Get Sh*t Done Month

August is my get sh*t done month. I’m aiming to get the 1st draft of Project Apollo done and off to Owen and I want to have a short story, that’s all but done, ready to be sent off to the sci-fi magazines.

How easy is this going to be to achieve? That depends on a couple of things. The day job is a big one. This time of year my day job (valeter at a car sales) is quite demanding on the body. This glorious summer we are having here in the U.K. is awesome but it does sap ones energy when working a physically demanding job and at the moment we are busy. Which is absolutely great but it takes more of the body’s strength. Yesterday was a prime example, although not to warm I had a lot to do so come the evening when I got home I just could not get going with the words. So I got an early night and despite a few non-work related hiccups today I’ve got home and knocked out over 1100 words tonight *does a little dance* That’s the most words I have written in one day for a long time, and it feels good ūüėÄ

I’d also like to get back into a bit of reading this month as well. The last two books I have read have been amazing (Redshirts by John Scalzi & Blood In The Past by Jordanna East) so I was more then a little anxious at the prospect of starting a new novel. So I read more of Judge Dredd Vol. 1 but now its time to dive into a novel again and I’ve chosen The Drawing Of The Three (The Dark Tower Book 2) by Stephen King.

So that’s the plan, lets see how much of it I actually get done!



Dredd 2 Petition

Hi guys and girls, I don’t normally put things like this up on here but I’m going to make an exception for a movie I adore.

Dredd is one of my favourite movies ever and I would be ecstatic to see Karl Urban play the non-compromising lawman once more. 2000AD, who first published the Judge Dredd comic strip, has launched a petition to get a sequel made. Now I don’t think anything is guaranteed but I believe it’s worth a few seconds of every one the movies, and the character’s fans to sign up to it. I have. So please if you enjoyed this movie go to the link at the bottom of this post and sign up. Lets use the Internet here and get something that many fans want.

Movie Monday: Reboots


I’d like to use this weeks Movie Monday post to talk about the current trend of Rebooting movies and franchises. In the last few years we have seen An A-Team reboot, a Spider-Man one, Total Recall. We saw Judge Dredd¬†come back to our screens in Dredd. We also¬†have Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies.¬†I’ve also heard a rumour that there will be a Starship Troopers¬† and RoboCop reboot too.

Most of the time these movies are very uninspiring. I found the Spider-Man reboot just that, although Andrew Garfield was very good as Peter Parker and the rest of the cast was mostly very good. The storyline and the fact that the original Spider-Man films are still quite fresh in our memories.

The A-Team movie was okay¬†at best Liam Neeson¬†was as always very solid. Quinton Jackson as B.A. was good and so was Sharlto¬†Copley as Murdock. I felt Bradley¬†Cooper did not do justice to the character of Face. I remember Face to be very Suave when he was played by Dick Benedict in the TV series and Cooper made him to much of a loud mouth. I like Bradly¬†Cooper but he didn’t¬†pull this one-off.

Total Recall I’m still on the fence with. When I watched it I was half asleep so I’d like to give it another watch before deciding once and for all.

Out of the movies that I have mentioned the only remakes that has impressed me was Dredd and the Batman trilogy. Dredd was a lot more raw then the original version and Christophe Nolan gave Batman a whole new edge which worked really well.

I am not anti-reboots, but they have to be good. They have to do something more than just make money. Rebooting Spider-Man so soon after the first three movies were made was not needed really. People know the origin story, so why do it again?

I would love to see Hollywood taking a few chances and make some original movies like Moon by¬†Duncan Jones. Or Christopher Nolan’s Inception. District 9 was an amazing movie as well. If you’re going to do a reboot it needs to be something different to what we have seen, not the same old story time and time again.

Movie Monday: Judge Dredd

Now if you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I absolutely love last years Dredd, but I have a bit of a confession, I do kind of like the Stallone version too (yes I feel dirty saying that lol) but its not a bad movie. Here’s a quick plot summery.

In the future the earth has been devastated and mankind has crammed into a few Mega City’s and is barely surviving. She these cities were first built the police and the courts were not coping with the level of crime that so many people in such a small space were creating. So the Judges were created. They are the police, courts and where necessary, the executioners.

The story revolves around the legendary Judge Joseph Dredd. He is famed among he’s peers and feared by most criminals. He follows the word of the law strictly. He is framed and sent to a penal colony as a former Judge and a dear friend of Dredd’s escapes from the same penal colony.the shuttle transporting Dredd is shot down and as he is trying to return to Mega City 1 all hell is breaking loose in the city.
So Dredd needs to get the bad guys and save the city from Rico.

This is a little cheesy this one and a typical action movie from the time it was made in. It’s an okay action film but I don’t think it’s in the spirit of Judge Dredd. I get the feeling that they took the character and the setting and made a movie that the director and the producers, and writers wanted to write.
I’m looking forward to getting into the comics and see if this storyline actually takes place in any of them as I’ve heard that it does not. A rumour that I did hear is that fans of the comic actually got up and walked out of the cinema when Stallone (who played Dredd) took his helmet off. I’ve learnt that the character is never seen without his helmet in the comic strip.

As I said I do kind of like this movie, the acting is a little hammy and over the top in places and the storyline feels a little empty in places. The setting looks good, but its not anything that stands out from the other films of its time.

