Once upon a time Guillermo del Toro took his passion for Creature of the Black Lagoon and re-imagined it into a Cold War fairy tale where the creature and mute cleaning woman consummate their love.  The Abysmal Brutes are lifelong fans of del Toro’s wondrous and macabre storytelling. Giant piloted robots, grotesque vampires, supernatural Nazi’s and hard luck princesses.  What is so great about del Toro’s films, is that there is so much depth and detail to discuss after a viewing. Rocko and Rob take that deep dive into this latest and most successful movies of Guillermo del Toro’s career.  Plunge into The Shape of Water with the Abysmal Brutes but mind the Gill-man and fairy princess.

Music: "This Town" Matt Mitchell Project


Whoever is tired of “Best of 2017 Lists” raise your hand high? Wow. That many? Just wow. So basically all of our listeners have had their fill. Maybe that’s because you haven’t heard Rob’s love for two great P.I. novels by Sam Wiebe and Kristin Lepionka. Or that Bill couldn’t finish Christa Faust’s Money Shot fast enough. Comics, novels, films and television shows are all fair game in our endless cheerleading for Pop Culture storytelling. Mister Miracle, The Orville, Atomic Blonde, Invisible Dead, The Last Place You Look, The Driver, Money Shot and many other creations are discussed in our year end wrap up. Our business is Pop Culture storytelling and business is good.

Music: Matt Mitchell Project “Glad You’re Gone”

I’ll never finish. This story sucks. I suck. Everything I’ve written is garbage. Total soul-sucking garbage!! No one will read my book, not even my mother. Have you ever had these thoughts as a writer? Thoughts so pervasive they crush your will to create? They are mostly mind-gremlins scheming to take you off task. The one truth they do contain is that no one will read your book if you don’t FINISH. Bill and Rob confess their own issues with finishing creative work and discuss ways to fight off your own personal mind-gremlins.

Music: Matt Mitchell Project “This Town”

Are you one of those writers who think your dialogue is untouchable? That everything else is fair game for critiquing but don’t even think about changing your dialogue. Not. One. Iota. These convictions place you on Bill’s side of the battlefield. If you are of the mind that none of your writing is sacrosanct and is open to editing, you stand with Rob’s faction. All you Elmore Leonard wannabes need to pay heed. Will this frothy fracas lead to the end of the Abysmal Brutes as we know it? See whose side you belong with on this episode!

Music: Matt Mitchell Project “This Town”

A good Beta Reader is more precious than gold, Frankenstein and myrrh. I think I got one of those right and that’s why you need a Beta Reader…to let you know what doesn’t work. Clarity, tone and pacing are just a few of the areas benefiting from a second pair of eyes. Bill likens them to his “screening audience”. Rob values their worth but is experiencing a recent dearth in Beta Readers and potential candidates. The time to hunt for these valuable allies to your success in writing is now.

Music: “Life in Stereo” Matt Mitchell Project

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…

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”

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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