brothercyst: 2013

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

MEDIA CONSUMPTION NOVEMBER 2013

Movies watched
  1. LONE SURVIVOR
  2. THE END
  3. WRECK IT RALPH
  4. BODY DOUBLE
  5. THE DOUBLE HOUR
  6. CHINATOWN (PARTIAL)
  7. TOOTSIE
  8. OUT OF THE FURNACE
  9. 12 YEARS A SLAVE
  10. HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
  11. KILLING THEM SOFTLY
  12. REPULSION
  13. UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING
  14. ROSEMARY'S BABY
  15. THE THIN RED LINE
  16. MUD
  17. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
  18. AMERICAN HUSTLE
  19. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

TV watched
  1. THE FALL S01E01
  2. THE FALL S01E02
  3. THE FALL S01E03
  4. THE FALL S01E04
  5. THE FALL S01E05
  6. HOMELAND S03E06
  7. AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN E04
  8. THE BLACKLIST S01E07
  9. AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN E05
  10. ALIAS S01E03
  11. HOMELAND S03E07
  12. THE BLACKLIST S01E08
  13. HOMELAND S03E08
  14. THE BLACKLIST S01E09

Books read
  1. DOCTOR SLEEP by Stephen King

Scripts read
  1. UNTITLED STEVE MCQUEEN HBO TV PILOT
  2. BATTLE CREEK pilot by Vince Gilligan

Saturday, November 02, 2013

MEDIA CONSUMPTION 10/1/13-10/31/13

Movies watched
  1. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
  2. ALL IS LOST
  3. THE EXORCIST III
  4. AKIRA
  5. SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE
  6. THE LIMEY
  7. CHILD'S PLAY
  8. WARM BODIES
  9. GRAVITY
  10. MAMA
  11. THE SMASHING MACHINE
  12. THE COUNSELOR
  13. AFTERSHOCK
  14. CABIN IN THE WOODS
  15. ROOM 237
  16. 12 YEARS A SLAVE
TV watched
  1. STRIKE BACK S03E08
  2. HOMELAND S03E02
  3. SLEEPY HOLLOW S01E04
  4. THE BLACKLIST S01E03
  5. AGENTS OF SHIELD S01E03
  6. AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN E01
  7. STRIKE BACK S03E09
  8. HOMELAND S03E03
  9. THE BLACKLIST S01E04
  10. AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN E02
  11. STRIKE BACK S03E010
  12. HOMELAND S03E04
  13. THE BLACKLIST S01E05
  14. AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN E03
  15. HOMELAND S03E05
  16. THE BLACKLIST S01E06
Books read
  1. THE SHINING by Stephen King
  2. MY LUNCHES WITH ORSON: CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN HENRY JAGLOM AND ORSON WELLES

Thursday, October 03, 2013

MEDIA CONSUMPTION 9/1/2013 - 9/30/2013

Movies watched
  1. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
  2. INSIDIOUS 2
  3. THE CONVERSATION
  4. GRAVITY
  5. TIMECOP
  6. CON AIR
  7. DON JON
  8. RUSH
  9. CURSE OF CHUCKY
    TV watched
    1. BREAKING BAD S06E05
    2. TEEN WOLF S03E12
    3. ROAST OF JAMES FRANCO
    4. STRIKE BACK S03E04
    5. STRIKE BACK S03E05
    6. THE WRITERS ROOM - NEW GIRL
    7. BREAKING BAD S06E06
    8. SLEEPY HOLLOW S01E01
    9. STRIKE BACK S03E06
    10. BREAKING BAD S06E07
    11. SLEEPY HOLLOW S01E02
    12. BLACKLIST S01E01
    13. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E01
    14. STRIKE BACK S03E07
    15. BREAKING BAD S06E08
    16. HOMELAND S03E01
    17. BLACKLIST S01E02
    18. SLEEPY HOLLOW S01E03
     
