Monday, April 21, 2014

Movie time...get your popcorn started

    I've been keeping this under wraps of sorts because it is a slow process and I've had the dream burned before. That being said, we actually did some filming on my book, The Collectors, published by Forker Media. I cannot begin to tell you how much fun it is to be on set of a movie, let alone one based on a book you wrote.
    It all started out with my co-author, Jorge Sastre, and I meeting up with Bald Bros. Studio and developing a script. From there we scouted out locations to film and worked with the director to get the right feel of the film. We were fortunate enough to find several people willing to help. (Side note: When you tell people you wrote a book they say "that's great". When you tell them it will be a movie, they ask how they can be a part of it.)
   Filming was a blast and I got to read lines with some of the actors. We haven't finished yet, but everything is a work in progress.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Punisher and so far I love it


    My favorite comic book hero (if Frank would even consider himself a hero) is back with a new writer and new artists. I got my grease stained fingers on issue #2 before I could get #1. I stared at the cover for two weeks with out cracking into the new book. I just had to go back to my new favorite comic shop Nerdtropolis and see if they had issue 1 yet. And it was in.
    Let me backtrack a moment. A few months ago I picked up Max Comics hardback of The Punisher. It's a good book, The Punisher as we know and love him. The thing was, it was The Punisher we know and love. I was on the hunt for Punisher Noir but no luck finding it on the shelf.
   The writer, Nathan Edmondson does a great job of breathing new life into Frank Castle while staying true to who he is and why he is doing (what we love) he does. There was great mention in there about The Avengers and the like being too busy to deal with the scum Castle chooses to deal with.
   The artwork is fantastic! Set in sunny L.A., I felt The Punisher might be a little out of place, but not at all. I especially liked the skull mask, similar to the noir book I'm looking to buy. I wont get weird into details on Frank's new looks but I like it. He's not super bulky and his slicked back hair gets in his eyes from time to time. Did I go to far?
   Great book for a deserving character. I can't wait to get my hands on #3

Friday, November 22, 2013

Solid noir for today: Dead Man Down

Dead Man Down. Collin Farrel and Noomi Rapace 

   When the advertising for this movie was playing last year, I remember seeing the star,Farrel, running around shooting. So when I started the movie, its what I expected, however that is not what I got for most of the film.  One hundred and fifty minutes of a noir revenge thriller, that is with the exception of the last ten minutes.  I have to admit that the two main characters, Farrel and Noomi, enthralled me and I actually cared about what they were feeling.

   This movie had it’s moments that sent me back to a black and white era all the while increasing my heart rate. I thought the movie was evenly paced with a steady growth of characters considering there is only about two hours worth of film here.  

  I have to say I was disappointed with the ending. (Spoiler ahead)

  The cliché big shoot out was waiting at the end of this movie. I would have liked to see something more simple yet more satisfying. Over all, due to what movies are out there, I have to say this is a modern noir that will leave you content with the two hours you gave it.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dirty jeans can be faked

   So I’m sitting here watching  Nirvana Live at the Paramount on the music channel Palladia. Standing with little movement other than a hand strumming a guitar, is Kurt in his green sweater. I noticed his jeans are dirty.

   A question I have always held is whether these “performers” (be it rock stars in most cases) dress themselves or does someone else dress them? And how much thought do they put into it? I wonder if the morning of the show, Kurt woke up and put on the same pair of jeans he used to tend his garden. A secret admission here to you now is that I do put thought into what I am about to wear. I’ve done book signings in the past and I thought about what I wanted to wear. So maybe he did reach for his dirty jeans and say “Tomorrow at the show I’m wearing those.” Maybe not.
   I'm not calling Kurt a fake. I'm sure what started as dirty jeans because he played a show straight from work carried over to a time when he no longer had a day job. I remember once going into a prominent clothing store and having a clerk tell me $80.00 oil stained jeans were on sale. The best part was they were stained with "real" oil. I said, "I have a pair just like that. Last weekend I changed my oil pan gasket." The clerk walked away. I never bought jeans there again.
  As the Sci-fi Con season begins and I hit the road to promote my book, The Five, I will be sure to back my bag carefully. I have a pair of dirty jeans I wear when working on my truck, but I doubt I will be signing books in them.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Don't get fooled

     I've seen a couple of fake emails and facebook posts about "today" being the day Marty McFly travels to the future. Every time I am confronted on this I know it is 2015. But incase you forget check out this website I found to remind you.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Finally! Here is something new in Science Fiction.

I am so happy to finally announce my latest book, The Five Episode I Salvation's Curse is out for sale as a ebook!  This book has been such a process to get out to readers. It is worth the work and the wait, trust me. Already some of the early feed back has been terrific.
   For a limited time copies are being sold at $2.99, but this price won't last long. At Amazon just search key word: artaxlives

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Seeing Double

   Skimming movie preview websites I came across White House Down a new movie starring Channing Tatum as a Capital Police Officer who shoots the place up to protect his daughter and kill off the bad guys. It got me thinking of a similar preview I just saw, Olympus Has Fallen.
   Now this movie stars Gerad Butler as an overly trained Secret Service Agent who will kill all the bad guys while trapped in the White House. Seems very familiar.
   I bet if you spliced both these trailers together you would get the same movie. I don't know why movies with very similar plots get made and released at the same time. A couple years ago we had "No Strings Attached" then later got "Friends With Benefits" Both movies deal with a guy and girl who start out just wanting sex then realize they are in love with eachother.
   Every couple of three years this happens. Tombstone and Wyatt Earp. If we aren't getting the same movie in the same year, we are getting more recycled crap. I'm just going to stop right now before I go into the Hollywood remake laziness. I even read an article based on a rumor that Twilight was getting a re-boot. But don't puke just yet, its only a rumor.
   There are fresh ideas out there just waiting to be discovered by the right producer/director/actors. We just have to wait or do it ourselves.