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Fortitude, Season 1, Episodes 5, 6, and 7
Airs Thursdays at 10pm (Et) on Pivot
Holy crap, what the hell just happened?!? After weeks toying with the audience, teasing then backing away from genre elements and using the visual language of horror, sci-fi, and creature features, Fortitude commits in a big way with the viscerally disturbing climax of “Episode Seven”. Shirley’s attack of her mother is telegraphed somewhat, but that does nothing to prepare audiences for the intensity and transfixing horror of her actions, or her lack of remorse afterwards. It would seem Shirley doesn’t live there any more, hollowed out to make room for whatever spewed what looks to this critic like a clutch of eggs into Shirley’s mother’s (still living, let us not forget) body. From the atmospheric, tense scoring by Ben Frost to the detached, »
- Kate Kulzick
Director: Hettie Macdonald
Review: Still recovering?
Just as you think Episode 6 is ticking along nicely, that events are reasonably typical and the crimes are starting to be solved, we get a totally unexpected ‘cannot be unseen’ finale. Shirley (played by the first-rate Jessica Gunning) appears to be awake after her sickness but we just know something is very, very wrong. As Doctor Allerdyce goes to fetch her water to help her dehydration, Shirley knocks her out with a heavy ceramic elephant and consequentially throws up some kind of egg spawn into her Mother’s stomach after cutting it open with a fork.
There’s a sentence I never knew I’d write.
But first, let’s go back as we journeyed through an episode of aftermath. In the last outing, »
- Dan Bullock
Filmmakers Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer (“The Nine Lives of Marion Barry”) have launched a campaign on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform to raise $60,000 to finish their gay gang documentary “Check It.”
The film follows the Check It gang, made up of gay African-American youths, struggling to survive in one of Washington, D.C.’s most violent neighborhoods. The campaign runs through April 4.
The film centers on five childhood friends who are the founding members of the gang as they try to move past that life through becoming involved in fashion.
“While a portion of the funds we raise will go towards completing the film — which is currently in the late stages of editing — another portion — 10% — will go directly to the kids »
- Dave McNary
BAFTA-winning writer Jimmy McGovern returns to British television to tell the story of the first settlers in Australia - British officers and convicts, all lost and endlessly at odds.
Be sure to tune in for another instalment of E4's excellent companion series Banana at 10pm too.
Ross Kemp: Extreme World: Sky1, 9pm
It's the last in the current series of Kemp's scintillating documentary series, which presents an unbiased look at troubled territories at home and abroad.
Tonight, Ross examines how British seaside towns have become a dumping ground and an easy target for drug dealers. »
'Still Alice' and 'Maps to the Stars' box office: Julianne Moore Oscar helps only one movie (photo: Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice') (See previous post: "'The Lazarus Effect' Box Office: Olivia Wilde Horror Movie Arrives Comatose.") The Oscars do matter. As mentioned in the previous post, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman was up an estimated 125 percent this weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, following its four Academy Award wins – including Best Picture. Also up a hefty 24 percent – after adding 553 locations – is Sony Pictures Classics' Still Alice, which earned Julianne Moore the year's Best Actress Oscar for her performance as a woman in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. True, an Oscar win – or key nominations – may not create mammoth blockbusters like Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey, or Clint Eastwood's American Sniper. For that, »
- Zac Gille
Rupert Murdoch’s recently reconfigured Sky paybox looks to have the makings to become a new force in the international TV drama landscape as it begins to flex its pan-European muscles.
At its foundation are 24 million subscribers and $16.7 billion in revenues created through the 2014 merger of the U.K.’s BSkyB and its sister companies in Italy and Germany. It has adopted a multiterritory release strategy, a la Netflix, for certain high-end (and pricier) projects and, to compete in international TV’s current scripted-content arms race, it has greenlit more complex productions aimed to travel.
“There are budgetary, logistical and temporal hurdles to be overcome before the new Sky can be viewed in the same way as an HBO or an AMC can,” cautioned London-based TV analyst Anna Stuart of research firm Ihs Technology, noting that the company still faces challenges as it seeks to become a major player. “But »
- Nick Vivarelli
Director: Hettie Macdonald
Writer: Simon Donald
Review: It’s a huge week in Fortitude as they reveal a whole host about characters and on directing duties is Hettie MacDonald, you’ll know her work best from Doctor Who’s ‘Blink’ and The Tunnel, who’s great at bringing an early close-up encounter with Liam and an unexpected flashback as we finally see what happened when the young lad randomly jumped out the window and earned some severe frostbite.
