It’s here! Uncommon Law has been four years in the making, and I’m finally ready to unveil the official movie trailer! I’m elated with how well it turned out, and I’m looking forward to premiering the film itself so I can share the finished product with the world. Please check it out & share it with your friends!

Ant-Man. Seriously, how about that Ant-Man? Marvel took a character I had very little knowledge of or interest in and turned it into what’s easily one of the three most pure fun Marvel movies (alongside the original Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy.) Paul Rudd was the perfect casting choice, and Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, & Michael Douglas do an awesome job rounding out the cast. I kinda want to go see it again.

On the book front, I was apparently on a kick of books that were turned into movies starring Shailene Woodley. Fine with me, because both Divergent & The Fault In Our Stars were pretty great.

Movies:

  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Jurassic World (2015)
  • Terminator Genisys (2015)
  • The Unwanted (2014)
  • School of Rock (2003)

Books:

  • Screw The Galaxy (Hard Luck  Hank #1) by Steven Campbell (audiobook)
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (audiobook)
  • Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles #2) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
  • Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Music:

  • Fozzy – “S.O.S.”
  • Halestorm – “Empire State of Mind”
  • Journey – “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”
  • Love and Theft – “If You Ever Get Lonely”
  • Silvertide – “Try, Try, Try”

Today I wanted to take a moment to talk about a couple of independent movie projects on Indiegogo I’ve recently contributed to that are worth your attention. If they sound interesting to you, please help them out and send a few bucks their way!

GreenIndiegogo Link

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Director: Jamel Booth

Plot Outline: Meet Sal. He lives with his two best friends, Natalie and James. He’s an all around upstanding citizen, whose biggest crime is an overdue library book. Sal lives a generally simple life, until an unexpected opportunity lands in his lap. He is forced to make the tough decision of determining what’s right and what’s wrong. But when a powerful figure steps out of the shadows, what began as a seemingly rewarding business venture soon ends in a tough final decision- sell or die.

Green is the debut feature film from Jamel Booth. Jamel’s a friend from Chicago who was asking me about screenwriting & filmmaking from the day I met him, and I’m excited to see what he does with this project.

I Don’t RecallIndiegogo Link

I Don't Recall

Director: Jason W. Schaver

Plot Outline: I Don’t Recall tells the story of Martin Corrigan, a mild mannered massage therapist in his mid 30s who is constantly being taken for granted by his parents, brother, his boss, and even his girlfriend.  After being the victim of a hit and run, Martin has temporary memory loss. During this time he gets to know his family as strangers and does not like them at all. Once his memory comes back, and seeing his family in this new light, Martin decides to fake amnesia to delay going back to his miserable life of being a chronic pushover.

I Don’t Recall is the fourth feature film by Jason Schaver. I wrote about his first movie, The Truth About Average Guys, a few years ago (see that post here.) TTAAG was one of my inspirations for making Uncommon Law. It was a quality, funny movie produced on a shoestring budget, and it reassured me that, hell yes, I can do this. I’ve talked with Jason a little bit about this project, and he sounds pumped up about it. I know I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Half of the movies I watched this month starred Anna Kendrick. This is never a bad thing.

Movies:

  • Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
  • Spy (2015)
  • Ted 2 (2015)
  • They Came Together (2014)
  • Pitch Perfect (2012)
  • Up In The Air (2009)

Books:

  • This We Believe In Action: Implementing Successful Middle Level Schools by Association for Middle Level Education
  • Writing the Paranormal Novel by Steven Harper
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling
  • Those Who Can, Teach by Kevin Ryan

Music:

  • The Rocket Summer – “200,000”
  • Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again”

I’m incredibly excited about the fantastic soundtrack we’ve assembled for Uncommon Law. It’s a great combination of artists, ranging from a band I’ve been a fan of for years (Jonas Sees In Color), friends from all walks of life (college, Florida, Chicago, & my old video game website,) and even a track from my cousin. Music does wonders in setting the tone for a movie, and I’m confident that we’ve assembled the perfect soundtrack for this movie.

