Michael Malarkey is Cinch Barton in the crime thriller A VIOLENT SEPARATION, about a small town deputy sheriff (Norman, played by Brenton Thwaites) who, in 1983, covers up a murder committed by his older brother Ray (Ben Robson). Norman becomes romantically involved with the victim’s sister (Alicia Debnam-Carey), complicating the coverup. The story brings to mind the Springsteen song “Highway Patrolman” (from the Nebraska album). It will be Debnam-Carey’s first film appearance since THE 100 killed off her character. A trailer is available on YouTube. Directed by the Goetz brothers, A VIOLENT SEPARATION was filmed in and around New Orleans, and will be in select theatres and on VOD in the US on 17 May.
According to The Washington Post, and The Navy Times, the US Navy is drafting guidelines for the reporting of UFO sightings following a surge in what the Navy called “a series of intrusions by advanced aircraft on Navy carrier strike groups”. In some cases, pilots — many of whom are engineers and academy graduates — claimed to have observed small spherical objects flying in formation. Others say they’ve seen white, TicTac-shaped vehicles. Last year, the FAA released radio traffic recordings of commercial pilots reporting UFO encounters.
David O’Leary tweeted: “To test the impact effects of an atomic blast on populated areas, military technicians built entire fake towns in remote areas complete with houses, shops, and even mannequin families. These settlements got the ominous nickname ‘doom towns'”
The countdown to a nuclear test inexplicably starts too soon, and stops seconds before detonation. Shortly thereafter, the fake town designed to study the effects of the blast is buzzed by several bright green UFOs. Hynek and Quinn are sent to investigate. Unknown to Quinn, Hynek has gone over the heads of the Generals (to the Secretary of Defense?) and gotten his camera-matrix project approved. He arrives well equipped to photograph whatever flies by.
Green Fireballs are a type of UFO that, after Roswell, began to habitually appear in high-security areas. It seems possible that these are reconaissance probes that are less vulnerable to being shot down than their parent craft.
In 2010, U.S. Air Force Captain Robert Salas told The London Telegraph that he witnessed such an event first-hand on 16 March 1967 at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana (which at that time housed Minuteman nuclear missiles). “I was on duty when an object came over and hovered directly over the site,” he said. “The missiles shut down – 10 Minuteman missiles. And the same thing happened at another site a week later. There’s a strong interest in our missiles by these objects, wherever they come from.”Continue reading →
The Lubbock County Sheriff (Peter Skagen) showing Quinn and Hynek a truck deformed by an encounter with a UFO. (Skagen was Shorty in the first three episodes of WYNONNA EARP)
Someone is following Mimi and not being at all surreptitious about it. A guy with his hat pulled down over his eyes turns up at the hardware store as Mimi is attempting to buy a pre-fab bomb shelter, and appears again later, standing in front of the Hynek residence while Mimi and Susie are assembling the shelter the next day. He gives the impression tha he wants to talk to Mimi privately. He does not telephone her, so he might be aware that Susie’s associate had bugged the place earlier.
When Susie (Ksenia Solo) visits Mimi this time she does not use the doorbell, but instead noisily rattles the doorknob as though expecting the door to be unlocked. The two women apologize to each other and are friends again. Mimi (Laura Mennell) says the reason she abandoned Susie at the beatnik club was because if she were seen there it might cause problems for her husband. Susie demonstrates some carpentry skills as she helps Mimi build that bomb shelter, and we learn a little about her “My father always wanted a son,” she tells Mimi. “I never volunteered, but he made sure I knew how to swing a hammer.”Continue reading →