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 drop a list of popular articles posted by our hard working, and extremely talented staff.

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5 Mind Boggling Casting Decisions (that nearly happened)

Casting sometimes is fate and destiny more than skill and talent, from a director’s point of view. – Steven Spielberg Ah, the joys of hindsight, such as they are. It is so easy…

Ricky D’s Favourite Cult Films #28: ‘Wild at Heart’ and the best David Lynch characters

Wild at Heart Directed by David Lynch Written by David Lynch 1990, USA David Lynch evokes a surreal world in Wild at Heart, a film brimming over with explicit sex, murder, rape, eccentric kitsch and…

Wild Rover One-Shot: On Alcoholism and Monster Slaying

Wild Rover & The Sacrifice Written and drawn by Michael Avon Oeming With Art by Victor Santos Published by Dark Horse Comics As we’ve learned before, creator owned works can be boom or…

R.I.P.D. partners gun blasts with bursts of cliché

R.I.P.D. Writer: Peter M. Lenkov Pencils: Lucas Marangon Inks: Randy Emberlin Colours: Dave Nestelle Letters: Steve Dutro Cover: Dave Wilkins Publisher: Dark Horse The Rest in Peace Department works for the good of God himself…

Argo and the Search for Historical Authenticity

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock since the Oscars, you’ve heard about the controversies surround Argo’s (lack of) historical accuracy. Whether it’s Iran threatening to sue Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Canada feeling relegated…

‘Spring Breakers’ a fascinating, messy mix of art project and experimental film

Spring Breakers Directed by Harmony Korine Written by Harmony Korine USA, 2013 Spring Breakers could be accused of many things, such as being a gleeful mix of moralistic hand-wringing and heedless excess, but it cannot…

‘War Witch’ an unsparing, direct tale of a harrowing coming of age

War Witch Directed by Kim Nguyen Written by Kim Nguyen Canada, 2012 The new film War Witch, Canada’s submission into the Best Foreign Language Film category in this past year’s Oscars (and one of the…

Doctor Who Podcast Episode 39: The Peter Davison Era, Part 5: ‘Planet of Fire’

With less than a fortnight before the second half of Series Seven of Doctor Who, we’ll be wrapping up our look at the tenure of Mr. Peter Davison, the fifth actor to take on the lead…

Action Comics #18 has just enough room for Morrison’s mind to unfurl

Action Comics #18 Writer: Grant Morrison Pencillers: Rags Morales & Brad Walker Colorist: Brad Anderson Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual Cover: Anderson & Morales Publisher: DC Comics Grant Morrison’s head is brimming and bursting with ideas,…

The Americans Ep 1.08 ‘Mutually Assured Destruction’ takes a breather and shows some skin

The Americans Season 1, Episode 8 ‘Mutually Assured Destruction’ Directed by Bill Johnson Written by Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg Airs Wednesdays at 10pm ET on FX ‘Mutually Assured Destruction’ is an opportunity for The Americans to breathe a…

Ranking David Lynch’s Films

How many filmmakers can you think of that have their own verb? “Lynchian” is a part of even the most casual cinephile, though it’s often used erroneously. All too often, anything a little out of…

The poetry of ‘Northern Exposure’

There are certain images that stick with me from my childhood TV consumption: turtles eating pizza in a sewer; Kevin Sorbo in leather pants; and a moose serenely walking down the street. The latter image…

Justified, Ep. 4.11: “Decoy” a riveting Western-in-miniature

Justified, Season 4, Episode 11: “Decoy” Written by Graham Yost and Chris Provenzano Directed by Michael Watkins Airs Tuesdays at 10pm ET on FX Some of you multiplex-frequenters might have checked out Kim Jee-woon’s The Last…

My Love/Hate Affair With ‘Star Trek’

Star Trek – and we’re talking the original 1966-69 series here – was a lousy TV show. I was 11 years old when the series debuted on NBC and I thought it was a lousy…

