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TIFF 2019 Films and Crew

2019.08.22 07:53 cam_mciver TIFF 2019 Films and Crew

I made a list for myself to keep track of information about each movie, so I made a big list (cuz I just love lists).
Figured it might help someone, thought I might as well post it. This list is only the top 29 films I'm interested in, includes most of this year's big films.
Included are the movies, director, writer, cast, the premiere and theatrical release date if available
TIFF 2019 Films and Crew
Marriage Story
The Laundromat
JoJo Rabbit
The Goldfinch
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Honey Boy
Bad Education
Knives Out
The Lighthouse
Uncut Gems
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Just Mercy
The Two Popes
Motherless Brooklyn
Ford v Ferrari
Lucy in the Sky
The Report
Castle in the Ground
How to Build a Girl
The Personal History of David Copperfield
Endings, Beginnings
The True History of the Kelly Gang
The Friend
The Aeronauts
WP = World Premiere
IP = International Premiere
CP= Canadian Premiere
NAP = North American Premiere
Special Presentations
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2019.07.01 16:18 BeanieBreakdown Horror Journal: June 2019 (Reviews of films I watched last month.)

1. Us (2019)

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Directed by: Jordan Peele
Written by: Jordan Peele
Starring: Nupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Jospeh, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop, Cali Sheldon and Noelle Sheldon.
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
My Thoughts: I've been excited for this film ever since it was announced. Jordan Peele took the horror scene by storm with the brilliant "Get Out", and ever since I've thought he had the potential to be a leading voice in modern horror. And most seem to have responded well to this, his second film. But I feel that it's underwhelming compared to his previous film, and otherwise. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad effort. It's daring, different and has a definite surreal quality to it. It's a very different animal than Peele's debut, and much more demanding of it's audience. And though the film toys with some interesting mythology, and turns the concept of the doppelgänger on it's head, at times it just feels like a run of the mill home invasion thriller with some surreal moments thrown in. What's also missing is the social and political themes that "Get Out" mused. Some say that they are present, in the form of an exploration of discrimination, but the themes, if they are there, aren't nearly as potent or apparent as in "Get Out". And for me, the final twist did nothing but punch the entire film full of giant plot holes, which I'm still trying to wrap my head around. I also didn't find the film to be that scary, rather just strange. Still, acting is good all around, with Nupita Nyong'o giving an absolute powerhouse of a performance that will no doubt, catapult her into much deserved fame. And Peele's direction, while not as steady handed as in "Get Out", is still solid. The film just feels like a slightly confused, overly indulgent, unrefined mess to me. Peele's non-conformity is more than welcome, but next time, he needs to refine his vision. I'd consider this to be something of a sophomore slump, but maybe that's just me. I'm sure that Peele has plenty more films up his sleeve, that will tickle my fancy. This wasn't one of them.

My Rating: 5/10

2. Castle Freak (1995)

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Directed by: Stuart Gordon
Written by: Dennis Paoli
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Jessica Dollarhide, Massimo Sarchielli, Elisabeth Kaza, Luca Zingaretti, Raffaella Offidani and Jonathan Fuller as "Giorgio".
Distributed by: Full Moon Features
My Thoughts: This is perhaps, the lowest budget film that Stuart Gordon has ever produced. Yet, even with minimal funds, Gordon fashions a solid film out of what would have been pure exploitation in lesser hands. This is still a very gory, disturbing film, with bountiful blood and nudity to spare, but it seldom feels like schlock. Instead being anchored by thoughtful writing, that focuses more on well-defined characters, and fantastic acting. Jeffrey Combs gives what may be his best performance here, embodying a man who lives with unspeakable guilt, and Barabara Crampton counters his perfectly, as the wife who must live with the wreckage of his bad decisions. Their relationship gives the film it's backbone, and keeps it from simply being a run of the mill horror film. Cinematography is not pretty, but Gordon's direction is as solid as ever, and the namesake creature is a nasty piece of work. It's not a perfect film, or anything mind-blowing. But it's solid, well sustained entertainment, with some dramatic flair, and further proof that Gordon is a master.

My Rating: 7/10

3. Heart Of Midnight (1988)

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Directed by: Matthew Chapman
Written by: Matthew Chapman
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Peter Coyote, Denise Dummont, Gale Mayron, James Rebhorn, Sam Schacht, Frank Stallone and Brenda Vaccaro.
Distributed by: MGM
My Thoughts: This is an obscure little film, which is most notable for being one of the first appearances of Jennifer Jason Leigh, whom has always been a solid, unconventional actress. And this film almost turns out to be something of a hidden gem, save for some short-sighted social ideas, that seem downright ignorant today. It's a thoroughly well-made picture, with seamless direction and gorgeous cinematography. The sets are full of vibrant colors, richly dark shadows and moody lighting. This all creates a disorienting, dream-like atmosphere. And the film's scares come more from psychological terror, and disturbing imagery, than jumps and gore. It's a film that takes itself seriously, and becomes all the more disturbing for it. Sadly, things take a turn towards the end, which leaves us with a conventional thriller twist, although it's not the worst twist the film could've taken. But perhaps, most damning, is the film's demonization of the LGBT and BDSM communities. Perhaps, as with so many films of it's day, it wasn't really an intentional or political angle, but it serves to paint gay men as sexual deviants, and BDSM as something that "mentally unstable" people take part in. One could view it as a film in which the bad guys just happen to be gay BDSM fetishists, but it still seems ignorant, especially some of the dialogue. Strangely enough, the film is thoroughly modern concerning rape and women's rights. Still, even with these slightly backwards social notions holding it back, this is an effective, beautifully directed little creeper, that will manage to get under your skin. If you dig psychological horror, you should find plenty to like about this one.

My Rating: 6/10

4. Ghost Story (1981)

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Directed by: John Irwin
Written by: Lawrence D. Cohen
Starring: Craig Wasson, Alice Krige, Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Houseman, Patricia Neal, Jacqueline Brooks, Miguel Fernandes, Lance Holcomb, Mark Chamberlin, Tim Choate, Kurt Johnson, Ken Olin and Brad Sullivan.
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
My Thoughts: Here we have a bona-fide hidden gem, and a curiously underrated film. It has nearly everything one could want from a good old fashioned ghost story (hence the name), and even a few things you wouldn't expect. Despite being so unknown, it's not a low budget film at all, and features a cast of fantastic, well known actors. A foursome of old-Hollywood stars make up the principle cast of old men whore share a terrible secret. And Alice Krige, in one of her first roles, stuns with a combination of pure allure, uninhibited sexuality and cold menace. The film is also beautifully directed, with rich cinematography and a magnificent score, and a strong atmosphere to back it up. Perhaps some of the best moments come in the form of the flashback scenes, which richly detail the history of the film's characters, and set up a fairly fleshed-out story for the film's meat to hang on. The acting in these moments in fantastic, and the unexpected emotional weight they lend, adds gravitas to the film's more horrifying moments. It's not perfect, can be rather cliché, and winds up being another tale of vengeance from the grave, as we've seen before. But when pulled off so seamlessly, lovingly and artfully, even the most well known campfire tale can be a chilling "ghost story". If you love supernatural horror, you owe it to yourself to seek this one out.

