19 items from 2015
“Falling Skies” had been running on fumes for a while, frustratingly so in its final season, which should have been building up to a big cosmic comeuppance for the Espheni, the alien invaders who had blown much of humanity to smithereens. Instead, the final episode, after a protracted and sometimes-meandering buildup, had a slightly anticlimactic quality, reinforcing, more than anything, that it was overdue for Chicken Little’s warning to finally come true.
For a time representing one of Steven Spielberg’s more successful recent endeavors as a TV producer, this TNT drama began with some promise, increased its ambition in season two and then began to hit rough patches, such as that whole hybrid-alien-baby-who-ages-ridiculously-fast storyline. The final season, in similar fashion, spent too much time dealing with the show’s various soap opera elements, while taking detours that pitted the humans against each other — most notably Everyman Tom Mason »
- Brian Lowry
This review contains spoilers.
The characters on Falling Skies pretty much always assume the best of people. Pope won his way out of purgatory by being helpful to the group in spite of what happened with Maggie. Tom has won his way back into the good graces of the group multiple times after being abducted and experimented on and who knows what else. Ben, Anne, even Lexi have all had a moment in the sun after making it past some unpleasant situation or another. Even when it's burned them, as it did with Lexi, they've been insistent and consistent about looking for the best in people, second chances, all that stuff that's going to get them killed at some point. You've got kids turning on parents thanks to reeducation camps, eye worms, »
The first annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival in South Florida kicks off on October 1st. Also: an excerpt from Ted Kosmatka's The Flicker Men and details on memorabilia auction from TNT's Falling Skies.
Popcorn Frights Film Festival 2015: Press Release: "Miami, Fl – Horror fans will soon rejoice as South Florida’s first and only genre film festival, the Popcorn Frights Film Festival, launches October 1-4, 2015 at the O Cinema Wynwood, premiering four acclaimed and highly anticipated international films, and an additional six shorts.
“We’re thrilled to present such an array of cool, twisted, beautiful, mind-bending, horrifying, and hilarious films for our inaugural genre festival,” said Co-Founders and Co-Directors Igor Shteyrenberg and Marc Ferman. “We scoured the globe for the freshest and craziest films to present for our community of film lovers, and this first incredible selection of films just gives a small taste of the fun that will »
- Tamika Jones
Will Falling Skies stick the landing of its final season? At its mid-point, Ron isn't hopeful that a satisfying conclusion is on its way...
This review contains spoilers.
5.5. Non-Essential Personnel
The game of cat and mouse between John Pope and Tom Mason won't derail the war effort, but a lone gunman with access to explosives just might. While Tom is off on a wild goose chase, following Pope's directions and going on a tour of post-apocalyptic South Carolina, Weaver and Anne are leading the Second Mass on the big trip to Norfolk Naval Base, to rearm and prepare to take the fight to the Espheni in Charleston, Washington D.C., and beyond. Meanwhile, Tom has thrown off the 'for the good of the many' idea, despite the alien hallucination telling him he needs to focus on saving humanity.
I am a vocal non-fan of the shaky cinema verite/too cheap »
Since John Pope first appeared on “Falling Skies” in the series’ second episode, he has been one of the TNT show’s most fun and fascinating characters to watch. In an alien invasion apocalypse, he’s the bad boy looking out for number one, a cynical nuisance, a thorn in Tom Mason’s side. But he’s also been a vital member of the 2nd Mass, loyal to his gang, a badass alien killer, and he even has his heart of gold moments. He’s sometimes an anti-hero character we love to hate — whenever he’s causing trouble within the 2nd Mass as if a war against aliens isn’t trouble enough — but he also comes to reveal struggles and a past that makes him rather relatable. Played by Colin Cunningham, Pope got a love interest in season 4. Sara (Mira Sorvino) has changed Pope, and that’s clearer than ever in the most recent episodes. »
- Emily Rome
This review contain spoilers.
5.4 Pope Breaks Bad
It seems that the characters on Falling Skies have had a hard time adjusting to the world of war. They've been fighting for three years, and admirably, they haven't stopped fighting. That's one of the reasons Cochise and the other Volm are impressed by the inferior but troublesome race of man-animals using primitive gunpowder weapons to bring down Espheni. Of course, not all humans have the power of positive thinking best demonstrated by the Mason family. Some humans find themselves damaged by the war, haunted by those that have been lost (or those yet to be lost), becoming tired and hungry and traumatized. Some humans are ready to turn on their own kind.
