December To Dismember: Or random ramblings of a writer on little sleep.

Welcome to the madness. I am now deep into the production phase of Orchid Grove: Asylum. The sound design is both the most complex I have ever undertaken for an audio drama and genuinely the most rewarding. The performances that this amazing cast have provided are mind-blowing. Layered in drama, comedy, action and horror this hodge-pudge genre-bending production could have fell completely flat without the actors involved going above and beyond my wildest dreams with their level of characterisation and each and every one of them have done just that. Hopefully, fingers and toes crossed, I should be able to share this production with you by mid January. It is, in my humble opinion, my best audio production to date.

That brings me to mention that the Drew Carson Writes studio productions are now available on podcast via Red Circle. Just search Drew Carson Writes on Amazon music, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google podcasts or anywhere else you listen to podcasts and hit subscribe to always be kept up to date with our releases. The podcast itself is a monthly podcast where I mix audio productions with episodes discussing the productions, chatting with other creators and so much more. So definitely check that out to gain access to Orchid Grove season 1, Port Christmas and of course Orchid Grove: Asylum once released. There are 3 audio drama releases scheduled for 2021 including OG: Asylum so far from the DCW studios and a few other projects that will be both discussed and showcased on the podcast feed. So its a great time to hop on board and subscribe to the show.

In other news we will be launching a line of merchandise for the site in the coming months including Orchid Grove: Asylum merch. T-shirt’s, mugs, posters, pens and much more. Got an idea for merch you would like to see then contact me directly at [email protected] I would love to hear your concepts.

Same goes if you have an idea for an audio drama that you need help with writing feel free to contact me on [email protected] and we can chat about collaborating.

Now for something less promotional. I am interested to know what movies you have checked out during the festive period? Personally I have watched a few new titles and some familiar favourites. Have you checked anything out this year you would highly recommend? Let me know in the comments below. Here are the Christmas related flicks I have watched so far this month with a rating for each.

*****

Penned by my good friend Doug Richardson (Bad Boys, Money Train) this classic is deserving of more praise that it receives for managing to follow the original and hold it’s own in that company. Sure the movie is over the top and the villains almost pantomime characters but that all adds to the evergreen charm of this slice of quality festive action goodness.

*****

I went into this with no expectations. We sat down and put it on to watch while eating dinner but it was surprisingly not awful. I don’t say that as a disparagement on the cast as they are all tremendous actors and Kendrick and Hader have great comedy timing. I say that as it came across in the trailer like a made for TV movie that happened to nab two movie stars to be in the lead roles. There wasn’t much in the way of big laughs but the film definitely has heart and a charm to it. I’d recommend it for a lazy afternoon viewing, just don’t expect Christmas Chronicles levels of quality.

*****

There are few Christmas movies I would give 5 stars to. That list includes It’s A Wonderful Life, Polar Express, Elf, Miracle on 34th St and Die Hard but Christmas Chronicles comes very close. Kurt Russell is perfect casting to modernise old Saint Nick and the child performances are tremendous. The story isn’t particularly new but the delivery mixed with the charm and heart makes this an almost perfect family viewing experience.

*****

I have to admit the expectations were high given the quality of the original film unfortunately it does not live up to those heights. The chemistry between Russell and Hawn is incredible as you’d expect, the kids are great in their roles also but the villain character is very underwritten and the performance is very underwhelming also. The plot is interesting but the pacing is way off to build the tension or drama. As I said the performances from Russell, Hawn and the two lead kids are charming and very watchable and they make the film way more entertaining than the underwhelming and poorly paced story should deliver. With part 3 almost guaranteed before the release of part 2, I hold out hope that they will rectify these errors and create a more worthy sequel to a modern classic.

*****

Godmothered doesn’t know if it’s aimed at 3 year olds or is a family movie. With that brings a cluster of mismanaged comedic moments that neither toddlers nor adults would find funny in the slightest. It’s a shame given the cast on hand. This feels like 90’s Disney pre-reinvention and quality control.  

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