My Rating: 8/10

5. The Picture Of Dorian Gray (1945)

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Directed by: Albert Lewin
Written by: Albert Lewin
Starring: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford, Lowell Gilmore and Richard Fraser.
Distributed by: Univseral Pictures
My Thoughts: Considered a classic horror story, but often forgotten amongst tales such as Dracula, Frankenstein and Jekyll & Hyde, is The Picture Of Dorian Gray. It has had it's share of film adaptations, but none of them have managed to garner much praise, this one perhaps, being the most well regarded of the bunch. And while it's a decent effort for it's time, it's still incapable of bringing this story to life in any meaningful way. Very much a product of it's time, the film skimps over the more controversial aspects of it's plot. Dorian Gray is supposed to be some hideous, evil cad, yet for all we can tell, the worst he's ever done is sleep with someone else's wife, or pay for the company of a harlot. No doubt, he does far worse things, but hardly ever on screen. It all serves to take much of the punch out of the film, and just leave one wondering exactly what Gray did for his portrait to look so demonic. Acting keeps the film afloat, through an overstuffed runtime, with the entire cast giving wonderful performances. The film also suffers from an over usage of narration, with an announcer telling us what the characters feel, more often than the characters themselves portray. It's sad that this is the best adaptation of such a classic tale of terror. But if you love Oscar Wilde's novel, this is most likely, the only adaptation worth seeking out.

My Rating: 6/10

6. Happy Birthday To Me (1981)

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Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Written by: John Saxton, Peter Jobin and Timothy Bond.
Starring: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane, Sharon Acker, Frances Hyland, Tracy Bregman, Jack Blum, Matt Craven, Lenore Zann, David Eisner, Lisa Langlois, Michel Rene Labelle, Richard Rebiere and Lesleh Donaldson.
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
My Thoughts: Here we have one of the great cult classics of the 80's slasher boom. But for those prepared to be met with a predictable experience, think again. This film is quite different than any other slasher of it's time period, as it takes elements of it's contemporaries and mixes them with giallo elements as well. What results, is an ambitious, confusing, not entirely successful twist on the American slasher film. It's a decently directed effort, with a few scenes of well sustained suspense, and some ghoulishly creative kills. It also doesn't skimp on the red stuff. But the film falls apart when it comes to plot and character. Most of the characters are indistinguishable from one and other, despite the cast being decent. And the plot unfolds through a series of never-ending twists and red herrings, and ends in a hurried unloading of exposition at the very end, that leaves plenty of plot holes gaping. It's not a horrible viewing experience, and it's worth seeing for slasher fiends, but it's not among the best of it's kind, and quite an unruly mess.

My Rating: 5/10

7. Hell Night (1981)

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Directed by: Tom De Simone
Written by: Randolph Feldman
Starring: Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Vincent Van Patten, Kevin Brophy, Jenny Neaumann, Suki Goodwin and Jimmy Sturtevant.
Distributed by: Independent
My Thoughts: Here is yet another 80's slasher cult classic, with a subtle twist. Instead of dealing with masked, gloved serial killers here, we are instead dealing with deformed men stalking about a gigantic mansion in which four college pledges must spend the night. It's still not the most original plot, by any means, but it serves to make this feel just different enough from it's contemporaries. Sadly, I can't say it's a classic of the sub-genre, thanks to a downright glacial pace. We're left watching uncannily lengthy scenes of characters stalking noises in the dark for much of the film. And there's not much tension in these scenes, as the same thing occurs nearly every time. Still, there's some suspenseful chase scenes and moments of sustained terror. Linda Blair is the only real drawing card the film had back in the day, and while not a fantastic actress, she's a charming one, who knows how to scream. The other actors in the small cast are all uncannily decent as well, and the characters are likeable, which helps heighten the tension. It's not perfect, but it's worth a look for slasher fans.

My Rating: 6/10

8. Tormented (2009)

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Directed by: John Wright
Written by: Stephen Prentice
Starring: April Pearson, Dimitri Leonidas, Alex Pettyfer, Calvin Dean, Tuppence Middleton, Georgia King, Mary Nighy, Olly Alexander, James Floyd, Sophie Wu, Hugh Mitchell, Larissa Wilson, Ruby Bentall, Tom Hopper, Peter Amory and Geoff Bell.
Distributed by: Pathe and BBC Films.
My Thoughts: Bullying is a horrific thing, and many horror films have attempted to speak on the issue, or portray it before. This little slasher artifact is a British stab at tackling the theme. Equal parts a gory slasher, a social critique and Skins-style soap opera, but not entirely successful in it's goal. The film has a number of things going for it, including a fine cast of youngsters that give decent performances, some gory kill scenes and believable dialogue. But between juggling it's more serious themes, and it's tongue in cheek slasher elements, the film becomes tacky, tasteless and quite exploitive. It muses on a very touchy subject, but it's treatment of said subject is almost as immature as the antics of the film's bullies. It shouldn't be "fun" watching a film like this, and if it is meant to be, the social elements should be dialed down. Both are prevalent, and at different times, in your face while watching this effort. In the end, it becomes a mess of a film, with a heart buried deep beneath buckets of gore.

My Rating: 5/10

9. Bloodwork (2012)

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Directed by: Eric Wostenberg
Written by: David Nahmod
Starring: Travis Van Winkle, John Bregar, Tricia Helfer, Tamara Feldman, Mircea Monroe, Rik Young, Joe Pingue, Vasanth Sarangapani, Albert Chung, Ardon Bess, Yanna McIntosh, James Purcell, Sterling Jarvis, Stephen Bogaert, Anna Ferguson, Brad Givoque and Eric Roberts.
Distributed by: IFC Films
My Thoughts: This was a pleasant surprise. Here I was expecting a cheap B-movie, and was greeted with a genuinely disturbing mixture of science fiction and psychological horror, that has more going on under the hood than it first may seem. The concept of a paid drug trial gone horribly wrong is one that is ripe with horrific potential, and also rather fresh. This was the first to really explore the theme, with several others in the following years. But there's a reason this is the most well-known out of the small batch. It's not perfectly directed, but pulled off with just enough finesse, a decent cast, and plenty of scenes that will get under the skin of those with an aversion to needles and creepy crawlers. The psychological themes that the film toys with are also astonishingly unnerving, and it ends up becoming an utterly effective little nightmare. At times, it reminded me of David Cronenberg's "Shivers", without the slimy slug creatures. To those who enjoy such films, this is sure to be a treat, and one with an uncomfortable scene for everyone.

