9 items from 2016
Spoiler Alert: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Chapter 2” of “American Horror Story” Season 6.
If there was any doubt that past seasons of “American Horror Story” would be connected to Season 6, that’s over: Shelby and Matt are literally living in a Murder House, a la Season 1. “Chapter 2” gave us the terrifying backstory of their residence, and finally inspired the couple to move out. But first, let’s break down the rest of the episode.
“Chapter 2” picks up exactly where the season premiere left off: with the horrified Shelby stumbling across a cult-like ritual. Say hi to Lady Gaga! In a blink-and-you-missed it guest appearance, the Countess herself chants next to Kathy Bates, who seems to be the leader of the cult (if you can imagine Gaga cosplaying as the Enchantress from “Suicide Squad,” that’s basically what it looks like). A man is being punished, and with a pig’s head over his own »
- Alex Stedman
Barbara Crampton Interview
Barbara Crampton is a horror icon. Starring in such movies as The Re-Animator and Chopping Mall, she became one of the most familiar faces of fright flicks throughout the eighties and nineties. She then stepped away from the genre around the late nineties as she became a series regular on American daytime soap The Young and the Restless. However, she couldn’t stay away for long and for the last few years has been getting back involved in the horror genre, popping up in such films as You’re Next, We are Still Here and Road Games.
Road Games screened for a second year in a row this year at Frightfest. The film debuted last year and this time around saw the director, Abner Pastoll, return to take part in a live director’s commentary. It also forms part of the third wave of Frightfest Presents titles. »
- Kat Hughes
Here’s the joke—if you can call it that—of Homo Sapiens, the eerie and post-apocalyptic new documentary piece by Austria’s Nikolaus Geyrhalter: It’s got no people in it. Shot all over the world, the film offers a breathtaking array of abandoned places. None of them are identified (no narration, no text, no trace of human presence), though some are well-known: the Buzludzha Monument in Bulgaria, which resembles a massive Communist spaceship that sustained a crash landing; Japan’s Hashima Island, a nightmarish maze of concrete apartment blocks and stairways that was abandoned in the 1970s; the streets and shops of the Fukushima exclusion zone; the so-called Cavern Of The Lost Souls, a subterranean lake in Wales used to dump old cars. One almost wishes that Geyrhalter (Our Daily Bread) had come up with a less on-the-nose title. But then, what else could he call it? »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Looking for some otherworldly films to check out before you head out to the cinemas on Friday? Have a look at Wamg’s list for Alien Invasion Movies To See Before Independence Day: Resurgence!
Earth Vs »
- Movie Geeks
Game of Thrones, "Book of The Stranger," reunites significant characters and clearly sets the path for conflicts to come. The episode harkens back to events of the first season that started the epic battle for Westeros. After the decimation of their family, the loss of Winterfell, and countless personal horrors, the Starks finally have a heartfelt reunion. Sansa (Sophie Turner) arrives at Castle Black and the protection of Jon Snow (Kit Harington). This moment signals a change of fate for the Starks, who can again mount an opposition as a family. We also get an epic resolve to Daenerys in the clutches of the Dothraki horde. The Mother of Dragons strikes back in a big way to show the doubters whose boss.
The Walking Dead 's, "The Same Boat", picks up directly after last week's cliffhanger ending. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) are on the outskirts of the Saviors compound. They hear the fire alarm go off while Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the Alexandrians attack. Maggie and Carol argue over responding, then are ambushed by another group of Saviors; three women and a man. Carol shoots the man in the bicep when he grabs Maggie, but they are both subdued.
Paula, (Alicia Witt) the leader of the second group of Saviors, sees Rick take down one of their members, Primo (Jimmy Gonzalez); through her binoculars. She calls Rick on her walkie talkie, telling the Alexandrians that they have Maggie and Carol. He pleads to make a prisoner trade then and there, but Paula balks. She saw them wipeout the Savior compound, knows they are heavily armed and equally dangerous. »
Negotiations for ABC to extend its license agreement for the annual Oscar telecast are underway, but there’s a sticking point: ABC wants more creative input.
ABC’s deal with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences already runs through 2020, but the two sides have been in talks for some time about an extension. A long-term deal would provide stability for the Academy as it looks to take on debt to help finance its ambitious Hollywood museum project, set to open in 2018.
Given the ratings issues with recent Oscarcasts, ABC has a much stronger argument to make at the bargaining table. Sunday’s 88th annual Academy Awards brought in the lowest ratings in eight years, a disappointment for Hollywood’s glitziest awards gala.
Under the terms of the contract, the Academy retains the rights to produce the show. That means AMPAS officials pick the producers, the host and set the tone for the overall production. »
- Debra Birnbaum and Kristopher Tapley
Yesterday, I published my review of Netflix's Love, one of my favorite new shows of the year so far. (Its first season debuts Friday.) A romantic comedy about a walking disaster of a woman (Gillian Jacobs) and the nice guy (Paul Rust) who falls for her, it was co-created by Rust, Lesley Arfin, and Judd Apatow, who between Freaks and Geeks, Girls, and his many movies (including Trainwreck, whose title he says he lifted from this project), has plenty of experience finding the most mortifying aspects of interpersonal relationships. At press tour last month, Apatow and I spoke about the Netflix experience and the many ways TV has changed since his days on Freaks and Geeks and The Larry Sanders Show, why he thinks comedy episodes shouldn't be limited to 30 minutes, how Jacobs (who had a recurring role on Girls last season) wound up in Love, and a lot more. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Over the last few years, Netflix has arguably done more to change the way we watch, talk, and think about television than anyone since HBO in the turn of the century days of "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," and "Six Feet Under." Between their library of titles licensed from more traditional TV operations and their ever-growing stable of original series, Netflix has conditioned viewers to binge-watch shows, has encouraged its creators to design shows made explicitly for that model, and has pushed television in general into a more serialized direction, since the most lucrative afterlife for many shows lies in being sold to a streaming service rather than into traditional rerun syndication. During an appearance at the TCA press tour earlier this month, Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that the service would be offering over 600 hours of original content this year, and spending over $6 billion to »
- Alan Sepinwall
9 items from 2016
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