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Photo Shack / Re: Magazine scans
« Last post by patch on March 03, 2021, 01:04:26 AM »
Out today: Our new issue including a complete preview to the great BRITISH DRAMAS coming soon such as Peaky Blinders, Line of Duty, Annika and Time.🇬🇧

Nearly finished now
#Time @empiremagazine @StephenGraham73
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Critics' Corner / Re: Snowpiercer Season 2 Reviews
« Last post by patch on March 02, 2021, 03:16:07 AM »
Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 6 Review: Best episode aired yet

Snowpiercer showed the origins of Mr. Wilford’s break with Melanie Cavill tonight in a series of must-see flashbacks… All while exploring humanity’s savage competition over finite resources.
What’s more important, practicality & order or utopian ambitions? You decide.
This Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 6 Review of “Many Miles From Snowpiercer” contains spoilers.

Snowpiercer’s latest chapter saw Melanie Cavill’s trek to save humankind while giving in to the thin mountain air, becoming delirious. Mr. Wilford, Andre Layton, and Melanie’s daughter Alexandra Cavill would all pay a visit to her frosty last stand.

Snowpiercer’s latest chapter saw Melanie Cavill’s trek to save humankind while giving in to the thin mountain air, becoming delirious. Mr. Wilford, Andre Layton, and Melanie’s daughter Alexandra Cavill would all pay a visit to her frosty last stand.

The flashbacks to Snowpiercer’s official launch day however overshadowed all else, taking the mantle as the show’s best to air yet. From the genesis of Wilford’s night car to the termination of Melanie’s genealogists in favor of more security.

Essentially, the divide between Melanie Cavill and Mr. Wilford is a philosophical and political one all rolled into one. Faith in restoring the world or enjoying what’s left of it to the last drop.

Should a privileged set of elite passengers get to settle into comfortable lives brimming with art and indulgence? Or should everyone live equally drab with the bare minimum in the interest of fairness for all?

Mr. Wilford for one prioritized security, believing order was not only necessary but vital to Snowpiercer’s very existence. His prediction was not wrong. Without Wilford’s hired muscle, the train would have been overrun before ever leaving the station.

No one can question that Mr. Wilford takes decisive action on his own and lives with the consequences. He gives the order to terminate Melanie’s late arriving genealogists with less than a second of thought. A move that can’t be undone.

In turn, Melanie is convinced by Ben to take off with Snowpiercer early… So the train and the future doesn’t fall prey to the “monster”.

This also means consciously leaving her daughter Alexandra behind, as Alex too is a late arrival. Tears flow down Melanie’s face as she says “forgive me” over and over again.

Meanwhile, Mr. Wilford’s heart sinks as he watches Snowpiercer disembark without him. It’s one of the Snowpiercer TV show’s greatest, most multi-layered scenes to ever air. Brilliant.

From Snowpiercer’s climate change/global warming elements of carnage and cold anarchy. From the ‘have nots’ rushing the train to survive to Wilford’s real understanding of human nature under duress.

Wilford’s vision is to preserve art and maintain a high quality of life in the present. While Melanie’s vision is to provide a better world for the future. The two conflicting directions explain Snowpiercer’s bitter rivalry.

Fantastic Acting Work
Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 6 is simply Jennifer Connelly and Sean Bean at their best on the series. The two jousting verbally in the past and delirious present. Connelly’s best individual scene arrives mid-episode when she brings a collapsed antenna tower back up to speed. Braving freezing temperatures while already starving.

No words are heard, just the storming winds and Melanie’s will to sacrifice above all else. Daveed Diggs provides great work as Layton, subtle prodding Melanie over her ironic, hungry twist of fate. Melanie even apologies to an imagined Alex Cavill, asking for forgiveness yet again. Believing she has broken her promise to come back to Snowpiercer.

The last visual of this episode is picturesque. A work of art. Melanie watching as Snowpiercer arrives and doesn’t stop to pick her up. Alex spotting her mother out of a window, yelling “Mom!” powerless to stop the train in its tracks.

Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 6 Review: Many Miles From Snowpiercer
Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 6
The first season of Snowpiercer, when you dug through all the sci-fi trappings, was a simple mash-up of a standard dystopian end-of-the-world society and a film noir, with Daveed Diggs playing both the speechifying revolutionary and the hard-boiled, world-weary detective all at once. He has seen it all, he is over it all, and he is ready to shake everything up and give something new a try. One way or the other, he was over the status quo. However, one film noir trope that Snowpiercer did not really indulge in was the unreliable narrator. First codified as a genre trope in 1961 by Wayne C. Booth in “The Rhetoric of Fiction:, the unreliable narrator is a familiar element in fiction no matter its form.

