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?

The Returned: Classy French Zombies

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Holy cow, I love this series! Zombies? Check. High-brow Drama? Check. French? Why not?! You have GOT to watch “The Returned!” I’m telling you, it’s a gem! I just fell in love with the story and I know you will, too. I promise this is not like any zombie thing you’ve ever seen. For one, the zombies look just like you and me, they talk, they fall in love, they question their existence… The characters are so beautifully written, you will empathize with each one. The episodes follow a bunch of loosely connected people and their journeys from life, death, to zombiehood. The setting takes place in a  small French town in the mountains. The characters’ individual stories fit like a jigsaw puzzle, slowly hinting how and why the zombies resurrected. There are only 9 episodes so you can watch the whole thing in one go.

Look how pretty the opening is. Look. LOOK, dammit!

The series leaves many unanswered questions. I happened to catch the series halfway through on IFC and wound up scouring the internet for more. Or you can buy it (as I plan to) HERE. The American version is called “The Resurrected” and will air on ABC sometime soon, I think. But you know how we, Americans, fuck everything up. So just watch the original French version and deal with the English subtitles. IT IS WORTH IT. I wouldn’t lie to you. If you like “The Walking Dead” on AMC then you will adore “The Returned.” It has smart writing. Smart acting. Smart directing. Just watch it. A++++ all the way! You’re welcome. Cannot wait for season 2!

Stewart Granger in “Blanche Fury”

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Don’t you just love these old timey, black-n-white flicks? The breathlessness. The melodrama. The lusty screams of terror. Can’t get enough of it. I’m also a sucker for Stewart Granger. That man can cock his brow like a boss. (Not convinced? Behold. The panty-creaming eyebrow raise)

Just got hot in here, didn’t it? 

Marc Allegret directed this British film. Valerie Hobson plays the title roll, Blanche Fury, opposite of Stewart Granger.  The cinematography is modern for its time, which is impressive. The acting is phenomenal and (since the movie is based on a book) the plot sweeps across the screen in epic glory.  “Blanche Fury” is less a horror and more of a crime-drama or gothic romance. It has the same appeal as a Brontë novel; scowling Byronic heroes and strong-willed heroines.

Blanche Fury is the cruel and ambitious woman, who, once employed as a governess at a mansion, quickly makes the moves on the nearest heir so to marry into wealth. She mistakes Philip (Stewart Granger) as the heir, when in fact he is only the heir’s bastard son. Philip admires Blanche’s cunning. He is a disgrace to the family, which is why he is forced to work in the stables without any money. Predictably, Blanche and Philip fall madly in love and carry an affair long after she marries her Sugar Daddy. However, the closer Blanche comes to inheriting the family’s wealth, the more resentful and unhinged Philip becomes. Eventually he goes insane and murders Blanche’s husband and attempts to murder their child.

I liked this movie a lot. And yes, I’ll shamefully admit it was a lot like watching a soap opera, but hey, I dig psychopathic heroes and infanticide. I recommend “Blanche Fury” for fans of moody cinema and classic, black-n-white film. Granger’s insanely hot eyebrow raise bumps the grade to a B+