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This is your mission if you choose to accept it. Atomic Blonde was seen at local Cineplex nationwide. Agent Rocko Jerome along with the support of the Abysmal Brute Ops team witnessed the electric brutality of this film. We will stop at nothing to promote Charlize Theron’s  Cold War neon spy movie dominance of the summer blockbusters.  Codenames are revealed. Agents are unmasked. 1980’s synth beats are pounded.  This podcast will self-destruct in 3 seconds…

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Grab your sunscreen. Pick up your beach towel. We have the cool read for your hot summer days. The Abysmal Brutes bring you their 2017 Summer Reading list or as Bill calls it, “Rob’s Reading List”. Bill is still reading Peter Benchley’s “Jaws” from the Summer of ’74. Lot of great writers putting out thrilling reads this year. Jordan Harper  “She Rides Shotgun”, Sarah Pinborough “Behind Her Eyes”, Benjamin Percy “Thrill Me”, Sam Wiebe “Invisible Dead”, Sarah Gerard “Sunshine  State”, Josh Malerman “Black Mad Wheel”, Sam Hawken “The Houeswife”, Jeff Vandermeer “Borne” and more to flex your eyeball muscles.

Music: Matt Mitchell Project “You Feel The Way I Do”

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Director Edgar Wright put tremendous heart and soul into his passion project Baby Driver. Baby played by Ansel Elgort is a music thrilled wheelman who drives a car like Fred Astaire dances in the rain. Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal and Eiza Gonzalez fill out the roles of Big Bad Wolves and Wicked Stepsisters in Wright’s modern day heist fairy tale heist. The greatest compliment we can give a movie, novel, TV show or any creative endeavor is that it inspires us to create something new ourselves.  If you want to cleanse your palate from all the hack Summer blockbusters, go see Baby Driver.

Music:  Matt Mitchell Project “Life in Stereo”

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Wonder Woman roars onto the film screen and soars to box office stardom. Linda Carter will always and forever be our TV Wonder Woman but Gal Gadot owns her cinematic portrayal of the Amazonian heroine.   Any questions about casting Gal Gadot were erased as she leapt around the island of Themyscira training with her sisters then bounded across the battlefield dispatching enemy soldiers. All DC movies should be this well crafted.  Recorded in our mobile studio in the parking lot of the movie theater so we can give you our instant gut reactions!

Music: Matt Mitchell Project “Top of the World”

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You finally finished writing the last draft of your epic flying-bear jousting fantasy novel. It’s as polished a story as you can make it. The damn manuscript glows with promise. Now what do you do? You “Pitch” your baby that’s what! But Abysmal Brutes, that sounds like being a pushy salesman. I quit Sock World at the Outlet Mall so I didn’t have to sell bad knee highs to good people.  Dear listener, no one will believe in your story until you connect them to your story.  Bill and Rob highlight the aspects of a “Pitch” and how you can benefit from their failures to make that connection. I meant success.  Yeah, our success not failures.  Take a ride with The Abysmal Brutes as we explore the secrets of pitching your story.

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The Abysmal Brutes Book Club is our way of championing books that we feell need a broader audience. This episode we shine the spotlight on two intriguing novels. Our first review is a speculative fiction novel we describe as steampunk Bladerunner, “Izanami’s Choice” by Adam Heine. Our second review stars juggernaut protagonist Camaro Espinoza in the ass-kicking thriller “Walk Away” by Sam Hawken. Samurai versus robots! Punches in the throat! Now this is a book club.

http://www.samhawken.com/

http://www.adamheine.com/

Music: Matt Mitchell Project "Glad You're Gone"

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Rocko Jerome drops the needle on his latest Ben Venice book with the Abysmal Brutes. He could have gone to Entertainment Tonight, Entertainment Weekly or the forthcoming Entertainment Monthly but we got the exclusive Rocko Jerome scoop first. The Season of the Scorpion delves deeper into the spy fiction you loved in the first Ben Venice book G.H.O.S.T. Agent. So if you dig smooth jazz, dangerous operatives and frosty femme fatales, pick up Ben Venice Book 2: The Season of the Scorpion today.

Rocko Jerome Amazon page

Rocko Jerome

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The Abysmal Brutes hold some comic book heroes sacrosanct. Daredevil, Batman, Luke Cage, Moon Knight, Shang-Chi and definitely Iron Fist. Street fightin’ crime fighters that ain’t afraid to get down in the dirt. You won't find them saving the world from alien space invaders. They protect their own crime ridden city or even just a block of Hell’s Kitchen. These are straight up pulp tales of shadows and vengeance. Danny Rand as Iron Fist is a kung-fu saint in our eyes. We get into Netflix’s grill and dive deep into comic lore. Let’s find out how Rob, Bill and Rocko feel about the Netflix depiction of the Roy Thomas and Gil Kane creation.

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The automobile is mythic within the realm of pop culture storytelling. Starsky and Hutch’s Gran Torino, the Batmobile, the Mystery Machine, General Lee, Bullitt’s 1968 Mustang GT. Iconic cars that help carry the characters and the plot of many books, TV shows and movies.  Why did the creators choose such a car for their heroes or villains? Why does the iconic car seem more prevalent on celluloid than on the page?  The Abysmal Brutes are not grease monkeys by any stretch of the imagination but we love the roar of the engine of the jet black getaway car. Or the smoke cloud released from an Aston Martin.  Cars can drive story. Find out our favorites in this high octane episode.

“We are whores for power and oil with hate and fear in our hearts." Hunter S. Thompson

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When you can’t write. When you can’t create. What do you do? The Abysmal Brutes roll up their sleeves and go back to the lab --The Writing Lab. In these recurring episodes, Bill and Rob experiment with different writing exercises. Our first experiment is “Copy the Masters”. Basically you take an author you enjoy reading and write from their fictional work. The premise is you learn by following in their footsteps or inksteps. We chose three writers each to emulate. Laird Barron, Sara Gran, Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Higgins, R.A.Salvatore. Rob wrote longhand using a Palomino Blackwing pencil and a Lamy Safari fountain pen. Bill wrote on his desktop computer while fumbling to keep the chosen book open with a Tums bottle. Find out the results of the Abysmal Brutes writing alchemy!

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