My Rating: 7/10

10. Peeping Tom (1960)

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Directed by: Michael Powell
Written by: Leo Marks
Starring: Carl Boehm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley, Brenda Bruce, Miles Malleson, Esmond Knight, Martin Miller, Michael Goodliffe, Jack Watson, Shirley Ann Field and Pamela Green.
Distributed by: Anglo Amalgamated
My Thoughts: This is one of the most controversial horror films of all time, though no one would guess it today. But upon it's release in the UK, it was banned, censored, cut, destroyed in reviews by the moral majority and it's director, Michael Powell, was subjected to public ridicule unheard of at the time, and eventually blacklisted from Hollywood. It was years on, before this film would even receive a proper release, of any kind. One might think this means that this is a film filled with abundant gore and debauchery, but this couldn't be less true. The reason, it would seem, that Peeping Tom was so controversial upon it's release, is that it asks the viewer to empathize with it's madman. It shows us his crimes, but also his regret, his sadness, his own suffering, and his desire to be happy. This is nothing groundbreaking by today's standards, but it was scandalous back in the day, when minds were evidently much more closed. And this is the film's greatest strength. The performance of Carl Boehm as the film's antagonist is a masterful one, in which the full range of emotions is present. And the rest of the cast is also fantastic. It's also a beautifully photographed, and handsomely directed film, with bright colors and rich shadows. Like many films of it's time, it is dated upon modern viewing, but it is no doubt, a fine and influential film. It also holds some deeper thematic value, in it's deconstruction of inherent voyeurism in filmmaking, and our obsession with violence and death as a culture.

My Rating: 7/10

11. I Am Mother (2019)

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Directed by: Grant Sputore
Written by: Michael Lloyd Green
Starring: Clara Rugaard, Hilary Swank, Rose Byrne and Luke Hawker.
Distributed by: Netflix
My Thoughts: This one popped up on Netflix relatively unannounced and has been creating quite a stir. At times, I feel it's more of a science fiction thriller, but it has enough moments of isolated horror, and in context the film is overall, horrifying when all is considered. Taking equal pieces from films such as "Ex Machina" and "The Terminator", and then injecting them with thriller conventions and a hint of philosophical, political subtext, the film isn't exactly original, but feels fresh enough in the way that it subverts what is expected of the genre. Of particular interest are the effects used to bring the film's robot star to life. An equal mixture of stunning practical effects, and CGI, and the vocal talents of Rose Byrne, who through voice alone, imbues the hunk of metal with resonant humanity, and frightening maternal instincts. The rest of the cast is good as well, with young Clara Rugaard looking to make a name for herself, and Hilary Swank being as dependable as ever. The film toys with theories on the inherent horrors of motherhood, parental instinct and even the ways in which well intentioned measures against fascism, can lead to a kind of fascism all their own. None of the things it says are particularly well elaborated, or original, however, and one can't help but make a mental checklist of all the other sci-fi films that have already tread this water. Still, there's great performances, superb effects, well sustained tension and some frightening moments of paranoia. It's a decent, worthy little effort, if not entirely successful.

My Rating: 6/10

12. The Mangler (1995)

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Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Written by: Tobe Hooper, Stephen Brooks and Peter Welbeck.
Starring: Ted Levine, Robert Englund, Daniel Matmor, Jeremy Crutchley, Vanessa Pike, Demetre Phillips, Lisa Morris, Vera Blacker, Ashley Hayden and Danny Keogh.
Distributed by: New Line Cinema
My Thoughts: Here we have the "The Room" of horror films. A film, made with all the intentions of being a serious piece of horror fiction, but so laughably insane, and utterly illogical, that it is almost impossible to imagine anyone involved not being in on the joke. What makes this even more baffling, is the fact that this film is directed and written by none other than Tobe Hooper. The man who once gave us immortal classics such as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Poltergeist". His career is known to have plummeted in it's later years, to depths unseen by modern horror directors, but this stands out as his worst film, by far. Apparently based off a Stephen King story, it's unclear who thought a feature length film about a demonically possessed laundry folding machine would be a good idea. The results are exactly what you'd expect, except somehow, even more insane than you'd think. Characters spout crazed dialogue, performances are beyond hammy and the plot is barely held together, and in the midst of collapsing on it's own pointlessness at at all times. There is a decent cast, featuring Ted Levine, playing the world's angriest detective, who frequently spouts the line, "Miserable piece of dog fuck!", and Robert Englund himself, in an incredibly bad performance as a crutch-walking, metal-legged old man whose every sentence features at least six expletives. None of the cast give decent turns, despite some of them being great actors otherwise, and the supporting cast is full of duds. But the film remains an enjoyable watch, if only to laugh and cringe at the spectacle, and wonder just what kind of narcotics the entire crew was on. There are no redeeming qualities. Just unfettered incompetence and weirdness. A must watch, for any horror fan that appreciates "so bad, they're good" films.

My Rating: 3/10

13. Venom (1981)

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Directed by: Piers Haggard
Written by: Robert Carrington
Starring: Klaus Kinski, Sterling Hayden, Oliver Reed, Sarah Miles, Nicol Williamson, Lance Holcomb, Susan George, Cornelia Sharpe, Mike Gwilym and Michael Gough.
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
My Thoughts: Much maligned upon it's release, as a "silly" thrillehorror hybrid, this little film has been enjoying a small but steadily growing cult reputation over the years. And for good reason. It may simply feel like a typical heist thriller, with a poisonous snake thrown in, but it's damned effective. Well directed, by Piers Haggard, whom took over after none other than Tobe Hooper dropped directorial duties halfway through shooting, there's no swift change in directorial stylings. It's a smoothly directed, leanly suspenseful film. The cast is exceptional, with Klaus Kinski playing a thief who teeters on the fine line between violent insanity and quiet intelligence for the film's duration, with the ever reliable Oliver Reed playing opposite him. And Sterling Hayden turns in a heroic, loveable performance as a grandfather with knowledge of wild snakes, who's just trying to protect his fragile grandson. The snake itself is a live Black Mamba, and the scenes in which it attacks are handled deftly, never coming across as forced or cheesy, and consistently nail biting. The tension is slowly, cleverly ratcheted up throughout, until the film explodes in a frenzied, edge of your seat ending. It's nothing groundbreaking, but it's a classically directed, wonderfully acted, thriller with bite.

My Rating: 8/10

14. Pet Sematary (2019)

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Directed by: Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer.
Written by: Jeff Buhler
Starring: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jete Laurence, Hugo Lavoie, Lucas Lavoie, Obssa Ahmed and Alyssa Levine.
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
My Thoughts: The 1989 "Pet Sematary" is one of my favorite horror films of all time, and one of the scariest films ever made, in my humble opinion. Ever since it was announced that a remake was being produced, I was incredibly skeptical. But several points, including the directing skills of Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, whom gave us the cult classic "Starry Eyes" in 2014, a more than decent cast and the overall quality of recent remakes and reboots, had me hoping that this could be a nice riff on one of King's best stories. Instead, we are met with exactly what I feared. Every qualm that horror fans have about modern remakes is exemplified by this film. And while it's not the worst horror remake of all time, by any stretch, it is an absolute slap in the face to fans of the 1989 film and King himself. Some of the more well regarded remakes as of late, and those that have always been more warmly received, are ones that find new directions to take their source material in. But films like this are comfortable re-hashing the events of a well directed film, without any of the spark that made them special. For most of it's runtime, this film completely apes the original, even down to individual lines of dialogue. The first half of the film is a boring slog, as we sit through colorless, emotionless re-hashings of the first. The actors all seem to be on auto pilot, with wonderful performers such as Jason Clarke (who has been slumming in crumby horror films a lot lately) and John Lithgow, being absolutely wasted. And when the film does deviate, it's only in the slightest ways. One of the people who comes back is role-reversed, the gore is more plentiful, the film is more mean-spirited. But gone is the heartbreaking emotional undercurrent of the original, the thoughtful musings on the way we deal with death, the rich cinematography and creepy score. Replaced with nothing but the creaking, groaning gears of the Hollywood money machine. It was difficult, as a great fan of the first film, and King's novel, to even sit through this dreck. I did it, so you don't have to. You're very welcome. Now heed the warning, "Sometimes, dead is better."

