This Is Us (2016-)

About

Everyone has a family. And every family has a story. “This Is Us” chronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as young parents in the 1980s to their 37-year-old kids Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) searching for love and fulfillment in the present day. This grounded, life-affirming dramedy reveals how the tiniest events in our lives impact who we become, and how the connections we share with each other can transcend time, distance and even death.

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The Night Of (2016)

About

The Night Of is an eight-part limited series that delves into the intricate story of a fictitious murder case in New York City. The series follows the police investigation and legal proceedings, all the while examining the criminal justice system and the purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused awaits his trial.

Filmed in and around Manhattan, the HBO series is based on the BBC’s “Criminal Justice,”

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The Wall (2017)

IO-pinion

How many Hunger Games movies are produced to date? Is it 3? Oh I looked it up, it’s 4. I watched the first one, it gained a little bit of momentum from the media before it hit the theaters here being a movie where teenagers are killing one-other in a game. I didn’t find it that great or shocking afterwards. The idea is the same as The Running Man (1987) and after discovering they were milking it like there’s no tomorrow with a story that somehow evolved from a survival game broadcasted on tv to a civil war I didn’t even bother to watch the other 3 movies. Hate it when they try to milk it out like there’s no tomorrow.

The Wall is keeping it simple. The story is about two marines, a crappy wall between them and an enemy. It’s a slow-paced story about a mission that should be easy but goes wrong due an enemy sniper. Yes, perhaps it’s a bit boring in the middle section but man… this ending… superb! I won’t spoil anything but this I love unpredictable movies and this ending is great for multiple reasons. I can’t image that they will do a sequel and they shouldn’t. Not everything has to be presented on a platter to finish a movie.

The movie didn’t do exceptionally well at the box office. They made about $3.9 million of a $3 million budget (Well it’s still more than you and I make but compared to other movies today it’s not that much). The movie is directed by Doug Liman who also directed movies like Edge of Tomorrow, Mr & Mrs Smith and The Bourne Identity.

Shot Caller (2017)

IO-pinion

A movie about a regular family and businessman going in the prison system after a traffic accident and gets caught up in the prison life and becomes a bad person.

No, this movie is not a happy cheerful one where the guy gets the girl in the end and they life happily ever after. It’s a dark one with a slight statement about the prison system in many countries. It was interesting to watch this one and I’m overall positive about it but it’s not flawless.

The music (or should i say sound tones) are excellent matched with the gritty type that the movie should be. The film shows you two time periods of the Jacob (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) but it was a bit unclear that you were looking at the same guy in different times in his prison life. I thought in the first quarter of the movie that those two prisoners would meet somehow during the movie or the fresh fish would take place of the longer incarcerated one. Maybe it was not my finest moment, maybe a bit confusing display…

The scenes inside the prison in the movie are a bit different from most other movies. I guess it’s a bit clean compared with what you are used too but the clichés are there. Race-wars, fighting, killing and riots.

The movie has a well thought out ending which made me forget about the little flaws and if you can handle jumping between two time periods you should be fine with this one. If you hate switching between past and present time you might end up a bit annoyed but the movie ending will still keep it afloat bad movies.

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

IO-pinion

Normally I tend to stay away from military movies because they somehow always want to fit in the message that their army / country is the best and will always overcome a worse country / regime. I was pleased to see that the war scenes are about half the movie and these are truly amazing captured on film.

Since Fargo I distrust every filmmaker with true story or even based on true on a true story taglines. A little bit of googling on Desmond Doss and the second line i read is that Doss joined the army in 1942. The movie focused on Desmonds last shipment to Okinawa and skips the other regions he went before that. His girlfriend/wife wasn’t a nurse during the war but became a nurse some years after the war. But I’m glad that the core of the story seems to be true.

Would the movie have been better with another main character? Perhaps, Andrew Garfield playing the role of Desmond should never ever take a film role where he does come climbing. I found Vince Vaughn was amazing in this movie. I’m so glad he pulled of a completely different role than being the funny guy.

Even if you’re not that keen on war movies these 139 minutes probably won’t disappoint.

 

Arrival (2016)

Verdict:

What a huge disappointment this movie was. Spaceships land on earth, nothing else happens and somehow the big question is are they friendly or hostile. The Aliens did remind me of Space Invaders which was fun. Fun thinking back at Space Invaders…

Space Invaders 1978 or is it Arrival 2016?

I’m not sure why the Chinese are labeled as the aggressive and impatient. On one hand it was a gift that due the Chinese possible attack on the friendly aliens there was a sort of deadline in the movie script. I checked two times during the movie how much time was still remaining, not a good sign.

