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    A Decimation of Dragons – House of the Dragon – s01e07 – Driftmark

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 112:39


    A weekly podcast discussing the weekly Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon

    She-Hulk – Avenger of the Law: A Marvel Podcast – s01e07 – The Retreat

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 91:42


    A weekly discussion of the Marvel and Disney+ television series, She-Hulk – Attorney at Law.

    A Decimation of Dragons – House of the Dragon – s01e06 - The Princess and the Queen

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 98:23


    A weekly podcast discussing the weekly Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon

    She-Hulk – Avenger of the Law: A Marvel Podcast – s01e06 – Just Jen

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 95:07


    A weekly discussion of the Marvel and Disney+ television series, She-Hulk – Attorney at Law.

    Dark Discussions Podcast – Episode 548 - OPHAN: FIRST KILL (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 122:17


    The 2009 film ORPHAN was an unexpected success.  With both critics and moviegoers alike, the movie received favorable notice by most.  When it was announced that the new film OPHAN:  FIRST KILL (2022) had arrived at theaters (and streaming), people were a bit surprised because not only was it a follow up film, but it was a prequel as well.  The actress that starred in the original film, Isabelle Fuhrman, was now a 25 year old woman so how could she play the role now.  So how could a prequel work and what was it's plot? Tricia (Julia Stiles) and Allen (Rossif Sutherland) are still trying to survive the disappearance of their daughter years ago.  When suddenly a diplomatic envoy lets them know that Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) had been found, she comes back to live with them in their wealthy Connecticut suburb.  Tricia begins to suspect that Esther may not be who she is, and as the mystery of Esther's past becomes the focus for Tricia, things begin to spiral out of control. OPHAN:  FIRST KILL was directed by William Brent Bell based off a screenplay by David Coggeshall.  Isabelle Fuhrman returns in the role that she made iconic over a decade ago.  Critics were positive with this follow movie and gave it remarkably unexpected positive thoughts.  Dark Discussions takes a look at this new film and gives their thoughts.

    A Decimation of Dragons – House of the Dragon – s01e05 - We Light the Way

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 162:27


    A weekly podcast discussing the weekly Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon

    She-Hulk – Avenger of the Law: A Marvel Podcast – s01e05 – Mean, Green, and Straight Poured into These Jeans

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 72:50


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    A Decimation of Dragons – House of the Dragon – s01e04 – King of the Narrow Sea

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 95:56


    A weekly podcast discussing the weekly Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon

    She-Hulk – Avenger of the Law: A Marvel Podcast – s01e04 – Is This Not Real Magic?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 98:14


    A weekly discussion of the Marvel and Disney+ television series, She-Hulk – Attorney at Law.

    Dark Discussions Podcast – Episode 547 - THE CALL (2020)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 111:01


    South Korean films are known for their length.  THE CALL (2020) is one that falls just below the two hour mark.  The film is a remake of the English language film THE CALLER (2011) that received mixed reviews.  The remake however based off the limited reviews on Rottentomatoes gives it 100% out of 12 reviews.  When 28-year-old Seo-yeon Kim heads out to the countryside to visit her ill and estranged mother, she unfortunately loses her cellphone.  At the homestead, she finds an old cordless phone.  When a anguished woman calls and says she's held prisoner by her own mother, Seo-yeon begins to find out secrets in her mother's house as well as secrets from her own family's past. The film is written and directed by Chung-hyun Lee, based off the original script from the 2011 film written by Sergio Casci.  The film stars actresses Shin-hye Park, Jong-seo Jeon, and Sung-ryung Kim.  With its interesting plot using a feature seen in other films, the story has enough originality to make it stand out.  Your co-hosts discuss this interesting film and gives their thoughts.

    She-Hulk – Avenger of the Law: A Marvel Podcast – s01e03 – The People vs. Emil Blonsky

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 88:13


    A weekly discussion of the Marvel and Disney+ television series, She-Hulk – Attorney at Law.

    A Decimation of Dragons – House of the Dragon – s01e03 – Second of His Name

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 113:30


    A weekly podcast discussing the weekly Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon

    A Decimation of Dragons – House of the Dragon – s01e02 – The Rogue Prince

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 108:33


    A weekly podcast discussing the weekly Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon

    She-Hulk – Avenger of the Law: A Marvel Podcast – s01e02 – Superhuman Law

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 62:11


    A weekly discussion of the Marvel and Disney+ television series, She-Hulk – Attorney at Law.

