Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dark Discussions Podcast: Big Bad Wolves


In this episode we look at the 2013 Israeli thriller directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado who also directed Rabies another that we looked at some time ago. So join us as we cut into this film that Tarantino calls "The Best Film of The Year!".

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Dark Discussions Podcast: Hannibal

 

In this episode the gang and I take a look at the delicious NBC TV series directed by Bryan Fuller which tells the blood filled tale of the events leading up to Thomas Harris' Red Dragon. This a show that you'll definitely want to have with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

Link To Episode
http://darkdiscussions.com/Pages/podcast_131.html


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dark Discussions Podcast: Robocop



     In this episode the gang and I will be looking at the 1987 cult classic film as well as it recent reboot directed by José Padilha starring Joel Kinnamen, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson.

The link to the episode is here
http://darkdiscussions.com/Pages/podcast_129.html

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Psycho-Pass



     Ah yes Psycho Pass I've been meaning to talk about this one last year but I never got the chance. Oh well no time like the present so lets get to it shall we?
      Psycho Pass is a Science Fiction Thriller set in the year 2113 where a individual a person's mental health and probability of committing crimes is measure by the mysterious Sibyl System. If a person's "Crime Coefficient"(which measures the chance that said person will commit a crime) then Enforcers and Inspectors are sent in to take care of the problem even if it means reducing it to a big red stain on the ground. While it may sound like an utopia we quickly learn over the course of the series that it is a lot more complicated than that.



    Our leading lady is a young and inexperience Inspector named Akane Tsunemori who is transferred to Unit One. Now there a re two interesting bits of information. First: The Inspectors coordinate the Enforcers and make certain that they don't go out of line. Why? Well that's where the second bit of info comes in. Enforcers are made up of Latent Criminals who are used to hunt down suspects because apparently since their coefficients are rather high then that means they can understand the criminal mind and track them. Also there is this thing called Psycho Hazard where those with high coefficients can somehow raise the level of others just by interacting with them. Its a bit confusing really.
      The members of Unit One are an interesting bunch. We have Nobuchika Ginoza who pretty much runs the show, Tomomi Masaoka the eldest of the team, the laid back and jovial Shusei Kagari,  The smoking hot analyst Shion Karanomori, Yayoi Kunizuka who is um well...there I guess(I'll get to that in a moment). and our chain smoking badass protagonist Shinya Kogami. For the most part the cast of this series is pretty solid as both the law enforcement and the criminals are rather fascinating giving an insight as to who they are and their own personal reasons for walking down their chosen paths and pretty complex. Akane works well as an audience surrogate which allows us to better understand the setting while going through great character development each episode. However a few felt rather wasted one of the biggest offender as I mention earlier being Yayoi who is part of the team and the main cast yet does almost nothing of importance hell she isn't even involved in the main conflict. They do give her a entire flashback episode but guessing it was because the writers suddenly realized she hadn't done a bloody thing.
          Aside from our law enforcement there are also our cast of psychotic bastards the most notable being its main antagonist the mysterious Shogo Makishima who I can really talk about to much without spoiling anything. That's one thing to mention about this series is that its hard to have a discussion about this show without accidentally revealing any important revelations and plot twists and there is a lot of them. Its one of those shows where its mystery is an important foundation and it best to go in blind to really enjoy it(without anyone who seen it sitting next to you).
        On a technical angle Psycho-Pass is rather competently animated and was brought to us by Production I.G who also gave us the Ghost in the Shell series, The End of Evangelion, Eden of the East, and also helped work on the highly successful anime adaption of Attack on Titan. Most of the time the show is easy on the eyes but there are few moments when characters will have these weird expressions most notably in the later episodes but I can forgive that since it doesn't happen every single episode. The story was written by Gen Urobuchi who is well known for his work of  Fate/Zero and Puella Magi Madoka Magica both of which are pretty dark series so he was definitely a good choice.
         The anime is about 22 episodes long and the show uses its time fairly well to explain plot points and to tie up any(or at least most) loose ends by show's conclusion. There is talk about a second season but I'm not entirely certain if anything has been set in stone although it was confirmed on September 6 of last year that there would be an animated film.
       If you are interested in seeing this then you are in luck as this show has been licensed by Funimation for a home video release this coming spring. Now for those curious about the content of the show should know that this is definitely not for the squeamish as the series involves scenes of people being reduce to bloody bits of burger meat, mutilation, a scene of rape, dismemberment, and other nasty moments of brutality so just keep that in mind if you decide to watch it.

                      

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