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STRANGE EMPIRE – EPISODE FOUR REVIEW – The Politics of Race

In its fourth episode, Strange Empire, the new Western series on CBC, took a multi-angled approach toward exploring the politics of race. The show, set in 1869 in what will become the Alberta-Montana border region, features a strong ensemble cast but this installment anchored itself around the Métis character of Kat Loving (Cara Gee). The…

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STRANGE EMPIRE ON CBC – EPISODE THREE REVIEW – Levels of Control

CBC aired the third episode of its new Western series Strange Empire on Monday, October 20th. Set in the Alberta-Montana border region of 1869, this third installment, entitled “Other Powers”, demonstrated the levels of control that individual characters seek to exercise upon those around them. One of the leading examples of control dynamics came with…

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CBC’S STRANGE EMPIRE – SECOND EPISODE REVIEW

Does a “capital trail” lead to the Strange Empire? Viewing the second episode of the new Western series on CBC, economic self-determination, both macro and micro, was a dominant theme. Set in the Alberta-Montana region of 1869, two years after the formation of the Dominion of Canada and four years after the US Civil War,…

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CASEY AFFLECK TO ATTEND JESSE JAMES FILM SCREENING

Casey Affleck, who played Bob Ford in Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), is set to attend a sold-out revival screening of the film on October 12th. The showing is being held at Nitehawk Cinema in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, and is part of the…

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STRANGE EMPIRE ON CBC – FIRST EPISODE REVIEW

A new Western TV series has launched on CBC, the Canadian national broadcaster. Strange Empire premiered on October 6th and focuses upon three very different women in the 1869 border region of Montana and the new country of Canada. Though the three women come from dissimilar backgrounds, they are brought together in the first episode,…