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Writing Log Week 09 – 6. March, 2017

I was just at Emerald City Comicon so instead of writing I was like…

But all was not lost.

I did a little work on my pilot and on my Blindspot spec. I also started cracking ideas for a Black Mirror spec but as it’s not on the WB approved show list this year (more on that list in a future post), I have to give it up.

Have you ever seen Manhattan? Granted, aspects of it are super creepy but the opening and closing imagery and music, wow!

If it doesn’t make you want to move to New York, check your pulse. Patriot’s Day, on the other hand, is a well crafted Peter Berg thriller about the Boston bombing. If you’re looking for a dude movie that isn’t dumb, check it out.

Bubbles was the highest ranking script on last year’s Blacklist, soon to be a Dan Harmon stop-motion movie. Dan Harmon. Stop-motion. Need I say more?

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Consumed February 2017 – 28. February, 2017

Short month, big content consumption, so I be like…

Television
Timeless
Conviction
Luther
Veep – Julia Louis Dreyfus is a goddamn national treasure.

Santa Clarita Diet
Broad City
Voltron: Legendary Defender – An awesome update to a beloved favorite but I miss the way OG Voltron used to murder the living f**k out of a robeast.

Legion – So many amazing things to rave about but #1 might be Rachel Keller.

Black Mirror – I am still waiting for that “blow me away” moment.

The People vs. OJ Simpson – The TV equvalent of a Long Island Iced Tea.

Blindspot
Lethal Weapon
Son of Zorn
Bob’s Burgers
The Americans – Simply the best show on TV.

Movies
Sleepwalk with Me
Man Up – an incredibly winning Romantic Comedy.

Monsters
The Lego Batman Movie
Lion
John Wick: Chapter 2
Elle – Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert are masters.

Get Out

Books
Mort(e) by Robert Repino – The first thing I read about sentient animals.

Pilots
Life Sentence
Reverie
Searchers
Killing Eve

Scripts
Hummingbird
Blonde Ambition

Comics
DC Comics: Bombshells
Animosity – The other thing I read about sentient animals.

Video Games
Ghost Recon: Wildlands – My character was basically a tattooed Natalie Morales with a sniper rifle. So, ya know, a badass.

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Consumed January 2017 – 31. January, 2017

I know 2017 feels like this…

But we have to stand our ground like…

Here’s what my eyeballs ate this month:

Television
Supergirl – Gosh darn it, that Supergirl is totally winning!

The Flash
Arrow
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Quarry
The Grinder – Before they dove into the deep end of serialization, this was damn fun.

The Knick – Probably the best show I watched this month. Might be the best thing I’ll see this year.

Blindspot
Conviction
Son of Zorn
Lethal Weapon
The Good Place – That ending… damn fine job!

Bob’s Burgers
Maron – So, was it just me or did that last shot feel a little sophomoric and cliche?

Luther – I’m sorry but you can’t just get rid of Alice.

Sherlock – Um, that “flashback” episode was awful.

Timeless
Lucifer
Justified
Veep – Just started this series. Hot damn, it’s great!

Movies
The Cabin in the Woods
The Shallows – Once you get past that first reel with the forced family backstory, this flick kicks into high gear.

Zootopia – Maybe the best animated noir movie ever made.

John Wick – Was expecting so much more.

Prisoners – Some troubling messaging here (would probably do much better if released today).

A Monster Calls
Postcards from the Edge – Goddamn great writing from Carrie Fisher

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – Hey, I liked (most of) these movies.

Books
The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell – It’s easy to laugh but at least he had the courage to release his movie.

Scripts
In The Deep (The Shallows) – The script is better than the movie.
The Wall – Another great script. Can’t wait to see the movie.
Hotel Artemis – Can’t say much but it’s from the co-writer of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Iron Man 3, so use that to gauge expectations.

Comics
20th Century Boys – I forgot that manga takes 20 volumes to tell a whole story.

DC Comics: Bombshells
Joyride

Video Games
Star Wars Battlefront – A great way to continue those Rogue One feelings.

And that’s all for January. See ya next month.

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Writing Log Week 4 2017 – 30. January, 2017

For most of us, this week was like…

But we survived. We stood our ground. And I even kept pace with my writing.

I’ve moved on to the outline of my Blindspot spec, and have even started doing a little bit of work on my pilot (which is on deck for my next script).

I caught two radically different movies this week. One was Carrie Fisher’s grand oeuvre, Postcards from the Edge. As for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter… well, sometimes we all crave junk food.

The script I read was Hotel Artemis by Drew Pearce. It was on this year’s Blacklist, they just signed Jodie Foster, and it’s to be the writer’s directorial debut. Not bad for the guy that co-wrote Iron Man 3

and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

See ya next week.

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Looking Ahead to 2017 – 1. January, 2017

After the vulgar confusion that was 2016…

I need to refocus. I need to reset.