    Books read
    1. ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card

    Scripts read
    1. EXTANT by Mickey Fisher
    2. ME HIM HER by Max Landis

    Wednesday, September 04, 2013

    MEDIA CONSUMPTION FROM 8/1/2013 - 8/31/2013

    Movies watched
    1. ANGEL HEART
    2. THE HUNTED
    3. BLUE JASMINE
    4. MARGIN CALL
    5. THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
    6. NATURAL BORN KILLERS
    7. THE CANYONS
    8. THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
    9. THE DEPARTED (2X)
    10. ELYSIUM
    11. RED EYE
    12. YOU'RE NEXT
    13. DISTRICT 9 (2X)
    14. THE WORLD'S END
    15. THE SWEENEY
    16. UNITED 93
    17. THE COLLECTION
    18. AFTER PORN ENDS
    19. CARLOS
    20. ATM
    21. WARRIOR
    22. THE CALLER
    23. DRIVE
    24. CLEAR & PRESENT DANGER
    25. LETHAL WEAPON 2

    TV watched

    1. SURVIVING THE CUT - RANGER SCHOOL
    2. TEEN WOLF S03E10
    3. BLACK MIRROR S01E01
    4. STRIKEBACK S03E01
    5. BREAKING BAD S06E01
    6. TEEN WOLF S03E11
    7. STRIKEBACK S03E02
    8. BREAKING BAD S06E02
    9. STRIKEBACK S03E03
    10. THE WRITERS ROOM (BREAKING BAD)
    11. THE WRITERS ROOM (DEXTER)
    12. BREAKING BAD S06E03
    13. BREAKING BAD S06E04

    Books read
    1. COLLECTED STORIES OF JG BALLARD (selected stories)

    Scripts read
    1. THE GOD PARTICLE by Oren Uziel
    2. AMNESTY by Max Landis

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    SKYPE

    To promote THE GIRLFRIEND GAME, I did the first Skype interview I've ever done, for Bob Andelman's Mr. Media podcast.  Watch my face move HERE!

    I also was interviewed on Playboy Radio by adult film star Jessica Drake, but I can't find it archived anywhere online...

    Saturday, August 03, 2013

    MEDIA CONSUMPTION FROM 7/1/2013 - 7/31/2013

    Movies watched
    1. LAWLESS (partial)
    2. PRIMAL FEAR
    3. TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A.
    4. THE DEPARTED (2X)
    5. TRAINING DAY
    6. PACIFIC RIM
    7. BEFORE MIDNIGHT
    8. ONLY GOD FORGIVES
    9. RONIN
    10. THE CONJURING
    11. THE PROFESSIONAL
    12. LAYER CAKE
    13. DISTRICT 9
    14. THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE

    TV watched

    1. DEXTER S08E01
    2. RAY DONOVAN S01E01
    3. UNDER THE DOME E02
    4. TEEN WOLF S03E05
    5. TEEN WOLF S03E06
    6. TEEN WOLF S03E07
    7. THE BRIDGE S01E01
    8. UNDER THE DOME E03
    9. UNDER THE DOME E04
    10. UNDER THE DOME E05
    11. TEEN WOLF S03E08
    12. TEEN WOLF S03E09

    Books read
    1. DIFFICULT MEN by Brett Martin
    2. GATEWAY by Frederick Pohl

    Scripts read
    1. WUNDERKIND by Patrick Aison
    2. THE OUTSIDER by Andrew Baldwin
    3. THE DEPARTED by William Monahan
    4. TRAINING DAY by David Ayer
    5. A COUNTRY OF STRANGERS by Sean Armstrong
    6. IN THE EVENT OF A MOON DISASTER by Mike Jones

    Saturday, July 27, 2013

    INTERVIEWS & READINGS

    Ken Baumann interviewed me at The Short Form about The Girlfriend Game.  They did cool drawings of us, too.

    Brad Listi interviewed me for his Other People podcast.  It's an hour long interview and we talk about surgery, Yale, TV writing, New Orleans being the murder capital of the country, my trusted readers, and my dad.

    And Matt Borondy asked me 5 "questions" for Identity Theory. And I wore a tie.

    Nick Antosca wearing tie


    ***************


    I'm participating in Literary Death Match at Nerdist on August 3 - come see.

