Lindsey Morgan on SKYLINES, Sci-fi and Soaps – Marina Antunes interviews

Actress Lindsey Morgan is best known for her turn on TV’s long-running The 100 but the fan favourite is not only concentrating on TV. Skylines, the third instalment in writer/director Liam O’Donnell’s ongoing sci-fi saga, stars Morgan as Rose, an ass-kicking badass who is charged with taking the fight to the alien planet in hopes of saving what’s left of humanity. While quite different from Morgan’s previous roles, Skylines gave the actress the opportunity to mix her passion for kickboxing, something she had been pursuing on her own, with acting; not to mention the opportunity to lead a cast of international stars.

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PARALLEL – Review by Susan Granger

This Canadian sci-fi thriller has a clever premise: four young people discover a portal to multi-universes. In the fantasy prologue, there’s a glimpse of Marissa (Kathleen Quinlan) and her doppleganger. Then in Seattle, faced with an outrageously demanding deadline that’s rapidly approaching, four aspiring techies are living in a rented house so they can work 24/7 on their innovative parking app.

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LX 2048 – Review by Susan Granger

It’s the year 2048 and mankind still hasn’t figured out if there’s life after death. But there is a new insurance program called Premium 3 for parents of three children or more. If you or your spouse dies during child-rearing years, a clone will take your place. Not only will this clone will have all the memories and knowledge to raise your children but the surviving spouse can ‘tailor’ it to preferred specifications – making it “better.”

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MNEMORPHRENIA – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

For a low-budget debut feature, Mnemophrenia punches well above its weight; like some of the best genre films, manages to do hell of a lot with very little. There are clearly large philosophical questions under the microscope here about human evolution, empathy, technology and ethics, and it and prompts reflection about our relationship to visual culture and the moving image in particular.

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COLOR OUT OF SPACE – Review by Susan Granger

Inspired by a 1927 H.P. Lovecraft short story, this sci-fi terror tale revolves around former city dwellers – Nathan (Nicolas Cage) and Theresa (Joely Richardson) Gardner – who have moved to the country with their three children: Lavinia (Madeline Arthur), Benny (Brendan Meyer) and Jack (Jullian Hilliard). Sound relatable?

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LOST IN SPACE: Producers and Cast Chat Story, Character and Gender Balance – Leslie Combemale interviews

If you aren’t watching Netflix’s exciting, very engaging sci-fi series Lost in Space, you should be. Well-crafted, full of cliffhangers, and with characters that rise above the tiresome cliches viewers have come to expect in fantasies, Lost in Space is perfect for families looking for something they can watch and enjoy together. I’d argue this because their gender-balanced Writers’ Room continues to subvert gender norms and present characters and storylines in which women, girls, and indeed everyone, will see themselves.

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LOUISIANA FILM PRIZE: Filmmaker Rachel Emerson on the Making and Meaning of MAVEN VOYAGE – Jennifer Merin interviews

Rachel Emerson’s Maven Voyage, one of twenty short films selected to compete for the $50,000 cash award bestowed by the annual Louisiana Film Prize, was shot in Shreveport, per submission requirements. Emerson won the fest’s $1,000 best actress award and a $3,000 Founders Circle Award to seed her next project. She comments on the making and meaning of her film, an engaging scifi adventure about a gal (Emerson) who wants to join the first manned mission to Mars.

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GEMINI MAN – Review by Susan Granger

For the past 30 years, director Ang Lee has become renowned for taking risks, especially when it comes to technology. In this latest innovative sci-fi action-adventure, Lee incorporates an intriguing plot twist. After years of service to his country as the government’s top black-ops sniper, 51 year-old Henry Brogan is ready to retire in Georgia.

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