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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

DATE: Tue, 27 Jul 2010
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Sordid Cinema #14: Serbian Mayhem

The Serbian spotlight at this year's Fantasia Film Fest is not for the squeamish. Actually, in the case of two of its films, it might not be fit for viewing by conscious beings - making it perfect fare for the deranged cousin of Sound on Sight we like to call Sordid Cinema. The two films in question: Life and Death of a Porno Gang, a mock-doc chronicling just what the title implies, and particularly the film actually titled A Serbian Film, a similarly inclined but considerably more gruesome take on sex, pornography, death, and moral degradation. On a somewhat lighter note, though reflecting some of the same themes, is the hormonally charged fairy tale Tears for Sale. Fair warning: this hour may describe a number of base and cruel acts. Moreso than usual.

DATE: Tue, 27 Jul 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #217: Tilda Swinton

Is there a more versatile oddball working in front of the camera than Tilda Swinton? Though she's probably still best known as the sweaty corporate stooge in Michael Clayton, the role that earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, but she's been getting steady work since the mid-80s, specializing in Euro arthouse, with occasional diversions into mainstream fare like Constantine and the Narnia series. This special will focus on three completely divergent roles that nevertheless all fall well within the "arthouse" bracket: Sally Potter's 1992 Virginia Woolf adaptation Orlando, which has just been releleased in select US theaters; Erick Zonca's Julia, in which she portrays an incorrigible alcoholic who mounts a madcap child kidnapping; and, currently in theaters here in Montreal, the lush Italian family drama I am Love, in which she plays a wealthy matriarch who embarks on an illicit affair.

DATE: Mon, 19 Jul 2010
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Intervew With Neverlost Writer/Director Chad Archibald

Initially, I was somewhat wary of Chad Archibald’s Neverlost, the Guelph-shot genre film premiering at Fantasia tomorrow. After all, its story of a failed screenwriter living in squalor while struggling with insomnia and depression sounds like a documentary about my early twenties, except with fewer Star Trek conventions. But the film ended up being an inventive, well-constructed exploration of the tension between fantasy and reality, livened up by humour in just the right places, and a melancholic tone that adds depth without being oppressive. Here’s an interview I did with writer/director Chad Archibald.

DATE: Mon, 19 Jul 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #216: Inception

It's been roughly a year since we saw the first teaser trailers for UK director Christopher Nolan's followup to The Dark Knight, the sci-fi/heist thriller that made its debut this past weekend. Now that it's finally here, it's been the source of some very hyperbolic debate: is it an elaborate con job or a Kubrickian masterpiece? We'll let you know if the truth might just lie somewhere in between. We'll also be talking about two British flicks currently screening at the Fantasia film festival: the (very) darkly comic indie Down Terrace and the symbolically loaded modern-day fairy tale Heartless.

DATE: Mon, 19 Jul 2010
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Sordid Cinema Podcast #13: Fantasia: The Best Horror Films Of The Year of 2010

Fantasia continues it month long marathon and with it comes the best horror films of 2010. On lucky episode #13 of Sordid Cinema we'll take a look into the critically acclaimed Mexican cannibal flick, We Are What We Are. But first we'll dive into the depraved world of director Tom Six and discuss his controversial The Human Centipede. Finally on the menu is effects wizard D. Kerry Prior with his directorial debut, a horror/buddy comedy The Revenant.

DATE: Tue, 13 Jul 2010
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Interview with Steven R. Monroe and Meir Zarchi’s, directors of I Spit On Your Grave

Over the years, Meir Zarchi’s 1978 rape-revenge film I Spit on Your Grave (aka Day of the Woman) has been labeled everything from an expression of raw, feminist rage to a cinematic sex offense. And there’s no doubt that Steven R. Monroe’s 2010 remake be equally polarizing, as it’s more graphically violent by at least an order of magnitude. I spoke with both Monroe and Zarchi, who also produced the remake, about the two films, the controversy, and the horrific inspiration for the original. You can hear the interview below, but be advised that it can get pretty intense. Listener discretion is advised.

DATE: Tue, 13 Jul 2010
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Sordid Cinema Podcast #12: Fantasia 2010: The Hunter Becomes The Hunted

Fantasia kicked off this past weekend, and it brought with it a remake of one of the most notorious exploitation flicks ever, the rape-revenge horror movie I Spit On Your Grave. We survived the screening and lived to let you know if either version is actually any good, or just more cheap trash. Also out this weekend: from producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal, a sequel/reboot to the once-popular Predator franchise, simply titled Predators. We'll let you know if the franchise should have stayed dead or not, and look back at the original Schwarzenegger vehicle.

DATE: Mon, 12 Jul 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #215: Martial Arts Cinema

It seems like just yesterday that Fantasia ended with a glorious advance screening of Inglourious Basterds, and yet the fest has come back to haunt our dreams and wreck our social calendar. In this hour, we'll be taking a look at the fest's prestigious gathering of martial arts flicks - the blockbuster sequel Ip Man 2 (along with the original, which screened last year), starring the incomparable Donnie Yen, and the scrappy Shaw Brothers homage Gallants.

DATE: Tue, 06 Jul 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #214: Montreal Hipster Xavier Dolan

Not too many of us accomplished much by the tender age of 19, but by then, local writer-directer Xavier Dolan had completed his first full-length feature film, J'ai Tué Ma Mère (aka I Killed My Mother), and saw it premiere at the Direcotrs' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Not one to sit still for long, apparently, Dolan nimbly completed a followup, this year's Les Amours Imaginaires, which also screened at Cannes, and made its debut in Montreal theaters last week. We'll let you know if the kid is a wunderkind or just the beneficiary of the cinematic hype machine. listen now

DATE: Tue, 06 Jul 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #213: Pixar Special #2

Probably the only film company that elicits instant recognition at the mere mention of its name, Pixar Animation Studios has been responsible for at least a half-dozen of the last decade's most celebrated movies. This month, the studio turned a corner of sorts by (probably) ending the series that began its prestigious line of animated features with Toy Story 3. We'll be talking in slightly spoilery terms about that movie, along with director Brad Bird's two Pixar features (Ratatouille and The Incredibles).

DATE: Mon, 28 Jun 2010
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Sordid Cinema podcast #11: Wierd Westerns

There are some who would say that the Western genre, one of the fundamental underlying narratives of American culture, has been done to death. But there are those who would use psychotropic drugs and earth magicks to bring the genre back to life, sort of like Frankenstein at Burning Man. Jonah Hex, the latest in a long line of comic book adaptations, is just such a film: a Weird Western than plays with the conventions of the genre, though admittedly it does so like Lemmy from Of Mice and Men petting a rabbit. Tonight on Sordid Cinema—Sound on Sight’s alcoholic uncle living in a dilapidated halfway house—we’ll take a look at the Josh Brolin’s interpretation of Mr. Hex, as well as El Topo, the prototypical acid western, and Renegade, aka Blueberry, another comic adaptation, though one hooked on stronger drugs.

DATE: Mon, 28 Jun 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #212: Winter's Bone / Down To The Bone

It's been a thin year so far for hardcore film nerds. The summer schedule has been predictably stacked with sequels, remakes and other effects-laden disasters, and the arthouses haven't yielded much worth talking about so far. One film that has garnered almost unanimous raves is Debra Granik's grim rural mystery Winter's Bone, which took top honors at this year's Sundance and has been creeping along the continent ever since. We'll let you know if the hype is justified, as well as taking a look at Granik's first feature, 2004's Down to the Bone, which introduced most of us to its star, Vera Farmiga.

DATE: Tue, 22 Jun 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #211: Soccer Flicks, Continued

As World Cup fever continues unabated like that weird rash you never got looked at, Sound on Sight continues to take a look at soccer flicks. This time around, we're a little more firmly heeled in the realm of the conventional "sports movie;" which is to say, you can expect there to be good guys, and for them to win at soccer. This includes two UK exports - the Vinnie Jones vehicle Mean Machine, also starring a then-nascent Jason Statham in a bit part, and 2001's international feel-good hit Bend it Like Beckham, which unleashed that Keira Knightley kid upon an unsuspecting public. We'll also be talking about Stephen Chow's breakthrough flick, the martial arts/sports-movie/slapstick comedy hybrid Shaolin Soccer.

DATE: Mon, 14 Jun 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #210: World Cup Of Movies

World Cup season is of course underway, and here at Sound on Sight we'll be taking a look at three very different cinematic representations of the sport this side of the Atlantic calls "soccer." First up is the American documentary Once In a Lifetime, which dissects the birth and lifespan of soccer as a popular phenomenon in American professional sport and specifically the rise of its most famous team, the New York Cosmos. The second is the latest film Iran's Jafar Panahi, the human rights parable Offside, which chronicles the attempts by a group of young female soccer fans to sneak into Iran's qualifying match for the 2004 World Cup, an event they are forbidden to attend. Last up is Serbian director Emir Kustarica's documentary Maradona by Kustarica, in which we spend 90 minutes in the company of soccer's biggest ego, Diego Maradona.

DATE: Mon, 14 Jun 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #209: The Karate Kid Franchise

> > Remember the good old days, where dealing with school yard bullies involved standing up for yourself, rather than wearing a black trenchcoat and blowing a cheerleader’s face off with a pipe bomb? Neither do I, which is why I spent my adolescence buying guns, reading the Anarchist Cookbook, and making silencers out of two litre soda bottles. But apparently, in the early eighties, you could save the day and win the girl by roundhouse kicking people in martial arts tournaments. At least, if 1984 blockbuster The Karate Kid, about a Jersey Boy who learns karate from a kindly handyman in his new, California home. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at director John G. Avildsen’s blockbuster hit, its 2010 remake, starring Jackie Chan and Will Smith, Jr, and 1994’s The Next Karate Kid, featuring Hilary Swank as a female incarnation of the titular hero. > > > > Moving to a new city can be difficult, especially if you look like The Situation and sound like the whole cast of A Bronx T

DATE: Mon, 07 Jun 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #208: Remembering Dennis Hopper

A little under two weeks ago, legendary Hollywood iconoclast and all-around shit-disturber Dennis Hopper passed away. His life and career saw epic peaks and valleys - he rose to auteur status early in life thanks to the landmark road movie Easy Rider, which he co-wrote, co-starred in, and directed, but he also suffered with a long bout of drug addiction and directorial disasters. It wasn't until the mid-80s, after cleaning up his act, that he once again became a valued onscreen presence, starting with David Lynch's 1986 breakthrough Blue Velvet. Tonight, we'll be looking at both of those films, as well as another movie from Hopper's '80s comeback, Tim Hunter's The River's Edge.

DATE: Mon, 07 Jun 2010
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Sordid Cinema: Splice & Other Canadian Horror/Sci-Fi Films

Before director Vincenzo Natali, Canadian horror was perhaps best known for helping Corey Haim pay his rent and David Cronenberg funnel grant money into his latex and slime fetish. But then came 1997’s bloody low-budget sci-fi film Cube, an indie darling that proved that talent and perversion don’t always go hand in hand. Okay, maybe they do, as evidenced by this week’s Splice, in which the Natali caught whatever STD Cronenberg’s got and mixed mutant sex with science fiction. Tonight on Sordid Cinema, we’ll take a look at Natali’s two biggest features, and well as David Cronenberg’s 1999 film eXistenZ, a similarly-themed film in which the talented Canadian director tries to stick his dick in a video game.

DATE: Fri, 04 Jun 2010
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Interview with Tania Reilly

Interview with Tania Reilly

DATE: Fri, 04 Jun 2010
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Interview with Tania Reilly Part 1

Interview with Tania Reilly Part 1

DATE: Wed, 02 Jun 2010
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Interview with Festival Director, Eileen Arandiaga of 2010 World Wide Shorts Film Festival!

Now in it’s 16th year, the World Wide Shorts Film Festival, brought to you by the Canadian Film Centre, is more than just a festival for emerging filmmakers. It boasts one of the largest film markets in North America, master classes by cinema greats, like this year’s directing class with Atom Egoyan and prizes valued in the 70, 000’s. Beyond that it is one of the friendliest, fun, and inspiring shorts fest, as I learned when I sat down with Festival Director, Eileen Arandiaga. Enjoy a listen as we discussed the importance of shorts, what programmers are looking for, how to capitalize on such festivals, and some cool success stories.

DATE: Mon, 31 May 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio Rewind #207: Saturday Night Live Movies

Let’s get one thing straight. Saturday Night Live has never been funny. At least not consistently. Chevy Chase based his comedy on falling down, James Belushi mainly yelled a lot, likely in an attempt to wake his cardiovascular system from a heroin nod, and Chris Farley was just John Belushi with an impending coronary. But thanks to nostalgia, biannual New York Times articles on the show’s fading social relevance, and brain damage caused by bong resin-clogged synapses, people seem to remember the show being hysterical 5, 10, 15 years ago. Don’t believe me? Watch Wayne’s World again. We did here at Sound on Sight, for our Saturday Night Live film special, along with this week’s much-hyped but little seen MacGruber, and forgotten Tim Meadows vehicle The Ladies Man.

DATE: Mon, 31 May 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio Rewind #206: Vigilante Justice

If you believe the movies, in every city lies a pissed-off ex-military man with a tragic past, an antiquated firearm and a self-administered license to kill. That describes any number of mostly exploitative action flicks, but the grandaddy of them all might well be Michael Winner's Death Wish, from 1974, which starred the neighbourly Charles Bronson and spawned four increasingly ridiculous sequels. This week, Michael Caine stars in a very similar capacity in the UK export Harry Brown, helped along by superstar producer Matthew Vaughn, no stranger to ultraviolence (see: Kick-Ass.) To make it a vigilantism trifecta, why not also throw in Sam Peckinpah's divisive Straw Dogs, starring Dustin Hoffman as a mild-mannered mathematician who comes face to face with a British hick mob.

DATE: Tue, 18 May 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #205: Ridley Scott's Robin Hood

Ridley Scott's man-crush on Russell Crowe has apparently not abated, as he was enlisted to star in Scott's long-gestating Robin Hood reboot/prequel, which has changed form considerably since its 2007 inception. The film, which is rumored to carry a price tag of around $240 million, seeks to reconcile the myth of the titular figure with the historical realities of the period he was supposed to have existed in. We'll tell you if the approach yielded anything worthwhile, then we'll finish off our series on films about art and artists with a look at Julie Taymor's 2002 biopic Frida, which stars Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo.