Uncommon Law Soundtrack Listing (web)

My movie intake this month was just movies from the last year or so, but for the most part they were good choices. Between Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, there’s been some good movies in the theaters this month. I’ve also knocked out four of the Harry Potter books this month, and I’m currently working my way through The Half-Blood Prince. I’m surprised by just how GOOD those books are, and I know I shouldn’t be given the phenomenon surrounding them, but they’re just extremely well-written and engaging, and frankly a blessing considering how many kids they’ve gotten into reading. I think one thing I really like about them is, unlike a lot of other Young Adult novels, they never talk down to the reader, which makes them just as accessible to adults.

Movies:

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Ex Machina (2015)
  • Insurgent (2015)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  • San Andreas (2015)
  • Tomorrowland (2015)
  • Divergent (2014)
  • Let’s Be Cops (2014)
  • Whiplash (2014)

Books:

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling — in progress

Music:

  • Concert: Butch Walker at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Anberlin – “Harbinger”
  • Billy Joel – “Got to Begin Again” (an oldie, but been listening to it a lot)
  • Butch Walker – Afraid of Ghosts
  • Butch Walker – “Chrissie Hynde”
  • Butch Walker – “Sober” (another older track that’s been on repeat this month)
  • Hellyeah – “Moth”

Theatre:

  • King of Pops, The Post-Apocalyptic Musical at 7 Stages Theatre (Dad’s Garage; Atlanta, GA)

Uncommon Law is FINALLY in the last phase of post-production! The last four years of my life have been spent writing, producing, directing, & editing this movie, & I’m happy to say that it’s just about ready to see the light of day. Within the coming weeks I’ll be releasing a trailer and posting info on screenings in Atlanta & Chicago. Please like the Uncommon Law FB page and/or sign up for my newsletter to get updates on the film as it nears completion! Thank you!

Didn’t see too many movies this month, but I did finish catching up on Game of Thrones, and I FINALLY started reading the Harry Potter books. A few years behind the times, but hey, better late than never!

Movies:

  • The Age of Adaline (2015)
  • Furious 7 (2015)
  • Get Hard (2015)
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
  • Ask Me Anything (2014)

Books:

  • Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill (audiobook)
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (audiobook)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
  • Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland

I somehow wound up with a bunch of free time in March, & found myself spending a lot of it at the movie theater. I saw eight movies at the theater in the last month, which is probably a new record for me. For the most part, I made good choices. Three were great (Selma, Kingsman, It Follows), two were really good (Run All Night, Cinderella,) one was decent (Focus), and there were only two I didn’t like (Chappie, Unfinished Business.) Thank goodness for the Movie Tavern near me & their $5 matinees.

Movies:

  • Chappie (2015)
  • Cinderella (2015)
  • Focus (2015)
  • It Follows (2015)
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
  • Run All Night (2015)
  • Unfinished Business (2015)
  • The Interview (2014)
  • RoboCop (2014)
  • Selma (2014)
  • The Tourist (2010)
  • Toki o kakeru shôjo [Time Traveler] (2010)
  • Shaolin Soccer (2001)

Music:

  • Alien Ant Farm – “Homage”
  • Kid Rock – “First Kiss”
  • Sixx:A.M. – “Gotta Get It Right”
  • Take That – “Get Ready For It”

Books:

  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler (audiobook)
  • 20 Master Plots: And How To Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias

Movies:

  • The Lazarus Effect (2015)
  • American Sniper (2014)
  • Boyhood (2014)
  • Knights of Badassdom (2014)
  • Premature (2014)
  • The Theory of Everything (2014)
  • Bad Grandpa (2013)
  • Dead Man Down (2013)
  • Bachelorette (2012)
  • Goon (2012)
  • Nazis at the Center of the Earth (2012)
  • Taken 2 (2012)
  • Toki o kakeru shôjo (Time Traveller) (2010)
  • Mulan (1998)
  • Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998)
  • Pocahontas (1995)
  • The Hunt for Red October (1990)
  • Robin Hood (1973)
  • Fantasia (1940)

Books:

  • The Line (Witching Savannah #1) by J.D. Horn
  • Extinction Machine (Joe Ledger #5) by Jonathan Maberry
  • Master and Commander (Aubrey & Maturin #1) by Patrick O’Brian (audiobook)

Music:

  • Butch Walker – “Still Drunk”
  • Josh Abbott Band – “I’ll Sing About Mine”
  • The Killers – Just Another Girl”
  • Neon Trees – “Sleeping With a Friend”