Bright and Lilyhammer

Date posted: January 8, 2018

Hello all, I have returned.

So it’s been awhile since I’ve last posted, and an equal amount of time since I set myself to work on my latest book. Why might you ask did I take leave of such efforts? Well, the winter holiday’s do take a toll, and my sleep schedule had been of course disrupted leaving me in no state to compose appropriate words to tell a tale. Though in that time I was able to passively to consume the visual media.

First I want to talk about a little show called Lilyhammer. With a mixture of Fargo and many a mafia based movie, this series has a charm that is lacking in many a show. Set in Norway, a mob informant is sent to hide from would-be revenge seeking mafia members. There he returns to his criminal ways, though mostly with good intentions of improving the life of those he meets, his most of all of course. His views are challenged, even as he challenges those he meets. I’m currently in the second season, and it still holds its appeal. While “Johnny” is an obvious stereotype, going so far as to quote lines from famous mob movies in most episodes, he has his own charm. If you liked Fargo, and don’t mind subtitles every now and again, I’d say give this a watch. At times it comes off as a parody, but it has its heart in the right place.

I also just watched the Netflix original movie called Bright. I found it to be entertaining, and interesting. Not the most wonderful movie ever, but I don’t think it deserves the hate it seems to be getting from critics. A second movie is in the works, and I will gladly watch it if it is anywhere near as good as this one was. Fantasy meets gritty cop drama in this film, and it does a great job of mixing the genre’s. Give it a watch.

With that I’ll leave you until next time, and hopefully it won’t be weeks from now.

 

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 113.9% of first draft complete.

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The Ed Wood Movie

Date posted: December 11, 2017

Friends and readers, I have returned. Welcome.

This week I suppose I’ll talk about another movie I watched over my weekend. Ed Wood.

There’s something wonderful about a story where your main character has such a passionate vision that they can’t help but succeed in at least producing what they wished. Not to say that what they make is amazing, but what is amazing is the fact they were able to make anything at all. However, after watching this film about a notorious film maker, I went ahead and watched his most well-known movie. Plan 9 From Outerspace. What an awful piece of work. But amusingly enough it matches with what they showed in Ed Wood.

Now Ed Wood the movie may not be accurately portraying the person Ed Wood, but that almost doesn’t matter. It in itself is an entertaining thing on its own. Johnny Depp is very good at being a quirky but passionate character, but the person who stands out is the actor portraying Bela Lugosi.  Martin Landau is incredible in this. He plays the two sides of Bela so well, and adds much-needed gravitas to such an interesting person from film. In the end I highly recommend this movie, especially if you want to see one of the best, and possibly last good Tim Burton films.

As for the book, it has way over shot where I thought I wanted the word count to be. Then again that isn’t all together awful. It just means that I can trim it down with edits if it needs it easier than if there were fewer words and still reach the size I envisioned. Then again, since this will likely published as an e-book, it really doesn’t matter how long it is, as long as it isn’t dragged down by those words. But as it is now there are still at least 3 important scenes, and a few in-betweens that need to be written up. So who knows when that’ll be finished as I’m waiting on one scene from the other author, and want some input before I begin where I left off today. But it is growing, and I’m liking what we have so far.

Until next time, that’s all I have for you today. Have a good week.

 

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 113.5% of first draft complete.

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The Handmaiden

Date posted: December 4, 2017

Howdy folks. I’m back again for your weekly update.

So what should I talk about? How about yet another movie I watched.

I watched a movie called The Handmaiden. It’s a South Korean movie set in a Japanese occupied Korea. A Japanese woman is given a new Korean handmaiden, who unbeknownst is there to make off with her fortune at the behest of yet another Korean man. It’s rather adult, and is in three parts. It can get rather adult in places, but all in all I found it to be an intriguing look into how elaborate a caper could be. I’d say give it a watch, but go in knowing you’re going to see some pretty explicit sex scenes. Fortunately I watched it with a person who has my own sense of humor and we were able to joke about everything, though there was no need, as the film is entertaining on its own. But it’s nice to be able to talk about things that are brought up in any movie.