My Rating: 5/10

15. Communion (1989)

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Directed by: Philippe Mora
Written by: Whitley Strieber
Starring: Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen, Andreas Katsulas, Terri Hanauer and Joel Carlson.
Distributed by: Artisan Entertainment
My Thoughts: This has to be some of the most straight-faced, seriously acted, absolute hokum that I have ever seen. Based on the supposedly "real life" experiences of popular horror novelist Whitley Strieber, and his claims of being abducted by alien beings while on vacation. The Strieber story strains credibility to begin with, and is not even a respected case among extraterrestrial researchers. It's apt enough that Strieber already had made a living for himself as a horror author, and during a period of writer's block, suddenly emerges with a story of alien abduction that he claimed was true. Strieber himself, penned the screenplay for this film, and even he isn't happy with it, claiming that Christopher Walken plays him completely wrong. Walken's performance is the only thing that keeps the film from becoming unwatchable. The film becomes an overlong joke, the moment the alien visitors are shown on screen. The effects are utterly tacky, horribly fake and simply laughable to behold. The "greys" look as if they are made of paper mache, and the "blue doctors" look like repurposed props from "Phantasm". They're not scary either. They dance, they wiggle, they make kissy-faces, and also anally probe Walken, who seems rather unbothered by all of this. He says "I'll kill you. How dare you?" with no conviction whatsoever. His performance is apt for the most part, with certain scenes obviously being directed in a strange manner. And after being kidnapped, raped and mentally abused by these creatures, in the end, we are treated to a montage of lovely music, and told that the aliens raped Strieber so he would have something interesting to write about, and to save his marriage. This is the work of either a mentally disturbed man, who paved the way for David Icke, and the new-age conspiracy theories of today, or a brilliant conman. Either way, it's an insufferable, incompetent, downright surreal (in a shlocky way) piece of junk.

My Rating: 4/10

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2015.09.17 21:19 virginscrewdriver Is The Londoner dating Alex Pettyfer?

I only just discovered this train wreck here at Reddit so someone fill me in. Her fan poodles seemed surprised at the pic of him on her IG, and then there's the pool photo from her topless French vacay where her "lovebird" is obscured by a hat. So... it's him and she's pretending to try to hide it while not hiding it?
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2015.03.06 22:19 Prefer_Not_To_Say The Allegations Against Bill DeMott - Megathread

