Sunday, 25 June 2017

Monthly Round-Up (Reviews, articles and more) - June 2017

It's boiling right now in London, but my time at MetFilm is still proving to be mighty fun. I'm drawing to a close on writing a Western screenplay, and just began sending out a book to publishers. As always, follow my Official Facebook for all news and updates as they happen:
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This month will be the last full month devoted to Series 10 of Doctor Who on ThirdActFilm. But first, a brand new theatrical release review. On Blasting News, I cover the latest seafaring adventure of Jack Sparrow in 'Dead Men Tell No Tales':
http://uk.blastingnews.com/opinion/2017/05/pirates-of-the-caribbean-dead-men-tell-no-tales-review-jack-is-back-001732619.html



Now, back to WHOCap. The Extremis trilogy draws to a rather underwhelming close in 'The Lie of the Land':
http://thirdactfilm.com/whocap-review-the-lie-the-land-s10-ep8/

Next, the TARDIS team find Victorian soldiers on Mars, where the Ice Warriors are lying in wait, in Mark Gatiss' 'Empress of Mars':

http://thirdactfilm.com/whocap-review-empress-mars-s10-ep9/


Then, Classic Who veteran Rona Munro returns to write for the show as she ponders the disappearance of the Ninth Legion in 'The Eaters of Light':
http://thirdactfilm.com/whocap-review-the-eaters-light-s10-ep10/


And finally, the time has come for the series finale, as two Masters and Mondasian Cybermen turn up in 'World Enough and Time':
http://thirdactfilm.com/whocap-review-world-enough-and-time-s10-ep11/

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And be sure to check out the ongoing journey of my own animated series, Agents In Odd (nay Very Strange Things), here: http://verystrangethingsanimated.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Monthly Round-Up (Reviews, articles and more) - May 2017

It's that time again! Both my life and the weather match: they're heating up. MetFilm is still proving to be one of the brigthest and most rewarding ideas I've had in a good while, and I'm now confidently at the head two, going on three, screenplays. As always, follow my Official Facebook for all news and updates as they happen:
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This month'll be very simple, as I continue covering every episode of Series 10 Doctor Who for ThirdActFilm's WHOCap series. First, Poirot himself, David Suchet, stars as the sinister LandLord of a creepy house that gobbles students in 'Knock Knock':
http://thirdactfilm.com/whocap-review-knock-knock-s10-ep4/




Next, the TARDIS team find themselves running out of time and air in 'Oxygen', signalling the return of wunderkind writer Jamie Matheson:

http://thirdactfilm.com/whocap-review-oxygen-s10-ep5/



Then, we get the first of the series' three parter, as the Doctor must seek 'Veritas' within the depths of the Vatican in 'Extremis':
http://thirdactfilm.com/whocap-review-extremis-s10-ep6/

And finally, the Doctor investigates a mysterious pyramid, smack dab in the middle of an international warzone, in the second part, 'The Pyramid At The End of The World':
http://thirdactfilm.com/whocap-review-the-pyramid-the-end-the-world-s10-ep7/

Get your copy of Time Shadows here and support a really good cause for the disabled:
http://pseudoscopepublishing.com/timeshadows/

And be sure to check out the ongoing journey of my own animated series, Agents In Odd (nay Very Strange Things), here: http://verystrangethingsanimated.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday, 13 May 2017

A 'State of the projects' address (13/5/17)

So, a quick update on the world beyond reviews (which you will be updated on, as always, later this month) and what I've been up to in terms of my own creative efforts:

  • First term at Met Film School is done, with the second well underway. I developed a fun little fantasy comedy about demons in an office that helped reaffirm my love of creative writing, as well as the proper processes to generate it. Generic and overused as it is to say, I was fortunate to have a great class, great atmosphere, and great teaching. Even saw Andy Serkis' car one time as I was walking out of the facilities (and I can't say more than that, lest I breach some rule).
  • My children's novel, 'Eyes of Ra' has now completed its fourth draft, finished in an outstanding five days. I hadn't touched it in over two months, so this was a rather exciting, as well as refreshing, endeavour to work on. I even had some notes handy froma trusted individual from my school days who really know her way around a story.
  • I've been drafted in to help develop a feature: a pseudo sci-fi comedy adventure tale set at a university. Can't say much more than that at the moment, as its still in the treatment stage, but the producers are young, really game and determined so, 'break a leg', that this becomes something big and very, very rewarding. It'll be a lot of work, make no mistake, but every step counts in this type of business.
And well, that's all from me.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Monthly Round-Up (Reviews, articles and more) - April 2017