DATE: Tue, 18 May 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #204: Mother's Day

Yes, we know it was last week, but thanks to the rerelease on DVD of the schlocky Troma horror flick Mother's Day, we here at Sound on Sight devised a novel way to pay tribute to our dear matriarchal holiday: the rest of the hour is devoted to the greatest movies ever made...according to our mothers. As a result, we'll be talking about Hitchcock's freaky 1964 psychological thriller Marnie, Terence Malick's 1973 debut Badlands, and the Judi Dench-starring 2001 biopic of Alzheimer's-stricken author Iris Murdoch, simply entitled Iris.

DATE: Wed, 12 May 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #203: Iron Man 2 / Robocop

Director Jon Favreau returns this week with his second installment in the Iron Man series, which once again gives us the ever-laconic Robert Downey Jr. as arms magnate and superhero Tony Stark, this time pairing him up with the likes of Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, and the inimitable Mickey Rourke. We'll also be talking about cinema's other great cyborg, Robocop, partially as a cheap trick to get ex-host Mariko into the studio and getting us unblocked from her inbox.

DATE: Wed, 12 May 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #202: Exit Through The Gift Shop / Mishima

Our latest episode centered around the representation of art and artists on film is a double-header with a special focus on the topic of artistic credibility. In one corner, and new in theaters this past weekend, is UK street artist Banksy's filmic debut Exit Through the Gift Shop, a reality-bending doc/mockumentary that we will attempt to review without spoiling te peculiar experience of actually watching it. In the other, Paul Schader's 1985 drama Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, which juxtaposes various aspects of the controversial author/actor/activist Yukio Mishima's insanely tumultuous existence.

DATE: Wed, 05 May 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #201: Basquiat / My Dear Enemy

Our latest spotlight tackles art and artists on celluloid. First up: Julian Schnabel's 1996 debut feature Basquiat, a typically colorful portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat, widely considered to be the first artist of African descent to find international art stardom. We'll also be taking a look at the South Korean export My Dear Enemy, which might be best described as a romantic comedy drained of both romance and comedy.

DATE: Mon, 03 May 2010
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Sordid Cinema 9: A Nightmare On Elm Street Special

The dream - or nightmare - is a staple of the modern horror movie. After all, even as manipulative as the device is, it's still a proven way to jolt an audience. Filmmaker Wes Craven understood this bit of cinematic psychology when he concocted the central idea behind A Nightmare on Elm Street, a title intended to be an exploration of surreal horror as opposed to just another slice-and-dice slasher movie. In both concept and execution, the first A Nightmare on Elm Street has a great deal more to offer than the Friday the 13th films or the Halloween sequels. Unfortunately, although the host of inferior Nightmare sequels turned the series into a box office sure-thing for New Line Cinema, they tarnished the image of the original, which deserves recognition as a near-masterpiece of post-'70s terror. Today On Sordid Cinema we will take a look back at the original Nightmare On Elm Street as well as the recent remake - and in between we will also review the only two sequels worth checking out

DATE: Tue, 20 Apr 2010
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Sordid Cinema 8: The Wild Hunt (coming soon)

Local director Alexandre Franchi seems to have hit on a nerve with audiences with his first feature, the hybrid genre flick The Wild Hunt, which primarily concerns a Live Action Role Playing weekend gone strange. After winning the First Canadian Feature prize at TIFF last year, it has finally hit the local multiplex, so we'll be letting you know if it's worth the fuss. We also have an interview with co-writer, producer and star Marc Antony Krupa. And while we're on the subject of LARPing, we'll also be taking a look at the LARP-themed doc Monster Camp.

DATE: Mon, 19 Apr 2010
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Sound on Sight Radio #200th Anniversary Show: Kick-Ass

For the past few years, Mark Millar has been writing some of the most exciting, mature, and original film storyboards in recent memory. The fact that he has the nerve to call his work ‘comic books’ is only mildly insulting to those of us who don’t want to see the medium transform into log lines written to Michael Bay’s reading level. Tonight, on our 200th show, Sound on Sight takes a look at the latest adaptation of his work, the hard R superhero comedy Kick-Ass, and we’ll also review the Canadian equivalent Defendor, which stars Woody Harrelson as a developmentally challenged crime fighter.

DATE: Wed, 14 Apr 2010
SIZE: 49.6 MB
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Sound on Sight Radio #199: Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) / Bitter Moon

Tonight's theme: sexual perversion in France! First up is a brand new biopic of French singer, songwriter and cultural icon Serge Gainsbourg rom director Joann Sfar, based on his graphic novel, haughtily titled Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. We'll also be finishing off our Roman Polanski spotlight with his erotic 1992 drama Bitter Moon, in which an idyllic French romance gradually turns into a weekend at the Kratina household.

DATE: Tue, 13 Apr 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #198: Hot Tub Time Machine / 1986

It’s not really a question of why anyone would choose to remember the 1980s. It’s how, since there was so much cocaine and neon the whole decade was like a Wham! album dying of a brain-damaging drug overdose. Nevertheless, as everyone who liked the 70s has started dying of liver failure, it’s apparently time for Hollywood to revisit the Greed Decade. Case in point: Hot Tub Time Machine, a film about a group of middle-aged friends who travel back in time to a hedonistic weekend in 1986. Tonight on Sound on Sight, we’ll take a trip to 1986 as well, reviewing Hot Tub Time Machine, as well as 1986’s top grossing film Top Gun, and ’86 cult classic Big Trouble in Little China.

DATE: Mon, 05 Apr 2010
SIZE: 38.4 MB
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Sordid Cinema #7: Clash of the Titans

In today’s world of office jobs, income tax, and formal evening wear, it’s no wonder that audiences want to fantasize about a simpler time, a time when the day was spent not filing or typing, but dismembering enemies with broadswords and then using their skulls as mead chalices and their blood as lubricant while sodomizing a harem of women dressed like Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi. Now where was I? Oh yes, trying to portray getting a hard-on at Conan the Barbarian as some form of manly, primal aggression.Tonight, Sordid Cinema, Sound on Sight’s priapic, hyperactive little brother, takes a look at this weekend’s blockbuster fantasy remake Clash of the Titans. Of course, we’ll also take a look at the 1981 original, as well as 1987’s Italian barbarian picture Iron Warriors, for some reason.

DATE: Tue, 30 Mar 2010
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Sound on Sight Radio #197: Director Noah Baumbach

Wes Anderson colleague/collaborator and American indie darling Noah Baumbach returns to arthouse (and a few mainstream) cinemas this week with his fourth feature, the Ben Stiller-toplined squirm comedy Greenberg. Long-absent special guest Eric Mendoza joins Rick and Simon to assess its worth in the face of Baumbach's generally agreed-upon apex, 2005's The Squid and the Whale, which will also be discussed, along with his 1995 debut, Kicking and Screaming - not to be confused with the Will Ferrell soccer movie of the same name.

DATE: Mon, 29 Mar 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #196: Roman Polanski Pt. II / Reel Injun

Our extended look into the filmography of troubled auteur Roman Polanski continues with a big double-header this week; in one corner, Polanski's hallowed 1968 horror flick, Rosemary's Baby, which played a significant role in the media narative of Polanski as Euro-creep - up until, you know, other things happened that superseded it. In the other, his newest, The Ghost Writer, starring Ewan MacGregor and Pierce Brosnan, which he finished editing in a Swiss prison. In addition, we've got an interview with the co-directors of a new documentary about the depiction of First Nations individuals: Catherine Bainbridge and Neil Diamond. Yes, that Neil Diamond.

DATE: Thu, 25 Mar 2010
SIZE: 53.8 MB
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Sound on Sight Radio #195: Movie Scores / SXSW

In a special edition of Sound on Sight, we'll be getting a live-from-Austin update on the South by Southwest film festival from our area correspondents. When we've got that business out of the way, we'll be having out second behind-the-scenes feature in as many weeks as Matthew Bell joins us to talk about the world of film scoring.

DATE: Tue, 23 Mar 2010
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Sound on Sight Radio #194: The Runaways

Music video director Floria Sigismondi makes her feature debut this week with The Runaways, a bio-pic about the pioneering mid-70s all-girl rock group, starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart. We'll review it, along with two other filmic girl-rock touchstones: pseudo-underground cult hit Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains, and, because we are human and thereby fallible, 2001's loose comic adaptation, Josie and the Pussycats.

DATE: Tue, 16 Mar 2010
SIZE: 51.6 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #193: Greenzone / Repulsion

Paul Greengrass, director of United 93 and the last two Bourne thrillers, returned this past week with his long-gestating (and expensive) passion project Green Zone, which reunited him with Bourne star Matt Damon but transplants the action to Iraq in 2003, in the aftermath of "shock and awe." Simon and returning guest Eduardo Lucatero will let you know if he's struck thriller gold again. This week also marks the beginning of our Directors' Spotlight on Roman Polanski, whose new thriller The Ghost Writer has begun making the rounds, by taking a look at his 1965 chiller Repulsion. Finally, for all the budding filmmakers lurking in the audience, we'll also be delving into the creative process itself by discussing Eduardo's new film project, Preludio, which recently wrapped in Mexico.

DATE: Tue, 16 Mar 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #192: Director Joon-ho Bong

The past decade has seen the dramatic emergence of a South Korean national cinema, one bursting forth with inventive genre films and intriguing directors. Perhaps none are as consistently adored as Joon-Ho Bong, whose newest flick, Mother, finally arrives stateside this week after making its debut at Cannes last year. We'll be taking a look at the new film, as well as looking back at the director's dual breakthroughs, 2003's acclaimed Memories of Murder and 2006's creature feature The Host.

DATE: Mon, 08 Mar 2010
SIZE: 45.8 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #191: Director Tim Burton

Director Tim Burton never grew up. Normally, this would mean that he should be making Rob Schneider movies. But since he seems to have spent his never-ending childhood making pets out of things he dug up in the graveyard, his dark, simplistic, highly stylized films have taken on the form of gothic fairy tales, to the joy of girls in junior high schools everywhere. Tonight, in our first Tim Burton special, we take a look at three of the idiosyncratic director’s films: 1994’s ode to z-movie filmmaker Ed Wood, 1990’s neutered bondage fable Edward Scissorhands, and his most recent film, this weekend’s record breaking blockbuster Alice in Wonderland.

DATE: Mon, 08 Mar 2010
SIZE: 53.4 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #190: Claire Denis / Academy Awards

Claire Denis' 35 Shots of Rum turned out to be 2009's biggest movie - in film snob circles, that is. Since we've already discussed that film, Rick, Simon and special guest Olivier Creurer tackle three of Denis' other acclaimed features - Beau Travail, Trouble Every Day, and L'Intrus - with varying degrees of success. And of course, some trophies of some kind were handed out this past weekend, so we might have occasion to talk about that too.

DATE: Mon, 01 Mar 2010
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Sound On Sight Radio #189: Fish Tank / All About My Mother

Our Pedro Almodovar spotlight concludes with his 1997 breakout hit All About My Mother, which endeared the Spanish filmmaker to a wide international audience. We'll also be talking about Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, which recently took home the BAFTA for Best British Feature, bating out such heavyweights as An Education. Special guest Eduardo Lucatero, freshly returned from the Berlin Film Festival, joins us.

DATE: Mon, 01 Mar 2010
SIZE: 50.6 MB
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Sordid Cinema Podcast #5: The Crazies

Horror director George A. Romero has always been known for the social commentary of his films, the political subtext his fans claim transform his gore flicks into the equivalent of a Jackson Pollack painting made with intestines. The Crazies, from 1973, is just such a film; a story about a bioweapon that’s more a platform for Romero to comment on the military than a horror movie. But how does the 2010 remake hold up to the original? Tonight, on Sordid Cinema—Sound on Sight’s poorly educated, clinically demented cousin—we take a look at both Romero’s original, and director Breck Eisner’s remake. Once we get bored with that, we’ll fill the rest of the hour with a review of Devil Times Five, a 1974 cheapie in which mental illness is treated just as exploitatively, but with the added bonus of turning children into tiny, bloodthirsty perverts.

DATE: Tue, 23 Feb 2010
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Sound on Sight Radio #188: Martin Scorsese

It's hard to believe that after nearly 200 hous of programming, we've never had an episode tailored around the singular talents of one of America's most revered filmmakers: Martin Scorsese. Shutter Island, the Dennie Lehane adaptation that was unceremoniously delayed for five months, found its way to theaters this past weekend and brought in Scorsese's best opening-weekend take ever, perhaps solidifying the lasting appeal of its star, Leonardo DiCaprio. With the help of returning guest Derek Gladu, we'll let you know if it's any cop. Additionally, we'll be taking a look back at two of Scorsese's relatively less prominent efforts, 1985's dark farce After Hours and his 1991 remake of Cape Fear.

DATE: Mon, 22 Feb 2010
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Sound on Sight Radio #187: Revanche / Women on the Verge...

Our focus on European cinema continues with part three, in which we finally get around to Revanche, the Austrian film nominated for Best Foreign Feature at the Oscars last year, which has gotten a swanky DVD release courtesy of Janus Films and the Criterion Collection just this past week. Additionally, with the help of returning guest Detroit Burns, we'll continue our month-long spotlight on Pedro Almodovar by taking a look at his raucous 1988 feature, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

DATE: Wed, 17 Feb 2010
SIZE: 58.3 MB
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Sound on Sight Radio #186: The Wolfman

Studio patch-it man Joe Johnston returns to revive the beleaguered werewolf movie genre with the The Wolfman, which triumphed over a long and troubled production history to prowl multiplexes with its mediocrity. (Sorry, spoilers.) In...celebration?...Al, Mariko and Simon take a look at Johnston's opus as well as the 1941 original, along with two more allegorically inclined wolf stories, 2000's Canadian cult flick Ginger Snaps, and Neil Jordan's gory fairy tale The Company of Wolves.

DATE: Wed, 17 Feb 2010
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Sound on Sight Radio #185: A Prophet / Broken Embraces

We continue our spotlight on international cinema with one of last year's most widely praised features, Jacques Audiard's epic crime/prison drama "A Prophet," which makes its Montreal debut this week, and is up for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Feature. We also continue our look at Pedro Almodovar's filmography with what may be his most celebrated release of the 'aughts, Talk to Her. Special guest Detroit Burns returns for round two.