It’s a half decent movie but the 2012 movie, Dredd, is much better and it feels like it is in the spirit of the comic strip more then the earlier movie, but decide for yourselves ūüôā


A Quick Post

Not much has happened in the last few days. I’ve taken things a little easy as I was a little unwell yesterday.

That aside I’ve had a few ideas pop into my head, not only for stories that are in production but also for new stories which have all gone into my idea folder.

I got Dredd for Valentines Day from Tracie and I’ve watched that, a couple of times. What can I say I love the film! It did get me thinking about music and how that can affect writing but I think that deserves an in-depth post.

Speaking of Dredd Tracie also brought me the first collection of the Graphic novel of Judge Dredd so I’m well excited about that and am looking forward to reading it ūüôā

I’ve been very slack the last few days I’m afraid. I’ve got a lot of blogs to catch up on reading and I want to get back into a somewhat routine of posting myself.

Time to get back into the saddle.


Movie Monday: My Top 5 Movies Of 2012

I have seen some very good movies this year, and some very bad ones too, but lets not focus on those but let’s look at what was good.¬† Some of these movies may not have been released this year, but if I say the movie for the first time this year then it is eligible.

I’m going to start at the top;

  1. The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble¬†here in the U.K.):¬† This is by a long stretch¬†my favourite¬†movie of the year.¬† It had everything, action, drama, plot, great characters, humour, breath-taking¬†CGI.¬† Joss Whedon put an amazing movie together here and I’d go as far to say this is close to being my favourite movie of all time.
  2. The Dark Knight Rises: Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion to this Batman Trilogy was not perfect, but it was close.¬† It felt rushed in places and some of it felt a little strained but that is easily forgotten as the drama and the enormity of the plot gains pace.
  3. Dredd: I have a dirty confession here, I actually quite like the Stallone version but I can see the cheese factor¬†of the movie.¬† This version felt a lot more raw and I¬†loved the fact that it was a simple storyline and not Dredd¬†trying to save the world.¬†I’ve never read the comics that the film is based on, but I doubt that each episode has Dredd saving the world or something as grand.¬† It was just two cops trying to solve a crime, and stop a wider crime wave.
  4. The Hunger Games: I have just started reading the book, but I saw the movie when it first came out and it did really impress me. The changes that¬†I¬†have noticed¬†have not bothered me and I’m looking forward to the next movie, although I am¬†disappointed¬†that Director Gary Ross will not be returning¬†to¬†direct the second film.¬†Dredd only just pipped it to¬†the 3rd place.
  5. Rise OF The Guardians: This is a late comer to the list as it only came out a few weeks ago and gets in by the spirit the movie had. It’s a really great family film which I think deserves its place here.

I’ve got a couple of honorary mentions here.¬† The first is The Rocky Horror Picture show, Dead Silence, Sinister, Ted¬†and¬†The Women In Black.¬† All good movies which I wanted to mention as they left a lasting impression on me.

Movie Monday

I want to use this week’s Movie Monday to give a couple of quick thoughts on a few films that I have seen this year that I have not mentioned here.¬† Firstly The Amazing Spider-Man. I kind of expected this film to¬†as it was, predictable.¬† My favourite¬†part of it was the chemistry between Martin Sheen and Sally¬†Field.¬† Andrew Garfield is a far better Peter Parker/Spider-Man then Toby Maguire was.¬† Emma Stone is also very good as Gwen Stacy, although both her and Garfield look far too old to be high school students.¬†¬†Rhys Ifans¬†is not really convincing as¬†Dr. Curt Connors.¬† It was nice seeing a little bit about Parker’s parents though but most of that was clearly in place for¬†any sequel that may be in the pipeline.

The story was not too bad, but the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies are still too fresh in our memories for it to really make a mark on me.  I would have been tempted  to have carried on from the end of the third Raimi film, but with a new cast and director and so forth. Doing a re-boot though opens all the doors that Raimi closed.  The writers, producers and director(s) of a new series of films can pull almost anything they want from the Spider-Man universe.

Another Re-booted movie that was out this summer was Total Recall.¬† I’m a little unsure of this one, I think I’d like to see it again before really giving a strong opinion on it.¬† The cast is pretty good, although I’m still to see a film where Jessica Biel really pushes herself as an actress.¬† Kate¬†Beckinsale¬†is good in it, nice to see her playing¬†a different role to what she normally seems to do.¬† I¬†do generally like Len Wiseman as a director as well.¬† If I had to voice an opinion of the film¬†though I would say that it’s not got the edge of the original, and although¬†I do like Wiseman I couldn’t help but think that someone like Duncan Jones or Christopher Nolan would have been able to bring something a bit more to it.¬† Both of those directors have made films which challenge the viewers¬†interpretation of the world.

I hate writing blog posts like this because it feels like a really negative post and I have no doubt that many of the people involved in these films worked incredibly¬†hard to put¬†them together.¬† They were not the films that I had hoped that they would be.¬† We are in a stage in our¬†(movie) culture where Hollywood is recycling so many movies it’s kind of hard to get really excited about some of these re-boots.¬† I know I list The Dark Knight Rises as one of the best movies of the year so far, and yes that is a re-boot but it is an impressive re-boot.¬† There’s not been many other re-boots that have been as impressive or better, well aside from Dredd that is ūüėÄ