Note - As I was writing this, Bill DeMott actually announced that he was stepping down. So I apologise for posting this belatedly but it will be posted for posterity anyway. I think it's important to have these stories available for future reference. DeMott stepping down is good news for all of us!
UPDATE: Bill DeMott stepping down has received coverage in The Washington Post.
This thread is to catalogue the allegations made against Bill DeMott so far and to update with any new developments (I'm in the UK, so any late-night developments in the US will be added the following morning). Not only is this for the sake of putting together a single hub so everyone can find every story easily but also as place for newcomers to find out the entire story without being confused and only hearing bits and pieces.
Basically, the short version is that Bill DeMott has been accused of three things: firstly, berating and insulting the WWE trainees with politically-incorrect language. Some examples include repeated use of the term "faggot", telling a black wrestler to "go back to Africa", telling a Middle Eastern trainee to "go back to building bombs" and more. Secondly, DeMott has been accused of intentionally causing or trying to cause injuries amongst the trainees or making existing injuries worse through neglect or maliciousness. Thirdly, the strength and conditioning coach -- Matt Wichlinkski -- has been accused of repeated counts of sexual harassment and not suffered any disciplinary action for doing so. This is allegedly due to DeMott being unwilling to take action against him.
Kevin Matthews Kevin Matthews first spoke out about Bill DeMott on his MySpace in 2007, shortly after being released from Deep South Wrestling. More famously, Kevin Matthews spoke out against DeMott in 2012 on Twitter, also breaking the news that DeMott has forced talents (Drew Hankinson) to train naked in the past and perform a Stinkface on other trainees (Zack Ryder and Melissa Coates), which was accompanied by a picture of the event (NSFW), with DeMott standing on the outside of the ring. Matthews made sure to note that women were on the receiving end of the naked Stinkface too.
In a now-removed video on Youtube, Devon Nicholson corroborates this story but, in a statement for Figure Four Online, states the talent was not forced to do this but volunteered because DeMott said if anyone did, they would get out of training that day. However, he also assumes that Vince McMahon finding out this type of "training" occurring was one of the reasons Deep South Wrestling was shut down and DeMott was released in 2007 (being replaced by Tom Prichard) before being hired back in 2011.
UPDATE: Devon Nicholson talks about the Stinkface incident in this video, describing it as "sick" and "one of the most disturbing incidents" and he left soon after because he was paid to learn how to wrestle, not to view displays such as that.
Derek Foore (Chad Baxter in NXT) In an interview with The Shoot in 2013, Derek Foore brought up his time in NXT and said that if a trainee messed up in the ring, Bill DeMott would break a yard stick over their back.
Austin Matelson (Austin Draven - ring name, Judas Devlin in NXT) On the 25th of February, Austin Draven had an interview with Vendetta Pro Radio and news came to light of a letter that Draven wrote to Human Resources about DeMott's behaviour. It outlined a lot of wrongdoing on DeMott's part, including racist and homophobic language, mocking another wrestler's death, referring to wrestler Joel Pettyfer (Oliver Gray) as "Joel Pedophile", telling students to kill themselves shortly after the trainees paid their condolences to Mike Graham (who had committed suicide) and more.
The letter also outlined DeMott's acts of intentionally putting students at risk of injury, including Draven himself, Gary Jackson, Enzo Amore, Memo Montenegro, Brandon Traven, Alexander Rusev, Briley Pierce and Oliver Gray.
Draven followed this with a second appearance on Vendetta Pro Radio where he revealed further details about DeMott's behaviour, including the fact that DeMott mocked Judas' letter after Talent Relations betrayed his trust about keeping it confidential. He also mentions that DeMott keeps a gun in his desk drawer and brings up that the strength and conditioning coach was sexually harassing the women but only Paige spoke up about it.
Following this news, Trent Barreta posted "About fucking time." to Twitter, indicating he was aware of DeMott's actions and was pleased someone was coming forward with them.
Ryan Collins (Brandon Traven in NXT) The Sports Courier on Facebook revealed this letter from Brandon Traven, reaffirming many of the points Austin Draven wrote about in his letter, such as Traven being on the receiving end of many of DeMott's homophobic comments. Brandon Traven was released only weeks after writing the letter.
Ryan Nemeth (Briley Pierce in NXT) On Twitter, Ryan Nemeth -- brother of Dolph Ziggler -- spoke about the strength and conditioning coach harassing female trainees and described DeMott as an "enabler" and "protector".
In an Ask Me Anything here on Reddit ten months ago, Nemeth discussed DeMott kicking him in his cast when he had a broken leg (as Draven wrote about in his letter) and delved into more detail about the female wrestlers being mistreated. He stated that after he posted his tweets about the strength and conditioning coach, "Triple H announced to the current locker room that [he] was a bitter liar who was making up stories" and "the girls' jobs and reputations were threatened". This is why he deleted the tweets.
He also added, "people who work there don't want to report things because they are scared they'll be fired for it. which is accurate. and people who don't work there anymore who report things are portrayed as being bitter ex-talent with an axe to grind." This fits with Brandon Traven being fired only weeks after reporting his mistreatment. Nemeth also went on to praise Rob MacIntyre, the strength and training coach who preceded Matt Wichlinkski.
Terra Calaway On Twitter, Terra Calaway wrote about how DeMott verbally abused a Middle Eastern trainee, referring to him as "a terrorist", "Aladdin", "a fat fuck" and telling him to "go back to building bombs". She also discussed how DeMott placed the trainee in a situation that was unsafe for someone of his skill level and how his yelling at Caraway pushed her into a wrestling seminar even though she had not adequately stretched, putting herself at risk.
Ricardo Rodriguez In an RF Video shoot interview in 2014, Ricardo talked about the number of trainees being injured suddenly going up and, when asked why, he joked, "hey Bill ...", referring to DeMott.
Anonymous Female Wrestler Here on Reddit, only three hours ago, a story was posted by a wrestler who worked in NXT with Bill DeMott but chose to remain anonymous. However, her identity was verified by the Moderators.
She describes a climate where everyone was afraid to speak up against DeMott for the sake of losing their jobs. This was the case with "Rob MacIntyre [the previous strength and conditioning coach, who Dave Meltzer explained was a scapegoat for many of the injuries] and at least two divas", as well as a female advocate in Talent Relations. She also reaffirms the point about Judas' letter being mocked by DeMott and goes into detail about Matt Wichlinkski, the strength and condition coach, and his sexual harassment of many of the female wrestlers. She also provides visual evidence, showing an image Wichlinkski took of one of the Bella Twins' posterior and lewd comments he made elsewhere.
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Here on Reddit, chillyecho looked into Wichlinkski more and found some more information about his online past, including a picture of Summer Rae's behind during a workout and a lewd comment on Facebook.
Ivelisse Vélez (Sofia Cortez in NXT) Ivelisse posted a tweet that simply stated, "If y'all only knew MY story... You know who I'm talking about. I lost everything for speaking up.. I was the first. The warning to others." From the timing and context, it is clear she is referring to DeMott.
UPDATE: Ivelisse would go on to post a paragraph saying she "had no choice but to suffer in silence" and she is awaiting legal clearance to be able to tell her story.
Curt Hawkins In an RF Video shoot interview in 2014, Curt Hawkins mentioned that people wrote letters to management "all the fucking time" about DeMott -- both for justified and unjustified reasons, according to Hawkins -- and DeMott would tear the letters out of wrestlers' hands as they were writing and post them on the bulletin board.
Drew Donovan In a Facebook post on March 4th, Donovan described the accusations against Bill DeMott as "pretty much one hundred percent true".
Joey Ryan and MVP In a Twitter thread dating back to January 2014, Joey Ryan wrote about John Laurinaitis and others but apart from a mention of DeMott being "a bully" and an alarming tweet from DeMott about the Boston marathon bombing, there were no significant stories about DeMott's actions. However, Ryan linked to Austin Matelson and Brandon Traven's stories on Wreddit and said he "wasn't exaggerating" about DeMott's bullying methods. MVP replied to it shortly afterwards, simply saying, "Damn. That shit is STILL going on?" confirming it also occurred during his time with the WWE.
Bob Holly On Twitter, speaking about a wrestling seminar he did a month ago, Holly states, "two former NXT students were there and said a few things that were the exact same claims that were said against Bill. Sounds like he has been doing it for a while". However, please note that Holly regards this as hearsay rather than confirmation.
Mike Bucci (Nova in ECW, Simon Dean in WWE) In his RF video shoot interview, Simon Dean stated that people were "sick of" Bill DeMott in Deep South, as it was a period where DeMott was fired but kept coming in anyway. He also referred to DeMott as "a bully" who would stiff people in the ring and stated that, although Kevin Matthews was not liked by a lot of people, what he said about Bill DeMott was true.
Rob Naylor, Creative Assistant at NXT Naylor appeared on Wrestling Observer Live on the 6th of March 2015, confirming some of DeMott's comments to be true, including the mockery of Davey Boy Smith's death. He said this occurred in front of 25 witnesses, so it was odd that the WWE claimed they found "no wrongdoing" in a press release about "thoroughly investigating" the matter.
Kenny Omega During an interview with Under The Mat, Kenny Omega discussed his time in WWE Developmental and said of DeMott: "The problem with Deep South to me is that there was a group that were tight with the boss and they would always go out and drink and have barbeques. Then when WWE would say who should we look at? Bill Demott would say oh look at this guy and this guy. Of course those were his buddies…."
A special thank you to all the people who came forward with their stories about Bill DeMott and helped get him to "step down" from his position. It was very courageous of all of you. As wrestling fans, we care about your well-being and the well-being of all trainees who will follow in your footsteps. Although many of us can only read about how tough the wrestling business is, we know it's difficult enough to be a part of without people like DeMott making it harder. We hope we were able to help in our own small way. Thank you for reading.
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2014.01.16 01:02 tabledresser [Table] I am Fantasy Author Peter V. Brett - AMA 2013

