Spectacular Attractions Podcast #5

Avalon (Mamoru Oshii)

In this week’s podcast, I discuss Mamoru Oshii’s Avalon. This is not a particularly well-known film, but it’s undoubtedly a fascinating and divisive one. My students are always enfuriated and hooked by it in equal measure, and with Inception getting so much attention for its real-or-not-real depiction of dream states, it seemed like a good time to revisit another film built around confusion between states of reality, imagination and simulation. The story follows Ash, a lone gamer devoted to Avalon, an illegal battle simulation game that draws its users into a seductively dangerous virtual world. Desperate to atone for earlier mistakes that left a friend lost inside Avalon, she yearns to ascend the game’s levels to complete the mission that will grant access to ‘Class Real’, the highest plateau it has to offer its users. It has everything you could ask for from a film about virtual reality, plus a basset hound. Every movie needs a basset hound. But where did he go? Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

DOWNLOAD: Spectacular Attractions Podcast #5

Find more Spectacular Attractions podcasts here, or subscribe via iTunes here. Read my original review of Avalon here.

[See more images from the film at my Flickr page, or in the slideshow below:]

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