It's that time again, updating you on all the critical goodies, and where to find them. It's proven to be quite a busy but rewarding month for me personally, and MetFilm is going quite nicely. As always, follow my Official Facebook for all news and updates as they happen:
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Over on Blasting News, I talk about the recently released historical epic, 'Outlaws' (also known as For Greater Glory), starring Andy Garcia:
uk.blastingnews.com/opinion/2017/04/outlaws-review-lord-of-the-rings-veteran-tries-catholic-epic-001639509.html


After, on ThirdActFilm, I talk about what many see as the end of Williams' sap years in the 1999 holocaust dramaedy, 'Jakob The Liar':
http://thirdactfilm.com/throwback-review-jakob-the-liar-1999/

Next, in the newest installment of ICFTBB, I talk about Ireland's own 'Fast and Furious' film... made just before the first 'F&F' was even shot, in 'Accelerator': http://thirdactfilm.com/it-came-from-the-bargain-bin-accelerator-2000/

And finally,  I cover every episode of Series 10 Doctor Who for ThirdActFilm's WHOCap series, beginning with 'The Pilot':
http://thirdactfilm.com/whocap-review-the-pilot-s10-ep1/


Followed by evil emoji robots in a WHOCap for 'Smile'.
thirdactfilm.com/whocap-review-smile-s10-ep2/

And now, with ludicrous speed, the 'Thin Ice' WHOCap review:
http://thirdactfilm.com/whocap-review-thin-ice-s10-ep3/

Get your copy of Time Shadows here and support a really good cause for the disabled:
http://pseudoscopepublishing.com/timeshadows/

And be sure to check out the ongoing journey of my own animated series, Agents In Odd (nay Very Strange Things), here: http://verystrangethingsanimated.blogspot.co.uk/

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Monthly Round-Up (Reviews, articles and more) - March 2017

Time again, updating you on all the goodies, and where to find them. My Official Facebook, for all news and updates as they happen:
https://www.facebook.com/abeldiazwrites/

First, a double bill of reviews on Blasting News, starting with Hugh Jackman's final show as Wolverine, Logan: http://uk.blastingnews.com/opinion/2017/03/logan-review-a-sombre-and-satisfying-conclusion-001524317.html

And second, the latest 'Monsterverse' romp, Kong: Skull Island: http://uk.blastingnews.com/opinion/2017/03/kong-skull-island-review-cinematic-wish-fulfillment-001524323.html


Next, over on ThirdActFilm, a Kong double bill, beginning with a Throwback Review for the 1976 version, starring Jeff Bridges: http://thirdactfilm.com/throwback-review-king-kong-1976/

Then, a brand new ICFTBB review of a King Kong remake you've never heard of: http://thirdactfilm.com/came-from-the-bargain-bin-jack-buchanans-king-kong-2016/

And finally, a new recommendations list for 'Beauty and The Beast' if you're hungry for fantasy:
http://thirdactfilm.com/like-beauty-and-the-beast-heres-more-fantasies-youll-love/



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Get your copy of Time Shadows here and support a really good cause for the disabled:
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Also, be sure to check out the ongoing journey of my own animated series, Agents In Odd, here: http://verystrangethingsanimated.blogspot.co.uk/

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Back To School - Beginning my Masters Degree at Met Film (5/3/17)

Two years after I handed in my last bit of academic work, and now, I'm returning to higher education. I'm getting into film school, specifically the Ealing Studios based Met Film School, for a MA in Screenwriting. The course covers both the process as well as (most importantly for me) the business angle, including the much sought after questions of agents, as well as pitches, development and whatnot. It also offers in-course work experience and a post-grad programme with active industry links.


Like many things in life, this was not an easy decision. Aside from the hefty cost (partially paid for with my own savings from different jobs), I had hoped to be able to achieve my goals once I had left University with just my BA. Call it youthful hubris, or just plain arrogance, but I've tried going alone for two years, and it hasn't worked. Pitch after pitch has collapsed, never mind the slew of projects that never made it or I couldn't crack. As time went on, though I didn't want to admit it, I needed someone bigger, smarter and more experienced than me, to make things happen and show me a potentially better path.

The course runs from March 2017 to this time next year. Don't know yet if it'll also require a running log like Middlesex, so whether or not I'll be actively archiving what goes on I can't say yet. 

 
So, the next question arises: how will this affect online content for ThirdAct, Blasting News, Youtube etc.? Thankfully, I have a bunch of stuff already prepared ahead of time, including a double bill of Kong reviews, a list related to Beauty and The Beast, another Robin Williams movie review and, of course, weekly reviews for S10 of Doctor Who when it hits in April. Pitching for Agents In Odd will also slow for a time, though it'll never be far from my mind.

Buckling up right now, because things are about to get bumpy, but undeniably, exciting too...

