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Ricky da Conceição

Some people take my heart, others take my shoes, and some take me home. I write, I blog, I podcast and I edit. RIcky is the Editor-in-Chief of Sound On Sight and the host of several podcasts including Nxpress (Nintendo podcast), Game of Thrones, True Detective and Walking Dead shows, as well as the Sound On Sight flagship and Sordid Cinema podcast. He is Sound On Sight's expert on Horror and Nintendo and teaches at an elementary school in Montreal.

Game of Thrones, Ep. 4.03: “Breaker of Chains” heavy on rape, light on action


Unlike the disappointing post-Red Wedding episode last year, "Breaker of Chains" is a fluid episode, full of conspiracy, double crossing, and plenty to talk about. In dealing with the direct aftermath of King Joffrey's untimely death, "Breaker of Chains" focusses heavily on loyalty, with just about everyone questioning who they can trust after an event like The Purple Wedding. The episode does a superb job of acknowledging the big picture, while focusing specifically on moving secondary characters forward emotionally.

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Hannibal Ep 2.07 “Yakimono” touched with moments of crazed inspiration


We knew it wouldn’t be long before Frederick Chilton was a goner for several reasons, but one can't help but think it came a little too soon. Not only has Raúl Esparza provided the series with some much needed dark humour and a superb performance, but his character has a prominent and important role in both Thomas Harris's novels and in their cinematic adaptations. That said, this is an adaption and a very different medium, and so Fuller is wise in deviating away from the original source material. Nobody needs a page by page, word by word, reenactment of the books; so while Fuller is using Harris's novels as inspiration, this is his baby, and based on the week to week quality of the show, we shouldn't complain. It's unsurprising that the many literature-based TV series currently on the air have approached their source material with varying degrees of success

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Hannibal Ep 2.04 “Takiawase” continues to prove this is the most criminally underrated series on television


Hannibal Season 2, Episode 4 “Takiawase” Directed by David Semel Written by Scott Nimerfro & Bryan Fuller Airs Thursdays at 10pm ET on NBC Hannibal continues to prove why it is one of the very best TV shows on the air and yet, the most criminally underrated series on television. ...

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Hannibal Ep 2.03 “Hassun” a spooky courtroom drama


Legendary filmmaker Peter Medak (The Changeling, Romeo Is Bleeding) directs his second episode of Hannibal; unfortunately “Hassun” is the weakest episode of the series so far. This week, Will Graham goes to court, and despite knowing his innocence, he has no choice but to play victim to mental illness in an attempt to avoid the electric chair. Amid the courtroom circus, Graham's trial becomes complicated when Will’s lawyer opens a letter containing a severed ear. As it turns out, the ear belongs to a bailiff who is found mounted on a stag’s head in his home, just moments after it is rigged to explode. The newfound murder sheds doubts on Will’s guilt, as the bailiff was killed in the exact same way Will supposedly killed his victims. Or so it seems. The killer has perfectly replicated the presentation, only reversing the mutilation process, and making use of a firearm. We learn this when Hannibal visits Will in prison and asks him what he sees. Hannibal and Will return to their role of last season, only this time, with prison bars standing between them.

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Himizu’ – Even at his worst, Sono shows off his mad genius


Acclaimed director Shion Sono may still be fresh off the debut of his Guilty Of Romance, which premiered at Cannes earlier this year, but only four months later, he is back again. This time around, Sono brings an adaption of Minoru Furuya’s psychological thriller manga Himizu, a twisted tale of a middle-school boy’s state of mind and how he deals with stressful situations. The good news is, Sono's latest most resembles his four hour long countercultural romantic masterpiece, Love Exposure. The bad news is a good portion of the film's running time is played at an almost unbearable high volume, with most of the cast shouting their dialogue. Needless to say, either bring some ear plugs or sit far away from the loudspeakers.

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Hannibal Ep 2.02 “Sakizuki” is brilliant, chilling and flawless


Hannibal Season 2, Episode 2 “Sakizuki” Directed by Tim Hunter Written by Bryan Fuller Airs Thursdays at 10pm ET on NBC Hannibal season 2 serves a second course with “Sakizuke,” the grandest guignol Bryan Fuller and director Tim Hunter have produced yet. Will Graham assists the FBI in tracing down ...

