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The end of ‘Dominion’: The angels have truly fallen

Posted in Action, drama, Fantasy, horror, Sci-Fi with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2015 by aliciamovie

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Creator: Vaun Wilmott

Website: Dominion

Review Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Based on the movie Legion, the SyFy show Dominion follows a world where God has left us, angels are real and they’ve come down from heaven to terrorize us mortals, plus the one young man reputed to be the savior of humanity!

It would help to have seen the movie before trying to watch the show, but it isn’t a true requirement. The show usually has a preface before each episode, explaining that some 20-odd years ago God up and left the world, and the angels and their hierarchy came down and began an extermination war on humanity. The lesser angels began possessing humans, turning them into a vampire-zombie-like hybrid angel-monster with unnatural speed and strength, black eyes and jagged teeth. The higher angels, most notably archangel Gabriel, led an extermination against humanity, and succeeded by a good margin. From 2013 all the way to 2022, millions of humans were slaughtered by angelic hands, and what was left of humanity banded together in the leftovers of American cities, particularly Vega, New Delphi and nearby Helena. Gabriel (Carl Beukes) leads the angelic armies against the humans, while archangel Michael (Tom Wisdom), believing he was tasked by Father to find the savior and keep him safe, flies off to find his own destiny!

And that is pretty much where we are when the show starts. Inside Vega, the V-System, an occupation-based social class ordering dreamt up and implemented by General Riesen (Alan Dale), has led to all sorts of underground hurt feelings and potential uprisings. The Senate has Lady Claire Riesen (Roxanne McGee), the General’s daughter and Consul David Whele (Anthony Head) constantly at eachothers throats, jockeying for position and control while trying desperately to keep the cities denizens safe from encroaching 8-balls (what they call lower angels who’ve possessed humans) and archangel armies. Nearby female-run city Helena occasionally sends envoys and potential allies, sometimes enemies too, to Vega, usually in the form of Arika (Shivani Ghai) and her minions. New Delphi is another nearby city that not many Vegans know a lot about, but rumor has it their leader Julian (Simon Merrells) has access to all kinds of weapons, supplies, and even an 8-Ball army all his own!

The mythology of what happened to the world, the Extermination war on humanity by the angels, plus the restructuring of cities and the defenses to keep the angels out, the defection of Michael and his attempts to aid the last dregs of humanity and the mighty Savior, are given out piecemeal over the course of the show. The politics of Vega are fairly easy to understand, though one would think that the humans would finally have actually banded together against the angelic horde, rather than continuing to jockey for position and as much power as they can continue to grasp. David Whele is the best example of this, being willing to sacrifice everything he has up to and including his own fractious son, for power against the angels just a little while longer. While the winged monsters are battering against the city gates, Whele is plotting with Arika, or making deals with Gabriel, or talking himself out of execution, yet again. Whele seems to represent the flip side of humanity, our pettiness and greed and selfishness, even in the most dire of situations when we should be coming together against the outside Enemy. Played by the forever-awesome Anthony Head, Whele is the worst kind of character you find things in common with, to your everlasting shame, and serves as a warning against giving in to your darker desires.

Then there’s Alex Lannen (Christopher Egan), the savior himself. Always and forever the reluctant hero, it took Alex several episodes to embrace his newfound powers and tattoos. It did get a shade tiresome, because we’d rather be seeing Alex exorcise 8-balls or fighting armored archangels, then hear him whine about destiny yet again. His little side romance with Lady Riesen and his angelic cohort Noma (Kim Engelbrecht), was more or less fine and demonstrated the better aspects humanity had to offer.

Much ado is made over the long-standing feud between angelic brothers Michael and Gabriel. Gabriel leads the angelic armies against the humans, scoffing at the idea of the Savior until it turns out that the child is very real and those magical tattoos Michael was safely holding for the later use of the Savior have been passed on to his guardian. Michael and Gabriel have been arguing and fighting amongst themselves since, oh, since they both can remember really, which is a very very long time, given the idea that angels live forever. They argue over what happened to Father, what Father would want them to do, but angels were never meant to be without a chaperone of some kind, and so order-less Gabriel leans toward the destruction of all humanity, while Michael searches for any kind of peace, between humans and angels, but also within his own heart. The whole storyline of the town of Mallory and what Michael found there, and also what found him, was interesting, if a little odd. Believe me when I say I really wish they had introduced Lucifer sooner.

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And why is that? Because, my dear crazy angel lovers, Dominion has been cancelled after only its second season. At the very least, the show ended on a very strong note. For those who had been watching the show from the beginning, and they started very strong, being the most-viewed scripted series on Syfy in its first season and all. Season two’s numbers rapidly slid though, and the angels have truly fallen. The last episode really stuck it to several key characters, we could’ve have seen some awesome and horrific actor do Lucifer on the show, we even got to see Lady Riesin’s eyes blacken! We fans will never know the answers to the questions the last episode brought up, and we wanted to know, which is a good feeling for the show to go out on. We’ll miss you, the angels who both loved and hated us, and the humanity that continued to thrive even in the face of angelic extinction!

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Movie Moxie’s 31 Days of Halloween – Day 6 – VS. Fight Rocky vs. Repo!