When it comes to film noir books, movies, and other media, the unreliable narrator tends to fall into the rough classification of The Madman as defined in William Riggan’s 1981 work Pícaros, Madmen, Naīfs, and Clowns: The Unreliable First-person Narrator. Essentially, it’s someone whose own mind won’t allow them to accurately describe their situation, either because they’re trying to uphold a tough-guy façade, someone with mental illness that renders them incapable of separating truth from fiction, or because they’ve been traumatized to the point of cognitive dissonance to attempt to deal with a trauma. Alternatively, if you’re Melanie Cavill, exhaustion, overwork, and starvation team up to drive you mad in isolation hundreds of miles from the last remaining civilization.

Putting a character like Melanie so far from the action for half of the series was a bold choice, both from the character’s standpoint and from the show’s standpoint. Jennifer Connelly is a very strong actress, so something like this is not outside of her wheelhouse, but sidelining Melanie on a suicide mission is still brave. She is hundreds of miles from the train, locked in a tiny research station with frozen corpses outside, and no company except her own hallucinations. Wilford (Sean Bean), Layton (Daveed Diggs), and Alex (Rowan Blanchard) all show up to torment or support her, depending on how she’s feeling about herself at the moment.

Fortunately, at no point does the show suggest that these people are anything other than Melanie’s own self-doubts and fears made manifest as she tries to ration what little food she has after an avalanche wipes away her extra supplies and her transportation back to Snowpiercer for pick-up. Not an ideal situation for anyone to be in, especially not someone who has nothing else going on but her work and her own lingering guilt over the decisions she’s made to sustain humanity and protect them from Wilford’s corrupting influence and megalomania.

Considering just how much the trio of visions have been on her mind, it only makes sense for them to show up in Donald Joh’s script. Wilford, always picking at her insecurities. Layton, encouraging her to do what she needs to do to survive, even if it means eating corpses (or rats). Alex, Melanie’s disembodied technical support process and the encouragement that she needs to keep trying to resolve technical problems. Interspersed with her delusions are her memories, specifically her version of events concerning just how, and why, she ended up stealing Wilford’s train out from under his nose. If nothing else, Melanie’s version of Wilford might be the only thing worse than Wilford in reality, full of smarm and condescension. He is Melanie’s self-doubts given a body, and Sean Bean leans into that with his detached derision. Layton and Alex are important aspects, but mostly afterthoughts after Wilford’s almost-constant presence at the fringes of Melanie’s mind.

Director Leslie Hope and the technical crew make good use of their relative simple, relatively cramped (yet empty) set. It’s both eerie in its silence and claustrophobic, with Melanie completely alone with her thoughts while being surrounded by the remains of the old world and its last stand against the cold. That it is a mother who abandoned her child only to give up completely and kill herself in Wilford’s preferred manner makes the situation extra meaningful for Melanie. She is mostly alone in reality, but the interactions she has with the people in her head help move the episode along, with the figures disappearing at the right, or wrong, times for Melanie’s mental stability. It provokes questions as to what’s actually happening and what is actually being imagined.

We know from Snowpiercer’s perspective that the eleventh beacon was never connected to; it’s safe to assume that the radio tower actually did collapse and grind that experiment to a halt. However, to Melanie, she got the tower repaired and connected to the other beacons to run the climate models. That was never shown on Snowpiercer. The truthfulness of that scenario remains to be seen.

Likewise, Melanie watches in horror as her ride leaves her behind; that’s another thing that the show has yet to show us, so who’s to say it happened? Who’s to say it didn’t? Melanie had a very narrow escape getting to the research facility, and she’s had a couple of other close calls since then. Wilford makes sure to remind Melanie of her hallucinations, thin mountain air, and looming starvation at every turn. Layton might encourage her to make her rat kabobs, but who knows what sort of diseases those rats might be carrying that she could have ingested? Alex suggests exposing the thermal vent to cut down on resource usage for life support, but inhaling gas from a thermal vent is what gave the oracles at Delphi their renowned hallucinations. Melanie is already lightheaded from oxygen deprivation; huffing a bunch of mystery gasses will not help unscramble her brain.

