BOOKS – Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes is the first in The Expanse series of books written by authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pen name of James S. A. Corey. Published in June 2011 by Orbit Books and followed by 5 more titles in the series. SyFy has picked up the series for a TV production which premiered yesterday (December 14, 2015) and is written and produced by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. You can even watch the first episode for free by following the link at the bottom of the page! Continue reading

Spoiler Free TV – Jessica Jones: Should You Watch or Not?

Much anticipated Marvel show, Jessica Jones premiered tonight on Netflix at midnight Pacific and already Twitter is abuzz with an overwhelmingly positive response.


We’re still feeling our way into how we handle Netflix releases in a way that doesn’t spoil things for viewers, who may be watching later or not binge watching. As an aside I think this is excellent practice for a social media world learning to think of itself as a global community. But if you plan to watch Marvel’s second Hell’s Kitchen series and haven’t started yet, dodging spoilers is going to be a chore in the foreseeable future. If, however, you are on the fence whether to watch yet another superhero TV series, here are the bare bones of what made episode 1 “AKA Ladies Night”, shine.
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Halloween – Who’s Still There

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I was speculating on what would make for a nicely gruesome Halloween post when this 2013 horror short appeared in my Twitter feed and frankly scared the pants off of me. Now, the mindset behind “misery loves company” may not be terribly flattering but all the same.I think you should watch this…

This video won Best Director of the BC Horror Challenge 2013, a competition run in October 2013 by Bloody Cuts, a UK-based production company. (@BloodyCutsFilms)

Producer Ben Franklin says “Bloody Cuts was originally created following an entry we’d made ourselves into a similar competition a few years back, so we hope to inspire other filmmakers to follow a similar path, and reward them in doing so too.”

Later the following spring Anthony Melton, co-producer/director/editor for Bloody Cuts Films did an interview with the filmmaker, David Sandberg about his short “Who’s There”

AM: What made you want to produce a horror film? Have you done much in the genre prior to the BCHC?

DS: I have always been a horror fan (despite the fact that I think 99% of horror films are terrible). Mostly though I’ve been doing animation and documentary work. It was quite recently that I decided that I want to focus more on what I really want to do, genre films.

AM: How important to filmmakers do you feel competitions like the BCHC are?

DS: I don’t really have any previous experiences but anything that gets you off your butt and actually make stuff is good.

AM: Onto the film, how did you develop the concept and script and how much preparation and pre-production did you do?

DS: I only had my wife and my apartment so I was kind of limited in what kind of story I could tell. I just tried to make the most suspenseful film I could with the limited means I had. I didn’t write a script, I had it all in my head and since there was no crew I didn’t really have to communicate my idea to other people than my wife.

Read the full interview here: Melton on Sandberg – An Interview with ‘Best Director’ Award Winner

The winner of the 2013 competition was ‘PLAY TIME’ by VFX Productions, starring Anjella Mackintosh and Belle Mary Hithersay:

Second place that year was won by ‘A…’ created by Peter Czikrai

You can see more submissions and what Bloody Cuts is up to this year by visiting their site:

Scared yet?

Shout out to @MyDaughtersArmy for the link and inspiration

Drawer Marked Misc – Star Trek Reboot Feels

We finally got around to watching the new Star Trek movies: Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. Honestly I think our delay was partly my fault. I will admit I hear “James T. Kirk” and my eyes just roll on their own accord. But we’re both Lost fans so we should have watched these in the cinema to support J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof and I’m sorry we didn’t.

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