DATE: Wed, 10 Feb 2010
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Sound on Sight Radio #184: The White Ribbon / Broken Embraces

This week on Sound on Sight, we kick off our first Director Showcase, in which we'll discuss one filmmaker's work, one film at a time, over a month. This time out, Spain's Pedro Almodovar, that purveyor of cinema buff porn and layered melodrama, has his number up, and we'll be starting off on his latest picture, Broken Embraces, which has been dividing critics since its Cannes premiere. One film that's seen more or less unanimous praise since Cannes, however - including the Palme D'or and now an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film - is Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon, his two-and-a-half-hour, black-and-white allegory chronicling the possible origins of Nazi Germany. We've enlisted the help of returning guest Derek Gladu to help us sort out all this European jive.

DATE: Wed, 10 Feb 2010
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Sound on Sight Radio #183: History of the Academy Awards: Billy Wilder

Last Tuesday morning, the Academy of Arts and Sciences released its list of nominations for the 82nd annual edition of its awards - better known as the Oscars. It's the first time in about seven decades that its coveted Best Picture field has expanded to ten slots, thereby leaving room both for more mainstream fare like Neill Blomkamp's District 9 and typical awards fare like Sandra Bullock Rescues the Poor Black Man. We'll be dissecting the nods in a typically thorough fashion. Accordingly, hosts Mariko and Rick were asked to choose a prior Best Picture winner to discuss on the show, and since both went with Billy Wilder flicks (1945's The Lost Weekend and 1960's The Apartment) , this also works as a de facto Director's Special. Two for one!

DATE: Wed, 03 Feb 2010
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Sordid Cinema Podcast #5

On the fifth edition of the special blend on Sound on Sight we like to call Sordid Cinema, it's an hour of intercontinental experimental horror. Corey Feldman stars in Eugenio Mira's impossible-to-find dark comedy/thriller hybrid The Birthday, Christopher Guest regular Bob Balaban (!) directs Randy Quaid in the grisly Parents, effects man Brian Yuzna runs wild in 1989's Society, and Bigas Luna unleashes the trippy, hypnotic meta-horror flick Anguish, starring Michael Lerner and the recently passed Zelda Rubenstein.

DATE: Wed, 03 Feb 2010
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Sound on Sight Radio #182: Crazy Heart

He's been nominated for four Academy Awards, and by Tuesday morning, in all likelihood, it'll be five, but Jeff Bridges isn't necessarily thought of as a prestige figure. That may change thanks to the release of Crazy Heart, in which he plays a broken-down, aging country star. To celebrate Bridges' coming into critical favor, Al, Mariko and Simon will be looking at that film, as well as his breakout film - Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show (1971), as well as John Carpenter's alien love story Starman (1984).

DATE: Wed, 03 Feb 2010
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Sound on Sight Radio #181: Legion and Religious Horror

As the dregs of January wear on, with our spirits low, sometimes it helps to pretend that there’s a higher power up above who as a place for us lowly movie reviewers in his divine plan. Unfortunately, if this week’s movies have it right. God is a petulant, fickle, bloodthirsty creep with a taste for child murder and bad acting. Since this past weekend saw the release of Legion, Al, Mariko and Simon take on that movie along with two others that deal with less-than-benevolent visions of Our Divine Creator Who We Shall Speak No Ill Of, including 1995’s Elias Koteas vehicle (?!) The Prophecy and Bill Paxton’s directorial debut from 2001, Frailty.

DATE: Tue, 12 Jan 2010
SIZE: 48.9 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #157: Daybreakers

If I were to make a movie using only my own funds and a home computer, I probably wouldn’t be original enough to do anything other than wire a webcam into my Playskool murder shack. Thankfully, Australia’s Spierig brothers are considerably more inventive then I am. With 2003’s The Undead, they fused home made CGI with a host of science fiction and horror conventions in their story of a small Australian town besieged by both zombies and aliens. Six years later, the brothers are back with Daybreakers, in which a world populated entirely by vampires suffers a blood drought. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at the Spierig’s two film, and we’re also going to have a round table discussion about the impact James Cameron’s enormously successful Avatar may have on the filmmaking landscape.

DATE: Tue, 12 Jan 2010
SIZE: 56.4 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #157: Lovely Bones / A Single Man

There was a time when New Zealand's Peter Jackson had to cook up his own special effects in his family's oven in order to execute his low-budget terrors. Those days are long gone now, thanks to his acclaimed adaptation of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. His latest, an adaptation of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, seeks to reconcile his effects-driven recent past with the more down-to-earth work seen in some of his earlier work. We'll tell you if it worked by reviewing it along with his 1994 breakthrough Heavenly Creatures. Also on the docket: fashion guru Tom Ford makes his debut as a director with A Single Man.

DATE: Tue, 12 Jan 2010
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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.

DATE: Tue, 05 Jan 2010
SIZE: 54.2 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #176: Director Terry Gilliam

As the only American member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, Terry Gilliam has long been pegged as the odd one out. That reputation has extended to his career as a director, which has been peppered with roughly equal amounts of crossover success, cult adoration and general puzzlement. Today, we'll be focusing on two of his more troubled productions - 1988's expensive flop "The Avdentures of Baron Munchausen" and 2005's deeply troubling fable "Tideland" - to go along with his latest, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."

DATE: Tue, 05 Jan 2010
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Sound on Sight Radio #180: Overlooked in '09

Thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press, awards season is officially underway, and that means the fine art of movie-geek prognostication can begin in earnest. Of course, a whole lot of well-received films will never see the inside of a ballot box, so besides taking some time to discuss the Golden Globes (and other pressing business), Al, Mariko and Simon also look back at two of them - Big Fan, the directorial debut of writer of last year's acclaimed The Wrestler, and a peculiar Argentinian export by the name of The Headless Woman.

DATE: Mon, 21 Dec 2009
SIZE: 94.3 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #175: Avatar and the Top 10 of 2009

12 years and hundreds of millions of dollars later, James Cameron returns to reclaim his status as the world's biggest deal. Avatar, his new sci-fi epic, hit theatres this weekend, and it's an event so huge that the whole SoS crew - Ricky, Al, Mariko, and Simon - are here to impart their judgment. The gang will also be doing their year-end wrap-ups, including top tens, so alert the Academy.

DATE: Mon, 14 Dec 2009
SIZE: 55.2 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #174: Richard Linklater

With this release of 1991’s Slacker, director Richard Linklater helped usher in the modern day independent film movement, which essentially involves making films out of a neat conversation you had at Burning Man. Since that film, Linklater’s output has run the gamut from studio pictures like the remake of The Bad News Bears to the cinematic version of a run-on sentence that’s drifted through a drug lab. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at three of Linklater’s films, the aforementioned Slacker, 1993’s Dazed and Confused, and his brand new film, Me and Orson Welles.

DATE: Mon, 14 Dec 2009
SIZE: 52.6 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #173: Jim Sheridan

Jim Sheridan has made a career out of making the sweeping seem intimate. His trilogy of films starring Daniel Day-Lewis - My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father and The Boxer, helped to sculpt the actor into the award machine he is today. The latter two of that bunch of them took on the Troubles of Northern Ireland through the prism of fraught family dramas - Al, Simon and returning guest Derek Gladu will take a look at those movies in conjunction with Sheridan's latest, the Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire-starring Brothers.

DATE: Tue, 08 Dec 2009
SIZE: 63.1 MB
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Sordid Cinema podcast #4: Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!!

What Herschell Gordon Lewis is to gore, Russ Meyer was to big breasts. And also sometimes gore, which made him a bit like a walking version of that Hustler cartoon with the naked lady in the meat grinder. Tonight, Sordid Cinema, the younger, less popular cousin of Sound on Sight—you know, the one that always sticks its hand in its pocket whenever a girl in high heels walks by—takes a look at two of Meyers’ classics; Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Motor Psycho, both from 1965.

DATE: Tue, 08 Dec 2009
SIZE: 138. MB
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Sordid Cinema podcast #3: Not Quite Hollywood

According to the recently released documentary Not Quite Hollywood, not only has Australia discovered talking pictures, they’ve also figured out how to use them to get women naked and impaled by spear guns. You learn something new every day. Tonight, on Sordid Cinema—the more boorish, blood and semen-stained cousin of Sound on Sight—we’re going to take a look at several classics of Australian exploitation history: 1981’s Road Games, 1982’s Next of Kin, 1976's Mad Dog Morgan and Long Weekend and Patrick, both from 1978.

DATE: Fri, 04 Dec 2009
SIZE: 71.1 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #172: Fantastic Mr. Fox

A few weeks ago, we took you on a tour of director Todd Solondz's depraved filmography. If that director has a polar opposite among his contemporaries, it's probably Wes Anderson, whose films tend to celebrate rather than condemn their characters' quirks. This week sees the release of Anderson's latest, the Roal Dahl adaptation Fantastic Mr. Fox, so we're going to take a look at it, as well as two of Anderson's most celebrated films, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums.

DATE: Tue, 24 Nov 2009
SIZE: 78.3 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #171: Bad Lieutenant

Werner Herzog special

DATE: Tue, 24 Nov 2009
SIZE: 53.6 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #170: New Moon

Reviews of American Werewolf in London, The Howling and New Moon

DATE: Tue, 17 Nov 2009
SIZE: 67.4 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #169: Gentleman Broncos

Part two of this week's SOS housecleaning is another motley bunch - a quiet French arthouse flick (Claire Denis' 35 Shots of Rum), a Canadian auteur's latest (Atom Egoyan's Adoration), both new to DVD, as well as Jared Hess' (Napoleon Dynamite) new comedy Gentlemen Broncos. Music provided by stalwart Claire Denis collaborators Tindersticks.

DATE: Tue, 17 Nov 2009
SIZE: 69.4 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #168: Black Dynamite & House of the Devil

Part one of this week's major housecleaning here at SOS concerns two retro throwbacks, and something decidedly different. Of the first sort, we have Ti West's celebrated horror flick The House of the Devil, as well as Scott Sanders' blaxploitation spoof / homage Black Dynamite. The odd one out is Australian director Adam Elliott's five-years-in-the-making claymation tale about an Asperger's sufferer and his young pen pal.

DATE: Tue, 10 Nov 2009
SIZE: 69.2 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #166: Night of the Creeps

If Jesus gets to show up two months early for Christmas, with his goddamned Jingle Cats CDs and Jim Carrey movies, then I decree that we here at Sound on Sight can make Halloween last just a little bit longer. So, even though it’s almost mid-November, who’s to say we can’t still have a little spooky fun while the rest of the continent buys Nintendo DS games for their Mongoloid nephews. Tonight, we take a look at two films from cult director Richard Stanley, Dust Devil and the newly released Blu-Ray of Hardware. We’re also going to take a look at the new collector’s edition of 80s genre comedy Night of the Creeps, and the theatrical release of alien abduction chiller The Fourth Kind.

DATE: Tue, 10 Nov 2009
SIZE: 70.0 MB
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Episode 167: Director Richard Kelly Special

Writer-director Richard Kelly hasn't been around too long, but his three features have all been the subject of intense debate: Is Donnie Darko the great sci-fi fable of the 2000s or a teen angst pretension pit? Is Southland Tales, as the Village Voice's J. Hoberman contends, a a "visionary" film, or creative control gone horribly wrong? And is his latest, The Box, an incomprehensible sci-fi mishmash or a return to form? Al, Mariko and Simon attempt to answer all these questions without falling into any aquatic time portals.

DATE: Tue, 27 Oct 2009
SIZE: 75.4 MB
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A Working Title podcast Volume 2: Surviving the Dead

In 1968, director George A. Romero transformed cinematic zombies from a bunch of brain-damaged Haitians working on farms to a cannibalistic apocalyptic plague with Night of the Living Dead. The influential film was also helped solidify horror as a genre which filmmakers could experiment with fantasy as social allegory, draping metaphor in flayed skin and decorative loops of intestine. Following Night of the Living Dead, Romero has re-visited the well of the living dead five times and counting, with Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, diary of the Dead, and this year’s Survival of the Dead. Today, in the second episode from Sound on Sight spinoff show, your hosts Ricky D, Detroit Burns, and Al Kratina discuss George A. Romero’s influential zombie series starting with Land of the Dead to his most recent Survival of the Dead.

DATE: Tue, 27 Oct 2009
SIZE: 74.6 MB
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A Working Title podcast Volume 1 with George A. Romero

In 1968, director George A. Romero transformed cinematic zombies from a bunch of brain-damaged Haitians working on farms to a cannibalistic apocalyptic plague with Night of the Living Dead. The influential film was also helped solidify horror as a genre which filmmakers could experiment with fantasy as social allegory, draping metaphor in flayed skin and decorative loops of intestine. Following Night of the Living Dead, Romero has re-visited the well of the living dead five times and counting, with Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, diary of the Dead, and this year’s Survival of the Dead. Today, in the inaugural podcast from Sound on Sight spinoff show, your hosts Ricky D, Detroit Burns, and Al Kratina discuss George A. Romero’s influential zombie series starting with the original trilogy.

DATE: Mon, 26 Oct 2009
SIZE: 68.8 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #165: Halloween Horror 2009

With Halloween looming, Ricky, Al and Simon take the opportunity to catch up on two recent supernaturally-inclined movies, as well as one '80s chestnut that recently got the neutered, PG-13 remake treatment. New in theaters: the word-of-mouth phenom Paranormal Activity, made on eleven grand and beating out Saw VI at the box office, and book series adaptation Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, the latest attempt to get younger audiences in seats through bloodsucking. Finally, long before Lost, Terry O'Quinn starred as family-values serial killer Jerry Blake in '80s horror flick The Stepfather, and we've decided to bypass the dismally received remake, and instead talk about the 1987 version.

DATE: Mon, 26 Oct 2009
SIZE: 66.0 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #164: Anvil the story of Anvil

Now that it's finally hit DVD, Sound on Sight takes a long-delayed look at a documentary that some are lauding as one of the year's best: Anvil: The Story of Anvil, which chronicles its titular Toronto metal band as they attempt to stage an ambitious European comeback tour after years of complete obscurity. To tie in to that film, we'll also be talking about the similarly inclined doc Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, as well as the legendary mockumentary that winds up informing both docs quite a bit : Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap.

DATE: Tue, 20 Oct 2009
SIZE: 78.1 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #163 - Where the Wild Things Are, Dog Tooth & Precious

No two childhoods are exactly alike. For every youth full of Little League and orange floats, another is spent living in a shack, poking dead animals with sticks, and making hobo weapons out of scrap metal and bed springs. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at a wide spectrum of cinematic childhoods, as we review the flights of fancy of Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, the demented leg-humping sexuality of the Greek Kynodontas (aka Canine or Dogtooth), and the misery porn of Precious.