Posted in Action, comedy, drama, horror, Movies, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2013 by aliciamovie

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No Halloween would be complete without a visit to the craziest transvestite party this side of the galaxy, the Rocky Horror Picture Show! I remember seeing it when I was young and thinking, I don’t get it. Sure we love Tim Curry in drag, with that incomparable voice and the way he struts those tights. And Riff Raff, Magenta and Columbia, Rocky himself, and of course Meatloaf! Everyone combines their various efforts into this raucous outrageous party that you just can’t help but sing along to! Even as I struggle to make sense of what plot there is, I can hear “Lets do the Time Warp again!” and my feet start moving. Rocky is such a sensation at this point, with the annual anniversary and late-late costumed showings in theaters, the fans who reenact the entire movie onstage, and the audience participation in showings that have actually been outlawed in some states! I finally figured out, Rocky doesn’t really need a plot I can get behind – we have the straight folks who get corrupted, enough singing and dancing to last me for years, and again, Tim Curry in drag! Did I mention I’m a fan?

However…

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Some years back, Repo! The Genetic Opera came out on film, and I was so floored. It’s true, there isn’t much dancing in Repo! but frankly there doesn’t need to be. The different styles of song showcased are phenomenal, given the power of voices like Anthony Head and Sarah Brightman of the legendary voice of Christine from Webber’s stage epic Phantom of the Opera, and Terrance Zdunich himself, who wrote the film and stars in it as Graverobber! A lot of people initially poopoo’d the movie simply because Paris Hilton is in it, but come on guys – you get to see her face fall off, what more can you want? Repo! happens to be a very dark and gothic future, bleak for humanity, and yet here we are, still singing and embracing the vissitudes of life. Even though for the Repo Man, that means taking back the organs from still-alive donors, that they got from GeneCo. Shilo herself delivers a fine performance too, though I’m still in love with Anthony Head’s Repo Man Nathan, and Zdunich’s Graverobber, especially him singing “Zydrate Anatomy”, that seems to be everyone’s favorite song. Repo! seems to be a Rocky for a future generation, right down to the near-cult fan base already, and did you know Repo! came from a stage play, too!

So who wins? Those wacky transvestites from Transylvania withstand the test of time, hell Rocky Horror Picture Show has been a fan phenomenon for longer than I’ve been alive!

Repo! The Genetic Opera

Posted in Fantasy, horror, Movies, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by aliciamovie

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: Burg/Koules Productions

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman

Review Rating: 9

 

In the not too distant future, an epidemic of organ failures gives rise to GeneCo, a company that finances organ replacements on credit. However, organ repossession is now legal too.

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Okay, yes, this movie is a musical. With a name like Genetic Opera, it’s kind of obvious. However, the songs are sung with passion and fire, from every single actor, in a kind of full throttle insanity that’s hard to find in movies these days. Watching Repo! is rather like watching a combination of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, House of 1000 Corpses, and Sweeney Todd all at once, and I do mean that in the coolest way possible.

 

The guy who plays the character the Grave robber, Terrance Zdunich, is apparently a hold-over from the stage production of Repo! and holy crow does he rock my world. His character seems to be the equivalent of the Narrator of the opera too, and his voice wrings sorrow and rage from the rafters. Oh and did you know, Zdunich wrote the whole story, along with Darren Smith!

Anthony Head, who plays both the father of Shilo and the scary and violent Repo Man, is astounding when he sings, while he slices and dices his way through his victims! Somehow, seeing a large man strap on yard after yard of latex and rubber to prepare for slaughter is creepy and dangerous yes, but attractive in that ultra-strange way.

And yes, Paris Hilton is in Repo! Before you let your dislike of her ruin the opportunity to see a perfectly wonderful movie, know a few things. She plays the character Amber Sweet, daughter of Rotti Largo the owner of GeneCo and the most powerful family in the world, right? A spoiled child who thinks she can sing, is addicted to surgery and the street version of the painkiller Zydrate. Right, there’s a scene where Amber is going to sing in front of a lot of people at the ultimate opera, and yeah, her face falls OFF. Laugh at the irony with me.

Paul Sorvino plays Rotti Largo, the founder and father of GeneCo. You might remember him and his chilling voice from Romeo + Juliet, as the father Capulet. His other two children, both men, are played by Bill Moseley of House of 1000 Corpses fame (ooh, another irony), and Ogre of the band Skinny Puppy plays the face-changing Pavi Largo.

And don’t forget, what an astounding move, Sarah Brightman as Blind Mag! For those of you not exactly up on culture, Brightman is famous for playing Christine in the stage versions of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera! Ah, another irony. I love the eye makeup they give her for those replacement eyes, it makes her look like a cross between the Living Dead Dolls and Riddick from Pitch Black.

Alexa Vega, who plays the main character Shilo, the daughter of the Repo Man and a pivotal character for everyone involved, does a fine job. However, pardon me, she doesn’t really look or sound seventeen, as she’s supposed to be in the movie. But hey, it is the future where surgery is a fashion statement!

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Brought to you by the same wicked mind who thought up the Saw movies, Repo! The Genetic Opera is an instant phenomenon, and will sing its’ way into your bones!