Metascore of 81? Unbelievable. The movie is very slow-paced and reflecting back almost nothing happened during 116 minutes. The humans learn to decode the language, the message was aliens helps humans, humans help aliens later. Help with what? How? Why do they need help? None of these questions are answered or slightly worked out.

Not what i hoped after seeing the poster and trailer.

Fargo – Season 3

Fargo Season 3

About

Set in 2010, the third installment of Fargo centers on Emmit Stussy and his slightly younger brother Ray (Ewan McGregor in dual roles).

Emmit, the “Parking Lot King of Minnesota,” is a handsome, self-made real estate mogul with a perfect family – a real American success story. His slightly younger brother Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Wilted from a lifetime of living in Emmit’s shadow, Ray is a balding, pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt – and he blames his brother.

The only bright spot in Ray’s life is the love of a not-so-good woman, Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), one of his parolees. Nikki has brains, beauty and a deep and abiding passion for competitive bridge. She decides to help Ray turn his fortunes around, by essentially stealing back his good karma. Unsurprisingly, things quickly get out of hand and petty theft leads to murder.

When the mayhem crosses county lines, Eden Valley Police Chief Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon), a newly divorced mother, is called upon to investigate. Normally steady and imperturbable, Gloria is shaken when the case takes an unexpectedly personal turn. Meanwhile, Emmit’s perfect life is upended when he receives an unwelcome business proposal from a mysterious loner and true capitalist, V.M. Vargas (David Thewlis), whose bosses plan to become business partners with “The Parking Lot King” whether Emmit likes it or not.

Cast

Ratings

IMDB 9,0/10

Audience Score 95%

Critics Consensus: Thanks in part to a memorable dual performance from Ewan McGregor, Fargo mostly maintains the sly wit and off-kilter sensibility it displayed in its first two seasons.

About the true story disclaimer

As with the original film, each episode begins with the superimposed text:

This is a true story. The events depicted took place in Minnesota in [year]. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.

To give you a short answer, it’s all complete fiction. Doing some research and reading the stories I tend to dislike the Coen brothers. Remember season 2? An interview:

“There are actually two little elements in the story that were based on actual incidents,” Joel Coen told HuffPost. “One of them is the fact that there was a guy, I believe in the ‘60s or ‘70s, who was gumming up serial numbers for cars and defrauding the General Motors Finance Corporation. There was no kidnapping. There was no murder. It was a guy defrauding the GM Finance Corporation at some point.”

Okay… so there was a guy scraping serial numbers for car chassis…… Why fool the audience every episode with the true story crap?

Big thumbs up for the makeup department

Ewan McGregor
as
 Emmit Stussy

 

 

 

Ewan McGregor
as
 Ray Stussy

 

Ewan McGregor in regular life

 

 

Trailer

Website

fxnetworks.com/shows/fargo

Release information

The third season premiered on April 19, 2017

Runtime

10 episodes of 50 minutes each.

Original Network

FX

The 100 – Season 5 news

The 100

I just finished S04 and am glad that the show did great after a not so good S03. IMDB ratings picked up from a 7.8 and 7.9 for the first two episodes to end with a 9.3. Now that’s what you call a great end! The final 3 minutes of the seasons last episode did bring up a lot questions with the fans. Here’s some explanation.

A chat with executive producer Jason Rothenberg

My initial thought when I saw the little girl with Clarke was “She’s way too old to be her actual daughter.” Who is she?
Well, it’s not her biological daughter, but what we’ll see in Season 5 is that this relationship is hugely important for Clarke. She’s a Nightblood named Maddie, and she’s been with her for five years. They are, for all intents and purposes, bonded the way a mother and daughter would be. So Clarke loves her, and her decision-making process has changed, just as it does for anyone who has a child. … We’ll tell the story of how they came together in Season 5, and how they’ve been surviving as the only two people on the planet — until that ship shows up.

Yeah, about that spaceship… Should we just assume it’s packed with angry prisoners?
We will definitely tell their story. Some of them will probably be angry. All of them will be home, alive and back on Earth. I think, in some really cool ways, it’s a rebooting of the entire story. The 100 were prisoners when they came to the ground, and they thought they were alone, but they weren’t. There were Grounders in this world, which we learned when a spear came out of the woods and impaled Jasper’s chest. Now Clarke is the Grounder, and these prisoners are the 100. We screw with people’s perspectives. Of course, the prisoners are going to start as antagonists, but we’ll probably dimensionalize them as we do with all of our bad guys.