Also I’m all caught up with the Orville. Rather enjoyable show, and I’m now always looking forward to the next episode. It’s the best Star Trek airing right now, that’s all I can say.

Alright, I’m off for now. More writing was done if you were curious, but I’ll be back next week. Have a good one.

 

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 112.5% of first draft complete.

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Phone goes boom?

Date posted: November 27, 2017

Greetings readers and friends. I’ve once more come back.

So for a couple of weeks I’ve been having phone issues. When a co-worker was having an issue with their phone, we realized we had the same phone. Taking my phone out of its bulky case I noticed the back of it was bulging. Oh dear, that can’t be good I thought. When I opened the back it was apparent that the battery had expanded and was ready to explode. Well, that means I’d been without a phone for a bit, but luckily another friend of mine had a battery that they let me have as they weren’t using it in their old phone. Now I’m back.

Also, I watched Beastmaster II this weekend. Oh dear god, it’s so bad it’s amazing. And it just kept getting better as it went. I’m hesitant to watch the third one now, because how can anything live up to that?

 

Well, that’s all I have time for this week. I’m running a bit behind today, but I’ll catch you all next time.

 

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 111.5% of first draft complete.

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Go Speed Racer, GO!

Date posted: November 20, 2017

Howdy y’all. I’ve returned.

So I’ve heard of the Speed Racer movie for a while now. Now mostly I’ve only heard negative things, and I was hesitant to watch it because of that. I’m not old enough to have been alive during the era when it was broadcast on television, or at least broadcast for the first time, but it is something I’ve been aware of since I was very young. The rapid fire of speech and repetition of words are notorious for the show, as is the catchy opening song. So when I went into this film I was prepared for that sort of interpretation. Instead we got vivid colors and rapid fire edits. And I’d have to say after the first few minutes of Speed’s back story, I started to really enjoy myself. By the end of the movie I was cheering wildly while laughing with joy at the final race. While I can see why there are people who didn’t enjoy it, as it is a very strange movie indeed, I feel it captures the heart of the show, while expanding on the narrative. I kept getting flashes in my mind from an anime that I really enjoy, “Redline”. Both have to do with racing, and the joy of it. While I wouldn’t say Speed Racer is better, it still has a ton of heart, and I haven’t enjoyed a movie like that in a while. Give it a watch, especially if you liked the original series, or if you liked Redline.

And, well, the next thing I watched was Beastmaster. This is certainly not the first time I’ve watched this movie, nor is it the fifth. I tend to get something different out of this movie each time I watched it, and since I watched it with someone this time, this is what we came to. The eagle is the bad guy. Yeah there’s an army that destroys the protagonists village. And yeah there’s a guy that sacrifices children to his god, but come on. That eagle just wants to eat everyone’s eyes. That and he has a cult of monsters that eat people at his command. How evil is that? Heck they show up at the end and eat an army, all at the beckoning of this eagle. Sure the tiger kills a few people, but maybe he was just trying to cuddle them and was a little too violent about it. And those ferrets? They just wanted to steal things. Yeah, a little bad, but they aren’t trying to kill anyone, and heck one of them sacrifices them self to take down the nominal bad guy at the end. It’s such a b-movie I can’t help but love it. When the movie ended, and the credits were rolling, I mentioned that I would like to see a sequel, and the person I watched it with said, “Yeah, like one where the Beastmaster travels to modern-day California to fight evil.” I laughed at this, and said, “Ha ha, yeah I’d watch the heck out of that.” because I love a stupid movie. Turns out she wasn’t joking, and Beastmaster II takes place in California. It was far too late in the night to watch it, and I refuse to watch it alone, but I’ll have to give this horrible idea of a movie a watch at some point.

And with that I’ll leave you for now. I’ll catch up with you all next week.

 

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 110% of first draft complete.

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