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.


The Artful Roger: A Thank You To Roger Ebert

The mind rarely works in linear fashion, and I suspect mine may even be more chaotic than most.  That item pinballed around the ol’ noggin, and, somewhere in all that bouncing here and there, triggered a bit of nostalgia.  Probably because I was working on the piece during Oscar week, the mention of Ebert reminded me that there had been a time when this would’ve been the point in the year I’d be looking forward to the annual “If We Gave Out the Oscars” (or something like that) show done by Ebert along with his on-screen partner of nearly two dozen years, fellow film critic Gene Siskel… (read the full article)

‘Spring Breakers’ and ‘Gummo’Sordid Cinema Podcast #54 – Harmony Korine Special

As the kids might say, the internets are all abuzz over Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, his most mainstream-accessible provocation yet. Ricky, Edgar and Simon try their best to separate hype from reality, while taking the time to look back at Korine’s debut, 1997′s lo-fi opus Gummo… (listen to the podcast)

Walking Dead Podcast Episode 39: “Welcome to the Tombs” with special guest Kevin Yeoman

We’ve finally reached the end of our long, tumultuous season, as The Walking Dead closes its third year, as well as Glen Mazzara’s tenure as showrunner. Ricky, Kate and Simon are joined by Kevin Yeoman of Screenrant to weigh the decisions made by Mazzara and the writers as to who finally lives and dies in the Battle of Woodbury, we well as trying to parse exactly what this ending implies about the forthcoming fourth season… (listen to the podcast)

Hannibal, Ep.1.01: “Apéritif,” a smart, taut thriller and NBC’s best pilot in years

Hannibal is actually better described as a procedural; wisely moving away from the “new villain of the week” trap, it instead begins where most procedurals end, and explores the psychological underbelly of the monster at hand. Fuller wisely keeps his focus on the two characters at the centre of the series as we follow the early relationship between the Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and a young FBI criminal profiler named Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), who is haunted by his capacity to empathize with the emotions of the serial killers he hunts down…. (click here to read the full story)

Watch 15 Great Horror Short Films

Outstanding work in the horror short film format comes out year after year and successful annual showcases for horror short films are featured at many high-profile international film festivals including The SXSW Midnight Shorts program and The Fantastic Fest Short Fuse program in Austin, Texas, The Fantasia Film Festival Small Gauge Trauma program in Montreal, Canada, The Frightfest London Shorts program and Sheffield’s Celluloid Screams Shorts program in England and the Sitges Film Festival Official Competition Short Films program in Spain… (read the full article)

‘Evil Dead’ remake a nasty, bloody yet entertaining affair

Addiction is a fierce beast, a monster that takes many shapes and can consume people whole, at least if you look at it a certain way. It’s not a very subtle analogy, but one at the heart of the grim new film Evil Dead, based in no small part on the seminal horror film from the early 1980s that vaulted Sam Raimi into mainstream fame. This newEvil Dead is nothing if not unrelenting, a dark and unyielding story of self-destructive self-righteousness splattered with a healthy coating of blood… (read the full review)

Looking at Dinosaurs: ‘Jurassic Park’ and Its Powerful Hold on a Generation

So Jurassic Park is dated. So is every great film if you look for the proverbial rings around its stump. I laugh when Lex says she’s a hacker, but not in mocking. That adds to the film’s charm. On the silver screen, what I find most thrilling is that the dream I had has finally been realized. In the opening scene, as game hunter Robert Muldoon oversees the transfer of a raptor to its enclosure before it viciously kills a gatekeeper, I left behind the vagaries of the real world. I was no longer sitting in a packed LieMAX theater… (read the full article)

Justified, Ep. 4.13: “Ghosts” brings another great season to a satisfying, low-key end

If you were hoping that “Ghosts” might hearken back to the very first Justified season finale, “Bulletville,” just because a gangster threatened to kill Raylan’s wife and unborn child last week, then it may very well have left you wanting. If, on the other hand, you value the thing Justified can dole out even better than gun battles – that is to say, potent character beats – “Ghosts” is more than happy to oblige. Easily the most low-key finale the series has pulled off to date, the episode caps off a season in which Justified proved it still has a few more tricks up its considerable sleeve… (read the full article)