    Dark Discussions Podcast - Episode 546 - BODIES BODIES BODIES (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 97:28


    Slasher films are one of the staples of the horror film genre.  And the latest movie, BODIES BODIES BODIES (2022), adds some hip and new things to the subgenre that may point directly to Generation Z and their ilk.  Starring a lot of up-and-comers and including Pete Davidson, the movie is the latest from the distributor A24 known for such classics as FIRST REFORMED (2018) and MIDSOMMAR (2019). Anytime is a great time for a house party.  When a group of friends decide to have a “hurricane” party to wait out a storm, host David (Pete Davidson) invites a group of friends over to party it up.  When they decide to play the murder-in-the-dark game Bodies Bodies Bodies, one of them is brutally murdered resulting in the rest becoming suspicious of the rest.  Soon the body count rises and the party-goers have to make decisions that will determine if they live or die. The film was written by Sarah DeLappe from a story by Kristen Roupenian.  The script was brought to film by director Halina Reijn and stars Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, along with breakout star Rachel Sennott.  Receiving very positive critical responses, the movie may have already become a cult classic.  Listen to your co-hosts while live-in-person in Mystic, Connecticut discuss this latest slasher film.

    A Decimation of Dragons – House of the Dragon – s01e01 – The Heirs of the Dragon

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 124:21


    A weekly podcast discussing the weekly Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon

    She-Hulk – Avenger of the Law: A Marvel Podcast – s01e01 - A Normal Amount of Rage

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 117:55


    A weekly discussion of the Marvel and Disney+ television series, She-Hulk – Attorney at Law.

    Dark Discussions Podcast - Episode 545 - BLOCK ISLAND SOUND (2022): Director Interview Matthew McManus

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 78:20


    In 2021, the Netflix horror film, https://www.darkdiscussions.com/podcasts/dark-discussions-podcast/dark-discussions-podcast-episode-483-the-block-island-sound-2021/ (THE BLOCK ISLAND SOUND), was released and it got very strong reviews by critics with a 90% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website.  It portrays itself as a supernatural thriller but based off what we see, it throws in a large science fiction aspect that turns the film into something quite different than most folks may have thought when watching the trailer. The film was written and directed by Rhode Island native brothers Matthew and Kevin McManus while starring their sister Michaela McManus.  But this isn't from your regular indy directors.  The McManus brothers have worked on such programs as COBRA KAI and AMERICAN VANDAL. After reviewing the film on https://www.darkdiscussions.com/podcasts/dark-discussions-podcast/dark-discussions-podcast-episode-483-the-block-island-sound-2021/ (Episode 483) of the podcast, your crew reached out to the filmmakers and Matthew McManus came on and joined us answering all our questions about one of Dark Discussions top horror films of 2021; the film is one that fits into co-host Phil's wheelhouse actually.  Though the interview was recorded in Q4 of 2021, after some editing work for sound quality, the interview is finally able to be released and hopefully give move people awareness to one awesome film.

    Bullets, Brothels, & Bots: A Westworld Podcast – Episode – s04e08 – Que Será, Será

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 91:36


    A Weekly discussion of your favorite TV show, Westworld.

    A Decimation of Dragons Podcast - An Introduction

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 3:40


    A weekly podcast discussing the weekly Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon

    She-Hulk - Avenger of the Law: A Marvel Podcast - Introduction

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 4:54


    A weekly discussion of the Marvel and Disney+ television series, She-Hulk – Attorney at Law.

    Dark Discussions Podcast - Episode 544 - David Warner Tribute: TIME AFTER TIME (1979)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 130:24


    David Warner was one of the most prolific actors in movies these last sixty years.  For horror and thrillers, many know him for the role of Keith Jennings in the classic horror film, THE OMEN (1976).  He was a lead actor at times but was able to carve out a career as a character actor, and in many cases very unlike the good guy he played in THE OMEN.  His performance in the cult classic film TIME AFTER TIME (1979) cannot be forgotten. In the year 1893 London, the author of the novel THE TIME MACHINE, H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell), has actually created a time machine.  While showing it to his friends including Dr. John Leslie Stevenson (David Warner), the police arrive saying that the doctor is actually the notorious Jack the Ripper. Fleeing into the future, H.G. Wells must follow Stevenson and stop his murderous ways. The movie stars Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, and Mary Steenburgen.  The film became a cult classic as it played often back in the early days of HBO.  David Warner, on July 24th, 2022 passed away at the age of eighty years old.  Dark Discussions pays tribute to the marvelous actor and discuss TIME AFTER TIME.

