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DATE: Tue, 28 Sep 2010
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Sordid Cinema Podcast #16: TIFF 2010 Part 2: Let Me In, Buried & Monsters

We apologize for the bad sound quality on this show. We tried something new and we promise it won't happen again. One of the most important film festivals in the world, the Toronto International Film Festival combines the prestige of Cannes with Sundance's Blackberry-clicking dickbags in boat shoes and scarves. Plus, if you wander past any of the red carpets at TIFF's innumerable premieres, you'll get to experience a media whirlwind not unlike watching the entire cast of Entertainment Tonight blowing the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But while the stars may be in the spotlight, the films are still the highlight, with top notch programming that includes major works of world cinema, American blockbusters, and the cult-focused Midnight Madness section. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at some of the 2010 edition's genre programming, with the American remake of Swedish vampire film Let Me In, the highly-anticipated sci-fi romance Monsters, and Ryan Reynolds-vehicle Buried.

DATE: Mon, 27 Sep 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #230: Oliver Stone Special

Back in 1987, writer/director Oliver Stone, fresh off the warm critical reception and multiple Oscar wins for Platoon, released Wall Street, a wildly successful drama centered around a good ol' boy (Charlie Sheen) and the corrupt business mogul, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), who tries to corrupt him. Over two decades later, Stone has returned to Gekko and the world of Wall Street with a sequel, Money Never Sleeps, meant to address our current financial crisis. We'll be talking about both movies, as well as revisiting Stone's surprisingly uncontroversial take on 9/11, the survival drama World Trade Center.

DATE: Tue, 21 Sep 2010
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Sound on Sight Radio #229: TIFF Part 1 / The Town

We're back from TIFF, and we'll be discussing the ups and downs of festival-going in Toronto, as well as breaking down our general impressions of this year's fare, from the pleasant surprises to the dismal failures. Additionally, we'll be tackling a TIFF flick that found its way to multiplexes this past weekend, the Ben Affleck-directed all-star crime flick The Town.

DATE: Tue, 21 Sep 2010
SIZE: 54.2 MB
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Sound on Sight Radio #228: Catching Up With This Year's Docs

Throughout the last 9 months, documentaries of note have been cropping up, and on this hour of Sound on Sight Justine, Derek and Simon finally get to round them up in one place. First up is Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, which chronicles a year in the life of the titular pioneering comedienne; next up and bound to stir some discussion is Chris Smith's Collapse, which explores the pseudo-apocalyptic theories of "conspiracy fact" guru Michael Ruppert; last but certainly not least. Jeff Malmberg's Marwencol, which should be getting a theatrical rollout starting next month.

DATE: Mon, 06 Sep 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #227: The American / Mesrine

This week, we have a double, er, triple feature of Euro-inflected crime movies. First up is music video disciple Anton Corbijn's The American, starring George Clooney as a reclusive, moody "craftsman" hiding out in a beautiful Italian villa following . Accompanying it is Mesrine, the four-hour, two-part thriller/bio-pic portrait of infamous French serial burglar and murderer Jacques Mesrine. Hosts Simon, Derek and Justine were so fazed by the latter that the result must be one of the most scattered reviews in Sound on Sight history, though you might at least leave it with a working definition of the term "Lewis."

DATE: Mon, 06 Sep 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #226: Director Robert Rodriguez

Mexican-American filmmaker Robert Rodriguez burst upon the independent scene with a $7000 action film geared for the Mexican Spanish-language video market. Labelled the cheapest film ever released by a studio, El Mariachi was a fun send-up of Mexican action films, American Westerns and tough anti-hero movies informed by such auteurs as Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah. Ever since the director hasn't stopped unleashing us with some of the best genre films of the past two decades. Today we will discuss three of the filmmakers works, Desperado, Planet Terror and his latest opus Machete.

DATE: Tue, 31 Aug 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #225: The Vanishing / Wings Of Desires / Open Your Eyes

Hey, remember back during the World Cup when we announced that really cool movie competition modeled after it? Well, it's high time we got to the winners, which here represent the top three teams at this year's championship. In Germany's corner, Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire, from 1987; representing the Netherlands, we have the 1988 thriller Spoorloos, better known as The Vanishing; and for the victorious Spain we have Alejandro Amenabar's Abre Los Ojos, aka Open Your Eyes, which was famously remade by Cameron Crowe into Vanilla Sky.

