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This past Friday, I caught yet another matinee – Hereditary, proclaimed by many critics to be the scariest movie ever made!

There were, admittedly, some great scares.  Also, some real head-scratching developments.  My thoughts…

If you see the movie, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Also, I’m on a role.  What should I check out next on the big screen?

Today I hand in (what I assume will be) the final draft on two projects after which…who knows?  I’m taking the month of June to wrap up a number of things (including the move) and then, starting in July, I’ll be doing another, uh, housecleaning of sorts.  Time to recharge and refocus!

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This month, we’ll be doing the slow move into our new place.  Tomorrow, the cable guy comes by – between the hours of noon and 5 p.m. – during which I’ll be sitting on the floor, hopefully completing the rewrite on this series overview.  And maybe reading another book.  Tuesday, it’s the cleaners after which (and outstanding rewrites notwithstanding) I am free and clear.  I’m thinking of catching up on some movies by taking in a few matinees.  Recently saw Deadpool 2 with Akemi who absolutely LOVED IT, and I’m wondering if we can repeat that magic with another recent release.  Probably not, but I’m curious nonetheless…

Solo: A Star Wars Story –  Full disclosure = I loved the original Star Wars movie.  As  a kid, I must have seen it at least a dozen time in theaters. Empire Strikes Back blew my mind.  It was perfection.  And then, halfway through Return of the Jedi, the ewoks came prancing across the big screen and effectively destroyed my love for the franchise.  Heard not good things about The Phantom Menace and skipped it.  Accidentally went to see Attack of the Clones and wished I’d missed that, but the experience ensured I’d miss Revenge of the Sith. Considered going to see The Force Awakens but heard it was just a reboot of the original.  Didn’t see The Last Jedi.  Which brings us to Solo: A Star Wars Story. The reviews have been mixed but, from what I’ve heard, the reasons a lot of people love it leads me to believe I would love it too.  Conversely, the reasons a lot of people hate it also leads me to believe I might just hate it too.  Well, there’s only one way to find out.  I have no doubt that, regardless of how amazing the visual effects, how awesome the performances, how spectacular the stunts – it will, for me, as always, come down to the script.  Does the story make sense?  Are the characters believable?  Is the dialogue any good?  I’ll submit my review later this week.

Avengers: Infinity War – Man, as a kid who grew up reading comics – and The Avengers in particular – there was nothing I loved more than a good comic book movie.  Of course, actual good comic book movies are few and far between, but that never stopped me from seeing them.  Until, of course, Avengers: Age of Ultron came along.  I don’t think I’ve ever hated a superhero movie more.  Sitting through it was like watching somebody else plays video games for three and a half hour.  Thirty minutes in, I turned around to explain the plot to Akemi and discovered her curled up in her seat, fast asleep.  That movie nearly killed my love for the genre and, in fact, it was years until I actually sat down and watched another superhero movie (Deadpool, which I loved and then, most recently, Logan and Black Panther, which also pleasantly surprised).  While I’ll probably never get around to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in this lifetime, I have heard good things about Spider-Man: Homecoming, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Wonder Woman so they sit on standby pending my Infinity War experience.

Isle of Dogs – I didn’t realize until somebody pointed it out – Isle of Dogs = I love dogs!  And I do, but the lack of any pug or french bulldog representation relegated this one to a strong “maybe”.  It looks a little weird (which, admittedly, could end up delightful or annoying as hell), but since it’s still playing, I might just check it out.

You Were Never Really Here – When I first saw the trailers for this brutal-looking movie, I was all in and patiently awaited its release – only to eventually discover said release was surprisingly limited.  It’s like that Vince Vaughn prison movie I heard great things about that snuck in, hung around for a few days, then disappeared before I could see it.  Well, fortunately, You Were Never Really Here is still playing – at one theater near me.  My desire to see it has, however, been somewhat tempered by a friend who informed me “It’s really art house.” in a way one might warn against reuniting with an old friend who had lost their mind.

Hereditary – I love me a good horror film and my matinee screenings have proven surprisingly rewarding in that respect: The Quiet Place, Green RoomThe Babadook, It Follows, Get Out.  The only thing that gives me pause is all the buzz this movie has been receiving, with some proclaiming it one of the scariest films ever.  Whenever superlatives like this are thrown around, I’m inevitably disappointed – so I’m expecting to be pleasantly surprised.

2001: A Space Odyssey“To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi masterpiece, TIFF Bell Lightbox screens a 70mm print struck from new printing elements of the original camera negative. This is a true photochemical film recreation, with no digital tricks or remastered effects — the unrestored film as experienced by audiences 50 years ago.”  I’m in!

Anything else I’ve missed or should be looking forward to?  Do tell.

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Our virtual season premiere concludes…

And there you have it.  Everything I had planned for Dark Matter’s fourth season premiere.  It would have been a blast.

Well, I feel much better having gotten that off my chest.  Of course, it’s just 1 of the 26 episodes I had burning a hole in the back of my mind since the show’s cancellation.  Still, it was a most satisfying exercise and, who knows, should I ever again have the urge, the motivation, and the fan support, I may well offer up a second installment of Dark Matter’s Virtual Season 4 – Episode 4.02 – somewhere down the line.


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Our story continues!

Tomorrow = the conclusion to our Virtual Season 4 Premiere!

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Our story continues…

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Our story continues…

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I experienced a range of emotions upon hearing of Dark Matter’s surprising cancellation: disbelief, anger, sadness, and a lot of frustration at the thought of leaving this story incomplete.  As most of you know, I went in with a game plan from Day 1, a thorough narrative blueprint encompassing every story and character arc over the show’s outlined five season run.  Of course, I know fans were equally frustrated given the fact that the show ended on the promise of aliens and androids and their disappointment compounded my own.  Over the course of the eight or so months since syfy dropped the ball (and us), I’ve been keeping busy with various development projects.  I’ve written scripts and overview and takes and, while enjoyable and creatively fulfilling to a certain extent, the process made me miss my show and my characters all the more.  And then, yesterday, while perusing the Dark Matter subreddit, I happen across a thread titled Season 4 Premises.  On a whim, I clicked replied with an overview of what I had planned for the first act of the first episode of season 4.  It was incredibly cathartic.  So, I headed over to twitter, and announced that I would do the same there, in more detailed fashion, offering up a breakdown of Dark Matter Season 4 Episode 401, Act 1.

In truth, it was really just a therapeutic exercise, but the fan response was overwhelming.  And so, I’ve decided to follow up with Act 2 tonight – and Acts 3, 4, and 5 over the next few nights – to give fans a glimpse at what might have been. And, also, to finally get this story off my chest.

Depending on how things go, who knows?  Maybe I’ll do the same for Episode 4.02.  And beyond.  It won’t be season 4 and 5 on the small screen but, hopefully, at the very least, it will offer fans some satisfaction and, most importantly, a degree of closure.

So, what did you miss last night?  Here’s the rundown of Dark Matter Season 4 Episode 4.01, Act 1…

What do you think?  Leave me a comment in the comments section.

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