    Bullets, Brothels, & Bots: A Westworld Podcast – Episode – s04e07 – Metanoia

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 59:58


    A Weekly discussion of your favorite TV show, Westworld.

    Bullets, Brothels, & Bots: A Westworld Podcast – Episode – s04e06 – Fidelity

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 72:43


    A Weekly discussion of your favorite TV show, Westworld.

    Dark Discussions Podcast – Episode 543 - YOU WON'T BE ALONE (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 104:40


    The Macedonian film, YOU WON'T BE ALONE (2022), made its film premiere at Sundance 2022 where it got much notice.  The film, having a ensemble cast, including Noomi Rapace, was picked up by Focus Features and released through VOD (and a limited theater run) in April.  Most certainly arthouse, the movie is considered a horror film with its violent creature transformations and the inclusion of a witch. Nevena (Sara Klimoska) was promised to the witch Maria (Anamaria Marinca) as a baby by her mother.  Her mother hides her in a cave, but on Nevena's sixteenth birthday, the witch comes back and takes her by force.  Feral and having no social life these last fifteen years, Nevena has to learn on her own what it is to be both a witch and a human if she is to survive. With over 100+ reviews on the Rottentomatoes website, the film has a strong 93% approval.  The movie is directed and written by Goran Stolevski, as his full-length motion picture directorial debut.  The cast includes Sara Klimoska, Anamaria Marinca, Alice Englert, Carloto Cotta, and Noomi Rapace.  Dark Discussions takes a look at this foreign language film and gives their thoughts.

    Bullets, Brothels, & Bots: A Westworld Podcast – Episode – s04e05 – Zhuangzi

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 71:36


    A Weekly discussion of your favorite TV show, Westworld.

    Dark Discussions Podcast - Episode 542 - HOWARD'S MILL (2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 119:59


    Faux-documentaries such as THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999) fall into found footage as well.  There have been many of both (or a combination of both) since due to their inexpensive ability to film and produce.  The 2021 film HOWARD'S MILL is one of the latest that actually got some notice with its well presented format. A plot of abandoned farmland in Tennessee called Howard's Mill has been used as a picnic or hobbiest dream.  Quite, peaceful, and beautiful landscape, one hobbyist and his wife bring their metal detectors to search for lost “treasure”.  When the wife goes missing, he is suspected in her disappearance.  Soon, a the documentary crew looking into her loss discover that the farmland has also been a place of multiple disappearances in the last 100 years. The faux-documentary was co-written and directed by Kaiser Whitmire and Shannon Houchins.  The movie stars Josefina M. Boneo, Mark Cabus, and Jeremy Childs.  The film is available for VOD rental and on video channels such as TUBI.  Dark Discussions takes a look at this interesting film and gives their thoughts.

    Bullets, Brothels, & Bots: A Westworld Podcast – Episode – s04e04 - Generation Loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 97:55


    A Weekly discussion of your favorite TV show, Westworld.

    Dark Discussions Podcast - Episode 541 - James Caan Tribute: MISERY (1990)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 128:28


    MISERY (1990) was the perfect film for Hollywood.  The movie is an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, the film was directed by one of Hollywood's top directors at the time (Rob Reiner), the screenplay was written by legend William Goldman, and the film starred acting legend James Caan.  With James Caan's passing, the podcast has decided to pay tribute to the actor by discussing this classic horror film. When novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) finishes his latest manuscript, while driving the winter roads of Colorado, he loses control of his Mustang and crashes into a ditch.  Nurse Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) rescues him.  While being taken cared of at Wilkes' home, Sheldon waits patiently for the winter snow to melt so an ambulance can take him to the local hospital.  Unfortunately, Annie has different plans. The film also stars Kathy Bates in her award winning performance of the unhinged Annie Wilkes.  The cast includes Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall, and Frances Sternhagen.  The film was an instant classic and is considered one of the best horror films of the 1990's.  Dark Discussions pays tribute to James Caan and gives their thoughts on the movie.

