Elyse Levesque (Chloe Armstrong) is Jackie in Scott Wiper’s crime drama THE BIG UGLY. British crime boss Harris (Malcolm McDowell) strikes a deal with an old friend, American oilman Preston (Ron Perlman), and the two soon find themselves in the hills of West Virginia celebrating their new enterprise. But the deal sours when the girlfriend of Harris’ enforcer Neelyn, disappears, and the last person she was seen with was Preston’s notoriously unreliable son, Junior (Brandon Sklenar). THE BIG UGLY will release in UK theaters and VOD on 24 July, and will be available in the US on 31 July.
Levesque is also Tamara in THE DARKER THE LAKE, a crime thriller about a normally peaceful town where two detectives are suddenly tasked with solving strange, possibly supernatural murders. Directed by Janice Lo Kwok Woon from a screenplay by Z. Zoccolante (who also appears in the film as a therapist), THE DARKER THE LAKE completed production in Austria’s Salzburg region late last year. No release date has been announced.
David Blue (Eli Wallace) is Sam in the dark comedy A TYPICAL WEDENSDAY. J. Lee (Lt. Commander John LaMarr on THE ORVILLE) writes, directs, and stars in this story about Gabe, an apparently successful man in his 30’s who sets out on an adventure with another patient (9-year-old Alec, played by Cooper J Friedman) whom he meets at his therapist’s office. (Gabe has regular Wednesday appointments.) The film is loosely based on Lee’s personal experiences. Alec convinces Gabe that his mom forgot him at the office, and this sends the two of them on a complex misadventure. A TYPICAL WEDNESDAY is scheduled to be released digitally on 26 June, and is now available for pre-order. A trailer is available on YouTube. Continue reading →
Jordana Largy as Rita Sopressa, whose name means ‘surprise’.
Andrea Menard as the chef who fired Hausman for oversalting the soup
Well, I would have titled it “The Priest Who Never Was”, but the real title is Fallen Angel.
Folksinger Andrea Menard guest starred as Jean Baget in this episode. Menard is currently recording her fourth album, LIFT, and is Eva Malone in the TV Ontario series HARD ROCK MEDICAL about a medical school “deep in the heart of the Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario”. Her song commemorating the return of the Bell of Batoche is now available as a single on iTunes.
Jordana Largy (Rita Sopressa, whose little surprise helps Angie solve this week’s mystery) will be Ramona in next Friday’s CONTINUUM episode on SyFy. . And Largy will be Nan in the 2014 romantic comedy THAT BURNING FEELING about “one giant mystery infection with no end and several possible beginnings”. Also she will be Silvermist in the second episode of ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND, due to air 17 October on ABC.
Greg Gabe Khouth turns in a great performance as Clive the Butcher/Bookie. Khouth is also Sneezy on ONCE UPON A TIME.
Fallen Angel is the first episode to focus on the backstory of Detective Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreira), who wanted to be a priest, but didn’t like the “politics”. (That could mean the political positions of The Vatican, or internal church politics.) He is “still spiritual” but no longer a Catholic.
Fallen Angel many be chiefly about Oscar Vega, but this shot of Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman) holding a broken, bloody statue of the Virgin Mary is the most powerful image in the episode
We learn this stuff because the victim is a priest, Father Noel Barnett (Tony Nardi). We learn still more about Vega through an ethical judgement he is forced to make at the end of the story. You see, some years previously, Father Barnett happened upon a stash of stolen diamonds and decided to appropriate them in small quantities to finance good works. When the “rightful” owner of said diamonds, Felix Hausman, discovers what the good Father has been doing, he hits the priest with a shovel a couple of times, killing him. It should be noted that Hausman (played by Dustin Milligan) was very stupid. The remaining diamonds were more than enough to pay off the his debts, and the priest was in no position to go to the police.
Vega (Louis Ferreira) speaks to Correne (Leanne Lapp) about the late Father Barnett
Vega discovers all this, figures out where the gems were likely hidden, points this out to the surviving priest of the parish, and walks away. Father Heslop (played by Haig Sutherland, who looks and sounds amazingly like Father Mulcahy of the TV version of MASH) finds the diamonds and presumably continues his predecessor’s good works.
When Father Heslop (earlier in the episode) asks Vega why he became a cop, Vega says that the job just found him. Whatever that means.
The church used in Fallen Angel was, in reality, Anglican, not Catholic.
Felix Hausman’s driver’s license. Note that his street number is 779 which adds to 23. Those digits add to 5, just like 14 (see A Curiosity below). The birthdate is that of Dustin Milligan.
Jordana Largy in her first film role as Nicki Jordan in RUN RABBIT RUN (2008). Leanne Lapp also had a small role in this film.
Next week’s MOTIVE (Episode 11, Brute Force, is the boxing episode, and one of the boxers (Ricky ‘Bam Bam’ Perez) will be played by George Tchortov, who has turned up in three LOST GIRL episodes so far. He was one of the “blackwater types” in each of the last two episodes of Season 3, and he played a Dullahan in Where There’s a Will, There’s a Fae. (Dullahans are Fae that can remove their heads.)
ABC will air the last two episodes of MOTIVE’s first season on 29 August (just before the American Labor Day holiday weekend) from 8-10pm Eastern. No decision has yet been made by ABC about picking up the show for next year, although CTV has already renewed it for a second season.
The first episode of MOTIVE Season 2 will be titled Raw Deal.
A CURIOSITY – For those interested in numerology, the detectives found Rita Sopressa (Jordana Largy), the last person Father Barnett helped, at a safe house with the street address 13028. The diamonds were hidden beneath the gravestone numbered 923. The digits of 13028 and 923 both add to 14.
– This week’s motive was played by Neelam Khabra. No guns were used in this episode.
This episode, Undertow, borrows the basic idea of the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock film STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. While there have been no prominent staircases and no birds involved in the first eight episodes of MOTIVE, some aspects of the show are almost Hitchcockian.
Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreira) tempts the dieting Lucas with a plate of pastries. In episode 8, Detective Vega did not warn Flynn that her methods could cause her to lose her job. (He has done that a lot.)
The killers are portrayed in a way that evokes sympathy from the audience (and occasionally from Detective Flynn). Hitchcock often made his killers charming.
The audience is regularly shown things and given information that the characters do not know.
There is a Death/Food connection. So far on MOTIVE, one conspiracy developed in a diner, one murder occurred in a kitchen, and this conspiracy hatched in a restaurant. Hitchcock, however, tended to use actual food.
In the ongoing saga of Detective Lucas (Brendan Penny), his recently acquired wife now has him on a no-wheat, no-dairy diet, making him a cop who cannot eat donuts. This wife of his begins to be a caricature we never get to see, much like David Hyde Pierce’s wife Maris was on FRASIER.
Raoul and The Big Time
Sarah-Jane Redmond (Nancy Stanwyck, the wife of the killer) was Babette in the 1999 short film BABETTE’S FEET, the theme of which could be considered an extension of the 1987 Gabriel Axel feature BABETTE’S FEAST although there is no actual commection between the two films.
Raoul Bhaneja (Vijay Rand) is front man for Raoul and The Big Time, a blues band made up of Bhaneja, Darren Gallen on guitar, Terry Wilkins on upright bass and Tom Bona on drums. Since 2000, the group has produced four CD’s, the latest being Blue Midnight, a live tribute to harmonica and Chicago blues legend ‘Little Walter’ Jacobs. All 4 CD’s are available on Amazon.