Jackie (Jess Salguiero) spends much of the film tied to a bed. She seems swept along by events over which she has little control. .
William (Aidan Devine), who lives on a farm with his daughter Gloria (Ava Preston), has been pressed into service by warring gangs from a nearby city for the purpose of disposing of their dead. (He chops up the bodies and dissolves them in an acid bath.) Though his residence is rural, William has become an urban legend. “The Candy Butcher” they call him. Many believe him to be a cannibal, but this is apparently not true.
The family’s last name is Derrow, though it is never mentioned in the film. There is a very old sign outside the farmhouse with a picture of a cow on it that reads “Derrow Family Butcher”. Continue reading →
THE WANDERING EARTH – Directed by Frant Gwo – SPOILERS
Jing Wu as astronaut Liu Peiqiang
This is the story of astronaut Liu Peiqiang (Jing Wu), his father-in-law Han Zi’ang (Man-Tat Ng), his son Liu Qi (Chuxiao Qu), and his adopted daughter Han Duoduo (Jin Mai Jaho), and how, between the four of them, they save the planet from disaster. Liu is in command of the space station piloting the planet Earth on its new course out of the solar system. On Chinese New Year, he is about to end his 17 year tour of duty on the station and return to his family on Earth. On the same day, his son, possibly in celebration of the New Year, steals his grandfather’s identification and takes his sister on an excursion to Earth’s surface.
Jin Mai Jaho as Han Duoduo
The main activity on the surface, where the temperature has fallen to -84 C, is hauling fuel from the mountains to the engines propelling the planet through the void, and grandpa is a truck driver. Liu Qi and Han are quickly apprehended and jailed. Grandpa bails them out by bribing an official (one gets the impression that this is standard practice), and just about then, the Earth encounters the Jovian gravitational field where it is supposed to begin its slingshot maneuver. Continue reading →
Faye and Ronnie. The hoodie Ronnie is wearing reads “Hoff County High Auto Club”. There is no Hoff County anywhere (according to Google maps).
Best friends Ronnie (Grace Glowicki) and Faye (Erin Carter) are having trouble dealing with the death of Ronnie’s brother Garrett, who was also Faye’s first major romantic involvement. Garrett drove a classic Mustang convertible and died of testicular cancer. His family apparently had a genetic predisposition to the disease, so his affliction did not surprise him. By all accounts he dealt with his own demise quite well, just not in a way that endeared him to others, or that helped others cope.
There is much discussion of Garrett, but there are no flashbacks showing him. Not even a photograph.
Faye and Granville
Dina (Ronnie’s mom) calls Faye for help with Ronnie’s heavy drinking. After Ronnie throws up on the dining room table during dinner, Faye decides (the next morning) to put her still unconscious friend in Garrett’s powder blue Mustang and head for the summer cottage in Invermere. (The starting point of the trip is never mentioned, but it takes several hours, and when Faye tells Ronnie she is applying for a job in Vancouver, Ronnie responds “That’s far.” So the trip probably begins near the midpoint between Invermere and Vancouver, in the general area of Kelowna or Kamloops.) Continue reading →