    The night will feature four writers reading their own wonderful tales for seven minutes or less, judged by three all-star judges. Two finalists will be chosen to compete in the Literary Death Match finale, a vaguely-literary game that will steal your affection and make your heart pound.  
    JUDGES: Literary Merit: Will McCormack, actor, producer and co-writer of Celeste and Jesse Forever
    Performance: Andrea Letamendi, clinical psychologist, Under the Mask scribe, and Bat Girl's therapist
    Intangibles: Kumail Nanjiani, stand-up comedian — watch Beta Male now, podcast co-host (The Indoor Kids)

    READERS:
    * Amber Benson, director/author (The Golden Age of Death)/actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
    Brian Finkelstein, writer, comedian and Los Angeles StorySLAM host and Moth Mainstage storyteller
    Cecil Castellucci, award-winning graphic/young adult novelist (Boy ProofThe Queen of CoolThe Plain Janes)
    * Nick Antosca, author of The Girlfriend Game & writer for JJ Abrams/Alfonso Cuaron's Believe (March on NBC)


    Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga

    Where: Nerdist at Meltdown, 7522 Sunset Blvd, LA (map)
    When: Doors at 8:45pm; Show at 9:15 (sharp); afterdrinks at The Pikey
    Cost: $8 preorder; $10 on the door.

    Monday, July 01, 2013

    MOVIE & BOOK CONSUMPTION FROM 6/1/2013 - 6/30/2013

    Less media consumption since I now have a full-time job on Believe (which is going brilliantly).  Percentage of movies seen in the theater is significantly higher even though the overall number is lower.

    Movies watched
    1. THE THREE STOOGES
    2. ORPHAN BLACK (SEASON 1)
    3. MAN OF STEEL
    4. THIS IS THE END
    5. WORLD WAR Z
    6. ANTICHRIST
    7. WHITE HOUSE DOWN
    8. ABOUT CHERRY
    9. ANIMAL KINGDOM
    10. HEAT
    Books read
    1. KING TUT'S GAMEBOARD by Leona Ellerby
    2. COLUMBUS SLAUGHTERS BRAVES by Mark Friedman
    3. LEAVING A DOLL'S HOUSE by Claire Bloom
    4. TAIPEI by Tao Lin (re-read)

    Sunday, June 02, 2013

    MOVIE & BOOK CONSUMPTION FROM 5/1/2013 - 5/31/2013

    Not as much media consumption in May. Read a lot of scripts, no novels.

    Movies watched
    1. PAIN & GAIN
    2. IRON MAN 3 (PARTIAL)
    3. JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK
    4. Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN
    5. UPSTREAM COLOR
    6. DISCONNECT
    7. LOOPER
    8. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
    9. LA CONFIDENTIAL
    10. LOVE CRIME
    11. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
    12. END OF WATCH
    13. THE GREAT GATSBY
    14. FAST & FURIOUS 6
     Books read
    1.  THE TIPPING POINT by Malcolm Gladwell
    2. ADVENTURES IN THE SCREEN TRADE by William Goldman

    Friday, May 10, 2013

    ANNOTATED SHORT STORY "RAT BEAST"

    Check this out

    I annotated my short story "Rat Beast," the first story in The Girlfriend Game, on Rap Genius.

    The annotations include my extremely effective method for preventing zits.

    More writers should do this.

    Wednesday, May 01, 2013

    MOVIE & BOOK CONSUMPTION FROM 3/26/2013 - 4/30/2013


    Movies watched
    (only whole seasons of TV listed)
    1. THE CRAFT
    2. THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
    3. PHIL SPECTOR (partial)
    4. DAMAGES (season 1)
    5. PHILIP ROTH: UNMASKED
    6. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
    7. THE EVIL DEAD (1981)
    8. SPRING BREAKERS
    9. EVIL DEAD (2013)
    10. SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE
    11. DRAGON EYES
    12. SOMETHING BORROWED
    13. THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT (partial)
    14. THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED
    15. HEIDI FLEISS: HOLLYWOOD MADAM
    16. JACKIE BROWN
    17. JAMES SALTER: A SPORT AND A PASTIME
    18. THREE
    19. BASIC INSTINCT
    20. COCAINE COWBOYS
    21. SERENITY
    22. HEADHUNTERS 
    23. SLEEPLESS NIGHT
    24. THE CHASER
    25. BUSTING
    26. SHAUN OF THE DEAD
    27. SLITHER
    28. REYKJAVIK TO ROTTERDAM (partial)
    29. ARBITRAGE
    30. I SAW THE DEVIL
    31. INTERNAL AFFAIRS
    32. OBLIVION
    33. ROLLING THUNDER


