This past week: Popular articles posted on Sound On Sight

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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.

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Sound on Sight 400th Anniversary Recording: ‘Goodfellas’, Video Games Vs. Film and the Life and Death of Videostores

After a month or so of teasing it, our 400th recording – that’s 350 Sound on Sight episodes and 50 Sordid Cinemas – is finally upon us. We brought in as many of our previous co-hosts as possible for individual talk spots on a miscellany of subjects, from videogame culture to tales from the video store that served as the impetus for all things Sound on Sight. First, though, we dive back into our staff-wide Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time list with the help of newly minted co-host Josh Spiegel of Mousterpiece Cinema and Edgar Chaput of Sordid Cinema to tackle Martin Scorsese’s mob epic Goodfellas... (Listen to the podcast)

‘Stoker’ stylish and surreal, until the script undermines its virtues

By the end of 2013, three of South Korea’s most notable filmmakers will have made the trek to the US of A to make their English-language debut – first up was Kim Jee-woon’s less than stellar Schwarzenegger vehicle The Last Stand, and in a few months Bong Joon-ho will make his stab at Western glory with Snowpiercer. Park Chan-wook, meanwhile seems like the most natural fit of the three for a transition into American cinema, and not only because his Oldboy is likely the most widely seen of the filmmakers’ combined oeuvres… (read the full review)

Ranking the Films of Wes Anderson

Last year’s Moonrise Kingdom was inarguably auteur director Wes Anderson’s most accessible film and received widespread critical acclaim. That said, his style is an acquired taste, and those who have acquired it continue to disagree when the subject turns to ranking his best films. Ranking his work, however, hinges on the successful combination of composition and performance. Anderson’s best films perfectly balance his familiar tropes with moving portrayals of human foibles and vulnerability… (read the full article)

When the absence of color enhances the experience

AMC is currently rerunning the first and second seasons ofThe Walking Dead in black and white each Thursday night.  For a fanbase that is growing tired of the channel over marketing the show and trying to ring every possible ounce of viewership it can I’m sure many are turned off by this “gimmick”.  Of course the comic book is in black and white which is where AMC got the idea, or excuse, to cheaply bring new interest in airings of older episodes.  Anyone willing to go beyond the commerciality of B&WWalking Dead could be in for a real treat however because the show is better without color…. (read the full article)

Interview: Producer Paul Welsh discusses ‘Lore’, the film’s journey to the screen and director Cate Shortland

Lore is director Cate Shortland’s long-awaited follow-up to Somersault, her acclaimed 2004 drama and feature film debut that was also an international breakthrough for stars Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington. A UK/Australia/Germany co-production, the new film is similarly concerned with a young female protagonist. Following the defeat of the Nazis, teenager Lore must guide herself and her destitute siblings through Germany in the dying days of the Second World War. Her parents having been arrested by Allied Forces for their Nazi ties, Lore has assimilated many of their anti-Semitic values, and must come to terms with the horrors of Hitler’s rule now coming to light for the German population… (read the full interview)

Doctor Who Podcast Episode 38: The Peter Davison Era, Part 4: ‘Warriors of the Deep’

We’re continuing our look time of Mr. Peter Davison the fifth actor to take on the role of the Doctor, and our penultimate podcast on his tenure focuses on his third and last season, which in many ways marked a return to form for the series. Join Derek Gladu, Eric Mendoza, Beverly Brown and returning special guest Phil Canon from the Who’s He Podcast, as we review 1983’s “Warriors of the Deep”… (Listen to the show)

The Fades, Series One: superior, darkly comic sci-fi, and one of the best shows of 2011

Created by Jack Thorne (whose previous writing credits include Skins, This Is England and Shameless), this six-part supernatual horror series which originally aired in the UK on BBC3 last year, has now arrived on BBC America. Perhaps half-inspired by the success of E4′s superhero drama MisfitsThe Fades marks BBC3′s next foray into the subgenre of the youth-skewed horror-fantasy. The Fades may just very well be one of the most promising new series of 2011, in the sense that it has the potential to really make waves if given a second series. The series manages to kick plenty of ass by breathing some much needed fresh air into the over-saturated genre; will that be enough for the series to sign for another year, or will The Fades simply fade away as the next “one-season wonder”… (read the full article)

For the love of ‘Buffy’