Bates Motel Podcast Episode 1: “First You Dream, Then You Die”

Welcome to the newest television podcast on Sound on Sight, where we’ll be reviewing and discussing the A&E show Bates Motel, the “contemporary prequel” to the Alfred Hitchcock classic that takes a look at the…

The Televerse #81- Girls season 2 with Justine Smith/Spotlight on Southland

It’s a great week for TV drama, with plenty to discuss on the podcast. After going through Our Week in TV, including Justified, The Americans, our Comedy Roundup (Cougar Town, Community, Parks and Rec, Archer,…

Almost Arthouse #16: ‘The Elephant Man’ & ‘The Straight Story’

We’re finally back after a long hiatus, and in conjunction with Sound on Sight’s monthly theme revolving around director David Lynch, we’ll be taking a look back at two of the director’s past films. First…

David Lynch, Auteurism and Haptic Perception in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and Inland Empire

Haptic visuality is a term coined by Canadian media theorist, Laura U. Marks. Taking the idea of haptic perception, the process of recognizing objects through touch, Marks integrates the role of eye-sight as part of…

Bates Motel, Ep. 1.01: “First You Dream, Then You Die” feels like a cross between Lynch and Hitch

Bates Motel, Season 1, Episode 1: “First You Dream, Then You Die” Written by Anthony Cipriano Directed by Tucker Gates Airs Mondays at 10pm ET on A&E In 1987, a year after the second Psycho…

‘Girls’: The Best And Worst Moments Of Season 2

Last night we saw the finale of the second season of the brilliant HBO series Girls. Creator Lena Dunham receives a lot of backlash for her use of full frontal nudity and the show in general but Girls is one…

Walking Dead Podcast Episode 37: “Prey” with special guest Scott Meslow

With two episodes left in the season, “Prey” takes the mostly dialogue-free approach as The Governor goes off in hot pursuit of Andrea. To help them assess the episode and anticipate the endgame, Ricky, Kate…

Stoker’ & Kickstarter-funded filmmaking

The second film of the year to feature a South Korean director making his Western debut, Park Chan-wook’s Stoker has already divided critics and audiences sharply. In a two-part review, Ricky, Edgar and Simon try to earn…

Could an ‘Oz’ franchise end up like the ‘Star Wars’ prequels?

Despite several new releases this past weekend, Oz: The Great and Powerful finished in first place at the box office again. With a domestic total of $145 million and counting, the L. Frank Baum prequel…

Girls Ep 2.10 ‘Together’ closes the season on a low note

Take Marnie for example. Last season, she dumped Charlie because she felt smothered by him. He loved her to death, overcompensating for her withdrawn ways. But as soon as she breaks up with him, she…

The Walking Dead, Ep. 3.14: “Prey” feels like vintage horror

The Walking Dead, Season 3, Episode 14: “Prey” Written by Evan T. Reilly and Glen Mazzara Directed by Stefan Schwartz Airs Sundays at 9pm ET on AMC In the NHL, three stars are awarded to…

‘Stoker’ and the reoccurring case of the disappointing third act

Chan-wook Park’s Stoker is a Gothic fairytale, a family drama and a beautifully twisted, pitch black coming of age story, all at once. This slow-burning psychological thriller isn’t afraid to cross into uncomfortable places, often…

SXSW 2013 Wrap-Up: ‘Evil Dead’ and more!

Another year and another great festival wraps up deep in the heart of Texas. As the curtains draw to a close on the Paramount and the music fades, Friday marked the end of another great…

Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 88: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’

You’re…off to see the wizard! The powerful wizard of Oz! We hear he is a bit of a jerk, if ever a jerk there was! If ever, oh, ever a sleaze there was, the wizard…

The birth of ‘The Grandmother’ and Lynchian themes

The Grandmother Written by David Lynch Directed by David Lynch USA, 1970 Mrs Bates lived on inside Norman’s fractured psyche. Her continued residence compensated for the guilt her son felt following her murder. Ever present,…



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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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