All season long viewers continued to be teased about the “door” and the “valley beyond.” The final episode of season two finally revealed what they really were. But those story points are overshadowed by a few other reveals.
This week sees the answer about who won the race to the Forge, gave us a truth about who really was running things behind the scenes, and in a post credits scene answered the question about whether William (Ed Harris) was a host.
The title of this episode is ‘The Passenger’ and that is explained as well, but a better name might have been ‘All Hail Dolores!!!’ (that will make sense later).
Ford (Anthony Hopkins) muses when addressing Maeve that “mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts” in this penultimate episode of the season. The embodiment of that statement is William (Ed Harris) who gets the bulk of the screen time in this episode that, ironically on father’s day, spent time showing how bad a father William was to Emily.
We finally get a better look at his world outside the park that helped to make his character so interesting. We see his wife, Juliet (Sela Ward) and daughter Emily (Katja Herbers) when they were still a family but were beginning to unravel. We also get hints and revelations about what has really been going on in the park.
“You only live as long as the last person who remembers you,” Akecheta, played by Fargo alum Zahn McClarnon, tells Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) at the midpoint of episode four. Sounds like wise words and that advice received some clarification in this episode: “Kiksuya,” directed by Uta Briesewitz.
The title of this week’s episode translates from the Lakota language as “remember.” The episode is almost exclusively the story of the Lakota tribe in Westworld and specifically Akecheta.
The title of this week’s episode is Les Écorchés. It translates from the French to mean “a painting or sculpture of a human figure with the skin exposed to display the musculature.” In this case, it seems to refer to the reveal of the purpose of the park and the creation of Bernard. This episode could have been called “In Memoriam” and it would have been just as appropriate.
This episode stirs the pot further so that fans won’t know what is really going on. There are a lot of different stories that are touched on in this episode…it starts with an old standard…Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) sitting in the lab with Bernard (Jeffrey Wright)…
Most fans of True Detective have decided that season two was a bust, which adds fuel to the narrative that aside from Veep and Silicon Valley HBO isn’t having a very good year. Ah well, there’s always next year, and it seems like HBO is thinking the same way. Before last night’s True Detective finale, HBO ran the first trailer for Westworld, its highly ambitious made-for-TV remake of the robots-run-amok-in-an-Old-West-theme park novel and movie by Michael Chrichton. From a team that includes Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams, and starring actors like Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and Ed Harris, you better believe that expectations for Westworld will be huge. Will this 30 seconds throw fuel on that hype? (more…)
After numerous delays and the threat of a Weinstein-supervised trim to appease fly-over state audiences in America, Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpierceris finally primed to be released into American theaters in its original cut. To hype the film up (and ride on the coattails of star Chris Evans’ recent mega-hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier), The Weinsteins have smartly released a new red-band trailer, highlighting some of the picture’s nastier moments.
By far, Snowpierceris one of the more original movies coming our way this year – hopefully – which is why it’s a downright shame The Weinstein Company and director Bong Joon-ho can’t resolve their differences over the U.S. release. This is especially aggravating when you consider the film released in Bong’s home country, South Korea last fall and to plenty of other, non-English speaking countries after that. And even more so when we’re continuously teased with sweet trailers like this one, (more…)
Filled with a multi-talented, multi-national cast of performers Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer has been making a name for itself overseas and is set to open next month in South Korea. Featuring an all-star cast including Chris Evans, John Hurt, Song Kang-ho, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Ed Harris it’s odd there is no set release date yet in North America. Though, thi hasn’t stopped the stream of featurettes and a new trailer from making their way online.
A thought-provoking film of class-warfare and survival, each featurette gives you an inside look at the characters and several behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew. Also included is a short animated feature, giving viewers a little more insight and builds on what people already know about Snowpiercer. And while the film itself was a mostly English language cast these, features and trailers were made for the foreign market, but you will be able to piece together some parts fairly quickly.
Check out these featurettes, trailers, and behind the scenes shots after the jump below.
Breaking away from the superhero and science fiction franchise films we all flock to in the summer, is Snowpiercer. The first English language film from director Bong Joon-Ho (The Host, Memories of Murder, Mother) sees all life on the planet wiped out after a failed attempt at thwarting global warming brings a new Ice Age. All life except those on the train, Snowpiercer, that is. Within train life an oppressive class system arises, and eventually, the lower classes begin a revolution.
I’m hooked by its premise alone, but its great cast doesn’t hurt either. Snowpiercer stars Chris Evans along with John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song and Ko Asung. Set to release in South Korea in August there’s no U.S. release date, but at least we can check out this first trailer,
Looking for something a little more original at the box office, check out Snowpiercer. I’m sure it’ll have a U.S. release date before long. What do you think? Interested?