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Hannibal Ep 2.01 “Kaiseki” fires on all cylinders


The end of the first season of Hannibal left Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) locked up in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Season 2 serves a promising start as Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) wine and dine on the episode title’s eponymous kaiseki, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. Following his arrest for the murders that took place in season one, Will finds himself in a tricky situation where he has to try and prove his innocence while trapped in a cell and while suffering from temporary memory loss. Hannibal Lecter steps into Will Graham’s shoes as the new FBI criminal profiler, and Will struggles to remember how it is Hannibal framed him for the crimes Hannibal clearly committed.

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True Detective, Ep. 1.06 “Haunted Houses” – If you think you know where the story is going, think again


With just two episodes left in the first season, “Haunted Houses” is the most straightforward instalment in the series so far. This sixth episode is the one that felt the most like a cop show, complete with with a nard-nosed police sergeant drilling his two detectives and demanding that Cohle hand over his gun and badge, and a hot tempered officer (Marty) beating two prisoners who were caught sleeping with his daughter. We find out exactly why Hart and Cohle had a falling out in 2002, and exactly why Marty's marriage finally fell apart. “Haunted Houses” is the weakest of the bunch but don’t' worry, next week is a vast improvement.

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‘Total Recall’ is arguably among the very best science-fiction films of the 90’s


Based on a Philip K. Dick short story (We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Total Recall is set in a futuristic society, where “it has become scientifically possible to implant fake memories into a person’s mind, while erasing their previous identity, thus creating a fictitious persona in such that the subject believes he or she is someone else.” The filmmakers took great liberty with the original story, but, luckily Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett (respected writers of some of the greatest science fiction films), whipped up one of the best produced Hollywood screenplays of the 1990's.

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True Detective, Ep. 1.05 “The Secret Fate of All Life” a small screen masterpiece in the making


True Detective, Season 1, Episode 5: “The Secret Fate of All Life” Written by Nic Pizzolatto Directed by Cary Fukunaga Airs Sundays at 9pm ET on HBO The climax of episode 4 of True Detective, titled “Who Goes There’” is a feat of technical mastery that would sit proudly along ...

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The Walking Dead, Ep. 4.10 “Inmates” – it’s not exactly Shakespeare


Ever since Scott M. Gimple took over as showrunner, it's become clear that he and his team of writers have tried, as hard as they could, to put to rest any unfinished storylines and unanswered questions left over from season three. Yes it took some time to clean up after the mess, but to be fair, he did have to continue from where Glen Mazzara left off. This meant killing off busloads of extras who we never got to know – killing of The Governor once and for all– and blowing up an entire prison, forcing our survivors to move forward. "Inmates" served to get things moving ahead even more. By structuring the episode as a series of vignettes, not all in chronological order, we catch up with the all prison survivors who weren’t featured last week. Beth, Daryl, Tyreese, Glenn, Maggie, Sasha, Bob Stookey, Lizzie, and Mika are all accounted for.

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The Walking Dead, Ep. 4.09, “After” – Chocolate is an antidepressant, which is especially useful if you’re the son of Rick Grimes

The Walking Dead After

After the devastating events at the end of the mid-season finale, which saw the conflict between Rick's group and the The Governor's men end in a bloody conclusion, “After” attempts to deal with the fallout from that attack by focusing only on three of the many characters scattered to the wind. In what is a stark contrast to the beginning of season 4, we open with a beautiful ariel shot of the aftermath at the prison. What was once considered a self-sustaining safe haven, now burns to the ground with hordes of walkers invading its premises. No longer are Rick and Carl planting vegetables, nor is Carol teaching the children how to use weapons during reading time. The prison is once and for all destroyed, and as the walkers swarm the grounds, feasting on the insides of a dead horse, the camera pans by the body a dead Governor - putting to rest any rumours that he may still be alive. Following the comic book’s route fairly faithfully, the episode found Rick defeated in every way possible – Rick’s declining health makes him more of a liability than an asset, to the point where he spends half the episode in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness. When he's unable to take a Walker down with an ax to the head, Carl is left with no choice but to waste a bullet and shoot the Walker down himself; an act that will come back to haunt him later on.

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