DATE: Tue, 20 Oct 2009
SIZE: 65.0 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #162 - Coen Brothers special part 3

This weekend, the 14th feature from Joel and Ethan Coen finally hit Montreal, so we're once again delving into the filmography of the Minnesotan duo. We'll be talking about that film, a dark 1960s-set comedy entitled A Serious Man, as well as two of the brothers' cult favorites: their dark neo-noir debut Blood Simple and the stoner caper comedy The Big Lebowski.

DATE: Fri, 16 Oct 2009
SIZE: 22.8 MB
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George A. Romero Interview part 1

George A. Romero Interview part 1

DATE: Mon, 12 Oct 2009
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Sound On Sigth Radio #161 - The Antichrist

Perhaps, in the early 1980s, while he was still in film school, Danish director Lars von Trier saw one of the US’ highest grossing feel-good comedies, like Risky Business or Mr. Mom. And then decided to make exact opposite film for the rest of his life. If he did, then he’s kept that promise, churning out movies that are best accompanied by a barbiturate overdose while Gloomy Sunday plays on a phonograph. His latest project, Antichrist, is no exception. It tells the story of a couple who, after losing their son, travel to a secluded cabin, where the wife deals with her grief and guilt by masturbating in front of Satanic Bambi extras and mutilating her husband’s crotch. Tonight, Sound and Sight takes a look at von Trier’s controversial new film, as well as 1984’s The Element of Crime, the director’s debut feature.

DATE: Mon, 12 Oct 2009
SIZE: 66.6 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #160 - An Education / Leslie My Name is Evil / The Trotsky

The Festival de Nouveau Cinéma has begun in earnest, and nobody is more excited than we are. In this hour, Rick, Al and Simon take on a few of the fest's initial offerings, including the widely praised and Nick Hornby-penned An Education, which is widely

DATE: Tue, 06 Oct 2009
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Podcast (REwInD): Episode #20 - Zombies in Pop Culture part 2

Here is the second half to our special on zombies in pop culture from way back when Sound On Sight was known as The Naked Lunch. Unfortunately half the episode has forever been lost, but we still feel the first twenty minutes is worth a listen. Join Jason Martineau and myself as we discuss The Evil Dead and other horror favourites.

DATE: Tue, 06 Oct 2009
SIZE: 73.2 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #159 - Zombieland

The eating of human flesh is one of the last great taboos in Western society, despite the fact that the world’s hunger issues could be easily be solved by eating everyone who looks like they taste of Popeye’s chicken. Perhaps that’s why zombie films are so popular, as they touch on deep-seated, primal fears. As to why zombie comedies find such success, perhaps it’s because for every person quivering with disgust at the reanimated dead, there are two others with computer folders full of dead baby jokes, hatecore, and photos of car wrecks turned into motivational posters. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at the zombie comedy phenomenon, as we review this week’s number one film, Zombieland, as well as British rom-zom-com Shaun of the Dead, and 1985’s Return of the Living Dead.

DATE: Mon, 05 Oct 2009
SIZE: 51.5 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #158 - Whip It!

Attention pre-teen girls with dreams of growing up to star in an energy drink commercial or an ad for Alesse: this is the show for you. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at roller derby, which is the most hard-core, extreme form of teenage girl rebellion since Sporty Spice got a nose ring. Tattoos, body-checking, mild language: they’re all here, as we review Whip It, Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, as well as Kansas City Bomber, the 1972 Raquel Welch version. We’ll also take a look at 1975’s Rollerball, director Norman Jewison’s futuristic male variant.

DATE: Mon, 28 Sep 2009
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Sound On Sight Radio #157 - TIFF '09: The Road, Youth In Revolt & Up In The Air

Simon and Rick take on three more TIFF highlights that didn't quite slot in anywhere else - John Hillcoat's long-delayed adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, starring Viggo Mortenson; Miguel Arteta's Youth In Revolt, featuring a sneering, mustachioed, French Michael Cera; and Jason Retiman's follow-up to Juno, the George Clooney sorta-comedy Up In the Air. Al and Mariko reutrn next week to help us cover Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.

DATE: Mon, 28 Sep 2009
SIZE: 62.1 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #156 - TIFF '09 Report: Life During Wartime

Since his 1995 breakthrough Welcome to the Dollhouse, director Todd Solondz has been one of the most audacious and controversial voices to come out of recent American independent cinema, and thanks to the arrival at TIFF of his latest, Life During Wartime, Ricky and Simon decided to take on three of his demented, blackly funny films, including Dollhouse, Wartime and his 1998 critical smash Happiness, to which Wartime is more or less a direct sequel - with a completely different cast.

DATE: Mon, 21 Sep 2009
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Sound On Sight Radio #155 - TIFF Report: The Informant!

In our second look at the work of director Steven Soderbergh, Sound on Sight takes on three of the celebrated director's crime-related films - though they're crimes of different stripes. His latest, The Informant!, takes on white-collar crime, and stars Matt Damon as a corporate whistleblower who may not be as innocent as he seems. His caper flick Out of Sight is a tale of robbery gone wrong and right, with a little romance thrown in, and The Limey, starring Terence Stamp, acts as Soderbergh's take on the ever-popular revenge thriller genre.

DATE: Mon, 21 Sep 2009
SIZE: 66.7 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #154: TIFF 2009 Report: Midnight Madness

This past week saw Rick and Simon head to Toronto for this year's TIFF, and one of our major focuses there was the Midnight Madness program, a selection of films too wild and crazy to play anywhere else at the fest - and this year's program featured some doozies. Today, we'll be talking about Spanish horror sequel [Rec] 2, the attempted exploitation throwback Bitch Slap, a gruesomely funny Australian horror flick called The Loved Ones, and the horror-comedy Jennifer's Body, which also saw general release this past weekend.

DATE: Mon, 07 Sep 2009
SIZE: 61.7 MB
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Episode 153 - Music from the best soundtracks and scores of 2009

With Al and Mariko out of town and Simon and Ricky preparing for TIFF, we decided to take it easy this week. In a special bonus show, Simon will be spinning music from the best soundtracks and scores of 2009. Enjoy!

DATE: Mon, 07 Sep 2009
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Sound On Sight Radio #152 - Bronson & Life Is Hot In Cracktown

Here at Sound on Sight, we're gearing up for our epic coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival, so we decided to do clean house a bit by taking on two films we've been chomping at the bit to finally cover: cult director Buddy G's Life Is Hot In Cracktown, based on his short story collection of the same name, and British hit Bronson, from Nicolas Winding Refn (helmer of the Pusher series), which tells of Britain's most notorious inmate. Al and Mariko are still out of town, so Detroit Burns returns to the guest spot.

DATE: Mon, 31 Aug 2009
SIZE: 49.7 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #151 - Kathryn Bigelow

Hailed as one of the preeminent stylists of contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, Kathryn Bigelow was often too easily pigeonholed as a female director with a flair for traditionally masculine movies. After making an unusual entrance to cinema by way of the art world, Bigelow put her distinctive stamp on standard genre films like the Western-twinged vampire flick, Near Dark and the feminist-themed cop thriller, Blue Steel. Today we will focus on three of her films; her financially successful surfer bank heist picture, Point Break which allowed, Bigelow to enjoy a newfound status as a mainstream director. Second we take a look at her so called most challenging film, the futuristic Strange Days and finally her most recent movie, The Hurt Locker, an Iraq war drama as seen through the eyes of members from the Army's elite Explosive Disposal unit. Gaining rave reviews from critics world wide she has returned to the spotlight of Hollywood directors and today Sound On Sight spotlights a porti

DATE: Mon, 31 Aug 2009
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Sound On Sight Radio #150 - Halloween Franchise

Nearly every slasher pick since 1978 owes a debt to John Carpenter, and it's all because of a little movie called Halloween. Like any horror flick worth its salt these days, it earned itself a proper remake, courtesy of musician-turned-horror director Rob Zombie back in 2007. Much like the original flick, Mr. Zombie's film has itself inspired a franchise, so we took the time to compare and contrast the first two films in both series. Who wins? Take a guess.

DATE: Mon, 24 Aug 2009
SIZE: 72.8 MB
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Episode 149 - The Cove

2005's March of the Penguins proved that animal documentaries, even those with a subtle environmental message, could generate good box office. Moving off the ice flow and into the ocean, a couple of recent docs have taken up the plight of two diametrically opposed, yet sometimes confused sea creatures: dolphins and sharks. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at the deeply personal Canadian film Sharkwater and the winner of the Audience award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the caper-esque The Cove.

DATE: Mon, 24 Aug 2009
SIZE: 64.1 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #148 - Tetro (Francis Ford Coppola special)

In celebration of the release of his latest film, the semi-autobiographical Tetro, Sound on Sight finally takes its first look at the filmography of Francis Ford Coppola, who is of course most famous for helming the Godfather trilogy. We're going to steer clear of those films for now, and instead talk about Tetro, along with the less-than-rapturuously-received Youth Without Youth, as well as rewind back to 1974's The Conversation, which Coppola produced between the first and second Godfathers.

DATE: Thu, 20 Aug 2009
SIZE: 61.8 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #147 - Pulp Fiction

Director/screenwriter/actor/producer Quentin Tarantino was perhaps the most distinctive and explosive talent to emerge in American film in the early '90s. Unlike the previous generation of American filmmakers, Tarantino learned his craft from his days as a video store clerk, rather than as a film school student. He developed an audacious fusion of pop culture and independent art house cinema and his films were distinguished by their clever, twisting dialogue as their outbursts of extreme violence. Today we take a look at three of Tarantino's films starting with his Palme Dòr winning Pulp Ficiton, his very under-rated Jackie Brown and his half of the grindhouse double feature Deathproof.

DATE: Tue, 18 Aug 2009
SIZE: 62.8 MB
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Sound on Sight # 146

August brings with it another fun genre fest, so we're going to take a quick look at this year's Toronto After Dark fest by reviewing the French arty blaxploitation epic Black, as well as the insanely delayed anthology-style horror flick, Trick r' Treat. We'll also be reviewing this weekend's biggest new film, the ambitious first feature from Neill Blomkamp, a sci-fi actioner called District 9.

DATE: Tue, 11 Aug 2009
SIZE: 67.1 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #145 - A Real American Hero, Steven Sommers

This past weekend, the hopes and dreams of 80s action figure fanboys came to life with the release of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Stephen Sommers’ adaptation of the Hasbro toy line, animated TV show, and comic book series. Provided, of course, fanboys dream in bad CGI and half-formed sentences. The film follows a team of international super soldiers tasked to protect the world from a rogue weapons designer who lives in the Little Mermaid’s castle and probably hates chocolate and puppies. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at the adventures of Hawk, Duke, the Baroness and Destro, as well as reviewing two of Sommers’ earlier films, 1999’s smash hit The Mummy, and the previous years’ B-movie creature feature Deep Rising.

DATE: Tue, 11 Aug 2009
SIZE: 68.4 MB
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Sound On Sight Radio #144 - Remembering John Hughes

There are two things I remember best about early-to-mid-1980s movies: slasher films and teen comedies. While the slasher films bring back fond memories they never quite compare to the quality of the teen angst flicks which made for repeated viewings. Everything from Porky's to the top-notch entertainment of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the teen flicks of the 80's have never been matched to date. One of the most consistent writer/directors to contribute to the '80s teen fad was John Hughes who in one way or another, was responsible for the likes of Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science. Today on Sound On sight we remember the legend and reflect back on our childhood.

DATE: Fri, 07 Aug 2009
SIZE: 7.33 MB
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Interview with John Cregan part 2

Interview with John Cregan part 2

DATE: Fri, 07 Aug 2009
SIZE: 11.4 MB
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Interview with John Cregan part 1

Interview with John Cregan part 1

DATE: Tue, 04 Aug 2009
SIZE: 87.1 MB
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Podcast #143 - Inglourious Basterds (non spoiler review)

‘Directed by Quentin Tarantino.’ Aside from ‘Hand jobs by Megan Fox,’ those are perhaps the words most likely to cause an excess of blood flow in young males. His violent, comedic odes to cinema are jam-packed with references to grindhouse movies, underground film, and European art cinema, like Dennis Miller reciting the liner notes to a rep theatre programme. And Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino’s pulpy war epic, is no different. Sound on Sight caught a sneak peak of Tarantino’s new film at the Fantasia Film Festival, and tonight we’ll give it a spoiler-free review, as well as take a look at the 1978 Italian war movie that inspired Tarantino’s film.

DATE: Tue, 04 Aug 2009
SIZE: 86.1 MB
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Podcast #142 - Documentaries From The Edge

As usual, this year's Fantasia Film Fest was loaded with quirky, offbeat documentary content, and on this episode of Sound on Sight, Al, Simon and returning guest Derek Gladu take on three of them: Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, a portrait of an unhinged Southern clan; Playing Columbine, a look at videogame violence, fringe game developers, and one controversial game in particular; and Best Worst Movie, a look at the cult surrounding Troll 2, which is widely considered to be among the poorest movies ever conceived.

DATE: Sun, 02 Aug 2009
SIZE: 19.2 MB
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Podcast #141 (version 2) - Funny People

Funny People - In The Loop - Humpday - Paper Heart

DATE: Tue, 28 Jul 2009
SIZE: 9.95 MB
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Alain Fournier Interview

An interview with Alain Fournier on his new short film OKO

DATE: Tue, 28 Jul 2009
SIZE: 17.8 MB
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Larry Fessenden interview

The director of several well-received horror films (Habit, The Last Winter) and producer of many others, Larry Fessenden has also made scores of appearances in mainstream films from the likes of Kelly Reichardt and Neil Jordan. Simon sat down with him at a bar here in Montreal to discuss his latest producing and acting gigs, including I Sell the Dead, The House of the Devil, and the forthcoming Cabin Fever 2, about which he has some less-than-spectacular news. What didn't make the cut: an extended discussion about fruit flies and their effect (or lack thereof) on alcoholic beverages; Larry's impressions of Werner Herzog; a bemused bartendress asking us who he is and what he's being interviewed about.

DATE: Tue, 28 Jul 2009
SIZE: 17.3 MB
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Fantasia Film Festival Programmers Interview

Simon has a chance to sit down with two of the programmers at the Fantasia Film Festival for this interview.