DATE: Mon, 30 Aug 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #224: The Found-Footage Horor Genre

Though the subgenre has its roots in decades-old cult cinema (or, if you;d like, all the way back to Orson Welles' War of the Worlds in 1938), "found footage" horror is most probably still most strongly associated with a breakout 1999 flick called The Blair Witch Project, a microbudget thriller that wound up inspiring equal amounts of derision and praise - and a whole lot of motion sickness. While it wasn't the first horror flick to masquerade as real-life terror, its success did bring about a new wave of movies attempting similar feats. This week sees the release of Daniel Stamm's The Last Exorcism, a horror mock-doc in which a disillusioned preacher may or may not face down an ancient terror; you'll probably also recall director Matt Reeves' fusion of the found-footage approach with Godzilla-style mayhem in 2008's ambitious Cloverfield. All three get a once-over. Remember, it's just radio..

DATE: Mon, 23 Aug 2010
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Sordid Cinema Podcast #15: Creatures Of The Deep

Few things are more fundamentally terrifying than knowing you're prey to some unknown aquatic creature lurking in the depths, and Hollywood has fed well on our love of underwater terror. With scores of prehistoric man-eating predators on the loose in Piranha 3D, we decided to take a look at three movies that explore killer creatures of the deep starting with Steven Spielberg's summer blockbuster Jaws and ending with Greg Mclean's Australian killer crocodile film, Rogue.

DATE: Mon, 23 Aug 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #223: The Disappearance of Alice Creed

This week saw the release of UK writer/director J Blakeson's debut feature, the kidnapping thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed. To accompany of it, we'll be dredging up two very different stories of abduction and disappearance: the first, 1996's Ransom, stars the handsome and polite Mel Gibson as an airline tycoon whose son is nabbed by an ambitious gang of ubiquitous character actors; the second, 1982's Missing, which chronicles the real-life story of an idealistic writer who disappears in coup-era Chile, prompting his wife and father, played by Sissy Spacek and Jack Lemmon, to try and track him down.

DATE: Mon, 16 Aug 2010
SIZE: 56.9 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #222: Sylvester Stallone Special

One of the biggest box office draws in the world from the 1970s through the early 1990s, actor, writer, director and producer Sylvester Stallone combined sheer physical brawn with a touch of vulnerability in two major movie franchises the Academy Award-winning Rocky and its five sequels, as well as the ultra-violent Rambo quartet. Frequently attacked by critics for his acting and movie choices, Stallone has survived several major career eclipses, only to come back, much like Rocky Balboa, time and time again as the pop cultural icon that he most definitely was. Today on Sound On Sight, we will take a look back at his career as an actor, director and writer.

DATE: Tue, 10 Aug 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #221: The Other Guy, Mark Wahlberg

It's entirely possible that no one has ever crossed over from the realm of pop music into film more thoroughly than Mark Wahlberg. Back in the days when he was fronting Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, it might have been hard to believe that he'd grow to be one of Hollywood's most enduring stars, as well as one of its most persistent oddballs. This week he stars opposite Will Ferrell in the Adam McKay-helmed comedy The Other Guys, and we'll be reviewing it alongside two very different Wahlberg flicks, avid O. Russell's philosophical comedy I Heart Huckabees and the 1996 family-values thriller Fear.

DATE: Mon, 09 Aug 2010
SIZE: 52.2 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #220: The Very Best Of Asian Cinema

Three of the most interesting films of the last 12 months are probably not coming to a theater near you. They're highlights from the last two Fantasia Film Festivals' Asian programs, and you might need to do a bit of hunting to track them down. Two are Japanese - the rock n' rooll tall tale Fish Story and the ethereal sci-fi epic The Clone Returns Home - and the other, a peculiar and beguiling comedy called Castaway on the Moon, hails from South Korea.

DATE: Mon, 02 Aug 2010
SIZE: 51.3 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #219: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World / Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

On this hour of Sound on Sight: coming attractions. Next Friday sees the release of UK director Edgar Wright's third feature, the anticipated comic adaptation Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. We got a chance to see it early at the Fantasia Film Festival, and we'll be letting you know if it's worth the hype - and if it lives up to Wright's popular early features, Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. Following that, something to look for on the horizon: a bloody and very entertaining horror-comedy called Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil, which should be headed to multiplexes sometime this winter.

DATE: Mon, 02 Aug 2010
SIZE: 73.2 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #218: New Wave Of UK Horror

The UK has always been known for distinctive genre fare, and this week we have a triple dose of British horror to try and prove it. First up is Jake West's horror-comedy Doghouse, which pits a band of wronged men against a village-ful of killer women. Next, from Neil Marshall, director of The Descent and Doomsday, comes Centurion, a period romp with Michael Fassbender and Dominic West. Finally, from Severance director Christopher Smith - with whom we also have an interview - is another period flick, the religious parable Black Death.

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love this show

Really funny hosts and great debates. i like how theyll review a small arthouse flick and next do a huge blockbuster

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