Sound on Sight Radio #179: The Hughes Brothers

Albert and Allen Hughes, better known simply as the Hughes Brothers, have been kicking around since the early nineties, but you’d be forgiven for a bit of confusion thanks to their schizophrenic filmography. After helming some music videos, the twins made an envious feature debut at Cannes in 1993 at only 21 years of age with the gritty urban nightmare Menace II Society, and then followed it up two years later with the ambitious Dead Presidents. Since those self-penned and ostensibly more personal projects, their fictional work has been sporadic and wildly divergent. 2001 saw them create maybe the best-received of the Alan Moore adaptations, From Hell (see episode #101), and nearly a decade later they’ve finally returned with the post-apocalyptic Denzel Washington vehicle The Book of Eli. Was it worth the wait? We’ll let you know.

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By Simon Howell

Simon Howell is a new Toronto transplant, having divided the rest of his time between Halifax and Montreal. He joined Sound On Sight in 2008 and has since become a member of the OFCS (Online Film Critics Society). Currently he co-hosts and co-produces Sound On Sight Radio as well as the Televerse TV podcast, and obtained a BFA in Film Studies from Concordia University in the spring of 2012. His favorite films include F for Fake, Brazil, Stroszek, The Fog of War, Grave of the Fireflies and In a Lonely Place. Simon's Twitter handle is @suckerhowell.

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