Has anyone ever experienced that moment when you do a book tag and suddenly you are inspired to go off in a completely different direction?
Well that happened, and I was compelled to write about it. So, I want to introduce a new segment of this blog that will appear intermittently called: Tangent Time.
Tangent Time is a place where I am going to call out series, short films, and sometimes even movies that I feel have a unique plot or just a current obsession. I am going to try to keep it to anything that involves a storyline.
Why am I starting this segment? Well, because I started this blog as a writer and a reader and I wanted to talk about stories. Stories aren’t just bound in a book, but they can also be short films, films, television series, and sometimes even photo essays.
I am going to start trying to call some of these out in my Sunday Posts, but for those that need a bit more explanation or expansion, they’re getting their own post.
So, this week I want to talk about The 100 by Kass Morgan (as well as the CW Series by the same name), and two short films starring Henry Ian Cusick.
So, let’s go back to a few weeks ago. You may recall that I posted ‘The 100’ Character Book Tag. Shortly afterward, I started rewatching the first two seasons of The 100 on Netflix.
I watched Season 3 while it aired earlier this year, but since it ended in April (or was it May) I found myself suddenly going through withdrawals.
As Season 2 concluded, I realized that it would be about six months until Season 4 premiered so I ended up getting the books from the library.
So I have cracked open The 100 by Kass Morgan to try to stave off my starvation and ordered a set of Season 3 DVDs. (Yes, a review of my thoughts on the book will be posted when I finish it.)
Fortunately, December also brings the release of the fourth book in Kass Morgan’s series, called Rebellion.
I’m refusing to read the synopsis depending on the divergence between the books and television show. (I try to keep my reviews spoiler-free and I prefer to into a book from a series spoiler-free.) If you are a fan of the book series, you can read an excerpt from Entertainment Weekly here.
One of the best things about the series is Henry Ian Cusick. I have been a fan of his since Lost when he played a guy who had been stuck in a hatch pressing a button. I decided to check out his website to see what else he’s been working on and I discovered two short films he was in recently.
First, I found that he directed and starred in a short film called Dress. You should all go check it out.
It’s really beautifully written and produced. It’s a beautiful portrait of grief and loss, but also reconnecting. I honestly came away from it, thinking about Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley.
You can see the film here on Henry Ian Cusick’s Vimeo account. (Really it’s only 20 minutes! Watch it during lunch! You won’t regret it.)
Also, I think this guy has the most badass reel ever. I swear I thought that this was a movie as I was watching it. I had to remind myself that some of these clips are from Lost and Scandal and were in no way connected.
Cusick also did another short film called VISIBLE, where he was reunited with his Lost co-star Sonja Walger.
You remember Penny and Desmond? Look how cute!
This short film is set in 2086, 70 years after the human race became invisible and 10 years after people started reappearing. Guy is an artist who is comfortable and likes being invisible, but what happens when a visible woman walks into his gallery one day?
It’s a beautifully produced film with great cinematography, great angles, and I just love the story.
You can check it out here on Vimeo.
So there’s my first non-bookish tangent for you! Comment below and let me know what you think of these films, and also tell me if you’re a fan of Lost or The 100?