Arts and Culture

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This week, Steven Carr and I discuss the Earth’s destruction twice—by snow in the film “Snowpiercer” and by primates in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Before that, I interview University of Louisville professor Andrew Cooper about the school’s film minor, and we finish up by talking about some television news. 

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Set in a hypothetical future where humanity has all but been destroyed by geoengineering gone wrong, “Snowpiercer” tells the story of a group of people surviving on a class-divided train. The focus is on Chris Evans, who plays Curtis—a man who seems destined to lead the lower class who inhabit the back of the train in a revolution (of sorts). The film tracks Curtis’s progress through the train and all the drama and characters he meets along the way.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

This sequel to 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” picks up a decade after Caesar leads his faction of apes into the California wilderness outside of San Francisco. Meanwhile, Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke—who play Dreyfus and Malcolm—are trying to revive electricity in the city. This film is an exploration in tribalism, as ape and man both mistrust each other.

“The Knick”

Cinemax is getting into the game of scripted television—it will bring Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick” to the screen. The first season is entirely Soderbergh vision. He directed all 10 episodes, which are all currently complete and will begin airing in August. Cinemax, however, has already renewed the show for a second season, which will also be entirely directed by Soderbergh. Many thought “The Knick” would be headed to a major cable network such as HBO, Showtime, or even Netflix, but Soderbergh said he felt most comfortable on Cinemax—where he could be the “big kid at a small school.” The show will feature Clive Owen and will begin airing Aug. 8.

“Better Call Saul”

Opinions about the existence of “Breaking Bad” spin-off “Better Call Saul” have been mixed since it was announced. While we have known for a while that Saul Goodman would be reprised by Bob Odenkirk and that Vince Gilligan would be helming the show, we now know more details. AMC released the following synopsis recently:

The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut, a beloved character introduced in ‘Breaking Bad.’ The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “Criminal lawyer.” The series’ tone is dramatic, woven with dark humor.

This leaves many with the same thoughts they struggled with before: whether to be excited for more things associated with “Breaking Bad,” or fearful that something that many consider “perfect” would be sullied.