    Bullets, Brothels, & Bots: A Westworld Podcast – Episode – s04e03 - Années Folles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 89:23


    A Weekly discussion of your favorite TV show, Westworld

    Dark Discussions Podcast - Episode 540 - THE BLACK PHONE (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 123:17


    It's hard to believe that the now classic horror flick SINISTER (2012) is over a decade old.  The film put together director and co-screenwriter Scott Derrickson, co-screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, and actors Ethan Hawke and James Ransone together for what would not be the only time.  Now in 2022, their new film has come out and has received good reviews.  The movie, THE BLACK PHONE (2022), based off a short story by Joe Hill, was released to theaters in late June, 2022. Finn and his younger sister Gwen live with their widower father.  For a year, their home town outside Denver, Colorado has been plagued by a child abductor given the name “The Grabber” by the press.  When Finn's friend disappears, people fear the worse.  Soon, the town is in panic as children keep disappearing to never return. The movie has received fine reviews, including a four out of four star from the Roger Ebert website.  Scott Derrickson left doing the latest Dr. Strange film to pull this remarkably solid horror film together.  Dark Discussions takes a look at this period piece (that takes place in 1978) and gives their thoughts.

    Bullets, Brothels, & Bots:: A Westworld Podcast – Episode – s4e02 - Well Enough Alone

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 71:08


    A Weekly discussion of your favorite TV show, Westworld.

    Dark Discussions Podcast – Episode 539 – FRESH (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 110:47


    Sometimes a film gets a bit of buzz simply because of its outrageous premise.  But that doesn't mean the film doesn't work.  The new Hulu original, FRESH (2022), is most certainly one of those bizarre films that seems to be one thing but turns into something completely different than one would think. Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) is a twenty-something that just can't seem to find love.   She starts using dating apps and has many blind dates but most turn out to be completely awful.  Then one day while she's grocery shopping, she meets Steve (Sebastian Stan) who seems to be everything she's ever wanted in a guy.  After hitting it off quite well, the two head to his vacation home.  While enjoying their time together, something drastic happens that will change her life. The film is directed by Mimi Cave form a script by Lauryn Kahn.  Besides starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan, the film's cast includes Jonica T. Gibbs and Charlotte Le Bon.  Dark Discussions takes a look at this generally positively reviewed film and gives their thoughts.

    Bullets, Brothels, & Bots:: A Westworld Podcast – Episode – s4e01 – The Auguries

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2022 96:45


    A Weekly discussion of your favorite TV show, Westworld.

    Halloween Boutique Psychotronic Reviews – Volume 041 - AMMONITE (2020)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 117:17


    To wrap up Pride month and the theme of lesbian arthouse films, we end with the highest profile of the four, AMMONITE (2020).  Starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, the film is based on two extremely important and real women in the field of paleontology.  The movie however is a complete fictional account where the screenwriter supposes a “what-if” about the two, and had they been lesbian and what that relationship would be like. In the 1840's, Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) is a self-taught paleontologist, running her family's store on the English coast selling fossils she finds and categorizes.  Geologist Roderick Murchison (James McArdle) and his wife Charlotte (Saoirse Ronan) arrive, where the husband leaves Charlotte in attendance with Mary so to have her learn more about fossils and sciences.  Soon the two's class differences are overlooked and they begin a torrid affair. The film is directed and written from a completely fictional story by English director Francis Lee.  Both actresses were praised for their performances with Kate Winslet especially getting high regard.  With its completely fictional story, slow pacing, and little focus on the women's fossil work, the film received lukewarm reviews by critics.  Your co-hosts take a look at this period piece and give their thoughts.

    Dark Discussions Podcast – Episode 538 - VIRUS-32 (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 89:21


    Zombie films are most certainly nothing original.  Whether “fast zombies” or “slow zombies”, whether “virus zombies” or the undead, the market has been saturated with them.  However, a few prominent one have appeared recently.   One of them is VIRUS-32 (2022) from Uruguay.  The question does it do enough new to make it stand out. When it is her weekend to take care of her daughter, Iris (Paula Silva) has to bring her to work.  As a security guard at a massive workout and activity center, she lets her daughter play basketball in one of the indoor ball courts while she does her rounds.  Soon out on the street, people begin to go violent and attack and kill innocent bystanders.  As Iris, her daughter, and a man named Luis (Daniel Hendler) try to survive, the infected begin to break in. The movie is directed by and from a story by Gustavo Hernandez.  The screenplay is written by Juma Fodde.  The movie was released to the television station Shudder during Q2 of 2022, only a short time after its initial release in its home country.  Dark Discussions takes a look at the latest in the zombie genre and gives their thoughts.

