Red Road returns tomorrow on Sundance!

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The Red Road returns for its second season on Sundance channel Thursday, April 2nd 10/9C

This is a heart pounding, nonstop action kinda series and not just cuz Jason Momoa is in it (although that helps, too, ha, ::blush::) I didn’t know what to expect going into the first season and I’m so happy I sat down and actually watched it. Red Road combines everything I want to see more of on TV (not just Jason Momoa ::blush::) like Native American issues and more people of color with prominent roles (Hello! FINALLY!), slick, suspenseful writing, and real world characters who aren’t just canned stereotypes.

Red Road is gritty, engaging, and keeps you guessing all the way through. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer! The first season was only 6 episodes, so you guys can catch up without much difficulty before season two’s premiere.

Trailer:

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

In a nutshell, the series is about a Native American criminal and the dangerous game he plays with a white cop who covers the accident of his schizophrenic wife and the Native boy she ran over with her car. It’s a cat-and-mouse murder mystery set on an Indian reservation where the “good” cop has to outsmart the “bad” guy. However what’s good becomes bad, and what seems bad in the beginning, is slowly revealed to be good. You’ve seen it before but not like this, I promise. The predominately Native American cast is a refreshing change of pace. If you like psychological cop stories with a lot of twists and turns, then Red Road is for you.

I’ll be tuning in tomorrow to watch season 2! Will you?

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“The Tunnel” in Australia

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Director: Carlo Ledesma

Starring: Bel Delia, Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis

Whose bright idea was to go down the creepy-ass tunnel that the government doesn’t want you going into? That’s right, it’s the stupid ambitious reporter who wants to make a name for herself. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

So this is another “mocumentary” about a news crew who decides to investigate the metro tunnels in Sydney. They want to know why certain tunnels are closed and why the homeless who live there are going missing and the government doesn’t seem to care. Natasha(Bel Delia) recruits her cameramen to investigate the tunnels without her boss’ consent. Did I mention she didn’t tell her film crew that this story was off the books? After getting lost, Natasha and her crew run into mysterious creatures that think the news crew is dinner.

What to say about this movie? I hate reporters. Seriously I wanted to punch Natasha in the face. But besides that, I think this movie could’ve been better. The biggest issue I had with this movie was that it was really dark. Not dark as in the subject was dark but the lighting as a whole was way too dark. I could barely see anything. I think that was the point, but it took away from the terror of the creatures in the tunnels. You also didn’t get a good look at them which was probably for the best. Now that adds to the terror of “what are they?”!

I also liked that they broke up the movie so it wasn’t constant “found footage”. Instead they made it like a real documentary where there is an interviewer talking to the “survivors”. I thought it was a nice change in pace.

Anyway, I’d give this movie a C. 

Here’s a trailer:

Critters in “The Bay”!

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Director: Barry Levinson

Starring: Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Kether Donohue

Holy crap! I loved this movie!!

Another “mocumentary” for you guys. I never get tired of these kind of movies. Anyway, the movie is about a small town by the ocean who become infested with little critters in their drinking water. Due to the unsanitary water(caused by all the chicken shit they dump in the ocean), these mutant bugs are everywhere. In the drinking water, the ocean, the shower…if it’s water it’s probably in it. The town fall into chaos when everyone suffers from rashes, then boils, and then get eaten from the inside out. Government cover-up? I think so!

This also played like a documentary where one of the survivors was being interviewed and explains her point of view. We see her as a news intern out and about for the Fourth of July celebration. We see her camera shots and she provides some commentary throughout the film. I honestly thought that she was annoying and unnecessary.  I think it was because it was always about her “oh my god! I can’t believe I wore that!” or “Oh my god, I can’t believe I asked those questions!” Really? Half the town is being eaten alive and the only piece of commentary is how embarrassed you are?

There are a few groups of characters you follow. There the young couple out on their boat, the oceanographers who first discovered the mutant bugs, the doctor at the hospital, the news intern, and the Sheriff. Each adds a different perspective to the confusion. I think I liked the doctor at the hospital and the sheriff the best. Mostly because the Doctor was arguing with the CDC and the Sheriff didn’t know whether to help the infected or euthanize the infected.

Obviously the main message was “keep the ocean clean”! But they did it in a fun entertaining way. I think this also shows that the Government has no clue on how to handle catastrophic incidents. After watching this movie, you’ll be thinking twice about drinking out of the tap.

I give this movie an A-