My number one priority is to get back on top of my writing. I have to set ambitious goals.

Feature – I’ve started brainstorming a contained thriller.
Comic Books – I have a problematic script for a 5-page comic that’ll be irrelevant in 20 days. Pretty sure I need to bury the idea and move on, but…
Pilot – I need to finish a rewrite that I cracked last month.
Spec – I’ve started working on a Blindspot spec for the fellowships.

I really want to take a Script Anatomy class to help me with one of the above but their “weekend only” class schedule is problematic for me. We’ll see what I can do.

On the non-writing front, I need to renew my passport so I can get out of this country for a little bit, even if it’s just Canada. And I really do miss music in my life. I’m not going to SXSW this year but I need something else to feed the need. Have any of you tried Jukely? Lastly, I need to start exercising regularly again.

Regardless, I’ve been overwhelmed and beat up but I can’t stay down.

Time to get back into the fight.

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A Look Back at 2016 – 31. December, 2016

2016 has got me all like…

First, we lost so many wonderful talents.

Second, my writing didn’t go so well. I did write a spec of iZombie but it didn’t get any traction.

Third, well, anyone that tells you that a merger only takes a month or two, and then you’re through the worst of it, is a goddamn liar.

But f**k all that. I consumed a lot of media in 2016 — 66 TV shows, 34 movies, 12 books, 54 comics, 6 video games and 4 theater shows. Let’s look at what I loved.

Favorite Television Show of the Year – The Last Man on Earth

No other show made me laugh out loud as much this one, and 2016 was strong with comedies. What else did I watch…

Mr. Robot
Daredevil
12 Monkeys
Travelers
Horace and Pete
Wayward Pines
The Night Manager
Dr. Who
The Last Ship
Stranger Things
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The Jim Gaffigan Show
Agent Carter
Humans
F is for Family
Pitch
Agents of SHIELD
Conviction
Son of Zorn
Designated Survivor
Marvel’s Agent Carter
Narcos
Rick & Morty
Crazyhead
The Exorcist
Flaked
Timeless
Better Call Saul
Fleabag
The Path
Lucifer
Catastrophe
The X-Files
iZombie
Empire
The Good Place
The IT Crowd
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Lethal Weapon
Casual
Luke Cage
Outsiders
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Justified
The Man in the High Castle
Lady Dynamite
Continuum
Gotham
The 100
The Flash
11.22.63
Arrow
Portlandia
Bob’s Burgers
You’re the Worst
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Drunk History
Maron
UnReal
Blindspot
Outcast
BoJack Horseman
Review

Favorite Movie of the Year – The Handmaiden

No other movie was as funny, thrilling, surprising or cinematic as this Korean film. Don’t research it, just watch it. What else did I watch this year…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (IMAX)
Brooklyn
Deadpool
The Witch
Spotlight
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Captain America: Civil War
The Nice Guys
Godzilla
Edge of Tomorrow
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Beyond
Train to Busan
The Town
Suicide Squad
Jason Bourne
Don’t Think Twice
The Hateful Eight
Creed
Amy
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Inception
X-Men: Apocalypse
Nebraska
A History of Violence
All is Lost
Arrival
Doctor Strange
10 Cloverfield Lane
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Moonlight
Spectral
Rogue One

Favorite Book of the Year – Mr Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

If you want an awesome, creepy horror-ish book to take you on an a fun ride, read this book.

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
This Census-Taker by China Mieville
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe
Private Citizens by Tony Tulathimutte
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
The Girls by Emma Cline
Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra
Reamde by Neal Stephenson
Commonwealth by Amy Patchett
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Favorite Comic of the Year – Locke & Key

No other comic I read this year delivers as satisfying of an experience.

Huck
Birthright
We Stand On Guard
LumberJanes
Plutona
Limbo
Kaijumax
Jughead
Captain America
The Goddamned
Codename: Baboushka
Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Five
The Walking Dead (The Alien)
Past the Last Mountain
Black Canary
iZombie
Black Magick
GI Joe: Cobra 2
Outcast
Wonder Woman
Tokyo Ghosts
Monstress
Our Love is Real
Green Arrow
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
The Spire
Virgil
Rat Queens
Invincible
DC Comics: Bombshells
Citizen Jack
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life
Deluge
Revenger
The Punisher
The Walking Dead
The Surface
Karma Police
CyberForce Rebirth
Phonogram
Fresh Romance
Star Wars
Overwatch
Captain America: White
Ringside
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange: The Oath
Bandette
Paper Girls
Saints
I Hate Fairyland
Jupiter’s Circle
Low

Video Game of the Year – Fallout 4

I rule the wastelands!

Doom
Sleeping Dogs
Overwatch
Star Wars Battlefront
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Theater of the Year – Hamilton

Was there any other choice? What else did I see…

Bright Star
The Crucible
Waitress

And that was my year. See y’all in 2017.