Doctor Who Podcast Episode 40: ‘The Bells of Saint John’

Spring is in the air, and our favorite Timelord is back with the arrival of second half of Series Seven of Doctor Who! We’ll be talking about the midseason opener, nitpicking TARDIS designs, kvetching about new theme music, as well as doing a little prognosticating on where we think this is all going. So join Derek Gladu, Eric Mendoza, and Beverly Brown as we ring in The Doctor’s return with the “Bells of St. John”… (listen to the podcast)

Reevaluate This: Speed Racer

Speed Racer is an absolute visual feast. While some of the sets and props are practical, the majority of the world is created through CGI and green screen. By fully embracing the artifice of its fantastical visuals, Speed Racer crafts a hyperreality. Every frame is drenched in neon streaks and candy colored hues. The phrase “cartoon like” or “cartoonish” has been bandied about recently with the release of GI Joe: RetaliationbutSpeed Racer is truly a cartoon come to life… (read the full article)

Interview with composer Reza Safinia on his dubstep-driven score for ‘Snap’ and electronic music’s relationship with film scoring.

Reza Safinia, a multi-instrumentalist composer raised on Barry White, Michael Jackson, and Quincy Jones Productions, has worked in the music industry producing and engineering records for artists from Kylie Minogue to Ms Dynamite. Recently, however, he has begun composing for film and has managed to incorporate his passion for textured, electronic music into the cinematic realm… (read the full article)

Bates Motel Podcast Episode 3: “What’s Wrong With Norman”

On this week’s episode of the Bates Motel Podcast, Editor in Chief Ricky D and SOS contributor Randy of Processed Media sit down with SOS Staff Editor Deepayan Sengupta to discuss the third episode of the A&E show Bates Motel, titled “What’s Wrong With Norman”. Among the topics discussed are questions about whether the show is pushing the story forward too fast, what the future might hold for Dylan, Emma, and Bradley, and whether or not Sheriff Romero is good or evil… (listen to the show)

Game of Thrones Podcast #11: “Valar Dohaeris” with special guest Randy Dankievitch

Kate returns with her Game of Thrones Podcast, only with a change of co-hosts. Replacing Simon Howell is Ricky D, with a rotating guest host appearing each week. Episode 11 features Randy Dankievitch from Processed Media, to help Kate and Rick discuss the season three premiere, “Valar Dohaeris.”… (listen to the podcast)

Game of Thrones, Ep. 3.01: “Valar Dohaeris” welcomes us back to Martin’s peculiar universe

Earlier this year, when Netflix released all of House of Cards‘s first season simultaneously, it prompted industry-wide speculation about the implications, and whether or not other series or networks might follow in their footsteps. It’s to our collective detriment that HBO probably won’t be adopting that sort of release strategy for any of its programs for the foreseeable future, because Game of Thrones is an obvious candidate… (read the full article)

The Walking Dead: 20 Best Moments of Season Three

It is a big relief to see Michonne finally have some dialogue written for her. We all know that Michonne is a misanthrope and is always on guard, but the deadly silent and unhelpful version of Michonne is downright frustrating. Rick finding comfort in Michonne and opening up to her about his tour of insanity was a nice touch – especially when she confides in him by confessing that she, too, spoke to dead people…. (read the full article)

‘Wild at Heart and ‘Lost Highway’ – Sordid Cinema Podcast #53

David Lynch Special

We had such an awesome time chatting with Kate Rennebohm on our last Lynch show that we knew we had to bring her back for a sequel to commemorate Lynch month. This time around, we take a look at two of the master’s ’90s flicks: the Nic Cage/Laura Dern ultraviolent road trip romance Wild at Heart and the Bill Pullman-led enigma Lost Highway. Oh, and Robert Blake is standing right behind you… (listen to the show)

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