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 →
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.
Rena Owen as Heveena, the only living adult female on the planet Moclus, in “About a Girl” (Episode 1.3 of THE ORVILLE)
Rena Owen (Helen Hawkins) will be Grace, the operator of a community drop-in centre, in THE GLOAMING, an eight-episode series about Police Detective Molly McGee (Emma Booth), who joins forces with a co-worker and former lover (with whom she has not spoken in twenty years) in an attempt to solve the murder of an unidentified woman. The investigation soon exposes a convoluted mix of political corruption and occult practices. In a press release, creator and showrunner Vicki Madden said: “To have the opportunity once again to create a series based in Tasmania is a great privilege. Its gothic landscape and haunted past have inspired me since I was a child.” THE GLOAMING is currently filming in and around Tasmania’s capital, Hobart. It will premiere on the Stan streaming service in Australia later this year.
Owen is also Michelle Pennyshaw in ESCAPE AND EVASION, a film about the struggles of Seth (Josh McConville), the lone survivor of a disastrous military mission in Myanmar. In an interview in My Devotional Thoughts, Owen talked about her character, Pennyshaw: “The role was originally written for a man,” she said. “I loved playing this role. Very different from Helen. Very military and poker-faced. I think it’s very interesting to play a character that is quite emotionally removed and emotionally detached. And I love being in uniform. I found the uniforms to be very sexy.” ESCAPE AND EVASION premiered earlier this month at the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival. Continue reading →