A week in review: popular posts from 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 release a list of some of the most popular articles delivered by our hard working, and extremely talented staff.

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SXSW 2013: ‘Evil Dead’ is a relentless film out to satisfy your bloodlust

It was no secret that when news of an Evil Dead remake was in works, the intitial, “Why?” was then followed by outcries from beloved fans of the original 1981 cult classic. It was made clear by director Fede Alvarez in his directorial debut that this remake was not just a quick cash out, that it strove to capture the essence of a horror movie and much of what made the original so fantastic… (read the full review)

It’s Culture, Bugs: 10 Great Animated Musical Shorts

The connection between music and animation is an incredibly close one. In 1940, Walt Disney pioneered with his first animated full-length feature, a musical telling of Snow White and even before, cartoons were common in movie theaters, rounding out the double bills along with newsreels and comedy shorts. For decades, audiences watched shorts this way and several studios duked it out for cartoon supremacy, from Disney (Silly Symphonies) to Warner Bros. (Looney Tunes) to MGM (Tom and Jerry)… (read the full article)

‘Maus’ is a deeply personal and stylized biography of our darkest days

Comics originally got started in strip form.  They were quick reads that, as often as not, had a slight overlapping narrative or at least a reoccurrence of characters.  Found often in newspapers and magazines the limited medium left windows best situated for satirical, comical or political focus.  As everyone well knows the advent of the superhero, derived from the more serialized strips (Tarzan, Dick Tracy, The Green Hornet), birthed a genre so popular that it made possible the sale of a feature magazine where the comic alone was the selling point… (read the full article)

PaleyFest 2013: Watch the full panel for ‘Parenthood’

Over four seasons, one show that initially flew under the radar but has been steadily gaining critical and commercial acclaim is the NBC show Parenthood. With the 1989 Ron Howard film namesake serving as a loose inspiration, the story of the numerous members of the Braverman family has quietly become one of the more critically adored series, with an all-star cast that includes Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, Monica Potter, Dax Shepard, and Mae Whitman… (read the full article)

Will Eisner’s ‘Last Day in Vietnam’ Rewrites the Archetypes of the War-Comic

As Will Eisner understood them, comics are an art form which far exceed their generalization as pulp serials of boyhood fantasy. In fact, Eisner’s work itself takes the archetypes of these fantasies and tears them apart from within, rebuilding them with relevant heart and inspired breadth. Take the soldier fantasy, a character type popularized with war comics post World War II… (read the full article)

Comics You Should Be Reading…Garth Ennis’ Hellblazer

John Constantine is one of those comic characters a lot of people have written, but relatively few have really gotten right, like Wolverine or Paste Pot Pete. Originally cooked up by our old friend Alan Moore for his seminal (which is to say, bloody insane) run on “Swamp Thing”, Constantine is easily described as an “urban magus” but more accurately described as “a burned out, hard boiled ex punk-rocker in a trench coat that couldn’t be more dirty if it had been dragged through every major conflict in world history, who messes about with magic and gets in over his head 99% of the time and has to squirm his way out of it, usually getting people he cares about hurt or killed in the process”… (read the full article)

Thursday Comedy Roundup: ‘Community’ 4.05 & ‘Archer’ 4.08

Reviewing comedy can be a difficult proposition at times as so often it comes down to your own personal sense of humor. You can attempt to focus on story-structure, performances, characters, theme, and, if the show is deep enough to warrant such analysis, that’s usually sufficient. However, when reflecting back on “Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations” from the team of Steve Basilone & Annie Mebane who delivered Season Three’s superlative “Introduction to Finality” as well as the relatively abysmal “Regional Holiday Music,” the problem is often that it just isn’t funny, and as far as that goes, your mileage may vary… (read the full review)

Friday Noir Special: Top 5 films

The Friday Noir column has been tugging along at a steady pace for well over a year at this point. After being privy to so many double-crosses, back stabbings, bleak outlooks and cynical one-liners, it feels like the right time to shine some proverbial light on the sinister world of film noir… (read the full article)