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I've heard that you often get mistaken for another wildly talented fantasy novelist. Just how good does that make you feel? 1) It makes me feel like I need to lose a few pounds.
I've heard that you once worked for Chippendale's, and that if fans at booksignings ask for it nicely enough, you're willing to show part of your old "Conan" routine. Care to comment? 2) Per the above, no one wants to see that routine until I hit the gym a bit. But thanks to your advice about hoarding small bills for tipping on tour, I now have more singles than a Vegas bachelor party. If you have a strong stomach, you can check our old routine here.
You, sir, win the internet. I know when I'm beaten. Today, I'm beaten. I'm buying dinner in Portland now, aren't I?
Ooh - a link! Hmm. Oh...who is...why would could anyone possibly... Serves you right for clicking.
Your friends gave you a spear when you wrote The Desert Spear. Have you thought about writing books with bigger gift titles? The Warded Mercedes Benz or The War Of Rolex Watches? I wish I'd thought of that sooner.
Who's POV is your uncontested favourite to write from? - What was your very first "idea" about the plot of Painted Man that eventually became the entire story? - Will I ever be able to get my hands on The Great Bazaar and Other Stories? - Do you have a favourite era of writers? - Arlen, Kvothe, and Oscar Britton are thrown into a cage. Who, if any, comes out alive? - I have spent a weird amount of time trying to put Hollywood faces on your characters, and for some reason Alex Pettyfer keeps showing up as Arlen - would you say I'm way off base? Do you have any thoughts on who might play who? - You are on a desert island: do you bring your laptop with only Word on it, or 10 books from your bookshelf? - Favourite Indiana Jones movie? You’re welcome! • Who's POV is your uncontested favourite to write from? • What was your very first "idea" about the plot of Painted Man that eventually became the entire story? o I wrote a short story for a writing class in 1998 that became the prologue for The Warded Man. Then my editor talked me into cutting it. You can see it here. • Will I ever be able to get my hands on The Great Bazaar and Other Stories? o Yes! There were only about 1200 copies printed in the US for the original Subterranean Press run, but a new Voyager edition (combining it my my other Subterranean novella, Brayan’s Gold) is due out soon. Probably in April. Order from a site with free international shipping if you are not in the UK! Or just buy the eBooks. • Arlen, Kvothe, and Oscar Britton are thrown into a cage. Who, if any, comes out alive? o Britton would open a gate and get the hell out of there. Kvothe and Arlen would have a beer and talk about their women problems. • I have spent a weird amount of time trying to put Hollywood faces on your characters, and for some reason Alex Pettyfer keeps showing up as Arlen - would you say I'm way off base? Do you have any thoughts on who might play who? • You are on a desert island: do you bring your laptop with only Word on it, or 10 books from your bookshelf?
Ward tattoos, jewellery, rune-dice, it's all so much more merchantisable than my stuff ... did you already have the action figures worked out to tie into the movie release when you were writing the first book? I hate you. No really. And the books are brilliant too. Gah. If I put a question mark on the end of this it'll be a question? I’m still waiting for you to make a limited edition thorn memory box.
Readers and reviewers often draw conclusions about your personal beliefs based on your fiction. How do you cope with this? Do you respond? If so, how? The funny part is, the conclusions drawn are so widely varied they cancel each other out. I have been assumed a conservative, liberal, a Christian and/or Muslim apologist, a subversive atheist, a feminist, a misogynist, etc.
What this tells me is that people don’t know from my fiction what my personal beliefs are, and bring their own baggage to my stories, which is how I want it.
I used to respond when someone assumed something hurtful or wrong-headed about me, though I do that less and less as my skin thickens. But basically, I would be calm, polite, and rational in my response. Three times out of four, it turned into a nice conversation. The other times, it was a clusterfuck.
Honestly, I got more the sense that you're less focused on judging and more focused on understanding. The depth you went into in some of the cases was just wonderful, and you had great worldbuilding. That is exactly right. Thank you.
Tell the truth: out of the 50 or so sword fights we had on the terrace at the UB Ellicott complex, who won the most? Dude, you know you had your ass handed to you. Why do you want it public?
Painted or Warded? Which word did you originally write? I always thought it was just a title thing, but got copies of UK and US books that have the respective word throughout the book (duh!). Painted was the original, though when my US publisher (for reasons still unknown) insisted on changing it, I was the one who came up with the alternate title and insisted on having it changed throughout. Over time I came to prefer “warded” over “painted”, but there no wrong answer.
Are you and Brent Weeks really the same person? If I had a nickel for every time someone confused us, I could pay your medical bills, Shawn.
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You have written a number of novellas set in your Demon Cycle series. Can you talk a bit about Mudboy and the anthology it will be published in, Unfettered? Also read Shawn’s AMA from yesterday!
I really enjoyed The Warded Man - one of those reads where I was completely immersed in the story and felt kind of disappointed when the book finished. One of those "Damn that was good - why couldn't he have carried the story along for another 200 or 300 pages?" entitlement feeling. How much of the decision around book length is due to marketing or reader expectations of a book's size vs. the actual length of a story? Where do you make the call to split something into a trilogy or more? The first book was about 12% longer originally, but the publisher asked me to trim, because I was an unproven author and they wanted to keep costs down. This didn’t really affect the story, though. I just nipped and tucked sentences and extraneous scenes until I hit the desired length. You can see much of what I cut on the Excisions page of my website. Once it was a proven seller, they have been much more accommodating, as you can tell from the increasing length of each book. Sometimes writers can be a bit arrogant, thinking that because we are skilled in one kind of storytelling, we must therefore be skilled in them all. This isn’t to say there isn’t a considerable crossover, but different mediums have their own demands. I know excellent short story writers who suck at novel-length work, and excellent novelists that write crappy shorts. A playwright has different beats to hit than a sitcom writer, or movie screenplay writer. Writing a comic script required that I learn a surprising number of the formatting and storytelling skills required for screenplay, considering not only the action in the story, but angle and shot, how to tell the story in a set number of pages, each with its own beat. I think I’ve got the hang of it now, but we’ll see how it goes.
At what point did you or will you define yourself as a successful writer? I don’t know if it’s worth trying to define what is successful or not. It’s so subjective. I have already exceeded my wildest dreams about being a writer, which was mainly to be published at all.
What is the writing process like for Red Sonja compared to your typical writing process? As for writing Sonja, the process was surprisingly different. I mean, I knew it would be different, but to be honest, I expected it to be easier. I was wrong.
How has your time spent as a table top/RPG gamer influenced your writing and world building? Your approach to fantasy overall? Can you cite any specific impact, or is it more generalized? And if it hasn't made a difference your writing, what the hell is wrong with you? Being a DM is a good, live reminder that people don’t always give a shit about the stuff you want them to. The job of a writer is to entertain first and foremost. If you lose the interest of your players, they will just start killing stuff. This is bad, but it’s worse when you lose the interest of your readers and they stop put your book down.
Why is your Twitter profile pic not as debonair as Brent Weeks's is? Are you afraid of his debonairness? Who says it’s not? Are you the sole judge of debonairity, Peter Orullian? The metal look went out a while ago, my friend. The rest of us got haircuts back in ‘95.
Why, yes. Yes, I am. And so's you know, it's a classic look--long hair, I mean. Why you gotta go all stereotype on me? And most of you lost your hair back in '95. But I'll grant you back a point of debonairness for grit. There, how's that? Debonarration is overrated.