The 100 Promotes Tasya Teles (Echo) to Series Regular in Season 5

Echo was last seen blasting off into space with Bellamy, Raven, etc. during Wednesday’s fourth season finale, “Praimfaya.” Echo was first introduced as a prisoner in Mount Weather towards the end of The CW drama’s second season, and has maintained a tenuous connection to Clarke and Co. ever since. Despite being one of the “good” (or at least “better”) characters, Echo has been known to behave erratically, occasionally dipping her toe in the betrayal pond.


Isaiah Washington (Jaha) Not Returning as Series Regular in Season 5

But don’t go throwing dirt on Jaha’s grave just yet; at this point, it’s unclear how Washington’s character will be written out of the show, nor is it known whether the actor may appear again in a guest-star capacity.

Washington’s character, Thelonious Jaha, has undergone a radical transformation since we met him three years ago. After being stripped of his chancellor title, Jaha became a lost soul, eventually finding salvation — or so he thought — via the promises of an evil technological being known as A.L.I.E. Following her defeat, Jaha attempted to redeem himself, most recently helping his people gain access to a top-secret bunker that could save them from an impending nuclear death wave.

The Orville (2017– ) – Star Trek spoof might be incredibly funny

About

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, “Ted”) and directed by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” “Iron Man”), THE ORVILLE is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship. In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, a far-reaching, advanced and mostly peaceful civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships. Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer ED MERCER (MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life, Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, KELLY GRAYSON (Adrianne Palicki, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Friday Night Lights”). As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified, but eccentric crew, including his best friend, GORDON MALLOY (Scott Grimes, “ER,” “Justified”), who has problems with authority, but is the best helmsman in the fleet; DR. CLAIRE FINN (Penny Johnson Jerald, “24,” “The Larry Sanders Show”), one of the Union’s most accomplished physicians; BORTUS (Peter Macon, “Shameless,” “Bosch”), an alien from a single-sex species; ISAAC (Mark Jackson, “That Royal Today”), an artificial life-form from a machine society that thinks biological life-forms are inferior; navigator JOHN LAMARR (J. Lee, FAMILY GUY, “The Cleveland Show”), whose casual humor cuts through even the most dire situations; ALARA KITAN (Halston Sage, “Neighbors,” “Goosebumps”), a young, inexperienced security officer whose home planet’s high gravity gives her superior physical strength; and YAPHIT, a gelatinous creature voiced by comedian Norm Macdonald (“The Middle,” “Saturday Night Live”). Somehow, Ed and Kelly must put the past behind them and, with the help of the crew, navigate fascinating and sometimes dangerous adventures in outer space, as well as the tumultuous and captivating day-to-day personal relationships with their colleagues.

Cast

Ratings

 

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Information

MacFarlane originally wrote Orville as a spec script, which was picked up by Fox on May 4, 2016. The network ordered 13 episodes. It will be the first live-action TV series created by MacFarlane, as well as his first live-action starring role on television aside from his small role as Ensign Rivers on Star Trek: Enterprise.

Following the project’s greenlight, MacFarlane stated, “I’ve wanted to do something like this show ever since I was a kid, and the timing finally feels right. 20th and FOX have been good to me for many years, and of course, Dana and Gary have been fantastic bosses and true pals, so it was a no-brainer to come to them with the project. I think this is gonna be something special.”

It looks like every episode will be directed by a different director.  People like Brannon Braga (almost 200 Star Trek episodes), Jon Cassar (multiple 24 shows), James L. Conway (Magicians and multiple Star Trek), Jon Favreau (Jungle Book, Iron Man 1 + 2), Jonathan Frakes (multiple Star Trek), Robert Duncan McNeill (Chuck, Star Trek Voyager + Enterprise) will be directing an episode.

Trailer

Website

fox.com/the-orville

Release information

The first season contains 13 episodes, runtime is going to be about 60 minutes. The Orville is set to air Thursdays at 9:00 on Fox during the 2017–18 season. Precise date is not know yet.

Production Company

Fuzzy Door Productions and 20th Century Fox Television

 

Twin Peaks (2017) – The Hype is coming (to an end?)

Attention people, perhaps the best thing ever is coming to your tv tomorrow! I’m just kidding. Following the hype around Twin Peaks is interesting.

Starting with a confession, I’ve never seen an episode of Twin Peaks. I vaguely remember it being shown on tv somewhere in the 90’s. It was positive received back then and people still wrote very positive reviews in the mid ’00s.

If I’m not mistaken the series will premier today on the Showtime network. IMDB rating before the show has aired on public tv is: 9,9/10 (395 votes), popularity is sky-high, media attention is high.

Or this is the best show ever and critics and film industry people thought it was perfect or this is getting blown up in a way I’ve not seen many times before.

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