The weak link in the Second Mass is, as always, John Pope. »
Falling Skies might be in its final season, but it wasn't going to go out without a bang - so it hit San Diego Comic-Con for a final panel.
The cast were on hand to drop hints about what we can expect from the remaining episodes (as well as give us some fun behind-the-scenes titbits), so read on for the 11 most exciting things we learned...
1. Sarah Carter was "scared" about Maggie's love triangle - but season five is about more than that.
"It was scary of course when they first brought in the love triangle storyline," she said. "I didn't know how I was going to react, I certainly didn't know how the fans were going to react, but I ultimately really appreciated how thorough her journey with the spikes was and what do you do when there's this alien force. And actually we can all sort of relate to that, »
Falling Skies seems to be making good on the promise to go darker, but when are the Masons going to become vulnerable?
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Falling Skies has always had a wide streak of earnest, emotional, wide-eyed melodrama to it. Particularly in the beginning, it seemed that there was no problem the surving humans couldn't overcome without any major loss of life. Sure, some extras might get fried, but the Mason family and all their close friends would slide through without any real damage. When it was time for the Masons or some associate to suffer a loss, it would always come in the biggest, most dramatic way possible. Someone dies to save the group, being a hero, knowing full well they're going to sacrifice themselves to save everyone else. Or, alternately, someone dies because they turn into a bad guy, and all bad guys and Benedicts Arnold must be punished. »
Hybrid mystery bugs, a love triangle, and Tom’s new “rage” mentality that is sure to complicate things even further?! Yes, please! Season 5 has already hooked us and is well underway with two episodes down and only eight more to go until the series finale. (*Tear and Heavy Sigh*) So, needless to say, we had a lot to cover today at Comic-Con’s Falling Skies: The Final Farewell panel. The panel was packed with producer and director, Olatunde Osunsanmi, and actors, Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Doug Jones, Conner Jessup, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, and Drew Roy. We learned the cast and crew’s thoughts on, not only some of their favorite moments from the series thus far, but also, some of why we can expect to see in this fifth and final season.
The post Falling Skies Comic-Con Panel Recap: The Final Farewell, and More appeared first on Collider. »
- Katie Sangiorgio
Members of the 2nd Mass landed in Ballroom 20 today for Falling Skies' final Comic-Con appearance. Writer-producer Olatunde Osunsanmi, producer-actor Noah Wyle along with fellow castmembers Moon Bloodgood, Colin Cunningham, Drew Roy, Sarah Carter, Conner Jessup, and Doug Jones took the audience through some favorite memories of the TNT series and offered up some snippets on its final season, which premiered June 28. The group brought along clips from upcoming episodes… »
Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion show “Falling Skies” had its final Comic-Con panel today, as the show nears its series finale later this summer. The show graduated from a smaller room at the San Diego Convention Center where its cast was the past few years, to Ballroom 20, which holds about 5,000 people. It was a panel that got plenty of laughs and cheers from that crowd and that showed off the charm, intelligence and humor that this cast has. Read on for highlights from the “Falling Skies” panel. Hal has a particularly “nasty,” “bloody” scene coming up soon — maybe with Pope? Drew Roy teased a scene for his character that’s in episode 5 this season. Here’s how he described it. Our best guess as to who this other actor is? Colin Cunningham, who plays the persistently troublemaking Pope, who hasn’t had a lot of scenes with Hal. Maybe the »
- Emily Rome
Last year, the ratings for Falling Skies were way down. It didn't come as much of a surprise that TNT decided to end the series. How will the show's final season perform? Will it go out on a high or a low? Will the cable execs wish they'd kept it going for a sixth season or, will they wish they'd cancelled it last year? Stay tuned.
On Falling Skies, the resistance continues to struggle for survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. The cast includes Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Mpho Koaho, Doug Jones, Will Patton, and Mira Sorvino.
