You Betcha: 14 Polite Facts About TV’s Fargo

Jake Rosen and Mental_Floss present You Betcha: 14 Polite Facts About TV’s Fargo.  Here are three of my favorites…

One reason Littlefield was more supportive of this spin-off was because creator Noah Hawley had no desire to revisit McDormand’s Marge Gunderson character, the heavily-pregnant sheriff of Brainerd, Minnesota. In 2014, Hawley told IndieWire that he opted for an anthology format with a different narrative every season to avoid the show becoming about the “grim” day-to-day adventures of Marge.

Hawley has been quoted as saying he thinks of the Fargo-verse as being influenced by a big book of Midwestern crime tales, with each season being a different chapter. He cemented that idea in the ninth episode of the second season, opening with a close-up of a book titled The History of True Crime in the Midwest.

Saving Patrick Wilson’s Lou Solverson character during the “Massacre at Sioux Falls” referenced in the first season was the appearance of what appeared to be a UFO hovering over a motel parking lot. Even by Fargo’s standards, it was a strange occurrence. According to Hawley, who was pressed for some kind of explanation during a June 2016 book signing, the scene stemmed from the idea that the show is taking cues from “true crime” books and all of the unbelievable details they often contain.

Speaking of a similar scene that felt disconnected from the narrative of the original film, Hawley said that he asked himself, “‘Why is this in the movie?’ It has nothing to do with the movie—except the movie says, ‘This is a true story.’ They put it in there because it ‘happened.’ Otherwise you wouldn’t put it in there. The world of Fargo needs those elements; those random, odd, truth-is-stranger-than-fiction elements.”

The Ultimate TV & Movies Car List

One of the fun things about movie and tv shows is that the characters in them (usually) get to drive the coolest vehicles.  I’ve always said I’d drive the ’66 Batmobile or the ’50 Merc that Cobra drove if I had the extra cash.

The folks at created The Ultimate TV & Movies Car List.  There are 114 vehicles on our list and a fun factoid about every single one.  Click over and enjoy!

The Strain Producers Carlton Cruse & Chuck Hogan Talk about Watching the Apocalypse Happen!

The Strain is one of my favorite shows producing new episodes.  Based on the trilogy of books by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, The Strain tells the story of a vampire apocalypse… but these ain’t your pop’s or your little sister’s vampires!  They’re not romantic and they don’t sparkle.

One of the things that I love about apocalyptic stories takes place at their start when no one is sure what is going on or what is the best course of action to take.  You know, when Brad Pitt watches in amazement as normal citizens begin attacking each other, or when Barbara is attacked in the graveyard by the creepy guy in the business suit or when Rick wakes from his coma to discover… well you get what I mean.

That’s one of the reasons I’m such a fan of The Strain.  We’re two seasons in and just 23 days have passed.  The audience knows what’s coming but the characters on the show have only slowly come to realize what’s happening.  The producers were brave (smart) enough to not just jump in to the frenzy.  A slow build-up has been such fun.  I can’t wait for season three to start Sunday night.

/Film has an interview with The Strain Producers Carlton Cruse & Chuck Hogan Talk about Watching the Apocalypse Happen!

Star Trek Beyond (2016) / Z-View

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Director: Justin Lin

Screenplay: Simon Pegg & Doug Jung based on the Star Trek television series created by Gene Roddenberry 

Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella.

The Pitch: “It’s time for a new Star Trek movie!”

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The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

The Enterprise crew is ready for a little well-earned R& R when they are chosen to respond to an SOS.  The SOS turns out to be a terrible trap.  The Enterprise is destroyed.  Kirk and crew (those that are left alive) find themselves separated and stranded the planet of those that attacked them.

Their mission now becomes a way to get back to Federation territory to warn of the coming invasion, to stop the coming invasion or both… but first they will have to survive.

Of the new Star Trek films I rate this the second best.  I loved the new Jaylah character, was extremely happen with the expansion of McCoy’s [Urban’s] role and was impressed with the new and unique way the attacking aliens boarded the Enterprise.


New Posters for AMC’s “Preacher”

Preacher on AMC is one of the strangest shows I’ve ever watched and I am totally diggin’ it.

Having never read the comic series (created by writer, Garth Ennis and artist, Steve Dillon) on which the show is based I didn’t know what to expect.

It sure wasn’t a small town preacher (who used to be a criminal) accidentally infused with a supernatural power.  And who would have guessed that the Preacher’s girlfriend (who was also his crime partner) would show up or that he would become best friends with a vampire (unlike any ever seen)?  Then of course, there’s the Saint of Killers, a gunfighter from the old west, recently returned to Earth from hell…

I’m going to keep my eye out for the comic series.

In the mean time, you might want to check out these Preacher promotional posters created by Steve Dillon & Matt Hollingsworth, Glenn Farbry, Mike & Laura Allred, Dustin Nguyen, David Mack, Erica Henderson, Steve Ellis (shown above) Neal Adams & Tim Shinn and Mike Del Mundo.

Source: XombieDirge.

The Lineup (1958) / Z-View

The Lineup (1958)

Director: Don Siegal

Screenplay: Stirling Silliphant

Stars: Eli Wallach, Robert Keith and Richard Jaeckel.

The Pitch: “Hey, if it works on tv…?”

Tagline: “The Manhunt They Had To Put on the Giant-Sized Movie Theatre Screen!”

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

A criminal organization gets heroin into the US by hiding it in tourists’ luggage (without the tourists’ knowlege).  A psycho hitman and his partner then retrieve the heroin (by whatever force needed).

Two police detectives investigating a murder discover what is going on.  As the bodies pile up they learn that a woman and her little daughter are next on the psycho’s list!

I was expecting a lot more than a by-the-numbers police procedural from director, Don [Dirty Harry] Siegal, writer and Sterling [Route 66Silliphant.  There’s a lot of potential here but only Eli Wallach rises above the material given. 

Perhaps my rating is a bit tough because I was expecting so much more.



A First Look at the Training Day TV Series!

I’m a huge fan of the original Training Day movie and I think the Training Day series has a lot of potential.

Based on the hit feature film, this crime thriller begins 15 years later when an idealistic young police officer is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD and he is partnered with a seasoned yet morally ambiguous detective. Starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell, Training Day. Coming soon to CBS.

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