    Halloween Boutique Psychotronic Reviews – Volume 040 - THE ADORED (2012)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 134:44


    For Pride Month, the podcast continues our review of lesbian arthouse films.  With a lot of these films, we've discovered that many are more than just an LGBT arthouse film.  They are dramas, coming-of-age, crime, and in our latest, a thriller.  The British film, THE ADORED (2012), is most certainly a thriller in all ways even though the lead characters may be LGBTQ. Francesca (Laura Martin-Simpson) is a well known photographer.  For her latest subject is the aspiring model Maia (Ione Butler).  At Francesca's remote Welsh manor home, the two discuss, shoot, and build a friendship.  However, as Francesca misreads Maia's comments and actions, the two women begin to come at odds with each other.  Soon their once working relationship turns into much more. The film was co-directed by Carl Medland and Amarjeet Singh with a screenplay by Jody Medland.  Laura Martin-Simpson shines as Francesca in a cast that includes her co-star Ione Butler plus Jake Maskall.  Your co-hosts take a look at this film and give their thoughts.

    Dark Discussions Podcast - Episode 537 - JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 132:25


    It all started back in 1990 when the novel, JURASSIC PARK, written by the great author Michael Crichton, was released.  When the movie was released, screenplay written by Michael Crichton and David Koepp and directed by Steven Spielberg, the whole world were introduced to one of the biggest franchises of all time.  Now on the sixth installment of the movie franchise, 2022 is the release of JURASSIC WORLD:  DOMINION to the world. Now that dinosaurs have escaped into the world, the environment may be in danger and the dinosaurs have to integrate into modern life.  But there's nefarious things going on; pouching and corporate greed.  When formerly extinct giant locusts begin to destroy crops and food supplies, a group of scientists have to come together and try to save the world. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the director of JURRASSIC WORLD, is back for this latest installment.  The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum reprising their former roles.  The film has made millions and is a theatrical success.  Dark Discussions takes a look at this latest film in the Jurassic franchise and gives their thoughts.

    Halloween Boutique Psychotronic Reviews – Volume 039 - BARE (2015)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 127:43


    Television actors and actresses have transitioned to film roles quite successfully at times.  One way to start is to do independent cinema.  And to be noticed, sometimes it is best to be daring and courageous in the roles you choose.  Dianna Agron, after her run on the TV series GLEE, got notice for her role in BARE (2015).  The role was a co-starring performance alongside BOARDWALK EMPIRE actress, Paz de la Huerta. Sarah (Dianna Agron) is a young girl living in a small town in Nevada.  She feels ennui as she spends time with her longtime boyfriend, her high school friends, and working her boring job.  When she visits the closed business of her father (who died some years ago), she finds Pepper, a worldly and free-spirited woman, that had broken in to crash on the couch.  Soon the two begin a friendship that will change Sarah forever. The film was written and directed by Natalia Leite (M.F.A. (2017)) and played numerous festivals including Tribeca among others.  The film got buzz more so for the first-time nudity from Dianna Agron but also got notice from the arthouse crowd too.  Your co-hosts take a look at this movie during our June Pride month and give their thoughts.

    Dark Discussions Podcast - Episode 536 - Ray Liotta Tribute: IDENTITY (2003)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 111:56


    The passing of Ray Liotta was most certainly unexpected.  He was sixty-seven years old and had been having a career rejuvenation with roles both in television and movies.  His meteoric rise to fame was the 1990 Martin Scorsese film GOODFELLAS.  Soon after he was one of Hollywood's most recognizable names.  In 2003, award winning director James Mangold gave him a co-starring role in his film IDENTITY.  When a group of travelers get caught in a torrential rainstorm in the remote area of Nevada, each lands up at a broken down motel to spend the night.  Unfortunately, an accident occurs leading to one person at deaths door.  To add to the drama, a police officer traveling with a violent murderer has to spend the night as well.  Unfortunately patrons begin to die making each wonder who is the culprit. Besides Ray Liotta, the film stars John Cusack, Rebecca De Mornay, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes, John C. McGinley, Jake Busey, Alfred Molina, and Pruitt Taylor Vince.  IDENTITY, gaining great reviews on its initial release, has slowly grown a cult following with its many twists and turns.  Dark Discussions Podcast takes a look at the movie and pays tribute to acting great, Ray Liotta.

