5 items from 2015
"True Detective" is back for a new season. I posted some overall thoughts on the early episodes on Wednesday, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I display some Meryl Streep-type expressive creativity... "Everybody gets touched." -Jordan The first season of "True Detective" opened with a lot of layers of storytelling — meeting Marty, and then Rust, being interviewed by the cops in 2012, with their stories sometimes bringing us back to the case from 1995, and sometimes bouncing to other stages of their partnership — but what was at the moment a relatively compact story itself. In the 1995 scenes, these guys were already partners, albeit relatively new to each other, they got a case, and they followed it. That allowed Nic Pizzolatto and company to dive in deep on exactly who these guys were, since ultimately the show was much more interested in being a »
- Alan Sepinwall
iZombie series creator Rob Thomas revealed earlier today that the hit series was renewed for a second season. The CW Network hasn't confirmed how many episodes were ordered, or if iZombie Season 2 will debut in midseason once again, or if it will get a fall 2015 debut on The CW. The series debuted on March 17, with 2.34 million viewers tuning in for the premiere.
The show centers on Rose McIver's Olivia "Liv" Moore, a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out... until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains - she's taken a job in the Seattle coroner's office. In this appropriately dead-end job, she can secretly snack on the brains of the many Jane and John »
Stars: Brent Briscoe, Kurt Caceres, Eric Etebari, Jeff Fahey, Lauren Gores, Molly Hagan, Joey Kern, Ashway Lawver, Jason Masek, Larry Moran, Kelly Noonan, Rene Rivera, David Shackelford, Mark L. Young | Written by Patrick Doody, Chris Valenziano | Directed by Ben Ketai
The Descent arguably made being stuck underground scary again, with intelligent use of the darkness and just a hint of claustrophobia half of the job of scaring the audience was done before the creatures even made an appearance on screen. Beneath may not want to be compared to Neil Marshall’s movie, but as a fan I can’t help but compare the two.
Beneath may claim it is inspired by true events, but we know that this is a statement that is used as a marketing tool to get attention but means nothing when it comes to historical fact. In the movie we see a crew of coal miners trapped 600 feet below the ground. »
- Paul Metcalf
Directed by Ben Ketai.
A team of miners get trapped 600 feet underground after the mine collapses, and as the air runs out so does their sanity.
In Beneath, Jeff Fahey (Machete) stars as George Marsh, a miner of 35 years’ experience about to retire. But on his last down the mine his student environmental lawyer daughter Sam (Kelly Noonan) joins his team to see what her father has been doing for all these years, and as she is being shown around the working area 600 feet below the surface the an accident occurs and the cave starts to collapse, trapping Sam, George and the rest of the workers. Having to wait 72 hours for a rescue team the survivors hole up in the rescue chamber set up in case of an emergency, but »
- Gary Collinson
Many comparisons have been made between “iZombie,” Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero’s new zombie crime fighter drama for CW, and “Veronica Mars,” the beloved drama about a wisecracking teenage gumshoe that Thomas created and Ruggiero also penned and produced during its three short years on air.
Thomas knew this was bound to happen given that both have female leads with a propensity for voiceover, but Thomas wants to point out one crucial distinction between the bygone Kristen Bell-starring caper and his new procedural that stars Rose McIver as Liv, the brainiac med student who becomes a brain-eating morgue employee after one wild party.
“Well, we’ve got zombies,” he joked during a phone call from his home in Austin, Texas. “There’s going to be a whole lot more brain eating in ‘iZombie’ than we ever had in ‘Veronica Mars.’”
Ahead of the series’ premiere at 9 p.m. »
- Whitney Friedlander
5 items from 2015
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