Do you feel that there is a significant difference between pirating a book and the myriad of traditionally accepted ways of reading a book without paying the authopublisher (borrowing from a friend, borrowing from the library, buying used)? Why or why not? Do you think a reader is within his ethical rights to pirate the e-book for a book he has purchased in physical form? What about if he has bought the book for a quarter at a thrift store but would like to read it on his e-reader; should he have to buy the e-book? That said, there are limits on the amount of sharing of physical books that are not present in digital, and this can and does lead to abuse. I think artists should be compensated for their work and have a right to their copyrights, so I don’t pirate work or encourage others to do so.
What's your favorite scene in The Daylight War, and why? How about the hardest one to write? My favorite scene in Daylight War is the wedding. There is more than one, but you'll know the one I mean. The hardest part to write were the lyrics for The Battle of Cutter's Hollow and The Song of Waning, but they came out pretty well.
I hope she really understands how amazing this is. Bows are amazing, and The Hobbit... sniff You really sound like a wonderful father. I admire your methods of inspiration. Any thoughts on what books or series you'd like to read to/ with her after LoTR? So far we've done Charlotte's Web, James & the Giant Peach, The Jungle Book, and The Wind in the Willows. After The Hobbit we are doing The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
On a recent Speculate! podcast, you mentioned that you were surprised publishers haven't produced a basic set of PR instructions for new writers. Giving your experience, both as a PR guy and a writer, what would be on that list of instructions? Pretty simple stuff. Like a clear chart of the production process, showing timelines, and who is involved at what point. What the expectations are on the author in the time from when they turn in a complete manuscript up through book launch. How to set up a website: what you need and what you don’t. How to make a facebook author page and twitter account, what to use them for and what not. How to conduct oneself online and at signings. What things to expect your publisher’s publicist and marketing team to do for you, and what you should expect to have to do yourself or do without. Etc.
It still shocks me that this sort of thing isn’t standard.
For what it's worth, I'm 20% through The Daylight War, and I'm loving it. Fantastic stuff. Yay!
Do you regret punching Diana Rowland in the face or do you regret not punching her harder? • Do you regret punching Diana Rowland in the face or do you regret not punching her harder? o I did not punch Diana Rowland in the face. Glendrin Smith, my half-elf cleric of Prometheus, punched Diana’s thief Helena (now Hethena, as she is missing a tooth) in the face, because she totally killed that guy before I was done interrogating him. My only regret is not rolling a crit.
Can you tell us some more about your vision for Red Sonja? Besides the death of the chainkini, are you taking one of the ultimate cheesecake properties legit? What about Red Sonja makes her worth investing your creative energy? I hear you recorded a D&D game with an awesome financial analyst (and some writer type people, too). What should your adoring public know about the game before the footage is released? • Can you tell us some more about your vision for Red Sonja? Besides the death of the chainkini, are you taking one of the ultimate cheesecake properties legit? What about Red Sonja makes her worth investing your creative energy? • I hear you recorded a D&D game with an awesome financial analyst (and some writer type people, too). What should your adoring public know about the game before the footage is released?
Has becoming a parent changed the way you write? If so, how? Yes. I have way less time to do it.
How many books are you planning (I've heard 5)? Also do you think it will take as long to write the next one as it did the daylight war? The series was originally pitched as a quintet, and I have always worked with that arc in mind. But because I was an unproven author, my US publisher, Del Rey Books, only contracted me for three books initially, and other publishers like Voyager in the UK followed suit. This led to a mistaken assumption by some that the series was a trilogy, a misconception I battle to this day.
My second contract was for another three books, which is meant to finish the series and to lock in my next project. That sixth book will be a stand-alone Demon Cycle story set in the same world with many shared characters, but it will not be necessary to have read the main series to enjoy it, or vice versa.
In addition to this, there’s a series of standalone novellas that act as companions to the series. As with the sixth book, they can be enjoyed independently or as part of the larger mythos of The Demon Cycle.
As for how long it will take me to write the next book, I honestly don’t know. I am hoping to do it more quickly than the last, but life throws you curve balls sometimes.
How much does your beard have with your ability to craft great fantasy novels? Some of the best fantasy writers, GRRM, Jordan, Patrick Rothfuss, Michael Moorcock, Brent Weeks have beards. Others don't (Sanderson, Lawrence, Cole), but started writing un-bearded which infers they cannot now grow beards for fear interfering with their ability to write. This begs the second question, do you fear shaving your beard? 1) Very little, though it helps in your author photo on the book jacket.
2) Nope. I just like how it frames my face. And the gray makes me look distinguished.
Hey Peter, So it seems like you know Brent Weeks. Got any embarrassing stories to tell? Do you play Dungeons and Dragons together? Does he really have a DEX of 17? This says it all.
That was the best 29 minutes of my life. Thank you. Author D&D Episode 2 in April!
Why a Fremlin Thief? Dear God WHY WAS IT ALWAYS A DAMN FREMLIN THIEF!? Because my goal as a player was always to make you work hard for that DM power trip.
What are your thoughts on discipline and writing? How do you keep yourself going on days when you want to slack off? Writing is like going to the gym. If you get in the habit, it gets easier, but when you slack off (and we all do), it gets increasingly hard to get back to it, and you need to build the muscle back up when you do. In the end, ain’t nothin’ to it but to do it.
In the end, ain’t nothin’ to it but to do it. I stole it from Dr. Teeth.
Follow-up question: Do the UK and US sequels have to each keep the different word throughout? That seems like a pain. =) Yes. Yes it is.
I'm Ron Burgundy? You stay classy, San Diego.
Thanks for taking the time to do this. I am really cannot wait until the 12th - not only is it my daughters third birthday but one of my favourite series gets another installment. What do you like to do on your down time? Do you play PC/console games? I don't have a lot of downtime. When I do, it is usually TV veg time. I watch The Daily Show, Colbert Report, SNL, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, True Blood, and lately, believe it or not, Downton Abbey.
How big is your book collection? What sorts of things do you read other than fantasy? I have maybe 700 physical/eBooks, and about 10,000 comics. I have examples of most types of fiction and non-fiction in my collection, but the vast majority is fantasy.
How detailed do you usually create your outlines? And I've been very curious ever since I read The Warded Man -- did you draft the chapters in order, or did you, say, write all of Arlen's chapters then each of the other character's chapters, THEN write the ones where they finally meet? The Warded Man is a bad example, as I was still learning my writing style, and at one point when the story went off course I ended up throwing out 60% of it and starting fresh. With the subsequent books, I have taken to writing VERY detailed stepsheets for each chapter, sometimes hundreds of pages, before I begin layering in the prose. I’ve talked about this a lot in interviews.
Thanks, Pete. I'll look for those interviews. I'm really looking forward to The Desert Spear. It's in my living room, daring me to start before I hit my next deadline. It's a very different book than the first, but I think it aspires to be more, as well. Love to hear what you think.
A previous commenter mentioned marketability. D you have any advice as far as that goes? How does one go about finding aspects of their world that could be marketed in such a way? I hesitate to say that you should put the cart in front of the horse and overthink marketing before you have a solid story, though I guess I did that to an extent by focusing in the broad sense on big cross-cultural issues like fear of the dark and symbols to ward off evil. But really, once you have a good story, marketing is the easy part.
Is the world is going to get bigger? Will we see what's going on outside Thesa? You’re welcome! I have notes for the larger world, but the main story in the planned series will keep to the current map.
Just finishing up a re-read of the series so far and I still absolutely love it. I'm out in Jersey and hope to make it out to Brooklyn for the launch next week. Please come to the launch! Would love to have you there.