So when Melanie watches Snowpiercer roar away at full speed, is that real? Did she really complete her experiment and repair the radio tower? Is she not getting an answer from anyone on Snowpiercer or Big Alice? Did Wilford make his move? Did a disaster happen? Is any of it real? Is all of it real?
It’s all up in the air. Every option available to the creative team is on the table and only they know which direction the track will bend. The rest of us are just along for the ride, trying not to derail.

Television / Re: Snowpiercer
« Last post by patch on March 02, 2021, 03:04:51 AM »
'Snowpiercer' Season 2 Episode 6 Spoilers: Jennifer Connelly returns in Melanie Cavill-centric lonely adventure

SNOWPIERCER Recap: (S02E06) Many Miles From Snowpiercer
This recap of Snowpiercer episode “Many Miles From Snowpiercer” is laden with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.

Snowpiercer Proves Jurassic Park's Famous Catchphrase Is Right
Warning: SPOILERS for Snowpiercer Season 2, Episode 6 - "Many Miles From Snowpiercer"

Jennifer Connelly talks this week's Snowpiercer and working with a rat
In the episode, you did get to verbally joust with Sean Bean. That looked like fun.
I feel like it's such a fun character for him. He''s clearly really cruel but his cruelty comes in this really charming bon vivant package. He presents very different from the way he actually is. I think he's a very interesting character and of course they have such a long history together and we learned a little bit more about it.

Jennifer Connelly Interview: Snowpiercer Season 2
Screen Rant: The episode had amazing flashbacks. We got to see Chicago before the Freeze, and Melanie and Wilford in the good old days when they were still allies and friends. What's it like working with Sean Bean?

Jennifer Connelly: I thought he did such a great job. I love the fun that he brings to it, I love the delight that he has in seducing his fanbase and the glitz and glamour of it all. I think he's great and he had such a good time doing it, and did such a great job on it, and it was so much fun. And as Melanie became more her genuine self, [Sean] was such a fun opposition with his character.

Snowpiercer 2x07 Promo Season 2 Episode 7 Promo / Trailer "Our Answer for Everything" (HD)

Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 7 “Our Answer for Everything” Preview | Release Date| Cast

Random Shots / Re: Snowpiercer
« Last post by patch on March 02, 2021, 03:04:03 AM »
Snowpiercer 2x07 Promo Season 2 Episode 7 Promo / Trailer "Our Answer for Everything" (HD)

Clips  Episode 6
There was no true order with Wilford. Just what he wanted and nothing else.

Now you can see why there was no choice. It was either leave Wilford behind, or suffer more deaths like these.

Last night you saw Melanie survive. What does she have to do to make it through the rest of her time at the research station?

The Tailies may disagree... what do you think is the most important thing on the train?

Wilford's always been better at marketing than engineering.

Melanie's the glue of #Snowpiercer. So what would that make Wilford?

A chaotic beginning for a chaotic journey. Farewell, #Snowpiercer.
Did Wilford deserve to be left behind like that?

What is Melanie's subconscious trying to tell her?

Don't worry Wilford, I'm making a GIF of it right now. #TeamWilford

Who do you think really created Snowpiercer? Wilford? Melanie? Did they both have an equal role?

Photo Shack / Re: Once upon a time
« Last post by patch on March 01, 2021, 11:32:11 AM »
Thanks to
Chaps who made my Sharpe experience unforgettable!
Television / Re: Time
« Last post by Janice1066 on March 01, 2021, 06:03:56 AM »
And in the 2004 film Alexander, Angelina Jolie played Colin Farrell's mother, despite being just one year his senior.

To be fair, I don't think this particular case is a good example of the type of sexism that was otherwise justifiably criticised by the article. Angelina Jolie played Alexander's mother from when he was a toddler until his death, approximately a 30-year span of time. It's reasonable to cast a young woman to play a young mother and then age her with makeup so the same actress can play the same character as a middle-aged woman.
Flicks & Films / Re: Wolfwalkers
« Last post by patch on March 01, 2021, 03:10:26 AM »
Kilkenny based animated studio misses out on Golden Globe
Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon was pipped to the post for a Golden Globe last night.
Wolfwalkers had been shortlisted in the Best Motion Picture (Animated) category and hopes were high it would take the title.
However, that went to Disney’s Soul.

Television / Re: Snowpiercer
« Last post by patch on March 01, 2021, 02:42:42 AM »
Lena Hall Snowpiercer Interview: Miss Audrey & Mr. Wilford’s Tainted Love

  Snowpiercer star Lena Hall spoke to The Natural Aristocrat about Miss Audrey & Mr. Wilford’s twisted relationship, Alex Cavill’s jealousy, and Andre Layton’s revolution.
* This interview contains spoilers for Snowpiercer Season 2.

THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT[NIR REGEV] : Creative people sometimes lack structure or stability in their lives. Do you feel that’s part of Miss Audrey’s attraction to Mr. Wilford? The comfort of Wilford’s order and the dependence that grows from within it.

LENA HALL: Yeah, it’s all she knew. Miss Audrey met him at a really young age, as it’s revealed that she was his exclusively when she was 18… But that doesn’t mean that they hadn’t met before. And she was groomed basically just to be for him and the structure…

I guess I wouldn’t call it structure. I mean, it is certainly a chaotic kind of love but she was kept after, taken care to, and taken care of.

It was a traumatizing and abusive thing that she didn’t really know was going on until after the fact. Until she got some distance and and was able to look back on what had happened in horror.

But you know, that was her choice. And unfortunately, because she had met him so young, that’s her life, her reality. That’s what she knows.

And that’s what she knows about relationships as that is the closest thing she’s had to love. Has she ever experienced love? We don’t really know that.

Mr. Wilford’s love is so abusive and wrong and it’s so manipulative on both ends, that it couldn’t possibly be true love. It’s very dark, it’s very poisonous. They bring out the worst in each other. I don’t feel she had a choice in the matter but I don’t think she knew any better either.

I certainly don’t think that she was given much of a choice. And as time went on between them, she had less of a choice. She had less, she felt like she couldn’t leave. She felt like this was her life.

Regardless, she really had no say in it. As much as she loved to think that she was manipulating him as well, it was all his games and his tricks that he taught her. So, she was never in control really.

THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: Miss Audrey has stepped into this pseudo stepmother role with Alex Cavill… And Alex appears to detest Audrey’s relationship with Mr. Wilford, shoulder checking her on “Keep Hope Alive“.

Do you feel Alex is resentful that Wilford’s spotlight is being thieved away? Or is it the lost, shy hope that her mother & Mr. Wilford would make amends someday? Like a disgruntled, divorced couple.

LENA HALL: I think that it’s more like that stepmother showing up and taking information away from Alex.

Alexandra was always in the know, she always knew all of Mr. Wilford’s plans and was in on the game… And then Miss Audrey shows up and takes that away from her. Now she doesn’t know what’s going on and Miss Audrey is grabbing Alex’s important role away from her.

There’s a lot of competition between the two of them. I think that Miss Audrey has a bit of a jealousy streak as well. And while she’s curious and wants to know more about Alex, she’s also oddly jealous of all the attention that Alex had from Mr. Wilford. The jealousy is one of those things that paints Audrey’s downfall, one of her weaknesses.

Miss Audrey is very vulnerable… Much more vulnerable than anyone would think because she puts on a strong exterior. But she’s extremely vulnerable and her ego is vulnerable. I think anyone that comes between her and Wilford becomes a part of that jealousy.

Even though she doesn’t want to go back to that life that she had with Wilford… It’s that whole thing that Wilford has instilled in her that’s causing the jealousy. That if anyone else has his attention, that’s a bad thing.

It’s all been kind of programmed into Miss Audrey from early on. It’s not something that she’s ever worked on or tried to remedy or heal within herself. She didn’t really know it was something that needed to happen. And so, Mr. Wilford has the same kind of strength over her.

THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: Though they’re not married, it seems Mr. Wilford would be keen on the phrase ‘Till Death to Us Part’. Of course, testing the foundations of those words in a twisted way. Beyond the control factor… Do you feel Mr. Wilford asking Miss Audrey to commit the ultimate sacrifice for him is his version of being a romantic at heart?

LENA HALL: It’s a really dark thing. You’re trapped in this poisonous relationship and the only way out is to kill yourself… He’s asking you to kill yourself to show loyalty to him and I guess it’s the ultimate sexual experience for him.

It’s also a way to get away from the horrible relationship for the other person… Cause there’s really no other way out. They think that’s the only way out you know? Miss Audrey thinks that that’s the only way.

THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: I knew immediately that Miss Audrey would go back to Mr. Wilford. Whenever someone starts talking about their ex constantly you know it’s just a matter of time before they get back together. Miss Audrey telling everyone that would listen that she’s a changed person now and would never go back was a dead giveaway. Did you feel likewise when you first read the script?