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It’s the beginning of the end for “Falling Skies” tonight. The TNT series, produced by Steven Spielberg, airs the finale of its fifth and final season, when all manner of beasts and mutants are running rampant on Earth. Season 5 picks up right where season 4 left off (a first for a “Falling Skies” premiere — find out why in HitFix’s Q&A with the series' showrunner). Dr. Anne Glass, played by Moon Bloodgood, is dealing with the likely loss of her alien hybrid child and her husband (“ER” alum Noah Wyle) when the two of them haven’t returned from their crucial mission to the moon. Here Bloodgood tells HitFix how Anne steps up as a leader in the fight for humanity’s survival against the invading aliens. The actress also talks about which character gets an intense showdown with Anne, how becoming a mother has changed her as an actress, »
- Emily Rome
TNT is bringing the explosive dramas The Last Ship and Falling Skies to Comic-Con International: San Diego 2015. TNT's presence at the annual gathering will include all-star panels for both series, plus an Oculus Rift virtual reality experience that puts fans of The Last Ship in the middle of the action. Among the many stars set to participate are The Last Ship's Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin, Travis Van Winkle, Jocko Sims and Marissa Neitling, along with Falling Skies' Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Sarah Carter, Connor Jessup, Colin Cunningham and Doug Jones. Also participating are The Last Ship executive producer Hank Steinberg and Falling Skies co-executive producer Olatunde Osunsanmi. Below is a rundown of TNT's events at Comic-Con International: San Diego »
- Pietro Filipponi
This won’t be a review and you will learn nothing about what occurs in this issue from me. In the recent past I have gone on at length raving about Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine’s work on Divinity for Valiant. You can find those pieces here at Boomtron on each issue as I, more often than not, gleefully stumble trying to find the nature of and meaning of a new god in a new comic book (and possible future cinematic) universe, both in their initial stages of existing. Ninjak #4 though? I don’t even want to talk about this issue. And I really won’t. Not because of the same reason I didn’t talk about Dead Drop #2. I loved this, and you have to experience it.
You won’t be able to telegraph it.
The ending of the last issue left us with that was more or less a standard cliffhanger. »
- Jay Tomio
With Scream Factory releasing The Vicious Brothers' Extraterrestrial on Blu-ray today, I had a chance to talk with the filmmaking duo of Stuart Ortiz and Colin Minihan about Extraterrestrial’s origins, working with Michael Ironside, Grave Encounters 3, and more.
Thanks for taking the time to chat today. How did you guys come up with the idea for Extraterrestrial?
Stuart Ortiz: It was actually the first script Colin and I ever came up with, which was about eight years ago now. It’s changed a lot since then, though. Colin and I met on the Internet on a filmmaking web forum, a really early one where people put up clips and stuff. This was in the dial-up era, so a one minute-long clip would take all day to upload. We would post short films we made and we liked each other’s work and started chatting and formed this relationship. »
- Derek Anderson
We're back with with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror new sent our way. Today's feature includes artwork from Blood & Gourd, release details for The Vatican Exorcisms, and news of a Sledge Blu-ray release:
Blood & Gourd Details and Artwork: "It's Devil's Night in Olympia, Wa - and out at Henderson Farms, the festivities are reaching a crescendo. Young and old have gathered to pick their own pumpkin, drink hot apple cider, and partake in the usual pumpkin farm fare. However, something has awakened from deep within the fertile soil. After years of abuse and humiliation, the pumpkins… are ready to pick us. You can beg! You can plead! You can scream! But these Hell's lanterns are lit only with the burning desire to watch you die."
For more information on this comic, and its creators, visit: http://www.bloodandgourd.com
The Vatican Exorcisms DVD »
- Tamika Jones
Life of Riley, 2014.
Directed by Alain Resnais.
George Riley is due to die, forcing his close friends, and ex-lovers, to reflect on their own lives as he comes to the end of his.
This is Alain Resnais’ final film. This is his third adaptation of an Alan Aykbourn play, a different era to his previous exploits within his six-decade canon. Director of art-house classics Hiroshima mon amour and Last Year at Marienbad, Resnais was often ambiguous with his intentions, merging dreams and reality, truth and fiction, throughout his stories. Life of Riley won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival (only one month before his death) “for a feature that opens new perspectives”, as it does again create conflict between stage and screen.
Of course, it’s slightly jarring when, fading into England (more specifically, »
- Simon Columb
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Writer: Joe Harris
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Colorist: Joana Lafuente
Publisher: Idw Publishing
My experience with the world of Chris Carter’s TV shows consists of a few scattered X-Files episodes (specifically ones written by William Gibson or starring Tony Todd) and a half hour of the Millennium pilot (also about fifteen minutes of Harsh Realm). I remember absolutely loving these things but not being able to watch more because up until I was about 16, I wasn’t allowed to watch much TV, and certainly not the scary stuff. By the time I was 16, any interest I might have had in TV was scoured away by my devoted passion to my Super Nes. As I’ve gotten older, my caution in sampling The X-Files and Millennium has been due to the size of the commitment; I know the series are intertwined and that The X-Files »
- Chris Melkus
19 items from 2015
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