    Halloween Boutique Psychotronic Reviews – Volume 038 - RIDE OR DIE (2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 121:59


    Welcome to Halloween Boutique Psychotronic Reviews theme month.  June has been designated as Pride Month for the LGBT community.  So to fit with the month, once again the podcast has decided to review various art house lesbian films as we did last year.  To start off, we discuss the 2021 film RIDE OR DIE. When Rei commits a crime for Nanae, a woman in an abusive relationship, the two head out to avoid consequences.  Soon we discover that the two have known each other since childhood.  Rei has an unhealthy infatuation about Nanae and is willing to throw her entire life away.  Nanae, on the other hand, is a very damaged woman who carries personal demons with her that have shattered her inner soul. The film is directed by veteran director Ryichi Hiroki.  Written for the screen by Nami Sakkawa, the story is based on the manga by Ching Nakamura.  Starring Kiko Mizuhara and Honami Sato in unforgiving roles, the movie has received mixed to positive reviews by critics and audiences alike.  Your co-hosts take a look at this interesting film that is as much arthouse as it is grindhouse.

    Dark Discussions Podcast - Episode 535 - THE CELLAR (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 131:38


    Scary old manor houses and doors to another world; that's the theme of many horror films.  Even authors such as H.P. Lovecraft focused his tales upon such menaces.  The new joint Irish/Belgian film, THE CELLAR (2022), popped up on the television station Shudder as VOD on April 15th, 2022.  With its haunted house theme and a possible door to hell, the movie was a throwback to the 1970's films. Keira Woods (Elisha Cuthbert) and her family move to the Irish countryside for a new job as social media agents.  The home purchased is a giant manor home that was got on the cheap.  With its mysterious fully furnished rooms and its bizarre history, things begin to happen that may be more than just simple creaks of an old settling house. Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert stars as the mother/wife of the family.  The cast includes Eoin Macken and Abby Fitz.  Irish director Brendan Muldowney also wrote the screenplay.  Dark Discussions takes a look at this new film and gives their thoughts.

    Dark Discussions Podcast – Episode 534 - THE TWIN (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 136:36


    Australian actress Teresa Palmer has made a great career playing horror and genre films.  Her starring roles include the movies RESTRAINT (2008), WARM BODIES (2013), LIGHTS OUT (2016), and BERLIN SYNDROME (2017).  She also was the lead for the well received television series A DISCOVERY OF WITHCES that just ended its run this year.  Now she's starring in the new film THE TWIN (2022). When Rachel (Teresa Palmer) and Anthony (Steven Cree) have a car accident, one of their twin sons Nathan (Tristan Ruggeri) dies.  As grief holds its ugly cloud over the family, they decide to move back to Anthony's home of Finland.  As they try to make a new life for themselves, Elliot, their other son, says that Nathan has returned to them.  Soon strange things begin to occur around their new house. Shot in Finland and Estonia, the movie was directed Taneli Mustonen and co-written by him and producer Aleksi Hyvarinen.  The cast also includes Barbar Marten.  The movie made its debut in North America on the television channel Shudder May 6th, 2022.  Dark Discussions takes a look at this highly anticipated film and give their thoughts.

    Cortana's Communiques: The HALO Podcast – Episode s01e09 Transcendence

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 99:05


    Welcome to Cortana's Communiques – A weekly discussion of the Paramount+ television series HALO based on the video game series and the universe created by XBox.  Starring Pablo Schreiber and Natascha McElhone. Series synopsis: Aliens threaten human existence in an epic 26th-century showdown. TV series based on the video game ‘Halo'.

    Cortana's Communiques: The HALO Podcast – Episode s01e08 Allegiance

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 131:21


    Welcome to Cortana's Communiques – A weekly discussion of the Paramount+ television series HALO based on the video game series and the universe created by XBox.  Starring Pablo Schreiber and Natascha McElhone. Series synopsis: Aliens threaten human existence in an epic 26th-century showdown. TV series based on the video game ‘Halo'.