LENA HALL:Yeah, I think the reassurance is kind of her trying to convince herself, but you know, the only person that’s convinced is no one. No one’s convinced. She’s unfortunately trying to ready herself and convince herself that she is strong and she can do it and she’s not going back.

But Miss Audrey knows very well it’s just words and not the truth of the matter. She’s terrified of him and he’s a monster… She knows what Mr. Wilford is capable of better than anyone else.

She saw no way around it and no way out of it, she was gonna see him regardless. Mr. Wilford was always going to ask to see her. And it’s like going to meet your own doom.

THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: That moment Mr. Wilford touches your wrist to check if the scar is still there… It’s a really brutal scene. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen a pre-credits warning with that kind of hotline number to call after a TV show before. What was it like shooting that scene?

LENA HALL: Yeah… Those scenes were extraordinarily difficult to film. It’s a very scary thing to film something like that. I’ve never done anything like that.

So, I have to pull from other things in my life to get ‘there’ emotionally. The fear and the lack of control. Knowing oneself so well that, you know, you’re a fool for trying to fight.

Every little thing, every little touch, every little action that he does… It’s like Miss Audrey is a mouse and Mr. Wilford is a tiger. And there’s no escaping because they’re trapped in a room together and there’s no escaping for the mouse.

So the tiger just plays games with the mouse until the tiger can, you know, destroy it at the right time. It’s a cat and mouse game.

THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: The visual optics of Miss Audrey’s defection aboard Big Alice with the flip of a gate sent a loud message about Layton’s leadership. Did it feel surreal for you to be Wilford’s symbol of a weakening, almost crumbling revolution on Snowpiercer?

LENA HALL: Well, I think that for Miss Audrey, she just knows that it’s inevitable what’s going to happen. She knows the capabilities of Mr. Wilford. She knows that when Mr. Wilford wasn’t on the train, they had a chance. It was a good fight to fight because the odds were in their favor and she wanted to see change on the train.

Everyone wanted to change and she felt it. But with the appearance of Mr. Wilford, it’s like she knows that doom is coming. She knows that the fight is perilous.

Audrey knows the only real way that she can even possibly be a help, is to try her best, to have some influence on Wilford. She needs his trust because without it Audrey feels she can’t do anything helpful for anyone.

He doesn’t trust her, so she’s got to gain his trust. She knows that the better position is to at least have some form of just a little bit of control or like be a voice in his ear to steer him a little bit. Audrey knows that’s a better position than to try and fight against that.

Audrey does know that’s the card she holds, to be the voice of reason. Or perhaps maybe she can get him to understand or have mercy on those who fought in the revolution. So I think that for Miss Audrey, she made the right decision to stay on Big Alice.

But it’s difficult because it seems like she’s turning her back on everything that she had fought for prior. And it seems like she’s turning her back on Layton, but at the same time… She knows that he’s doomed.

THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: Steven Ogg was your press roundtable partner back at New York Comic Con 2019. You obviously spent some time getting to know him. So, I’m curious… What did you think about Steven shaving his hair and beard off? I mean he looked like a whole different person!

LENA HALL: I wasn’t on set but he did that live on camera! It was pretty cool. I heard all about it!

Steven Ogg is a sweetheart. He’s such a lovely human being. Like, he’s so much fun! Steven’s very funny. We have a really great time on set together!

Although I did’t get to spend much time with him unfortunately. I wish I got to spend more time with him, he is a wonderful person.

Very different from his characters that he plays. And I love that! I think that’s so great. Sean Bean is also very different from Mr. Wilford.

I mean, everyone is fairly different from who they play in the show. They’re all lovely and very funny. Like the cast is an extremely funny cast.

The fact that we’re all in a drama together is mind blowing because I’m like we all need a comedy! Like what’s going on?! (laughs)

THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: In the Snowpiercer TV Series Fan group on Facebook, I made a write-in poll asking members what Snowpiercer character they wanted to spend Valentine’s Day with. Guess whose name came up frequently?

LENA HALL: Miss Audrey, of course!

THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: Yeah, Miss Audrey was a big favorite, along with Melanie Cavill, Andre Layton, Bess Till and Mr. Wilford. One member even wrote, “Won’t lie. I’d do the bath with W”

LENA HALL: What? No! you couldn’t pay me enough to have a Valentine’s Day with Mr. Wilford!

– This is Part 1 of The Natural Aristocrat®’s interview series with actress Lena Hall that will be published over the next few weeks! Stay tuned!

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