DATE: Mon, 27 Jul 2009
SIZE: 19.2 MB
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Episode 141 - Just For Laughs

After so many films at Fantasia, I’d forgotten that it’s possible to laugh at anything but an amusingly coloured pancreas, or the physically brutal awkwardness of an Asian romantic comedy. Thankfully, the Just for Laughs film festival is there to remind me that comedy is not always for serial killers Now in its 13th year, the Just for Laughs Film Festival, once called Comedia, is part of the Just for Laughs stand-up festival. And while it focuses mainly on short films, there are always several high profile features included. Join us tonight on Sound on Sight as we take a look at three of this year’s films: Judd Apatow’s highly anticipated Funny People, Paper Heart, and Sundance sensation Humpday.

DATE: Mon, 27 Jul 2009
SIZE: 14.5 MB
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Episode 140 - Killer Kids Films

Generally speaking, children do not belong in the audience at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival, unless you want them to grow up stringing up guts instead of Christmas lights every December. But they do have a place onscreen at the festival, as evidenced by three separate movies about killer kids that played in this year’s edition. Join us for yet another Fantasia special here at Sound on Sight, where we’ll take a look at England’s The Children, the American Orphan, and Eli Roth protégé Paul Solet’s Grace.

DATE: Mon, 27 Jul 2009
SIZE: 12.5 MB
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Interview: José Mojica Marins & Dennison Ramalho part 2

In 1964, while the rest of the world was watching Mary Poppins take school kids on acid trips, Brazil was thrilling to the exploits of Coffin Joe, a character mixing the best parts of Anton LaVey, Count Dracula, and a homeless old man. Considered Brazil’s first horror film, At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul was followed by a sequel in 1967, with Tonight I’ll Possess Your Corpse, and Coffin Joe, a Satanic undertaker obsessed with finding the perfect woman to bear his seed, quickly became a cult favourite around the world. In 2008, creator/actor/director José Mojica Marins returned to the character with Embodiment of Evil (read Bryan White’s review here). Sound on Sight participated in a round table discussion with Marins on the subject of his most enduring creation. Please note that below is the the translated English version with Dennison Ramaho the writer of Embodiment of Evil.

DATE: Mon, 27 Jul 2009
SIZE: 3.47 MB
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Interview: José Mojica Marins & Dennison Ramalho

In 1964, while the rest of the world was watching Mary Poppins take school kids on acid trips, Brazil was thrilling to the exploits of Coffin Joe, a character mixing the best parts of Anton LaVey, Count Dracula, and a homeless old man. Considered Brazil’s first horror film, At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul was followed by a sequel in 1967, with Tonight I’ll Possess Your Corpse, and Coffin Joe, a Satanic undertaker obsessed with finding the perfect woman to bear his seed, quickly became a cult favourite around the world. In 2008, creator/actor/director José Mojica Marins returned to the character with Embodiment of Evil (read Bryan White’s review here). Sound on Sight participated in a round table discussion with Marins on the subject of his most enduring creation. Please note that below is the the translated English version with Dennison Ramaho the writer of Embodiment of Evil.

DATE: Sat, 25 Jul 2009
SIZE: 12.4 MB
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Director Barbara Bell talks Graphic Sexual Horror

Ricky D interviewed director Barbara Bell on the subject of her new feature doc, Graphic Sexual Horror, which is making its debut at the Fantasia Film Fest here in Montreal. Horror explores the world of online hardcore bondage porn, with a focus on a specific, controversial site called Insex, and its founder, who goes by the moniker "PD." The site was eventually taken down through a section of, of all things, the US Patriot Act.

DATE: Fri, 24 Jul 2009
SIZE: 40.2 MB
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Fantasia Film Festival 2009 – Director Lee Demarbre and David Hess talk Smash Cut.

Here is our interview with director Lee Demarbre (JESUS CHRIST VAMPIRE) and actor David Hess (LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, HITCH HIKE, HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK) discussing their new film Smash Cut.

DATE: Wed, 22 Jul 2009
SIZE: 20.8 MB
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Sasha Grey Interview

It’s difficult for me to write an engrossing lede for this interview with adult film star Sasha Grey without sounding like a condescending pervert. Plus, I think my mother will be reading this, so I’m not sure I won’t into too much detail about how I debated asking Grey to sign my copy of Swallow My Squirt #4. Instead, I’ll just talk about how charming Grey is in person. Since starting her adult career in 2006 at the age of 18, Grey has become a sensation, mainly because of her outspoken determination to bring creativity back into pornography. Recently, she’s made a move into more mainstream cinema, starring in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, and Canadian cult film king Lee Demarbre’s Smash Cut, in which she plays alongside David Hess and Ray Sanger in a tribute to the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis. Sound on Sight attended a round-table interview with Grey about the film and her career, which can be heard below.

DATE: Wed, 22 Jul 2009
SIZE: 50.4 MB
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Episode 139 - Best of Korean Cinema

As part of Sound on Sight's ongoing coverage of the Fantasia Film Festival, North America's premier genre film blowout, Al and Simon take a quick look at four of the South Korean films they've spied over the last week, including director Kim Ki-duk's trippy Dream, the tense and sadistic crime thriller The Chaser, Woody Allen-inflected romantic comedy My Dear Enemy, and Seoul sould band biopic Go Go '70s. Additionally, Simon interview two of the fest's Asian film programmers for more insight into the films and Korean cinema in general.

DATE: Tue, 21 Jul 2009
SIZE: 94.6 MB
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Episode 138 - Fantaisa 2009: Lesbian Vampire Killers, Smash Cut & Interviews with Sasha Grey, David

Fantasia Festival is North America's premiere (and largest) genre film festival. On Episode 138, we continue our coverage on the 2009 edition with reviews on Lee Demarbre's new film Smash Cut. In addition we have an interview with the director and stars, David Hess and Sasha Grey. Also we'll share our views on Lesbian Vampire Killers, I Sell The Dead and the latest entry into the French new wave or horror, Mutants.

DATE: Tue, 14 Jul 2009
SIZE: 62.7 MB
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Episode 137 - Fantasia 2009: Thirst & Love Exposure

Fantasia, Montreal's international genre film festival, has expanded its mandate over the years to include a wide variety of films from around the world, with the sole proviso seemingly being that they're not based on an SNL skit or a Dane Cook routine. There has, however, always been a focus on Asian films, particularly the weird ones that might give the impression the entire Eastern half of the world grew up watching Faces of Death and Leave it to Beaver at the same time. And this year is no exception. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at hotly anticipated South Korean vampire movie Thirst, from Oldboy director Park Chan Wook, four-hour romantic comedy Love Exposure, and Thailand's fantasy epic Queens of Langkasuka.

DATE: Tue, 14 Jul 2009
SIZE: 64.8 MB
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Episode 137 - Fantasia 2009 -Euro Thrills and Spills

In one of our many specials on this year's massive Fantasia Film Fest lineup, Sound on Sight takes a look at three of the fest's European offerings, all of which feature at least a little bloodshed - more likely, a lot. This hour encompasses the much-baunted Norwegian Nazi-zombie splatterfest Dead Snow, German mystery-thriller Kaifeck Murder, and Danish noir-comedy-thriller Terribly Happy.

DATE: Mon, 13 Jul 2009
SIZE: 73.6 MB
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Episode 135 - Fantasia 2009: Bruno, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle & Must Love Death

Comedies are a tricky genre to critique because it all boils down to whether the film makes you laugh or not. There is nothing more subjective than comedy and it is almost impossible for us to break down a joke and tell you why we find it funny; but comedy is a serious business and so on episode 135 of Sound On Sight, we will review three of the most unique and bizarre comedies to be released in recent years. First Sasha Baron Coen’s Bruno, second a romantic comedy / torture porn, Must Love Death and finally the South By Southwest Indie favorite, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle.

DATE: Tue, 07 Jul 2009
SIZE: 76.9 MB
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Episode 134 - Frank Henenlotter

It’s impossible to get too far into a discussion of cult film director Frank Henenlotter without using the phrase ‘deformed mutant genitals,’ particularly in regards to his latest film, 2008’s Bad Biology. Good thing it’s out of the way already. We’ll also probably be using the term ‘cannibalistic fellatio,’ in reference to 1988’s Brain Damage, ‘freak show death sex’, referring to Henenlotter’s 1982 debut Basket Case, and ‘super crack fleshpot,’ when discussing 1990’s Frankenhooker. So, if you’re over 18 and not a member of one of the those religions where you go to hell for having a cursory understanding of reproductive anatomy, join us here at Sound on Sight for a look at the career of Frank Henenlotter.

DATE: Mon, 06 Jul 2009
SIZE: 58.1 MB
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Episode 133 - A Space Oddity

The man formerly known as Zowie Bowie, Duncan Jones, has graced us with his first feature film, an ode to atmospheric '70s sci-fi called Moon, starring Sam Rockwell as an isolated miner living on the titular rock. To celebrate, we'll be looking at another recent sci-fi throwback, Steven Soderbergh's take on Stanislaw Lem's novel Solaris, which was previously adapted into a three-hour film-snob wet dream courtesy of Andrei Tartovsky in 1972.. We'll also be previewing our insanely dense coverage of the Fantasia Film Festival.

DATE: Wed, 01 Jul 2009
SIZE: 63.3 MB
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Podcast 130 - Tribute to Michael Jackson in film.

Yes, he was the punchline of about a quarter-million Tonight Show jokes. But Michael Jackson's stop-on-a-dime dance moves and sensual soprano have influenced generations of musicians, dancers and entertainers, and the man was so much more than what the tabloids made him out to be. One of entertainment's greatest icons, he was incredibly gifted, and like most gifted individuals he was an equally troubled genius who kept us captivated at his most dazzling, and at his most appalling moments. The New York Times once described him as one of the six most famous people on the planet. I'd like to up the ante: he was the most famous person on the planet. He influenced artists ranging from Justin Timberlake to Madonna, and genres from rock to pop to R&B to even rap. No other artist has been as unifying. On Episode 130 of Sound On Sight we will examine Michael in film, discuss his legendary music videos review his films and remember a legend.

DATE: Tue, 30 Jun 2009
SIZE: 58.3 MB
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Podcast 132 - Public Enemy #1

The gangster film is an American institution, like churches that look like Dennys and creationism museums. And every era has its own sub-genre, from the film noir of the forties to the Mafia films of the seventies, to straight to DVD releases starring guys from Death Row Records in the 1990s. Today, Sound on Sight takes a sneak peak at Michael Mann's Public Enemies, the forthcoming film starring Johnny Depp as bank robber John Dillinger. We'll also get a taste of international gangsterism, courtesy of English crime movie The Long Good Friday and 1937 French gangster film Pepe Le Moko.

DATE: Mon, 29 Jun 2009
SIZE: 68.2 MB
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Podcast 131 - Racist Transformers? More than meets the eye?

Insert your own clever blurb here. We are too lazy tonight. Reviews on Transformers and Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen plus news and listener feedback.

DATE: Mon, 29 Jun 2009
SIZE: 63.3 MB
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Podcast 130 - Tribube to Michael Jackson in film.

Yes, he was the punchline of about a quarter-million Tonight Show jokes. But Michael Jackson's stop-on-a-dime dance moves and sensual soprano have influenced generations of musicians, dancers and entertainers, and the man was so much more than what the tabloids made him out to be. One of entertainment's greatest icons, he was incredibly gifted, and like most gifted individuals he was an equally troubled genius who kept us captivated at his most dazzling, and at his most appalling moments. The New York Times once described him as one of the six most famous people on the planet. I'd like to up the ante: he was the most famous person on the planet. He influenced artists ranging from Justin Timberlake to Madonna, and genres from rock to pop to R&B to even rap. No other artist has been as unifying. On Episode 130 of Sound On Sight we will examine Michael in film, discuss his legendary music videos review his films and remember a legend.

DATE: Tue, 23 Jun 2009
SIZE: 55.6 MB
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Episode 129: Dance, Eat, Fight: New Docs on Screen

The last few weeks have seen an uptick in wide-release documentary activity, so returning guest Derek Gladu joins us to help dissect three of them: Every Little Step, a look at the 1970s and 2000s Broadway productions of A Chorus Line through the eyes of its performers and auditioneers; Food, Inc., the latest in a long line of slick culinary exposés in the vein of Super Size Me, and Tyson, James Toback's feature on the titular man himself - in his ownwords. Plus, of course, we'll have all kinds of news items to discuss.

DATE: Tue, 23 Jun 2009
SIZE: 52.5 MB
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Episode 128: Arthouse on disc / Cannes talk

Our Peter Greenaway show - that's episode 112, by the way - turned out to be such a smash that we decided his latest film, Nightwatching, new to DVD, was an essential inclusion for our latest roundup of new arthouse films to hit store shelves. This one's special, though, because along with a long-overdue chat about Kelly Reichardt's acclaimed Wendy and Lucy, we're joined by filmmaker and recurring guest Eduardo Lucatero, who is such a lucky bastard that he got to go to Cannes this year. We'll be hitting him up for all he's worth.

DATE: Mon, 15 Jun 2009
SIZE: 62.9 MB
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Episode 127 - David Carradine special

Two weeks ago, cult film icon David Carradine passed away, so we thought it appropriate to put together a little tribute to the man. While most contemporary viewers know him as Uma Thurman's titular target in Kill Bill, he had a long and varied career stretching back several decades. He became known in the 1970s principally for his role in TV's "Kung Fu," but soon broke out into the film world with a string of prominent roles in offbeat projects; we'll take a look at three of them - Martin Scorcese's early film "Boxcar Bertha;" and two films by cult director Paul Bartel, "Cannonball!" and, of course, "Death Race 2000."

DATE: Mon, 15 Jun 2009
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Podcast #126 - Taking Pelham, Then and Now

This past weekend saw the release of director Tony Scott's re-envisioning of Joseph Sargent's 1974 thriller "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three," with Denzel Washington taking over from Walter Matthau and John Travolta subbing for Robert Shaw. We'll examine both the remake and Sargent's original, as well as taking this occasion to take a look back at another crime film from the era, John Boorman's "Point Blank," which itself was remade as "Payback," starring Mel Gibson.

