Things that are making me happy

MOVIES

I’ve watched a lot. As usual.

And a lot of crap. As usual. But watching crap films is still instructive.

Annihilation was a trip. Loved it. Loved it more for not knowing much about it going in.

Den Of Thieves was surprisingly great; if a little long.

Still not seen A Quiet Place or Isle of Dogs

Marvel’s two this year were great. They have tentpole cinema nailed. The mix of fun, suspense, action, comedy and surprise is stirred to perfection.

My friend made me watch Defendor. A recent-ish Woody Harrelson joint about a mentally ill man who thinks he’s a superhero. I’ve seen this done before – badly – but the hard mix of dumb comedy, gruesome scenes and real heartbreak was nailed.

Got around to seeing Jumanji which was surprisingly fun. Discovered the writers used to write for Community, so that’ll be why.

Also I Tonya, Three Billboards, The Post, Ready Player One and You Were Never Really There were solid.

Still not watched my Mother screener. It seems like it’ll be hard work. See also Sacred Dear.

TV

Legion, Westworld, Happy! The Alienist, Counterpart and Billions are all doing it for me.

as well as old friends, The Blacklist (which needs a shot int he arm), Homeland (which has some aggressively anti-Trump fire in its belly) and Brooklyn Nine Nine.

Superhero TV has not been great of late, Legion excepted obvs, but Marvel’s Runaways was really nicely executed, nippy and oblique without being tiresome.

MUSIC

Superorganism, Hookworms and Janelle Monae have been my favourites this year.

Oh and that new Bowie live album that came out for Record Store Day.

And my lovely vinyl copy of Lorde’s Melodrama. I love Lorde.

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Writing

A little update on my screenwriting adventure.

I won a thing! Logline Of The Month with LAScreenwriter.com

And I got some nice prizes too.

 

I have two totally finished screenplays.

MOBSTERS v MONSTERS: a colourful tale of two families

An OCD businessman steers his crumbling LA mafia family away from violence with a real estate deal but his clumsy mobsters mistakenly put the squeeze on a reclusive clan of shapeshifting monsters.

AND

THAT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENED

A feisty government clerk searches for the people who murdered her friend at a Brexit protest, putting herself in the crosshairs of an incompetent police unit trying to pin the crime on a debonair whistleblower.

The whistleblower in this case is  the strangely real Open Window Network.

 

They were entered into 5 of the major Screenplay writing competitions in March this year. So fingers are crossed.

That’s Not What Happened has already been shortlisted twice in previous incarnations by The Tracking Board and the BBC Writers Room.  It’s better and shorter now and I am very pleased with it.

MOBSTERS v MONSTERS has sketched out ideas for 5 more films and shorts set in that universe.

 

I am having a short film I wrote shot this summer so that is exciting too.

 

I have about 4 more drafts on the go

but right now I am trying to write something brand new, fast short and cheap to shoot;

a contained thriller called

Do You Ever hear Voices, Bob?

 

 

something new

I am pleased to report that I am working on a new musical project.

It’s in its early stages

But it’s got me hella excited and looks to be the most commerical thing I’ve ever worked on.

The tunes, the ideas, the presentation, the packaging, the whole damn thing is perfect.

So, that’s a good thing.

TIGER LION beyond the mountains

TIGER LION has released a new EP, beyond the mountains.

It’s also in the form of a book.

If you like Bat For Lashes, St Vincent, Neil Young and things a little different, then you’re in for a tweet.

There’s something psychedelic here, a dance, a ceremony, a dream…

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“crushing guitars like an ocean swell” Noisey

“hypnotic” The 405

“takes the listener somewhere organic and pure” Musicalmusingsandsuch.com

“a magical musical adventure” TLOBF

You can listen to it on your favourite platform HERE

Here’s a lovely video for Prayers Against The Sun, shot by Clementine in The Gambia at Xmas

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You can buy the book on her Bandcamp page.