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Consumed December 2016 – 31. December, 2016

This was me at the start of 2016.

This was me at the end of 2016.

This is what I consumed in the final month of this cursed year.

Television
Timeless
Pitch
Lethal Weapon
Continuum
Lucifer
Justified – Just finished season 3. How in the hell did I miss this show the first time around?

Son of Zorn
Drunk History
Conviction
The Last Man on Earth
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Only a few episodes in but damn if Buffy ain’t super adorbz.

The Exorcist
Outcast – The other Kirkman show. I like the comic but I don’t think I’ll keep up with the show.

Legends of Tomorrow
Crazyhead – I LOVE Misfits. This is no Misfits but it’s well worth your time.

Horace and Pete – Do not watch this alone while blue when it’s Christmas. Learn from my mistake.

Travelers – At the end of the pilot, they wrap up the conflict. No need to watch any further (despite crushing on one of the leads).

12 Monkeys – Felt like they wrapped up season 1 but there were still 6 episodes left. Um…

Portlandia – So even this silly show got into the “depressing comedy” game. Is no half-hour safe from the sadness?

Movies
Moonlight – Simple and beautiful.

Spectral – The first Netflix original I’ve watched. Possibly the last.

Rogue One – Favorite thing about this movie…

Books
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff – Beautifully written and just the right amount of icky.

Scripts
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The first third of this is a perfectly written action script. Go read it at the Writers Guild Library (and be sure to donate).

Comics
DC Comic’s Bombshells
Overwatch
Bandette

Video Games
Sleeping Dogs
Doom
Star Wars Battlefront – If you want to keep those Rogue One feelings flowing after the movie, play this game.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

See ya in a few for my wrap up.

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The Writers Guild Library Needs Your Help – 16. December, 2016

Are you an aspiring writer? Ever plan on moving to Los Angeles to pursue your dreams? Then you will want to check out the Writers Guild Library. It’s a great space that’s full of amazing scripts and it’s open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays…

…actually, let’s talk about Saturdays.

Currently, they’re open Saturdays from 11a-6p but we’re in danger of losing that. Previously, Saturdays were underwritten by AMC but they aren’t renewing their funding. Therefore, it’s up to us — past, present and future library users — to donate. So whip out those cards and donate here.

Be a good citizen. Donate to the library and I’ll see you at the big table.

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Consumed November 2016 – 1. December, 2016

The penultimate month of the year… I had so many plans to do so much and you squashed them all.

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At least I got to consume a lot of good media, right?

Television
Drunk History – Aw sh*t, I just fell in love with Hillary Anne Matthews.

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Better Call Saul – Finally finished season two. Still don’t love it as much as Breaking Bad but it’s growing on me.

Better-Call-Saul_s2

Lucifer
The Good Place
Timeless
The Exorcist
You’re the Worst – This is the goddamn best show. Plus now I don’t know if I love Kether Donohue or Colette Wolfe more.

Youre-The-Worst_Lindsay

Luke Cage – I’m sorry but this show was terrible. Two easy fixes? One, cut the order to 8 episodes. Two, find better bad guys (Jessica Jones did this very well).

diamondback_luke-cage

UnReal – I hate these kinds of reality shows but I can see how/why some people love this drama.

unreal_lifetime

Pitch – So easy to love.

pitch_uniform

Son of Zorn
The Last Man on Earth – This damn show keeps getting better and better.

last-man-on-earth_melissa_gun

Conviction – Now that it’s been officially cancelled, what are the chances of an Agent Carter reboot

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Lethal Weapon – The most fun you’ll have on network television.

lethal-weapon_gun-to-head

Blindspot
Continuum
Outsiders –
Humans – So Westworld minus all the savage ra… nope, they did that, too.

humans_bad-sex

Bob’s Burgers
Justified – Season 3 is damn good.

justified_raylan_gun

The Night Manager – Episode one = yawn.

night-manager_amc

The Last Ship – I can see myself getting sucked into this.

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Movies
Arrival – Pretty great, makes me day dream of Close Encounters.

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Doctor Strange – So much fun.

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The Handmaiden – Goddamn, now that’s a movie.

handmaiden_feet

10 Cloverfield Lane – Very good.

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – Freakin’ great.

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Books
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Comics
Doctor Strange: The Oath – BKV & Martin FTW!

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Captain America – Remender and Romita Jr FTW!

Captain-America_JRJ

DC Comic’s Bombshells

Video Games
Sleeping Dogs – As much fun the second time around.

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Overwatch – I think I get the hype.

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Doom – Must finish this game!

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Thanksgiving 2016 – 24. November, 2016

What am I grateful for? I’m grateful that 2016 is almost over.

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Case in point, this beautiful scenery was from a hike that ruined Thanksgiving. See what I mean? F**k you, 2016.

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