It’s curious that we’ve forgotten how story-telling and editing can be manipulated and that everything we thought we saw, might not be exactly true. Yes, Frank and Elena got it on while Jules wandered Fortitude and yes, Liam did go for a walk…but what truly happened?
In the flashback, Charlie is revealed »
- Dan Bullock
If niche movies are your forte, then you’re in for a treat with Alan Rickman’s second directorial effort, A Little Chaos. At a glance it’s a period piece about gardening. Delve a little deeper and it possesses all of the pre-requisites for a successful time-gone-by movie: a corseted Kate Winslet.
As feisty landscape designer, Sabine, Winslet is enlisted to craft a new garden for King Louis Xiv.s new palace at Versailles. At first she ruffles the feathers of the court’s pre-existing landscaper, André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts), who demands she conjure up stuffy, pedestrian designs. Naturally their initial locked horns turn to locked lips as their workplace relationship evolves into a romantic entanglement.
- Gem Seddon
Alan Rickman directs and stars in A Little Chaos with Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Stanley Tucci and Jennifer Ehle. Rickman also co-wrote the story with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock. Winslet plays Madame Sabine De Barra, an unlikely candidate for landscape architect of the still‐to-be-completed Palace of Versailles. She has little time for the classical, ordered designs of the man who hires her, the famous architect Le Nôtre (Schoenaerts). However, as she works… »
Lost in the Pacific
Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns") and Zhang YuQi ("White Deer Plain") are set to topline the cast of Vincent Zhou's multinational sci-fi thriller "Lost in the Pacific" at Arclight Films. Filming begins shortly at the Pinewood Malaysia Studios ahead of a 3D release around year's end.
Set in 2020, the story follows a group of elite passengers on board the inaugural luxury, transoceanic flight of a "futuristic Titanic in the sky". [Source: Variety]
Ferrell will play a husband who joins with his neighbors to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife blow their daughter’s college fund. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Focus Features snapped up North American rights to actor-turned-director Alan Rickman's "A Little Chaos" at Tiff. This romantic drama stars Winslet as a steely landscape designer who breaks sexual and class barriers when she's chosen to build one of King Louis Xiv's gardens at the new Versailles. Sabine also finds herself entangled romantically with renowned landscape architect Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts). Costarring Jennifer Ehle and Stanley Tucci, "Chaos" suffered middling reviews at Toronto but still looks intriguingly whimsical, and Winslet is always watchable. Financed by Lionsgate UK and penned by Alison Deegan, Jeremy Brock and Rickman, the period romance will have its stateside premiere on March 27, 2015. What this does reveal is that the new Focus under Peter Schlessel wants to stay in the business of releasing this sort of higher brow material. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Already shooting with Matt Smith, Natalie Dormer and Stanley Tucci at the top of the cast, Patient Zero has just found room for another player. Clive Standen has joined up to help face the rage-virus end of days.The film's story revolves around an unprecedented infection spread across the Earth, unleashed from a super strain of rabies. The disease creates a new super-violent species of human, but when one survivor turns out to be inexplicably immune he begins the hunt for Patient Zero, with the immediate agenda of curing his infected wife and, by extension, the rest of humanity.Smith is the survivor, with Dormer thought to be the wife and Tucci a psychopathic doctor. Standen, a face from Doctor Who, Robin Hood and Camelot who's found a big success in the History Channel's Vikings (and also played a Viking in Hammer Of The Gods) is playing Sergeant Knox: »
“Patient Zero” follows an unprecedented global pandemic of a super-strain of rabies that has resulted in the evolution of a new species driven by violence. An inexplicably immune human survivor with the ability to communicate with this new species must spearhead a hunt for Patient Zero in order to find a cure to save his infected wife and humanity.
Standen will play Sargent Knox, a rough-around-the-edges military leader who is trying his hardest to control the uncontrollable situation.
Production is under way.
- Justin Kroll
Director: Richard Laxton
Writer: Stephen Brady
Review: So, after Sheriff Dan lost his mind and attacked Frank in Elena’s shower, we dive headfirst into the aftermath of that attack and further unravelling of this collection of suspicious souls with an enormous episode.
We begin heading back to Ronnie, who is camping near the Prometheus (My Icelandic guess) waterfall with his daughter, trying to keep clear of passing Polar Bears but also literally and figuratively running away from his own mind now because I doubt they’re even after him now. After sawing off the tusk and dragging it off with them for an adventure, he leaves the door of his hidden treasure open for nosy Shirley (Jessica Gunning) to discover but I don’t think she knows what it is and why should she? »
- Dan Bullock
Reinventing the Royals: BBC Two, 9pm
The first of a two-part documentary begins tonight, chronicling the relationship between the Royal family and the media over the last 20 years.