Introverted Perspectives: The Quiet, Passive Observer

One narrative mechanism that offers the potential for the audience to feel truly transported into another world, familiar or unfamiliar as it may be, is having someone in the story to represent our perspective. This is an old trick of fiction: insert a Nick Carraway-type person for other characters to confide in, and through these interactions we are able to learn about other, more important or interesting characters who are eager to spill their guts to someone who will just sit there and listen to them for a minute. They come alive knowing they have an audience… (read the full article)

‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ a sometimes charming, sometimes flat fantasy-adventure

Oz the Great and Powerful is a film obsessed with façades. The characters, particularly the lead, rely on being able to control and define what is and isn’t real. Oscar Diggs, a would-be genius magician who accidentally absconds away to the mysterious, colorful land of Oz, aspires to be a mix of Houdini and Edison, great men who performed magic of various kinds at the turn of the 20th century… (read the full review)

The Americans Ep 1.06 ‘Trust Me’ is all about how you frame it

An hour absent of the usual dose of espionage, ‘Trust Me’ puts all of the show’s characters – major and minor – into reaction mode after the events of ‘COMINT’, as the KGB looked internally for a mole in every corner of their operation. As the title suggests, the episode is all about the people they trust – and more importantly, how this loyalty comes about (or doesn’t)… (read the full review)

PaleyFest 2013: Watch the entire panel for ‘The Walking Dead’

The 2013 Paley Fest kicked off its programming on Friday night with a Walking Dead panel moderated byTalking Dead host Chris Hardwick. The cast and crew took the stage for the 30th anniversary of the event to let fans and press know what the future of the hit series will bring. The biggest takeaway from the panel came with Robert Kirkman’s view of Carl’s journey through the series… (read the full review)

Justified, Ep. 4.09: “The Hatchet Tour” dives into the Givens family myth

First things first: if, like me, the title of this episode conjured visions of a hatchet-wielding baddie (perhaps in Detroit’s employ) making Raylan or Boyd’s life difficult, shutter those expectations. As it turns out, the title has a much more sentimental meaning for Raylan: it refers to his sainted mother Frances’s habit of “cutting through the muck” with a plain old meeting of adults in level-headed conference… (read the full review)

Defending our Walking Dead Podcast, or, Why you don’t know how to listen

The past few weeks have been rather tough on me. We’ve received a record number of complaints, and every one of them directed towards our Walking Dead podcast. Apparently I am not allowed to dislike an episode ofThe Walking Dead… (read the full review)

Walking Dead Podcast Episode 35: “Clear” with special guest Zack Handlen

call it serendipity: just as we invite The AV Club’s Zack Handlen to our Walking Dead podcast, the show airs its most celebrated outing in a very long time. “Clear” isolates Rick, Carl and Michonne in a dark, harrowing episode that reintroduces a character long thought lost. But are Ricky, Kate, Simon and Zack as impressed as most of the TV cognoscenti seem to be? Tune in and find out… (listen to the show)

‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ overcomes flaws to become a fine entry in an old series

Here we go again. Another March, another major live action Disney film coming to theatres. More than that, it is another live action adventure which taps into very old, much beloved fantasy literature, directed by a major name in the industry… (read the full review)

Glasgow Film Festival 2013: Joss Whedon’s take on ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is a lot of fun

Shot at the director’s home over twelve days amidst post-production for The Avengers, Joss Whedon’s version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing was rehearsed and honed during various afternoon reads over the years… (read the full review)

Will Eisner’s Moby Dick Does Graphic Violence to Melville’s Novel

Will Eisner did more than any other creator to alter the public’s perception of comics during the 1970s and 1980s. By coining, or, at the very least, popularizing, the terms “graphic novel” and “sequential art”, Eisner helped to lead the medium out of the wilderness of the subcultural trash heap and across the Red Sea of “respectability”… (read the full article)

Brian Michael Bendis: 5 Time Eisner Award Winner

Eisner week is in full swing here at Sound on Sight and it is my great pleasure to present to you the Eisner Award winning work of famed author Brian Michael Bendis. After starting out writing crime comics, Bendis crossed over to the realm of super heroes with great success… (read the full article)

 



By Ricky

Ricky D is the editor-in-chief of Sound on Sight and one of the hosts of the Sound On Sight podcast and the Sordid Cinema podcast. He is Sound On Sight's expert on Horror and contributes written reviews when time permits.

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