    Books read
    1. ALL THAT IS by James Salter
    2. MEMORABLE DAYS by James Salter & Robert Phelps
    3. THE LINCOLN LAWYER by Michael Connelly (partial)
    4. GETTING OFF by Lawrence Block

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    MOVIE/BOOK CONSUMPTION FROM 2/23/2013 - 3/25/2013

    Movies watched
    (only whole seasons of TV listed; individual episodes of TV too numerous to list)

    1. BEAUTIFUL LOSERS
    2. DARK SKIES
    3. REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
    4. WAIT UNTIL DARK
    5. STOKER
    6. HOUSE OF CARDS (SEASON 1)
    7. THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN
    8. WILD AT HEART (part)
    9. HYSTERIA
    10. THE IMPOSTER
    11. GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
    12. BAD TIMING
    13. THAT'S MY BOY
    14. DETOUR
    15. FUNNY GAMES (ORIGINAL)
    16. DAMSELS IN DISTRESS
    17. FALLING SKIES (SEASONS 1& 2)
    18. DRIVE
    19. SPRING BREAKERS
    20. OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL
    21. DOUBLE INDEMNITY
    22. YOU'RE NEXT

    Books read
    1. TAIPEI by Tao Lin
    2. THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES by Ray Bradbury
    3. A SPORT AND A PASTIME by James Salter
    4. SABBATH'S THEATRE by Philip Roth (partial)

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

    MOVIE/BOOK CONSUMPTION FROM 1/23/2013 - 2/22/2013

    Also this month, I wrote a piece for The Paris Review about THE BEST MOVIE OF 2012, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning.

    Tragically, I didn't have time to watch as many movies this month.

    1. UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY
    2. REALITY BITES
    3. AT CLOSE RANGE
    4. SIDEWAYS
    5. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (2003 REMAKE)
    6. THE BEACH
    7. SWINGERS
    8. AMOUR
    9. ABCS OF DEATH
    10. TOMBSTONE (2x)
    11. GREMLINS
    12. STEALING BEAUTY
    13. FOXY BROWN
    14. OVERNIGHT
    15. TWIN PEAKS (SEASON 1)
    16. LEAVING LAS VEGAS
    17. CACHE
    18. POINT BREAK
    19. SIDE EFFFECTS
    20. DREDD
    21. HARLEY DAVIDSON & THE MARLBORO MAN
    22. DUEL

    Plus, I read the following books.

    1. Son of Destruction   by Kit Reed
    2. Gone Girl   by Gillian Flynn
    3. The Open Curtain   by Brian Evenson
    4. Tenth of December   by George Saunders

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

    MOVIES I WATCHED BETWEEN 12-22-2012 AND 1-22-2013

    I watched a lot of movies in the past month.  I was sick for part of it and just watching movie after movie.  I kept a list, with only minor annotations, which are included.
    1. JCVD
    2. UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION
    3. UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING
    4. RICOCHET
    5. DETENTION
    6. SEA OF LOVE
    7. FROM BEYOND
    8. BODY PARTS
    9. THE TALL MAN
    10. STATE OF GRACE
    11. BRANDED
    12. COMPLIANCE
    13. DEXTER SEASON 1 (12 EPISODES)
    14. DEXTER SEASON 2 (12 EPISODES)
    15. HUNGER GAMES
    16. EXPENDABLES 2
    17. BATTLESHIP
    18. BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW
    19. JOHN DIES AT THE END
    20. 50/50
    21. 2 GUYS AND A GIRL
    22. THE MIST
    23. SHOWGIRLS
    24. THOR
    25. 30 DAYS OF NIGHT
    26. KISS KISS BANG BANG
    27. SHAMPOO
    28. MANSON (1972 DOCUMENTARY)
    29. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS 
    30. CHILD'S PLAY 2
    31. MAMA
    32. BACHELORETTE
    33. BILLY ELLIOT
    34. WHEN WILL I BE LOVED 
    35. TRASH HUMPERS - I thought maybe a SPRING BREAKERS screener would materialize if I watched the whole thing.  creepy, maybe useful visual ideas
    36. LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF
    37. THE LINCOLN LAWYER
    38. CHILD'S PLAY 3
    Books I read during this time:
    1. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
    2. Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
    3. House of Secrets by Ned Vizzini
    4. My Pet Serial Killer by Michael Seidlinger

