This past week: Best articles from Sound On Sight



There is so much great content published every week here at Sound On Sight, that even we have trouble keeping up. So, every Sunday, we will drop a list of the best articles delivered by our hard working, and extremely talented staff.


House of Cards, 1.1-1.6: Charismatic leads, style make up for familiar story

House of Cards is a bold venture, to say the least. Netflix’s first sole foray into television, a remake of a 1990 BBC miniseries, the series came with a hefty price tag and a high profile, with David Fincher on board as a first-time television director. No one can know what the future holds for streaming television, but for Netflix, and House of Cards, it certainly looks rosy… (click here to read the full article)

House of Cards, Ep. 1.07-1.13: Surprising character moves conclude solid series

As in its strong first half, the second half of House of Cards’ first season continues to prioritize characterization and performance, enriching the leads and bumping periphery players up off the bench. Though the visual interest and specificity present in the Fincher-directed pilot has been smoothed over in favor of a more consistent, glossy approach, the overall look of the series remains intact. There’s nothing in the cinematography or framing to rival the best cable has to offer,Breaking BadMad Men, or even Justified, but in its first season, House of Cards’ decision to focus on its central performances is an understandable one. Hopefully next season, assuming there is one, the directors will have more leeway to take risks and make the series as compelling aesthetically as it is storywise…. (click here to read the full article)

2013, Best Movies of January: ‘West Of Memphis’ leads the pack

Following from the original Paradise Lost film and its two sequels, West of Memphis follows the events of one of the most media-covered American crime stories of the last two decades: The West Memphis Three, a case in which three teenagers (Jessie Misskelley, Damien Echols, and Jason Baldwin), were arrested for the murders of three eight-year old boys. The case spawned four documentaries, several books, and a campaign from high-profile celebrities such as Peter Jackson, Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder and Henry Rollins. Much like the Paradise Lost films, West of Memphis chronicles the history of the incarcerated men, all the way up to the eventual release… (click here to read the full article)

Sketchy Podcast Episode 52 – ‘Year One Review’

Sketchy turns 1-year old this week! So, Matt and Ryan reminisce about the fun, scary, gruelling, and slightly racists moments that this year offered. It’s a mega-episode full of tangents galore, and it’s so much fun! So listen, and thanks for tuning in for the first year of Sketchy … (click here to listen to the show)

Canadian’s in Comics: Part One

Breaking into the comic book industry is like breaking into Fort Knox with a blindfold on. It takes grit, determination and above all else, talent. While the vast majority of mainstream comic book publication takes place in the good old U.S. of A., there is a sleepy little country lying just to the north that’s ripe with talent; Canada. In fact, there are several well established Canadian’s making waves in the comic book industry today. Here is part one of the Canuck’s making Canada a house-hold name in comics… (click here to read the full article)

10 Great Female-Starring Comics: Part One

Marvel made many headlines when it announced that they would be launching an all-female X-Men comic in April, simply titled “X-Men”. Written by Brian Wood and drawn by Olivier Coipel, the roster will feature Storm, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Psylocke, Rachel Grey and Jubilee. The comic, which will be the most major female-centric monthly series that Marvel ever published, will accompany many more women-led comics that have been sprouting up a lot more recently. Fortunately, the insulting misconception of comics being a male-only medium is now starting to pass, and comic publishes are releasing not only more comics that prominently feature women, but great comics with excellently written female characters. The following female centric comics have only started up in the last two years or earlier, and all come highly recommended… (click here to read the full article)

Sundance 2013: Mournful ‘Fruitvale’ is an emotionally accomplished feature debut

Dramatizing the last hours of 22 year old Oscar Grant before he was slain by a police officer in 2009, first time writer/director Ryan Coogler delivers a stirring and sympathetic tribute to his life. Actual cell phone footage of the killing in an Oakland, California rail station named Fruitvale was posted by witnesses to YouTube and is utilized at the beginning of the film to drive home the grim reality of this senseless death. With these harrowing images in mind, the movie rewinds back to the start of his final day. The coming catastrophe looms over every step we see Oscar take, amplifying the meaning behind the smallest of meetings and glances. Illuminating the worth of an unemployed ex-convict who also happened to be a loving father and son, Fruitvale is a moving and important reevaluation of someone usually written off by society… (click here to read the full article)

Thursday Comedy Roundup: ’30 Rock’ Series Finale

Tina Fey just stuck the landing on an intensely satisfying final season, something very few sitcoms can lay claim to.  If the best seasons of 30 Rock have been its first and last, this finale plays as a transition from one to the other. It begins as a rapid-fire barrage of well-constructed jokes, from Liz’s repartee on the Gotham Moms message boards to Jack’s Six Sigma montage with Jenna’s turn on Law & Order and arrival in LA falling somewhere in between. Around the halfway point of the episode, as TGS is given one last episode, this starts to give way to the character-based sentimentality and attempts at finding closure that have granted the final season with a renewed depth… (click here to read the full article)

Essential viewing for fans of ‘Warm Bodies’ – Zombies In Love (Part One)