DATE: Tue, 09 Jun 2009
SIZE: 54.9 MB
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Episode 125 - Pixar studios part 1

Since 1995's massive Toy Story, Pixar Animation Studios has been the source of some of the world's most successful and best-loved family films, and last week's Up lived up to expectation, garnering top marks from most critics and doing handsomely at the box office. We thought it might be a good idea to finally tackle some of Pixar's hits, including Pete Docter's other directorial effort, "Monsters, Inc.," and John Lasseter's "Cars." Returning guest Mariko MacDonald joins us. Also, stay tuned for trailer talk and news.

DATE: Tue, 09 Jun 2009
SIZE: 51.5 MB
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Podcast #124 - Misadventures in Las Vegas

This weekend saw Todd Philips' "The Hangover" far outperforming expectations, but Philips is hardly the first to tackle the infamous city (and its associations) in the realm of studio comedy before, so we've decided to take take an hour and look at two Vegas-themed comedies - Peter Berg's dark comedy "Very Bad Things" and Doug Liman's "Swingers" - along with "The Hangover" itself.

DATE: Tue, 02 Jun 2009
SIZE: 50.2 MB
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Podcast #123 - The Genius of Sam Raimi

To many horror fans, director Sam Raimi’s name should only be spoken by a chorus of angels, followed by an inner-thigh mopping for those blessed enough to hear the hallowed invocation. His Evil Dead trilogy ran the gamut of hardcore gore to slapstick comedy, and created a cult icon out of Bruce Campbell, who played Ash, the long-suffering, chainsaw-toting hero of all three films. And after more than two decades away from the genre, spent building the Spider Man franchise and producing TV shows about time traveling strippers and Napoleonic secret agents, Raimi has returned to horror. In Drag Me To Hell, Raimi brings his peculiar brand of bloody Three Stooges gags back to the big screen in the story of a bank employee cursed by a gypsy. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at Sam Raimi’s new horror film, and revisits the cult classic Evil Dead series.

DATE: Mon, 01 Jun 2009
SIZE: 54.6 MB
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Episode 122 - Limits of Control

When you think of the American directors who embodied the independent-film wave of the 1980s, Jim Jarmusch stands alone in many respects. Peers like Spike Lee, Steven Soderbergh and Gus Van Sant have successfully moved back and forth between the mainstream and independent approach, where others like Alex Cox have dropped off the film industry's radar, while Jarmusch simply kept on doing what he started out doing. He probably could have taken advantage of the modest success of his road movie "Stranger Than Paradise" and the equally critically praised prison-break comedy "Down by Law" by taking work in Hollywood blending his ideas into more studio scripts, but instead Jarmusch sticked to the idiosyncratic style he became known for. Jarmusch is our post-punk hipster generation's answer to Woody Allen. He makes the movies he wants on the schedule he wants, with little regard for current fashion or commercial viability and although he finds many die-hard North American fans, his natural

DATE: Tue, 26 May 2009
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Episode 121 - The Terminator Franchise

Part 2 blurb: In 1984, director James Cameron created the Terminator franchise. His film of the same name explored a war between humanity and sentient machines, in which victory could only be assured by sending a naked bodybuilder back in time. Seven years later, he returned with Terminator 2: Judgement Day, replacing the original film’s lean, gritty action with the pyrotechnics of a swollen Meatloaf video. When Cameron temporarily retired from making blockbusters to spend his fortune on submarines and delusions of grandeur, director Jonathan Mostow took the reins of the third film in the franchise, introducing a busty female Terminator seemingly inspired by a Maxim-magazine wet dream. And in 2009, Terminator: Salvation hit the big-screen, the first Terminator film not to involve time travel. Tonight, in Part 2 of our Terminator special, Sound on Sight takes a look at Part 3 and 4 of the long running science fiction franchise.

DATE: Tue, 26 May 2009
SIZE: 73.5 MB
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Episode 120 - Director James Cameron

With the release of McG's Terminator Salvation, we here at Sound on Sight thought it might be a good time to consider the series' origins and originator. James Cameron makes his return to the big screen later this year with his long-awaited return to sci-fi, Avatar, but twenty-five years ago, he was only known as the director oh Piranha Part Two: The Spawning. That was, of course, until he unleashed The Terminator, a grim sci-fi actioner powered by the uncanny casting of Austrian muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger as an unstoppable, monotonous killing machine. After solidifying his place in the big leagues with The Abyss and Aliens, Cameron returned to the franchise with 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day, which this time featured Schwarzenegger as a force for good, in a fairly obvious attempt to make the film more palatable to mainstream audiences. It worked, of course, and in 1995 Cameron and Ahnuld reunited for the big-budget action-comedy True Lies. We'll take a look at all three Schw

DATE: Mon, 18 May 2009
SIZE: 106. MB
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Episode 119 - Ron `Richie Cunningham` Howard

Ron Howard has the kind of face that some people want to punch. No matter how much hair he loses, or how much facial hair he grows, he will always be known as Opie Taylor, or as Richie Cunningham. At age six, he was already an accomplished television veteran, picked to play Opie Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" where he stayed on for eight years. In 1973, Howard became a bona fide star with the success of the movie "American Graffiti." He played Steve Bolander in the George Lucas-directed film, which helped kick-start a 1950s revival. Due to Howard's stardom (and the nostalgia boom), ABC brought "Happy Days" to the air where Howard starred as Richie Cunningham, the innocently charming boy next door. After directing several episodes of Happy Days, Howard could still not find any major studio to entrust a feature film to the 23-year-old. That is, until Roger Corman came along and struck a deal in which he would let Ron Howard direct a film with the agreement that he also star in it. Th

DATE: Wed, 13 May 2009
SIZE: 99.5 MB
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Episode 118 - Star Trek special part 1

In the second part of our extensive look back at the films that have arisen from Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek series, Simon and Al, along with returning guest Mariko MacDonald, take on the last three films of the Kirk era (IV-VI), as well as tackling the four films that make up the Picard era - you know, the run that necessitated a seven-year break. Since this batch features some particularly gnarly films, you can be fairly certain we'll also be broaching the subject of fan loyalty.

DATE: Mon, 11 May 2009
SIZE: 93.0 MB
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Episode 117 - That 80's Show

The 80's was a strange but wonderful decade. For us Gen Xèrs it was a time of bad fashion, strange celebrities, great catchy pop tunes, and the best toys to date. The 1980s was if anything a giant free adventure playground when going to the cinema was clearly about one thing; escaping reality. The films were very much a product of the time but with time, they become more and more loved.

DATE: Mon, 04 May 2009
SIZE: 77.7 MB
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Episode 116 - Star Trek part 1

Since the original television series hit the airwaves in the 1960s, the Star Trek franchise has captivated the minds of science fiction fans the world over. Please insert your own Star Trek joke here. Feel free to choose from any of the following topics: virginity, living in a parent’s basement, and acne. If feeling particularly inventive, pretend to confuse the series with the Star Wars films. Or better yet, make a list of the most predictable Star Trek jokes, and check them off as you listen to part 1 of Sound on Sight’s Star Trek special, in which we take a look at the first three films in the series, as well as J.J. Abrams action-packed re-boot.

DATE: Mon, 04 May 2009
SIZE: 102. MB
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Episode 115 - For the love of the X-Men

"In the last decade or so, the tendency at Marvel has been intensely conservative; comics like the X-MEN have gone from freewheeling, overdriven pop to cautious, dodgy retro. What was dynamic becomes static - dead characters always return, nothing that happens really matters ultimately. The stage is never cleared for new creations to develop and grow. The comic has turned inwards and gone septic like a toenail. The only people reading are fanboys who don't count. The X-MEN, for all it was Marvel's bestseller, had become a watchword for undiluted geekery before the movie gave us another electroshock jolt. And in the last decade, sales fell from millions to hundreds of thousands."

DATE: Mon, 27 Apr 2009
SIZE: 55.6 MB
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Episode 114 - The Cult of Jean Claude Van Damme

The late eighties and early nineties were the golden age of American martial arts action films. Which, of course, means that it was a cinematic dark age for anyone who doesn’t drunk-drive pick-up trucks while listening to Toby Keith CDs. Cheap and easy to produce, 80s movies like Above the Law and China O’Brien didn’t need scripts longer than a paragraph’s worth of block printing, provided they had a roundhouse kick and a blond woman being put in her place. And it was at that time that Jean-Claude Van Damme, the Muscles from Brussels, was king. After a string of big screen hits, however, Van Damme disappeared into the world of direct-to-DVD releases. But last year’s JCVD, an inventive crime film that casts Van Damme as himself, promises, or perhaps threatens, a comeback for the Belgian action star. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at JCVD, as well as six of Van Damme’s other action films. Remember, we watch these movies so you don’t have to.

DATE: Mon, 27 Apr 2009
SIZE: 75.9 MB
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Episode 114 - The Cult of Jean Claude Van Damme part 1

The late eighties and early nineties were the golden age of American martial arts action films. Which, of course, means that it was a cinematic dark age for anyone who doesn’t drunk-drive pick-up trucks while listening to Toby Keith CDs. Cheap and easy to produce, 80s movies like Above the Law and China O’Brien didn’t need scripts longer than a paragraph’s worth of block printing, provided they had a roundhouse kick and a blond woman being put in her place. And it was at that time that Jean-Claude Van Damme, the Muscles from Brussels, was king. After a string of big screen hits, however, Van Damme disappeared into the world of direct-to-DVD releases. But last year’s JCVD, an inventive crime film that casts Van Damme as himself, promises, or perhaps threatens, a comeback for the Belgian action star. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at JCVD, as well as six of Van Damme’s other action films. Remember, we watch these movies so you don’t have to.

DATE: Mon, 20 Apr 2009
SIZE: 60.7 MB
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Episode 113 - Bloody Radical part 6

If you like maimings, this is the hour for you. We're catching up on recent genre films to hit DVD, and this is a particularly nasty batch. Sure, there's the relatively tame pleasures of Lucky McKee's revenge thriller Red. But then there's the twin evolutionary nightmare of Toby Wilkins' Splinter - which stars a ruthless parasitic entity - and Mitchell Lichtenstein's Teeth, a vagina-dentate horror-satire that might upset some squeamish male viewers with its ruthless disregard for penises. Most of all, though, there's Belgian filmmaker Koen Mortier's relentlessly depraved Ex-Drummer, a movie with far too many moral trespasses for one blurb to contain. Somewhere in there, we might even find time to tell you if the movies are any good or not.

DATE: Mon, 20 Apr 2009
SIZE: 59.0 MB
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Episode 112 - Peter Greenaway

An avant-garde film maker who earned surprising access to the mainstream, Peter Greenaway is among the most ambitious and controversial filmmakers of his era. Trained as a painter and heavily influenced by theories of structural linguistics and philosophy, Greenway's films often explore the boundaries of the medium by rejecting formal narrative structures in favor of awe-striking imagery, shifting meanings, and intense emotional tension; Today we will focus two Peter Greenaway films first his more accessible The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, the Greenaway film that made his American breakthrough and finally Drowning by Numbers which follows three women whom all successively drown their husbands.

DATE: Mon, 13 Apr 2009
SIZE: 102. MB
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Episode 111 - Observe and Report

Jody Hill's first studio feature, "Observe and Report," is already one of the year's most contentious films; critics are divided right down the middle, including us. In our altest comedy special, ee hash out our differences while also exploring three connected films - Hill's low-budget debut, "The Foot Fist Way," the Seth Rogen career-launcher "Knocked Up," and another contentious flick, the Anna Fairs-toplined "House Bunny." Al Kratina had to sit this one out, but we made him watch "The House Bunny" anyway. As always, keep an ear open for our Trailer Talk and news segments as well. Also, we're experimenting with new equipment this week, so apologies if the sound quality isn't quite up to par.

DATE: Mon, 06 Apr 2009
SIZE: 51.3 MB
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Episode 110 - Things That Go Bump In The Night

It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that there are some questions science cannot answer. Rather, it takes a moron. And a special kind of moron, at that: one that freely spends money on water crystal photography books, copper bracelets that alleviate arthritis, and Bibles. It is for these people that many ghost films, like The Haunting in Connecticut with its blend of pseudo-Christianity and early 20th century spiritualism, seem to be made. Director Peter Cornwell’s film, allegedly based on a true story, follows a family experiencing bizarre phenomena after moving into a mortuary transformed to a rental property. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at The Haunting in Connecticut, as well as The Entity, The Innocents, and The Haunting, three spooky entries in Hollywood’s ghostly history.

DATE: Mon, 06 Apr 2009
SIZE: 68.5 MB
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Episode 109 - Starships, Troopers, Showgirls, Delight.

Both the Netherlands' favorite filmmaker and Hollywood's greatest purveyor of cynical sleaze, Paul Verhoeven is many things to many people. but we can all hopefully agree that he is anything but boring. In our first look at his remarkably diverse filmography, Simon, Ali and returning guest star Mariko MacDonald take a look at three of Verhoeven's most divisve films: the space-opera fascism of "Starship Troopers," the blackly comic romance of "Turkish Delight," and one of the '90s worst-reviewed films, "Showgirls."

DATE: Tue, 31 Mar 2009
SIZE: 63.1 MB
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Episode 108 - Monsters vs. Aliens

Monsters and aliens have been a staple of science fiction and horror films since the birth of cinema, bursting out of the chests and feasting on the innards of countless big screen victims. Which is why it makes perfect sense to include them in a children’s movie, provided you want your kids to grow up setting fire to churches and making furniture out of prostitute parts. Referencing countless cinematic creatures, Dreamworks’ Monsters Vs. Aliens tells the story of Susan, a young woman who grows to impossible size after a meteor collision, and must save the planet from an alien despot. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at this computer animated blockbuster, as well as The Blob and The Thing, two of our favourite alien/monster hybrid films.

DATE: Mon, 30 Mar 2009
SIZE: 77.5 MB
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Episode 107 - Adventureland

This evening we take you to the house that Apatow built. The comedic landscape forged by writer, director and producer Judd Apatow, who in a few short years went from a pop culture reject with two quickly cancelled TV series and a flopped film to his name, to becoming Hollywood’s most consistently successful and well received creator of comedy. His reign of laughter / terror began when he directed the smash hit, the 40 year old virgin. Than things got really busy in 2007 with the teen sex romp Superbad and Apatow’s second directorial job in Knocked Up. This year things get complicated. Greg Motolla launches his debut as both a writer and director with Adventureland and Paul Rudd and Jason Segel (both Apatow familiars) star in I Love You Man. Neither movie has Apatow on board. Is his golden touch as important as it is made out to be? Today we will ponder this while also taking a look at Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

DATE: Wed, 25 Mar 2009
SIZE: 78.1 MB
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Episode 106 - Jean Luc Godard part 1

In the 1960s, French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard helmed over 20 feature-length films (depending on whether or not you count films made by "collective"), with many of them now hailed as classics by elitist cineastes everywhere. Today on Sound on Sight, we attempt to dig into Godard's massive filmography by looking at three of the films that defined his work in the first half of that decade: 1960's fast-paced romantic thriller "Breathless," 1963's self-reflexive "Contempt." and 1965's dizzying "Pierrot le Fou," which starred his then-wife, Anna Karina.