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Monthly Round-Up (Reviews, articles and more) - February 2017

Time again, updating you on all the goodies, and where to find them. My Official Facebook, for all news and updates as they happen:
https://www.facebook.com/abeldiazwrites/

First, a review of the new Michael Keaton McDonalds biopic, The Founder, on Blasting News:
http://uk.blastingnews.com/opinion/2017/02/the-founder-review-the-harsh-origins-of-mcdonalds-001465305.html

Next, a brand new ICFTBB review of The Asylum's Transmorphers on ThirdActFilm:
http://thirdactfilm.com/came-from-the-bargain-bin-transmorphers-2007/

Then, if you liked the new Magnificent Seven, I've got some Western Recommendations:
http://thirdactfilm.com/like-the-magnificent-seven-heres-more-westerns-youll-love/

And finally, a lengthy article on the significance of the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise:
http://thirdactfilm.com/why-fifty-shades-grey-may-the-worst-franchise-entertainment-history/


For more, also pay a visit to the SavageScribe DA Profile: http://savagescribe.deviantart.com/

Get your copy of Time Shadows here and support a really good cause for the disabled:
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Also, be sure to check out the ongoing journey of my own animated series, Agents In Odd, here (fun ahead!): http://verystrangethingsanimated.blogspot.co.uk/

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Monthly Round-Up (Reviews, articles and more) - January 2017

Well, it's a little later than I would've liked, but at last, I'm updating you on all the goodies in January, and where to find them..

As always, you can keep up with my Official Facebook page, for all news and updates relating to me and my projects:
https://www.facebook.com/abeldiazwrites/

So, first up, reviews for all episodes of Series 4 of BBC's Sherlock. To start, The Six Thatchers review on Blasting News:
http://uk.blastingnews.com/opinion/2017/01/sherlock-season-4-ep1-the-six-thatchers-review-001362169.html


And next, a two for one deal with The Lying Detective and The Final Problem reviews:
http://uk.blastingnews.com/opinion/2017/01/sherlock-s4-ep2-and-3-the-lying-detective-and-the-final-problem-review-001431437.html

Over on ThirdActFilm.com, I review one of the year's first, and best, films, A Monster Calls:
http://thirdactfilm.com/monster-calls/

Next, I do a WHOCAP on 4 New to Classic Who Recommendations:
http://thirdactfilm.com/whocap-new-classic-doctor-who-recommendations/

Then, a review of 1975's Royal Flash, based on the Flashman novels:
http://thirdactfilm.com/throwback-review-royal-flash-1975/

An article on my thoughts on Noel Clarke's Brotherhood, the third and final part of the Hood trilogy:
http://thirdactfilm.com/why-brotherhood-was-disappointment/

More goodies over on my SavageScribe DA Profile: http://savagescribe.deviantart.com/

Get your copy of Time Shadows here and support a really good cause for the disabled:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/matt-grady-and-samuel-gibb/time-shadows/paperback/product-22750801.html

Also, be sure to check out the ongoing journey of my own animated series, Agents In Odd (nay Very Strange Things), here (fun ahead!): http://verystrangethingsanimated.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Moving into the New Year - 2016 in review and plans (3/1/17)

Happy New Year! 2016 is done, and it's feels redundant to make any kind of remark about it, as it's been more than well spoken for by social media. But putting all the political shenanigans to one side, I wish to say that this was an important year for me as a creative mind:

A few major stumbles, having followed a turbulent period in mid 2015 that juxtaposed graduation with the loss of a very valued collaborator and the resulting collapse of our project, forced me to really reevaluate how I want to go forward with my work. It not only hit home the fact that you have to go through a lot of pain and strife if you really believe in something's merit as a work, but to have a proper plan. Not a fancy buzzword or some vague thing in your mind, but an actual design to cover you in the event of failure. Having a Plan B through H is vital in something as turbulent as Film and TV.

I admit it: I got the balance wrong. I put so much stock in one thing that when it failed, I was lost. I made bad calls, blundered into situations unprepared and took on more than was advisable. I believed in quantity over quality, and lost focus of the things that I value most in my creations. I stopped saying and making what I wanted to, and just threw stuff at the wall in vain.

2016 made me decide: either commit to the long haul and fight, sodding those who want to hold you back for their own goals, or stop messing around with a pipe dream and do something else. Coming soon: Agents In Odd will starting its round of pitching within the next week, so break a few legs that that bears some fruit. The children's novel, The Eyes of Ra, is set for a third draft very soon, and that should be cranked by February. Some outside negotiations and the development contract should have some further advents in the next two months, so hopeful there too.

2017 means much to a lot of people, and for me, it'll be the first year in a while that I feel optimistic about, knowing that there may be something over the proverbial horizon.