Steve Hewlett looks into how the Royal family, especially Prince Charles, tried to rehabilitate their public image in the 1990s - including persuading the media to accept Camilla as Charles's eventual new wife in the years after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Adam and Tomasz's online video business spirals out of control, while sexually ambiguous Daniel may not be as ambiguous as Lance thinks.
As always, Banana follows at 10 on E4, with In The Flesh's Luke Newberry starring tonight as gay teen Josh. The main question, however, remains: Will Henry ever actually buy anything from that supermarket?
The arctic set thriller, starring Stanley Tucci, continues tonight.
Morton takes charge »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 went live today as a Digital HD purchase with the physical DVD or Blu-ray and OnDemand editions coming March 6. To whet your appetite, Lionsgate has released two deleted scenes from the blockbuster, which sets the stage for the final installment, coming later this year.
“I’m not asking” features a tense exchange between President Snow and Peeta, highlighting Peeta’s experience as a prisoner of Panem, previously unseen to audiences in Mockingjay: Part 1.
“Face of a revolution” features a humorous scene with Effie and Katniss as she’s prepped (and primped) to become the Mockingjay.
Santa Monica, CA and Vancouver, BC, (January 22, 2015) – Lionsgate’s (NYSE: Lgf) global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 arriving on Digital HD February 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand Friday, »
- ComicMix Staff
Gwyneth Paltrow is coming out with a third cookbook. Let us repeat: a third cookbook. Does one need yet another outlet for the actress to remind us that her life is far more put together than ours (conscious uncoupling not withstanding)? More importantly, do we really need another batch of recipes supposedly time-tested by celebrities?
It turns out, yes, we do. While there are plenty of cookbooks by celeb chefs, many of whom appear on your TV screen nightly, recently there haven't been that many food tomes by actors and singers. Maybe they’re busy doing other things (like acting or singing) or don't think we'll believe they can cook for themselves let alone us. In fact, Paltrow was quite humble when she admitted to Rachael Ray: "I really love doing it. It’s such an awesome side project that I get to do, and I feel really lucky that people bought the first one and »
Fortitude, Season One, “Episode Four”
Written by Stephen Brady
Directed by Richard Laxton
Airs Thursdays at 10 pm (Et) on Pivot
Not as immediately visually arresting or mystifying as its preceding episodes, the newest chapter of Fortitude is the first to feel like a typical murder mystery. There are a few nice transitions—a shot of the polio-stricken young boy sitting in an incubator cuts to a shot of a derelict statue, a restaurant mascot perhaps, lying supine in the snow—and the pulsating, unstable music is still as cutting as the sharpest winter wind, but gone are the flashier touches, the super-tight compositions. The show continues to move centrifugal from the mysticism of the first episode, which, while inevitable, nonetheless comes as a sort of disappointment, given the profound beauty of that first hour. As the plot expands, the mystery becomes less sublime and more in the vein of a typical prestige television show. »
- Greg Cwik
Fortitude, Season One, “Episode Three”
Written by Simon Donald
Directed by Sam Miller
Airs Thursdays at 10 pm (Et) on Pivot
Fortitude‘s nebulous two-part pilot promised mysteries on a cosmic scale; by offering sparse dialogue and dreamy imagery wreathed by the pristine whiteness magnanimous snow, creator Simon Donald and director Sam Miller seemed to be crafting a show more concerned with the ineffable than with cops and clues. Instead of establishing suspects and motive, excavating the nefarious underground ties that bind a small town, and strewing about red herrings, they suffused the frame with chilly melancholy. The serenity of a vast ice tundra is juxtaposed with the imminent dangers lurking above and below the permafrost. Fortitude has shades of The Killing‘s caustic theatrics and Donald’s Low Winter Sun, but none of the former’s genre-blind pretension. It’s serious not just in content but in form: any show »
- Greg Cwik
If everyone in Fortitude has a secret, then is everyone guilty? Here's Michael's review of episode three...
This review contains spoilers
At some point early in the preparation of From Hell, Alan Moore’s eyes alighted on an advertisement for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. It was the twist he’d been looking for. ‘A holistic detective?’ he said, ‘you wouldn’t just have to solve the crime. You’d have to solve the entire world that the crime happened in.’ It’s truer of more detective fiction than you might think, especially those that are as concerned with whydunnit as they are whodunnit. One of the best examples is An Inspector Calls, which I alluded to in my review of the first episode of Fortitude, particularly in the character of Dci Morton, an outsider who appears in the wake of an unexpected death and who begins to ask »
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