DATE: Mon, 23 Mar 2009
SIZE: 66.5 MB
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Episode 105 - A Crow, A Dark City and Knowing Nick Cage sucks.

Episode 105 - A Crow, A Dark City and Knowing Nick Cage sucks.

DATE: Wed, 18 Mar 2009
SIZE: 88.9 MB
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Episode 104 - Harcore Logo

It's safe to say that our featured director for this week, Mr. Bruce McDonald, was responsible in large part for turning Toronto into a film lab in the early nineties. Winning Best Canadian Feature at TIFF for his first film, Road Kill, Bruce went on to accept the prize promising he would spend it all on "a big chunk of hash." Since then, McDonald has seen more lows than highs. Hard Core Logo remains a cult hit and is acknowledged as one of Canada's greatest films but his early road trilogy made little at the box office. His ten million dollar feature - Picture Claire, starring Juliette Lewis and Mickey Rourke, went unreleased, and in order to purchase screen rights to The Tracey Fragments he had to mail novelist Maureen Medved his cowboy boots as down payment. Today we examine three very different films from the director, all three of which feature novels as source material. The first is last year's The Tracey Fragments, possibly MacDonald's most experimental film. Second is his new

DATE: Mon, 16 Mar 2009
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Episode 103 - Wes Craven

Wes Craven is on the short list of modern horror movie masters, having cornered the market on innovative, genre-defining films since the 1970s. Few people have had as big an impact in shaping modern horror as he's had, directing landmark films that have set the tone for three separate decades of genre moviemaking. Unfortunately directors like Craven are hard to come by in the horror genre. Now A Days film audiences are subjected only to remakes, reboots and re-imaginations of the classic horror films we have grown to love. Today on Sound on Sight we'll take a look at these two films and their later remakes. We'll weigh in the pros and cons, match them up side by side, argue their differences and jump in on the popular debate; Can a microwave work if the door is still opened?

DATE: Wed, 11 Mar 2009
SIZE: 31.3 MB
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Episode 102 - Hot Docs #4

Download show in another window There's an eclectic new slate of documentaries to be found on DVD aisles in the last few weeks, including Kurt Kuenne's provocative "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father," which wowed festival audiences but has kpet a relatively low profile elsewhere. Bill Maher's satirical travelogue across America's spiritual landscape, "Religulous," has also landed, along with "Front Runners," a peek into high-school electoral drama. Stepping in for Ali is returning guest Mariko McDonald.

DATE: Mon, 09 Mar 2009
SIZE: 73.0 MB
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Episode 101 - Who`s watching the Watchmen?

For over 20 years, DC Comics’ miniseries Watchmen has been upheld as the prototypical ‘graphic novel,’ used by generations of comic fans to justify for spending a lifetime chasing Spawn back issues, rubbing off to Mary Marvel, and buying Batman underwear at Zellers. In the comic, writer Alan Moore, one of the most respected writers in the medium, brought introduced a fascinating level of formal experimentation. And though Moore’s literary sensibilities are obvious, the book exists firmly in the comic book world, playing off of the conventions of the super-hero genre while pushing the boundaries of the medium’s structure. Which is why it makes perfect sense to put the Watchmen adaptation in the hands of an action movie director who makes Nike commercials. Zack Snyder, whose previous feature films, comic book adaptation 300 and the Dawn of the Dead remake, were box office blockbusters, has finally brought a Watchmen film to the big screen after years of legal wrangling and script-proble

DATE: Mon, 02 Mar 2009
SIZE: 58.9 MB
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Episode 100 - The Naked Lunch

Along with Tom Green and that guy from Kids in the Hall who never smiles, director David Cronenberg is perhaps Canada’s creepiest cultural export. But not the ghosts and ghouls sort of way. The uncle who buys you underwear for Christmas and licks his palm after shaking your hand kind of creepy. In the past 30 years, Cronenberg has returned time and time again to themes of sexuality, infection, and a really slimy combination of man and machine. And while his recent work, such as the Oscar nominated films Eastern Promises and The History of Violence, has been reasonably palatable to mainstream audiences, his oeuvre is one of the most unsettling in the history of auteur cinema. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at three of Cronenberg’s most distressing films: Rabid, Dead Ringers, and Naked Lunch.

DATE: Mon, 02 Mar 2009
SIZE: 62.9 MB
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Episode 99 - Audrey Hepburn

"Exqusite and with a sense of innocence, Audrey Hepburn was a rare actress for her time, compared to the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Mae West. Audrey was far from the volumptuos, typical hollywood movie star, she was a pleasant, petite woman with an enchanting Anglo-European accent, big doe-like eyes, a long swan neck, demure smile, melodious voice, charismatic manner, and perfect wardrobe. Audrey was also very modest, describing herself as an actress that didn't have much technique because she never learned to act. Her own acting technique, such as it was, simply consisted of hard work, intense concentration - and instinct. Life. Puppies. Pillows. Smiles. If you enjoy any of these things, even intermittently, you probably like at least one film starring the lovely and talented Audrey Hepburn, who was both a committed philanthropist and a consistently charming performer. In this episode we take a look at two of her most successful films - 1961's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and 1963's "

DATE: Tue, 24 Feb 2009
SIZE: 67.8 MB
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Episode 98 - Steven Soderberg

Up to this point, the career of Steven Soderbergh has unfolded like every independent director’s wet dream. His early films, such as 1989’s sex, lies and videotape, were the sort of intimate, deeply personal stories that stun film critics at Sundance but tend to find less success when playing alongside Rocky sequels. Nevertheless, the director has found great commercial success in recent years, with films like Erin Brockovich and Ocean’s 11 ringing in millions at the box office and, in the case of 2000’s Traffic, earning Soderbergh an Oscar for Best Director. Since then, he’s alternated commercial studio fare with low-budget, indie-friendly work. His latest film, the $60 million dollar, four-hour epic Che, may be a perfect synthesis of these two seemingly contradictory styles. Tonight, Sound on Sight takes a look at Che parts 1 and 2, as well as Schizopolis and Kafka, two of the eclectic director’s lesser-known films. Please note that tonight, host Ricky D will be replaced by guest sta

DATE: Tue, 24 Feb 2009
SIZE: 67.5 MB
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Episode 97 - History of the Academy Awards pt 2

Episode 97 comes a day after the 81st Academy Awards and we have our comments on the highlights and lowpoints of the show. As well we look back at two films that won best picture in the past and one which we feel should have. First up is the first and only film X-rated film to win the big award, Midngiht Cowboy. Second we take a look at Cabaret, the film that took home the award for best director over Francis Ford Copolla's work on The Godfahter. Finally we review one of Simon's favorite films Network which despite it numerous Academy Award nominations, lost out to Rocky.

DATE: Tue, 17 Feb 2009
SIZE: 52.5 MB
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Episode 95 - Tom Tykwer

Hailed as German Cinema's bright new hope, Tom Tykwer has quickly made a name for himself abroad as a fresh visualist with an energetic and passionate cinematic style. For his breakthrough film, the international success "Run Lola Run" (1999) and his follow-up feature "The Princess and the Warrior" (2001), Tykwer has enjoyed early comparisons to the late Polish auteur Krzysztof Kieslowski for his stylistic explorations of the effects of chance and choice on the human condition.

DATE: Mon, 16 Feb 2009
SIZE: 59.4 MB
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Episode 96 - Camp Crystal Lake

Along side the Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street films, the Friday the 13th series is the prototypical 80s slasher cycle. It’s also the latest in a long line of horror films to get a big budget reboot. Today, in part two of our Friday the 13th special, Sound on Sight takes a look at the second half of the series, as Jason continues his journey from ill-tempered mongoloid to lumbering zombie to demon to, eventually, cybernetic mecha-nightmare. We’ll also take a look at the Michael Bay-produced remake, and see if he’s managed to ruin another of our childhood obsessions. Remember, we watch these movies so you don’t have to.

DATE: Tue, 10 Feb 2009
SIZE: 64.8 MB
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Episode 94 - Camp Blood

Friday the 13th is the first and some say the best in a long running horror series that got sillier and more far-fetched the longer it pressed on. The film is in now way groundbreaking coming after cult favorites Black Christmas, Halloween and Bay of Blood, but does it do the trick in a killer-in-thee-woods item that hardly moves outside the realm of cliches. Find out the answer to this question and everything else you wanted to know about the franchise but couldn't bother wasting your time watching.

DATE: Mon, 09 Feb 2009
SIZE: 43.9 MB
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Episode 93 - Henry Selick

Funny how movie marketing works. A few years back, when Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride" saw release, it became convenient to associate Burton with 1993's "Nightmare Before Christmas," a movie he only co-produced and did story work on. "Nightmare" was actually directed by a fellow named Henry Selick - a less sellable name, perhaps, but a consistent presence in the realm of animation since the '80s. Now, Selick has a new film in theaters, the Neil Gaiman adaptation Coraline, and marketers are keen to point out that it was in fact Selick who brought Jack Skeliington to the screen. Nevertheless, Simon, Ali and Al willl take a look at both stop-motion kiddie creep-fests on this episode on Episode 93 of Sound on Sight.

DATE: Mon, 02 Feb 2009
SIZE: 47.9 MB
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Episode 92 - Film Noir

Aside from pornography and mid-nineties cyperpunk, film noir is likely the most instantly recognizable cinematic genre. Its dramatic, high-contrast lighting, black and white cinematography, and Expressionist-influenced camera-work defined the look of the gritty, sexually charged crime films of the 1940s and 50s. And while movies like The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, and Touch of Evil are cornerstones of the genre, the style spawned a wide variety of pulp classics from around the world. Today, Sound on Sight takes a look at three films from one of Kino International’s excellent Film Noir DVD box sets; Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-Hiker, Alberto Cavalcanti’s They Made Me A Fugitive, and Anthony Mann’s Strange Impersonation.

DATE: Mon, 02 Feb 2009
SIZE: 69.3 MB
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Episode 91 - History of the Academy Awards part 1

With the 81st Academy Awards a little over a month away, Sound on Sight presents three special reviews of past Best Picture winners, each picked by a different host. Rick had singled out 1934's It Happened One Night, directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable. 1955's Marty was Simon's pick, and 1961's hit musical West Side Story was picked by Ali. How have these supposed classics held up over time? Find out, as we discuss the films and dole out way more Oscar trivia than previously thought possible.

DATE: Mon, 26 Jan 2009
SIZE: 63.4 MB
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Episode 90 - Holiday Horror

Over the last thirty years, moviegoers have endured countless films that carry the tag "slasher" - nearly all of them being direct descendants of two classic horror films, Bob Clark's "Black Christmas" (1974) and John Carpenter's "Halloween." Since then, they've become an efficient source for studios to make quick cash, as they're inexpensive to make and usually bring swift business year-round. A surefire way to get your slasher seen? Tie it to a holiday, in a move we see major studios trot out nearly every year. To that end, we're going to tick off a few of these often-dubious but usually fun films - "April Fool's Day," "Happy Birthday to Me," "Silent Night, Deadly Night" and the May Day-themed "God Told Me to Kill."

DATE: Mon, 26 Jan 2009
SIZE: 70.1 MB
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Episode 89 - Hot Docs

With the Oscars just a month away, we take a look back at two Oscar-nominated films we did not have a chance to review yet. Israel's "Waltz With Bashir" is up for Best Foreign Film, although it might also have contended in the Best Animated Feature and Best Documentary categories, as it features eyewitness accounts of the 1982 Lebanon War from those who fought it. Werner Herzog's Antarctic adventure "Encounters at the End of the World," up for Best Documentary, will be reviewed as well. As a bonus, we'll also take a look at a doc that Oscar overlooked: "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired."

DATE: Tue, 20 Jan 2009
SIZE: 92.6 MB
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Episode 88 - My Bloody Valentine

Horror historians can easily trace the origin of the slasher film back to Halloween, Black Christmas, and even Psycho. However, until recently, few but genre enthusiasts would point to the role early ‘copycat’ films had in keeping slashers alive the early 80s, before endless sequels sapped the lifeblood from the genre like a severed artery. Canadian director George Mihalka’s 1981 film My Bloody Valentine was just such a movie; controversial in its time, then nearly forgotten, a 3D remake of the film hits theatres on Friday. Today take a look at the remake, as well as the recently released special edition DVD of the original cult hit.

DATE: Mon, 19 Jan 2009
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Episode 87 - American Mendes

Mendes made his directorial debut in 1999 with American Beauty, a tense suburban black comedy, starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening. The film won the Golden Globe, the BAFTA Award and the Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as netting Mendes a number of seperate prizes for his direction. Mendes' second film, in 2002, was Road to Perdition. Critics praised Paul Newman for his performance and the film was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor, and won one for Best Cinematography. In 2008, Mendes returned, following the lukewarm reception to his war film Jarhead, to the original area of his expertise - suburban strife - with an adaptation of Richard Yates' novel Revolutionary Road, which reunited its stars Kate Winslet (Mendes' wife) and Leonardo DiCaprio for the first time since they starred in Titanic, the highest-grossing film in history. Episode 87 sees us tackling all three films.

DATE: Fri, 16 Jan 2009
SIZE: 63.3 MB
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Episode 86 - Barflies, Boxers, Gumshoes, and small time Gangsters

"I thought my talent would transcend my outspokenness. I was wrong. I'm willing to give them 100 per cent this time. I just want a second chance at Hollywood." Mickey Rourke Mickey Rourke has had quite a career. He has moved back and forth from boxer to actor, and back again. Rourke has been called many things by many people, but conventional has never been one of the adjectives used to describe him. Tune into our first of a two part special on the man himself.

DATE: Fri, 16 Jan 2009
SIZE: 67.6 MB
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Episode 85 - Director Stephen Daldry special

Daldry made his feature film directorial debut with Billy Elliot, but previously he had been a theatre director. He won awards on Broadway as well as the West End. His next film was The Hours, and it won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for Nicole Kidman. Recently, he directed a stage musical adaptation of Billy Elliot, and a film version of The Reader, based on the book of the same name and starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. He has received two previous Academy Award nominations for his directing. On our first show now under the name of Sound On Sight, we take a look back on his still short but brilliant career but not before reviewing his new flim The Reader.