You have a substantial virtual presence (website, twitter, participating in Rothfuss's Storyboard on Thursday night). It seems you keep up with a lot of this stuff yourself. How do you, as a busy writer with multiple projects and deadlines, balance your promotional/connecting activities and your actual writing? Do you find that your internet footprint is important to your sales? Beats the heck out of me. I am making this shit up as I go along.
In The Daylight War, will we get a look into Inevera's childhood, or any glimpse into the training of Dama'ting? • In The Daylight War, will we get a look into Inevera's childhood, or any glimpse into the training of Dama'ting?
Do you plan to have Arlen (or any characters, I suppose) travel past Krasia or into new tracts of undiscovered or previously unmentioned territories? • Do you plan to have Arlen (or any characters, I suppose) travel past Krasia or into new tracts of undiscovered or previously unmentioned territories?
I wanted to mention that I love the fact that the names in this series are spelled in an interesting fashion or are different than I would expect. Is this a British sort of thing (I realize the book came out in the UK previous to USA), or was this of your own imagining? • I wanted to mention that I love the fact that the names in this series are spelled in an interesting fashion or are different than I would expect. Is this a British sort of thing (I realize the book came out in the UK previous to USA), or was this of your own imagining?
What is your writing method like? Do you prefer quiet or do you listen to music? Do you write in long stretches or a little here take a break and then a little more writing? Maybe walk us through what a typical day is like? In a related note, how did you write your first book (which I assume you had a full time job type thing that got in the way of writing)? Thank you for doing this AMA! I always write to music. Sometimes there are long stretches when I am in the zone, but more often I get pent up and start pacing, or make excuses to get up all the time. Unless I am on the subway. I am very focused when writing on the train. No internet!
I've seen you reference some of your influences from a story/content perspective, (Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan), but as I was reading THE DAYLIGHT WAR, I began to notice some similarities and/or influences from a storytelling/structural standpoint. What writers or pieces of fiction influenced HOW you want to tell the story of humanity's fight against the demons? James Clavell: Shogun CS Friedman: Coldfire trilogy George RR Martin: ASOIAF Robert Jordan: Wheel of Time JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings.
What these stories had in common was a tale too large to be told in one POV. I began to see the depth of character and worldbuilding that was possible in a novel or series, something that many of the other fantasy books I read growing up were lacking.
in a related q: what is your preferred Basic D&D characterace combo to play? (Alignment optional). And none of this "Barbarian" or "Sorcerer" crap--I'm talking the original classes here, Brett. AD&D 2nd Edition Skills and Powers expansion was my game of choice. One year we were WAY into using the Book of Humanoids. As Myke noted, my race/class of choice was Fremlin thief. I always choose ranger or thief.
Do you have a go to expression you use consistently in every day life? If so, what is it? What did you think of the Super Bowl? What is the most embarrassing thing you've heard or seen at a signing? What's a Super Bowl? Is that some sort of drug reference?
Have you considered doing what we all love/hate fantasy writers doing. Getting side tracked writing another series or are you committed to finishing this cycle before moving on to something new? If you did start a new series have you any idea what it would be about? I am committed, apart from little side projects I can finish quickly, like Red Sonja or the novellas.
Also slightly premature but.. Hope you have a great birthday! And thank you! It's only two days premature.
What effect do you think your beard has had in your level of success? Not sure it’s done me much good apart from hiding a slight double-chin and getting me stopped more frequently at airports.
What's your favorite video game? Or do you even play any video games? I haven't significantly invested in a video game since Neverwinter Nights, because I realized I would never get any writing done. I do really like them, though.
More seriously--you've written some shorter works in the Demon Cycle verse, as opposed to the longer novels. What were the challenges and opportunities in trying a shorter form? Short stories has never been my medium of choice, but I have come to think of each chapter in my books as a short story, and so it was not as different as, say, writing comics.
Why did you make a new reddit account when you just used your PeterVBrett account yesterday? =) I have two accounts? Huh. I think I made one a long time ago for a Red Sonja forum, and forgot the password by the time my first AMA happened. I guess I should do something about that...
So you're saying that this comment was not posted by you to Shawn Speakman yesterday? No, it was. It must be logged in on either my phone or my desktop computer. This one is on my iPad and netbook. Ugh! That is annoying. Thanks for pointing it out.
1.) If we met in an elevator and i had never read your books. What would your 30 second pitch be to encourage me to read them? 1) I would never pitch my books in an elevator. That is creepy.
4.) If you where in a highlander style style battle with another author, who would it be? 4) Someone whose ass I could kick, but with enough power to make me immortal. Abercrombie?
I kidnapped you Misery style would that work? Also I wanted to explain something--I was the twitter user who suggested that you ought to Brandalize some of Sanderson's works. It's not a bad thing, trust me. Grammar Girl explains what it means. I've been doing that for years. Brandon and I have the same literary agent, and he's the one that taught us both to do it.
Just want to say i was fortunate enough to get my hands on a ARC of Daylight War and OMFG!!! Great Job! Worth the Wait! When do you think you are going to start on book 4? Thanks so much! I’ve already started book 4. No idea when I will finish, though. As always, it’s gonna be a biggie.
1) I really enjoyed your short stories about Arlen - any concrete plans for more of those and/or for some kind of book of just missions? They're fun. Thanks! There will defintely be more novellas.
2) If you could only read books from one other author the rest of your life, who would you choose and why? I dunno. George RR Martin?
3) Can I buy you a beer after your Beaverton signing? I don't bite. I'm doing a signing in Beaverton?
I really enjoyed both of your first two books, but Desert Spear was kind of a departure from The Warded Man. What would you say inspired the differences, and did you ever consider writing a direct sequel, or was the story of The Desert Spear always the intention? Thanks. The Desert Spear was always where I meant to take the story. I wanted to do something very familiar to fantasy readers with the first book, and then take a hard left turn with the second and steer away from the comfort zone a bit.
Do you read any of the varied reviews of your books that are posted on Amazon/Goodreads/Blogs? I read pretty much every review, though after a book has been out a while they start to blur together and I miss some and skim others.
Hi Peter! Did you like Poland and Polcon? It was amazing! I had no idea I was so popular in Poland. I felt like Justin Beiber! Wroclaw was gorgeous and the food was amazing. The vodka was dangerous though...
Mr. Brett, could you share a story with us on how you first conceived the idea of mystic runes warding off demons? The use of mystic symbols to ward off evil has been part of most every culture in the world since writing was invented. I just stole the idea.
Brian, didn't you not get the memo? All bearded authors must shave them - you'll have a tough choice to make. I really don't think you're as "baby face" as you claim. But it's only a few months to your debut so get out that razor. Yes. Creepy moustache is the way to go.
Do you imagine a specific kind of music that goes well with the Demon Cycle books? Not really. I write to all sorts of things when I work. I listened to a lot of Tool and A Perfect Circle working on Warded Man, and more soothing stuff like Iron & Wine on Desert Spear, and frequently played The Goat Rodeo Sessions and pop club music while working on Daylight War.
Hey Pete, "I have mixed feelings about self-publishing. I think it is the right route for some people who have the right mix of writing ability and business/marketing acumen, but it isn't for everyone, or even most people, if one's goal is to make a living off one's writing. I think a lot of people also use it as a shortcut around the hard work of writing a saleable manuscript and facing potential rejection, a plan that inevitably fails." I was just wondering, because publishing is in constant flux, if this still applies, or have you changed your thoughts on the subject? Hey Michael. Good seeing you, too. I stand by what I said there. It's true the industry is in flux, but I haven't seen anything to change that position yet. Thanks for dropping in.
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