With the release of Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies, I decided to compile a list of my favourite films that take a non-traditional approach to the living-dead canon. More specifically, they all blend romance and zombies, in their own unique and twisted ways… (click here to read the full article)

The Americans, Ep. 1.01, “Pilot”: FX’s new drama mines cold-war conflict for domestic tension

Take a moment and think back to the last time you saw a good – not merely passable – new drama pilot. If your answer is Last Resort or Awake, then allow me to add a caveat. When was the last time you saw a good drama pilot for a series that wasn’t obviously doomed to cancellation? The answer is probably Showtime’s Homeland, which debuted on October 2nd, 2011. It’s appropriate, then, that FX’s The Americans should be the next (potential) appointment-TV drama, since, superficially at least, it shares a whole lot of DNA. Dig even a little bit deeper, however, and it’s evident that Joe Weisberg’s series has a different set of dramatic priorities… (click here to read the full article)

Comics You Should Be Reading…Alan Moore’s Promethea

To those well-versed in comics, Alan Moore is a legend, a visionary, a god-king. To those passing him on the street, he’s a terrifying, Rasputin-esque vision of haunting eyes, killer tats and a beard so glorious it deserves to go to war and die for queen and country.

Moore’s works populate nearly every list of essential comics reading ever written, him having produced legendary works such as “Watchmen,” “V for Vendetta” and “The Killing Joke.” But it’s a statement to his “Dear God, nothing can stop it!” tenacity that the crazy bugger’s still going. Some would be content with having radically re-defined the comics medium countless times over. Alan Moore simply surveys his work and mulls over what to do next… (click here to read the full article)

Ten unacquired Sundance films we still hope to see someday

The 2013 incarnation of the Sundance Film Festival came to a close over the past weekend, giving film fans and critics the first look at numerous anticipated feature films from a slew of directors, writers, and actors, some of whom even pull double duty both in front of and behind the camera. Over the nearly 10-day festival, numerous films were snapped up by distributors, ensuring that the public who was unable to make it to Sundance will get an opportunity to see it at some point. There were more than a few films, however, that did not get picked up by distributors, leaving their fate in limbo, despite looking quite promising. Here are ten films in the latter category that we are still excited and hopeful to see someday… (click here to read the full article)

‘High Noon’, ‘Rio Bravo’, and the Blacklist

High Noon and Rio Bravo share a fascinating and perhaps singular position in the annals of American cinema as companion pieces of social commentary that also managed to succeed as two of the greatest and most influential Westerns, and indeed films, of their time. Created seven years apart, with Rio Bravo intended as a direct rebuttal of High Noon, both films explore their creators’ personal philosophies in the context of the American West. Any number of topics are explored, from gender roles to pride and self-medication, but the most prominent is an examination of American ideology and politics, specifically McCarthyism and the blacklist… (click here to read the full article)

Debating ‘The Searchers’ and its place in the Western canon

As Sound on Sight’s Western month reaches its conclusion, two of the hosts of your favorite Disney movie podcast,Mousterpiece Cinema, Josh Spiegel and Gabe Bucsko met in the show’s vaunted and secretive HQ to discuss and debate what many people would claim is the greatest Western of all time: the 1956 John Ford film The Searchers. One of your hosts considers that claim perfectly accurate, and the other one is Josh. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Can this debate ever be settled? It’s up to Josh and Gabe to answer these hard questions, so read on for the answers… (click here to read the full article)

Girls, Ep. 2.03: “Bad Friend” wedges our heroines even further apart

“What does cocaine make you feel like? It makes you feel like having more cocaine.” – George Carlin

Coke is the ideal drug of Girls. When Hannah excitedly enters a pretentious internet publication’s spartan offices after hearing they’ll pay for contributions, she takes with her an eagerness to write about any and all new experiences. (Well, except maybe having a threesome.) So when she’s asked to write about doing cocaine, she sees it as yet another opportunity to transgress and excavate. Why not … (click here to read the full article)

Todd the Ugliest Kid On Earth; Todd Solondz For the Comic Book Crowd

When a comic is prefaced with a special thanks to Todd Solondz (director of Welcome to the Dollhouse andHappiness), it’s safe to assume you’re in for a work of thorny humor. Angsty eccentricity is the sap of the suburban comedy, but writer Ken Kristensen and artist M.K. Perker’s Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth trades in angst for innocence in what is surely the boldest, most controversial book released so far this year… (click here to read the full review)

Essential Viewing for fans of ‘The Last Stand’ – ‘The Good, The Bad, The Weird’ & ‘Assault on Precinct 13′

While The Last Stand didn’t make much of an impression on the box office, it still left many of us here at Sound On Sight praising director Jee-woon Kim’s effort. As the first Korean auteur to direct a large-scale Hollywood movie, Kim takes inspiration from classic American westerns, specifically Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo. Apart from classic westerns, there are a few cult movies that fans of The Last Stand should take interest in. Here are two, that I recommend… (click here to read the full article)


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