    Dark Discussions Podcast - Episode 533 - THE DEEP ONES (2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 125:50


    H.P. Lovecraft being adapted to the big screen has been mixed to say the least.  And in many cases, such movies are part of his “universe” he created rather than based off any specific story that he has written.  The movie THE DEEP ONES (2021) appeared late last year and got some notice with its title alone – about a group of monsters that appeared or were mentioned in numerous tales of his. Alex and Petri are on vacation for some good old relaxation.   The property they are renting is owned by Russell Marsh, a local mover-and-shaker that runs a small colony of the beach town that the couple vacations in.  When a mysterious woman warns the couple about a mysterious cult, Alex especially becomes concerned when changes begin to happen with Petri's behavior. The film is written and directed by long time indy horror filmmaker Chad Ferrin.   THE DEEP ONES stars Gina La Piana, Johann Urb, Robert Miano, Silvia Spross, Jackie Debatin, and Kelli Maroney.  Dark Discussions takes a look at this midnight movie and gives their thoughts on this Lovecraft adaptation. 

    Dark Discussions Podcast – Episode 532 – THE CURSED (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 124:58


    Period piece horror films can be tough.  Especially when the film isn't by a large production company.  The film, THE CURSED (2022), originally premiered at Sundance in 2021.  With a very positive response, the filmmakers updated the score, returned many of the practical effects, changed the films title, and smoothed out the CGI.  A year from its film festival premiere, the movie received a theatrical (if limited release) with some success. In 1882, a group of Romany gypsies return to their property in a small village of France to settle.  The local village elders lead by Seamus Laurent aren't happy.  With the gypsies having proof of ownership of the land, mercenaries are sent to frighten them away.  Unfortunately things go wrong, many die, and a gypsy woman sets a curse upon the village until justice has been received. THE CURSED seems to have been missed by many.  Now, however, it has been released to VOD for rental and purchase.  The movie was written and directed by Sean Ellis (THE BROKEN (2008)) and stars Boyd Holbrook (THE PREDATOR (2018)).  The movie was filmed entirely on location in France.  Dark Discussions Podcast takes a look at this new movie and gives their thoughts.

    Cortana's Communiques: The HALO Podcast – Episode s01e07 Inheritance

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 116:32


    Welcome to Cortana's Communiques – A weekly discussion of the Paramount+ television series HALO based on the video game series and the universe created by XBox. Starring Pablo Schreiber and Natascha McElhone. Series synopsis: Aliens threaten human existence in an epic 26th-century showdown. TV series based on the video game ‘Halo'.

    Cortana's Communiques: The HALO Podcast – Episode s01e06 SOLACE

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 93:00


    Welcome to Cortana's Communiques – A weekly discussion of the Paramount+ television series HALO based on the video game series and the universe created by XBox.  Starring Pablo Schreiber and Natascha McElhone. Series synopsis: Aliens threaten human existence in an epic 26th-century showdown. TV series based on the video game ‘Halo'.

    Dark Discussions Podcast - Episode 531 - COSMIC DAWN (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 142:49


    When extraterrestrial contact mixes with a commune environment, what usually occurs isn't considered healthy.  The commune usually turns into something more, specifically a cult.  Individuality and freedoms fade away and connection with family and old friends dissolves.  The new film, COSMIC DAWN (2022) from Canada, gives us a tale that is both a science fiction story of first contact but also the harm of what cults may be. Aurora (Camille Rowe) has fled from an alien abduction cult four years earlier.  When she was a child her mother disappeared where she believed the woman was abducted by the greys.  As she got older, she found a group of similar folk led by Elyse (Antonia Zegers) and soon fell into their sect.  After tragic events, she was able to escape but is still haunted by both them and the fear of being once more found. Director Jefferson Moneo also wrote the film.  The cast includes Camille Rowe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Antonia Zegers, Joshua Burge, Miho Suzuki, and Philip Granger.  Released earlier this year, the Dark Discussions crew decided to take a look at the movie and give their thoughts and discuss the film's many topics.

    Cortana's Communiques: The HALO Podcast – Episode s01e04 HOMECOMING

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 104:12


    Welcome to Cortana's Communiques – A weekly discussion of the Paramount+ television series HALO based on the video game series and the universe created by XBox. Starring Pablo Schreiber and Natascha McElhone. Series synopsis: Aliens threaten human existence in an epic 26th-century showdown. TV series based on the video game ‘Halo'.

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