Mark Moses

Flare

In Revolution, there’s a massive technological blackout that leads to society’s breakdown and an uptick in crossbow sales. It’s a clear attempt at tapping into the mystery-craving populace that followed Lost like a religion, but it seems like the series from Eric Kripke is too enigmatically empty and unintentionally hilarious to live up to the gritty hype. For those disappointed by Revolution, the new web series Flare might offer some hope. The similarities are obvious. They share the same high concept where a worldwide blackout leads to a brutish existence for clan-based characters, and bow-based weaponry is admittedly popular, but the quality difference is striking.  The above trailer plays a bit broad as a piece of advertising, but the show itself – which stars Mark Moses from Mad Men and Jamie McShane from Sons of Anarchy – is notable for eschewing dull exposition without resorting to vagueness devoid of meaning. Characters act and speak like human beings stuck in a terrible new paradigm instead of commiserating like dinner theater actors who’ve been told they’ll be shot if they ever reveal what’s going on. The budget limitations are clear from time to time, but the show earns respect for looking great and getting the core elements of the genre recipe right. If you’re searching for a new post-Apocalyptic show to dive into after being scorned by Revolution, you can watch the first 18-minute episode of Flare online for free. And then, apparently, you can help them decide where the show goes […]

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Who would you want to be with when the world ends? While we here at FSR have been bringing you the various movies you should watch before the world is set to end come this December, writer/director Lorene Scafaria takes on the idea of who you would want to stand with in those final moments. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World follows Dodge (Steve Carell), an insurance salesman (oh, the irony) who seems lost as the rest of the world is falling apart around him. One night, while watching the grim news (anchored with class by Mark Moses), Dodge encounters his quirky neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley) and they bond over the unspoken need to have someone to spend time with, even if it means just sitting and watching television together. When Penny gives Dodge a stack of his mail (which she’d been accidentally receiving for months), he finds a letter from an ex-girlfriend (one he considered the love of his life) which prompts Dodge to find her and spend his last days with his one true love. After a terrifying riot breaks out around their apartment building, Dodge grabs Prius-driving Penny to save her (and bum a ride.) Promising to bring her to one of his friends who has a plane (which could get her to England to see her family one last time), the duo (and Dodge’s inherited dog, Sorry) embark on a road trip to get to those people they realize are most important to them.

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