Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne Review

Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne is a 2008 action horror mystery supernatural anime directed by Shigeru Ueda.  The story centers on Rin, an immortal woman fed a time fruit from the invisible tree Yggdrassil, who runs a private investigation agency alongside partner Mimi. The two struggle with cases while Rin fights against her nemesis, Apos. Positives: Great characters Well-written story Good animation style Good score Really graphic Strong world building Good voice performances Negatives: Antagonist isn’t really memorable Plot:  The anime follows Rin Asougi is an immortal woman fed a time fruit from the…

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God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire #1) Review

God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire #1) is a 2012 steampunk paranormal thriller mystery novel written by Kate Locke and published Orbit.  Set as the first installment in the The Immortal Empire series, the story follows elite Royal Guard, Alexandra Vardan, who after searching for her missing sister, discovers a conspiracy that could shake the foundations of the very hierarchy she is sworn to protect. Positives: Good characters Great world building Interesting story Good writing Witty dialogue Negatives: Cliche subplots Cliche characters Plot:  The story picks up in an…

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Deep in the Darkness Review

Deep in the Darkness is a 2015 horror thriller film directed by Colin Theys, starring Dean Stockwell, Kristen Bush, Sean Patrick Thomas, Blanche Baker, and Athena Grant.  The film follows a doctor and his family who move to a quiet, small town.  Soon he discovers the town’s dark secret: A terrifying race of controlling creatures that live in the surrounding forest.

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Changeling Review/Discussion | Breaker Debates Ep.41

Welcome to the 41st episode of Breaker Debates.  Changeling is a 2008 mystery thriller film directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Michael Kelly, and Colm Feore.  Based partly on real-life events – the 1928 “Wineville Chicken Coop” kidnapping and murder case the film follows a woman supposedly reunited with a boy whom she immediately realizes is not her missing son. When she tries to demonstrate this to the police and city authorities, she is vilified as delusional and an unfit mother.

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Ascension Review/Discussion | Breaker Debates Ep.32

Welcome to the 32nd episode of Breaker Debates.  Narik and Ken talk about Ascension, a 2014 science fiction mystery drama miniseries created by Damion Black, Philip Levens, and Adrian A. Cruz, starring Tricia Helfer, Gil Bellows, Brian Van Holt, Andrea Roth, Brandon P. Bell, Jacqueline Byers, Tiffany Lonsdale, and P.J. Boudousqué.  The story takes place aboard a generation ship originally launched in the 1960s and now half-way into its 100-year journey to Proxima Centauri. A murder onboard sparks off a series of events that leads the crew to begin second-guessing their…

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Review

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a 2011 period action comedy mystery film directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry, and Jared Harris. Based on the character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and sequel to 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, the plot follows the eccentric detective Holmes (Downey Jr.) and his companion Watson (Law) who travel across Europe with a Gypsy adventuress (Rapace) to foil an intricate plot by their cunning nemesis, Professor Moriarty (Harris), to instigate a war. Positives: Great set designs…

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Sherlock Holmes Review

Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 neo-noir mystery period action film, directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Strong.  The film is based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and follows eccentric detective Holmes and his companion Watson who are hired by a secret society to foil a mysticist’s plot to expand the British Empire by seemingly supernatural means. Positives: Great performances Great cast Great story Great soundtrack Great script Witty dialogue Great characters Great action sequences…

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The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Review

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles is a 2015 mystery horror limited series starring Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall, and Cole Hauser. The series follows Lizzie Borden after she is acquitted of the 1892 murders of her father and stepmother as she and her sister, Emma, try to start a new life despite financial troubles and Lizzie’s ruined reputation.

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