see him walking across the campus during the Summer Writing Workshops. Or when his white hair was flowing as he rode his beloved motorcycle on campus or away.  –  j.kiley

Weekly Writing Prompt #98

Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
July 17th 2017 #98

DOOR Template Instructions=====================

(5) Words: | YOUNG | OUTCOME | ENTER | HERE | WATER |

*A brilliant idea has been brought to my attention regarding the (5) word prompt. Please feel free to substitute any of the words with a synonym.🎈 🎭 ✨

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Poetry Suggestions
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Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
6 lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Villanelle (19 line poem[no word limit]–2 repeating rhymes & 2 refrains)… Excellent example is Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem on any theme – syllables
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables or lines
Free Verse – No Limitations
See [POETRY PAGE] for further instructions

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Fictional Suggestions
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Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary

SUGGESTIONS FOR FLASH FICTION
***One main character
***Room for one scene
***Main conflict in first sentence
***Room for a single plot
***Room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words

Use your best judgement
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Proust: ‘An Unstable Element’

“Remembrance of Things Past”
July 16th 2017 | #107

AN UNSTABLE ELEMEMT

“We are, when we love, in an abnormal state, capable of giving at once to the most apparently simple accident, an accident which may at any moment occur, a seriousness which in itself it would not entail. What makes us so happy is the presence in our hearts of an unstable element which we contrive perpetually to maintain and of which we cease almost to be aware so long as it is not displaced. In reality, there is in love a permanent strain of suffering which happiness neutralises, make potential only, postpones, but which may at any moment become, what it would long since have been had we not obtained what we wanted, excruciating.” ― Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove, Part 2

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ROKU Trending Tweets | ‘Church Signs’

I faithfully watch Twitter everyday on ROKU with their Daily Trending Tweets. They alter as the day & night goes by . I decided to create my own impromptu postings of one’s I find trendingly outstanding. The following is just one of ‘THE BEST OF THE DAY SO FAR’ . . . Good Idea? We’ll see. – j.kiley

Tweeted by Ralph Hass_VO Actor @RalphH_VO

This Week In Church Signs:

signs re-created by j.kiley