As with any favorite, the TV series we love, those we come back to time and again, tend to say a lot about us. They remind us of who and where we were when we first saw them and help us chart how we’ve grown and changed over the years. They become guides, informing our view of the world or just helping us navigate it, be it through much-needed escapism, prompted introspection, or emotional catharsis. Welcoming a show week after week into our homes, sharing years with a group of imaginary friends, it’s little surprise we form such strong attachments, be it to a character, an actor, or a series… (read the full article)

The Ten Best Wolverine Artists (Part 1)

Wolverine is Marvel’s most popular character after Spider-Man, and he’s everywhere. Hugh Jackman has played him in four X-Men films, one solo film, and is set to return for a solo film this summer along with X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014. In comics, Wolverine can be found in Savage Wolverine, the upcoming Wolverinebook, and in multiple team books as he is a member of multiple X-Men and Avengers squads and X-Force. However, he was once not so ubiquitous. He began as stocky, impetuous Canadian costumed adventurer who guest-starred in Incredible Hulk 180-182 (1974) where he teams up with Hulk and then fights him. Wolverine’s co-creator Len Wein made him a member of his relaunch of the X-Men with new, international characters inGiant Size X-Men 1 (1975). Even thoughthe original design for Wolverine was created by John Romita Sr. and Herb Trimpe, Wolverine started to become the character we know today because of Giant Size penciller Dave Cockrum…. (read the full article)

‘We Have a Pope’, The Now Seminal Film on Pontifical Abdication

Just hours ago, Pope Benedict XVI spent his final moments as Pontiff. His famous Twitter page, @Pontifex now simply reads “Sede Vacante,” or empty seat. Being the first Pope to resign in some 600 years, Benedict XVI leaves the over 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world leaderless until the conclusion of the upcoming Papal Conclave. Benedict’s resignation has thrust the media into speculation about his reasons for stepping down. It’s an interesting situation that has many asking; what if the Pope just decides he no longer want to be Pope… (read the full review)

The Cult of Keanu Reeves

Each and every month, we here at Sound On Sight dedicate the entire month to a specific theme. Sometimes we follow an event, an actor, a filmmaker and so on, as decided by our readers who vote on our monthly poll. February of 2013 was dedicated to actor Keanu Reeves. When the results came in, just about everyone was surprised that Keanu won over Steven Soderbergh, who finished a close second. But what has been even more surprising is that our Keanu Reeves marathon is without a doubt the most successful so far – driving in more traffic than the likes of Quentin Tarantino and 007… (read the full article)

The Americans Ep 1.05 ‘COMINT’ explores the gender dynamics of the 1980′s

For a show in its fifth hour, ‘COMINT’ is a fairly bold episode that takes a stark look at how gender plays into the spy games of The Americans with an hour full of honeypots and sexually-charged espionage. But it’s not all spankings and blow jobs:  ‘COMINT’ closes with two big advancements in the season arc, while touching on its ever-present theme of loyalty, as well as the dynamics of the show’s two central marriages… (read the full review)

Keanu Reeves is a Queer Superhero

Recently, the intrepid co-hosts of Sound on Sight radio asked me to help host a podcast devoted to Keanu Reeves. I had been hoping for a long time that they would have just such a podcast, and I wanted to take this opportunity to explain a little bit more about why I find Reeves to be such a fascinating figure, and why I have spent so many hours of my life thinking about him and enjoying his films. It’s already fairly common knowledge that Reeves is a pretty spectacular human being. In terms of recounting his personal awesomeness, this article (http://www.ranker.com/list/the-7-greatest-_true_-keanu-reeves-stories-ever-told/joanne) does a better job than I ever could. Give it a glance. But being an amazing human hasn’t necessarily won Keanu the accolades he deserves in the artistic world. And so, in terms of arguing for his value as a film star, I’ll take my own crack at it with this claim: Keanu is queer… (read the full article)

Lead Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated

Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.

In Neeson’s case, his lack of a nomination was a case of neglect similar to the Albert Brooks snub in the Best Supporting Actor category for the film year 2011 for Drive(Nicolas Winding Refn, USA).

Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention… (read the full article)

Justified, Ep. 4.08: “Outlaw” course-corrects with a shocking turn of events

Read any interview with Graham Yost and he’ll mention that, in the grand scheme of things, Justified has been conceived as being about six seasons long. That puts us well over the halfway mark, and in Elmore Leonard terms, that means we shouldn’t be surprised when bodies start dropping. That doesn’t mean it’s not a shock, though, when Arlo Givens takes a pair of shears to the heart in “Outlaw”‘s pre-credits stinger – the sort of injury he’s not likely to come back from… (read the full review)

Keanu Reeves: Eyes Wide Open

For an actor so enigmatically blessed with sensitive leading man looks, Keanu Reeves has an uncanny dexterity within the action genre. Hampered by the effortlessness of his airhead turn as Ted in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Reeves spent years shedding his pretty boy persona in more arthouse and mainstream dramatic fare, only to find it right at home within the action genre. Regarded less as an action star than an action film curiosity, the actor opened the ‘90s with his surfer boy cum adrenaline cop turn in Point Break and closed it with the advent of the superhero on film in The Matrix. In between was Speed, which distilled the facets of the action hero down to a gleam of his eye and a grimace of his teeth… (read the full article)

Walking Dead Podcast Episode 34: “I Ain’t a Judas”

As per usual, this week on The Walking Dead podcast, one of us loves the episode, the other does not, and someone is in between – but who? Tune in and find out. Simon, Ricky and Kate discuss the future of the series, and more importantly, Andrea’s role in the show… (Listen to the podcast)

Seth MacFarlane soars as Oscars host

It’s fairly well-established tradition at this point that viewers love to trash the Oscars: the nominees, the winners, the speeches, the ceremony. It’s an easy target, especially for cinephiles. Coming to any sort of consensus with as large a group as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (which has over 6,000 members) almost by definition means more challenging, controversial, or niche films will be overlooked in favor of more broadly appealing fare. It’s to be expected and yet an inordinate amount of movie lovers, both in and out of the industry, seem to get worked up year after year, somehow holding onto the notion that the Oscars actually represent the definitive best in cinema, rather than what they more often do- a smattering of really great work that’s probably worth checking out… (read the full article)

The Walking Dead, Ep. 3.11: “I Ain’t a Judas” injects some much-needed life into the supporting players

Tonight’s “I Ain’t a Judas” is The Walking Dead at its best, even if it was a very Andrea-centric episode. With only five episodes left in the third season, “I Ain’t a Judas” set the stage for the inevitable conflict between the Atlanta group and the people of Woodbury. It’s ironic that this is the first episode since “Say the Word” to not feature any human deaths, considering it is directed by special effects wiz, Gregory Nicotero. Apart from the dismemberment of a Walker’s limbs, not to mention the crushing of his skull against a large stone (similar to a scene in American History X), “I Ain’t Judas” side steps the weekly body count and instead delivers some much needed character beats. Both sides are gearing up for war, and both sides have new recruits and valuable inside information about the enemy… (read the full review)

Essential Viewing for fans of ‘The Last Exorcism’

Ever since the release of the Academy Award nominated The Exorcist, back in 1973, Hollywood has benefited quite a bit from movies about exorcism, and the box office numbers show no signs of recession. With the release of The Last Exorcism 2, I decided to spotlight three films that are criminally overlooked, and that I think fans would definitely enjoy… (read the full article)

Now That’s How You Recruit a Team: JLA #1 is Sure to Please

DC has got something going on within the pages of Justice League of America #1 (released Feb. 20th, 2013).  The team of Geoff Johns (Final Crisis: Rogues’ Revenge #1-3,Teen Titans) and David Finch (Batman: The Return #1,Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America – Spider-Man) is like a match made in writer/artist heaven.  By the end of this first issue, readers will be left wanting more…and soon.  DC and the New 52 movement have been moving along strong and JLA #1 is a surefire look to something great in the months to come… (read the full article)

Five On Film: Talking Video Game Movies w/ ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Writer Phil Johnston

Five On Film is an occasional feature on “Hey You Geeks!!” where directors, writers, actors or just plain awesome advocates of geek culture are asked five questions in line with the theme of their current work. In this edition, I chat about video game movies with Wreck-It Ralph screenwriter Phil Johnston… (read the full article)

Sketchy Episode 55 – ‘The Princess and the Frog’

We cap off February-Themed Black History Month down by the bayou with 2009′s “The Princess and the Frog,” a modern classic from Disney. Join Ryan, Newcomb, Sinclair and Kevin as they discuss the ins and outs of this feature’s production, the characters, the story, the music and the Cajun accent (much to the silent dismay of Newcomb). British Kermit and Springsteen Krusty also make an appearance… (Listen to the podcast)

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