    Wednesday, January 02, 2013

    The Next Big Thing post: THE GIRLFRIEND GAME & THE HANGMAN'S RITUAL

    cover by Bryan Coffelt, original photo by Nicole Michaelis


    Michael Seidlinger, author of MY PET SERIAL KILLER, tagged me in the "Next Big Thing" interview series, wherein authors answer a series of ten questions about their upcoming books and then tag other authors.  Cool, I'm in.  I have two books coming out in 2013, THE GIRLFRIEND GAME (short stories, Word Riot press, summer) and THE HANGMAN'S RITUAL (novella, Civil Coping Mechanisms, fall):

    1) What is the title of your latest book?

    I have two books coming out in 2013, THE GIRLFRIEND GAME (short stories, Word Riot press, summer) and THE HANGMAN'S RITUAL (novella, Civil Coping Mechanisms, fall)

    2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

    THE GIRLFRIEND GAME is short stories so the ideas come from different places.  Many come directly from nightmares, like the story "Rat Beast," which was first published by Mud Luscious as a limited edition chapbook.  The title story, in which the narrator and his girlfriend play a game where she lets men flirt with her in bars and then he "steals" her from them (with disastrous consequences in the instance described in the story), was inspired by how a girlfriend and I would sometimes pretend in public that we didn't know each other and were meeting for the first time.

    THE HANGMAN'S RITUAL, which is about a guard/executioner working alone in a private prison hidden in a residential building in Manhattan, also comes from a nightmare I had.  Many of the details are inspired by an office job I had in New York from 2005, right after I graduated from college, to 2009.  It is also influenced by the William Sleator novella SINGULARITY and the movie OLDBOY, which influenced the nightmare that inspired the book.

    3) What genre does your book fall under?

    THE GIRLFRIEND GAME: Various, because it's stories.  Maybe absurdist dread or melancholy pornography.

    THE HANGMAN'S RITUAL: Psychological horror.


    4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

    For the title story in THE GIRLFRIEND GAME, I like an actor named Jeff Ward for the narrator.  He's good-looking but relatable and he can play a sympathetic fearfulness as well as convincing anger.  For the girlfriend, my friend Sophie Kargman, who is an actress.

    For the narrator of THE HANGMAN'S RITUAL, maybe Damien Lewis from HOMELAND.  I don't know.  I don't really picture the character, I sort of see through his eyes.

    5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

    THE GIRLFRIEND GAME:  Weird shit happens in many different ways and places.

    THE HANGMAN'S RITUAL:  A man hired to work as the executioner in a secret prison learns that the prison is not what he thinks it is.

    6) Who published your book?

    Word Riot Press and Civil Coping Mechanisms are the guilty parties here.

    7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

    The first draft of THE HANGMAN'S RITUAL took about six weeks, and revisions happened off and on over the course of six months while I was working on TV stuff.

    The short stories I've written over the last ten years.

    8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
    THE GIRLFRIEND GAME has stories that are inspired by or influenced by the stories of Alicia Erian, Harlan Ellison, and Ian McEwan.

    THE HANGMAN'S RITUAL... I don't know, there's some William Sleator in there as I mentioned earlier... some of McEwan's THE CEMENT GARDEN... some of Rupert Thomson's THE BOOK OF REVELATION.

    9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

    In the case of THE HANGMAN'S RITUAL, depression.

    10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

    THE HANGMAN'S RITUAL is weird.  I was not in a good place when I wrote it.  It has people and animals encased in huge blocks of lucite, kind of like this but bigger.  It also features a Shit Man and a hanging room and swallowed fingers.

    THE GIRLFRIEND GAME tracks my life as a writer over about ten years.  I wrote some of those stories in college, maybe even in high school, and others in the last year or two.  I'm very proud of them.  It's interesting to read the older ones.  It's like someone else wrote them.  I wouldn't know how to write them today.

    You can pre-order THE GIRLFRIEND GAME and support indie literature for the moment via Word Riot's Kickstarter page for the book.
     
    Okay, now that I've done my questions I'm going to pass it on to the excellent young writer Ben Spivey.  Keep an eye out for his post in the coming days or weeks.