DATE: Fri, 16 Jan 2009
SIZE: 86.5 MB
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Episode 84 - The Last Lunch (Top 10 of 2008)

Episode 84 - The Last Lunch The very last installment of the program known as The Naked Lunch will be more like the Last Supper, as it takes on its new timeslot of Monday 9-11 one hour early for a year-end three-hour blowout of epic proportions, and gets ready to take on a new, more ambitious form in the new year. As a special year-end treat, Simon and Rick will run down their respective picks for the year's ten best films, all set to the sweet sounds of the year's best soundtracks.

DATE: Fri, 16 Jan 2009
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Episode 83 - Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky - he may look like an accountant, but you couldn't call his career boring. First he unveils his debut picture, Pi, a sci-fi thriller made for sixty grand, and launches his career in auspicious style. He follows it up with one of 2000's most hotly debated films, the Hubert Selby Jr. adaptation Requiem for a Dream, a hyper-stylized and brutally frank exploration of the power of addiction, which earns Ellen Burstyn a Best Actress nomination. Then things go slightly awry: he plans to get really ambitious with his tripartite sci-fi romance The Fountain, which was to star Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett as star-crossed lovers across three different planes of existence - until Pitt pulled out at the last minute to star in Troy instead, leaving frehsly built sets and a large crew in Australian dust. Undaunted, Aronofsky rewrote the film into a more modest form and recast it with Hugh Jackman - and his wife Rachel Weisz. The resulting film, shot in Montreal, got booed upon its deb

DATE: Fri, 16 Jan 2009
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Episode 82 - The Usual Suspect (Bryan Singer special)

A Hollywood standby over the last decade and a half, Bryan Singer first came to the attention of most moviegoers with his third film, the labyrinthine crime thriller The Usual Suspects, in 1994. Since then, he's tried on Stephen King, the X-Men and Superman, and now he's decided to tackle one of history's most blatant what-might-have-been scenarios: the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler, in his new thriller Valkyrie. Long known as a consistent force in moviemaking, if not exactly a trailblazer, Singer is banking on a hit after the relatively tepid reception his Superman reboot received. But how does the movie itself fare? You're about to find out...here on The Naked Lunch.

DATE: Thu, 15 Jan 2009
SIZE: 66.4 MB
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Episode 81 - The Curious Case of David Fincher

Episode 81 will focus on the magical, heart-warming film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. With it’s life-spanning story, moving back and forth, it has brought up some comparisons to the sentimental Oscar favorite Forrest Gump. Is the usually edgy director pandering to the Academy and a mainstream audience. We will discuss wether or not we think these accusations are in any way valid. In the second half of the show we rewind the clock back a year and focus our attention on David Fincher`s mesmerizing account of the infamous, never-solved Bay Area serial killings as seen in his hit thriller Zodiac.

DATE: Thu, 15 Jan 2009
SIZE: 61.3 MB
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Episode 80 - The Day Radio Sound Still

Simon takes some time off to avoid reviewing the new remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still and Ricky and Ali are left to cover the mess. We start our countdown of our top 5 soundtracks of 2008 and Ricky continues his 2009 predictions with naming what he thinks will be the surprise hit film and it's not The Watchmen.

DATE: Thu, 15 Jan 2009
SIZE: 66.2 MB
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Episode 79 - European Cinema

In episode 70 we will review the film Hunger starring Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands, of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who led the 1981 Irish hunger strike and participated in the no wash protest (led by Brendan "The Dark" Hughes) in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It dramatises events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands’ death. In the second half of the show we will Gomorrah the 2008 hyperlink crime film directed by Matteo Garrone, based on the book by Roberto Saviano.

DATE: Thu, 15 Jan 2009
SIZE: 35.3 MB
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Episode 78 - Danny Boyle special

One of Britain's most celebrated breakthrough talents of the '90s, director and producer Danny Boyle made his name with his acclaimed 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting. An angry, funny and groundbreaking film about a group of heroin addicts that took a non-judgmental approach to drug use, the film won equal parts praise and controversy, as well as lasting fame for its director. Since than Danny Boyle has tackled many genres – be it the sci fi thriller Sunshine or the George Romero inspired 28 Days Later and lets not forget his first film, my personal favorite - a Hitchcockian thriller Shallow Grave. Only today we’ll be spending our time talking about his lighter side of the spectrum. With Christmas approaching, we will take a look back at his X-mas / family film Millions but not before reviewing his latest film Slumdog Millionaire.

DATE: Thu, 15 Jan 2009
SIZE: 67.2 MB
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Episode 77 - A Short podcast about Kieslowski

Way back in Episode 28, we discussed Krzystzof Kieslowski's seminal Three Colors trilogy with our resident European film expert, Eduardo Lucatero, and promised to return to discuss the revered Polish master's earlier work. Well it's taken forever, but we finally got our act together to discuss A Short Film About Love, A Short Film About Killing, and his most challenging film, The Double Life of Veronique. Rick had to sit this one out, but joining Simon is returning guest Eduardo and friend of the show Jaimee Lee-Baggley.

DATE: Thu, 15 Jan 2009
SIZE: 66.1 MB
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Episode 76 - My Own Private Idol

A director who is capable of crafting both deeply unconventional independent films and mainstream crowd-pleasers, Gus Van Sant has managed to carve an enviable niche for himself in Hollywood. Since debuting in 1985 with Mala Noche, Van Sant has become one of the premiere bards of dysfunction, populating his films with a parade of hustlers, junkies, psychopathic weather girls and troubled geniuses. After two failed attempts, Van Sant has finally brought to fruition his biopic on Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to hold public office as city supervisor in San Francisco until his assassination in 1978. We’ll take this opportunity to not only review his latest opus but to rewind you back to his first film, Male Noche, and his most popular, My Own Private Idaho.

DATE: Thu, 15 Jan 2009
SIZE: 67.9 MB
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Episode 75 - Another Gay Film Festival

This week sees the arrival of the twenty-first edition of Montreal's Image+Nation fest, featuring a wide-ranging survey of new films that touch on LGBT themes. To celebrate, we'll be tackling a few of them, including XXY, (which served as Argentina's submission for the Academy Awards last year), as well as the gross-out spoof flick Another Gay Sequel (as well as touching on its predecessor, Another Gay Movie) and, perhaps most excitingly, Bruce LaBruce's gay zombie satire Otto, or, Up With Dead People.

DATE: Thu, 15 Jan 2009
SIZE: 65.7 MB
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Episode 74 - Baz Lurhmann special

Rumours spead that the the new film by Baz Lurhmann, Australia, may be a box office disaster with squabbles over the length of the movie and even its ending. That is until Opran went on her show raving about how it was the best film she had seen in years. Studio heads no longer need to worry about it`s box office numbers now that millions of Oprah heads are getting ready to rush and see some are calling the Next Gone With The Wind. Reports are that Baz Luhrmann wrote 6 endings and shot 3. Does Hugh Jackman’s character survive? No one is saying though a apparently there is a twist! However that doesn`t mean it us going to be a good movie. Last time I check Oprah also made such a fuss over Vanilla Sky. Join Ricky, Simon and Ali who returns once again for some honest, no bullshit review on the epic film. While we`re at it, we will take the opportunity to review his older films Romeo and Juliet and Strictly Ballroom.

DATE: Thu, 15 Jan 2009
SIZE: 96.1 MB
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Episode 73 - Teenage Wasteland

Episode 73: I Was a Teenage Vampire Teenage girls everywhere are frothing at the mouth over Twilight, the Vampire teen-romance flick adapted from Stephanie Meyer's best-selling books. Ricky and Simon are in rough terrain here, being completely outside of the film's target audience, so our guest Ally, who's more familiar with the series of novels, helps out with the details. We also rewind to the 80's to take a look at two classic teen-vampire movies - Joel Shumacher's The Lost Boys and Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark. And hey, why not remind you to give Let the Right One In another shot now that it's in wide release?

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 72-B- James Bond (Daniel Craig)

In recent years there has been a flood of movie remakes and reboots. The majority of these films have been seen in the Horror genre. However action films are not too far behind in numbers, with recent reinventions of Get Smart, Charlie’s Angels, The Terminator series and even Indiana Jones. Most are outright horrible but once in a while there comes along a gem and Casino Royal was exactly what the Bond franchise needed. Fast forward two years and we’re treated to the follow up film in the franchise bearing the worst title of all Bond films, Quantum of Solace. Join Ricky and Simon on this episode as they look into the meaning of its bizarre title and review the latest 007 film

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 72 - A - James Bond (Sean Connery special)

With 1964's Goldfinger, the third James Bond story to reach the screen, the "Bond formula" had reached maturity. Screenwriter Richard Maibaum, a participant in the scripting of the previous two movies, Dr. No and From Russia with Love, had identified those elements of the series that audiences liked. So, for this film, his storyline (adapted loosely from Ian Fleming's 1959 novel) enhanced the action sequences, added more beautiful women, gave 007 an Aston Martin loaded with neat gadgets, and offered actor Sean Connery more opportunities to deliver one-liners and act suave. In Episode 71 of The Naked Lunch Simon and Ricky with a special mystery guest take you on a time warp back before Bond was a house hold name. We’ll review the original Bond films with the original Bond, and discuss the early building blocks of the franchise.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 71 - Alex Gibney special

Alex Gibney seems to be drawn to calamity. The documentarian's three major features so far focus on volatile topics and controversial events. His newest, currently in theaters, is called Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson, and it illustrates the troubled journalist's path from political rabble-rouser to caricature. We'll be essaying that particular film, as well as looking back at his 2007 Oscar winner Taxi to the Dark Side (a grueling look at detainee abuse in America's War on Terror) and the self-explanatory Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Find out how a local professor at McGill University right here in Montreal was responsible for some of the worst techniques of torture used in the wars in the middle east. Also learn how the world`s 7th biggest corporation went bankrupt in less than 48 hours. All this and more on the show voted one of the best film shows world wide!

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 70 - Global Metal

Global Metal

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 69 - Ricky Rocky Horror Picture Show `2009

Tune in to our yearly Halloween tradition here at The Naked Lunch as we count down the top 31 horror films of the past 31 years. Also reviews on two Canadian horror films, The Changeling and Black Christmas.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 68 - Festival wrap up!

Three Men and a Geek There's so much great stuff at the multiplexes these days that Rick and Simon need to zoom out and take on a set of major directors one by one, tackling their newest features. First up - and the subject of the most debate from critics - is Charlie Kaufman's ambitious and troubled directorial debut Synecdoche, New York. Then we've got Clint Eastwood's new Oscarbait historical drama Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich. On the lighter side of things, we have veteran director Mike Leigh taking a turn for the light with his delightful new film Happy-Go-Lucky. Finally, we have Kevin Smith, whose newest comedy, Zack and Miri Make a Porno (or, as it's known in Philadelphia, Zack and Miri Make a [Bleep]) opens wide this week. We tackle all of 'em. Oh, and don't forget the Podcast Awards, folks!

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 67 - X Presidents

Tune into our very first special on director Oliver Stone. With his new film W. being released, we have decided to review his Presidential Trilogy. Aldo Àugust`Parise joins me in the studio while Simon Howell joins us live from New York City. Politics has never been this fun!

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 49.1 MB
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Episode 66 - Hot Docs

Episode 66: Docs at the FNC Special guest Derek Gladu returns once more to help Simon pick apart th new documentaries that have seen release at the FNC, including the high-wire chronicle Man on Wire (one of the year's best-reviewed films), and two Canadian docs; a very personal doc about transsexuality called She's a Boy I Knew from director Gwen Haworth, and an NFB doc about the emerging and evolving Nigerian film industry entitled Nollywood Babylon. Derek and Simon also kick off a weekly focus on new-to-DVD titles by looking at Bigger Stronger Faster, a new "big-ticket" doc on the repercussions of steroid use within American society. Docs large and small - all will see the light of examination.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 65 - Bloody Radical part 5 - The New Wave Film Festival `2008

Montreal's esteemed Cinema Nouveau film festival rolls on, and we've got a steaming fresh batch of reviews from this year's Temps Zéro (aka The Wild Bunch) section - essentially, the most off-the-wall material to see inclusion. That includes the very controversial (and very graphic) French thriller Martyrs, Korean western The Good, the Bad and the Weird, manga adaptation Detroit Metal City, and the curious Belgian black comedy JCVD, starring none other than iconic action star Jean-Claude Van Damme. In addition, we'll be taking a look at Quarantine, the Hollywood remake of one of the year's best horror films, [rec]. Is it just another case of Hollywood's seemingly terminal case of remake-itis?

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 64: Fernando Meirelles

Episode 63: Fernando Meirelles Brazil's Fernando Meirelles made quite a splash in 2002 with his breakthrough feature City of God, a brutal and vibrant portrait of crime and street life in one of Brazil's worst slums. It has become one of the most popular foreign films of the new decade. He followed it up with The Constant Gardener, a political thriller based on John le Carré's novel of the same name and starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz. After taking on le Carré, Meirelles has taken on an even bigger risk by tackling José Saramago's beloved novel Blindness with the help of Canadian screenwriter Don McKellar (Last Night, The Red Violin). Critics have been sharply divided, and the film's premiere at Cannes was less than a slam dunk. We'll cut through the hype and let you know if it's worth your time and cash, but not without revisiting Meirelles' other films.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 63 - Cool Hand Luke

Paul Newman wasn’t just an Oscar-winning movie star and director, he was a philanthropist, practical joke player, and award-winning race car driver. The roles he chose were immortalized by his outstanding performances in films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Hud, Cool Hand Luke, Somebody Up There Likes Me, The Hustler, The Sting, The Verdict, The Color of Money. He was an electric Mt. Rushmore with a thousand twinklers behind his bright blue eyes Here is the first of a two part special on the man himself.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 62: The Man With the Palahniuk

It was nearly 10 years ago that David Fincher adapted Chuck Palahniuk's controversial novel Fight Club into a film that became an international cult phenomenon - in more ways than one. In the intervening years, many have proposed other Palahniuk-based film projects but none of them ever got off the ground - until now. Actor-director Clark Gregg bravely stepped up to the plate to helm Choke, a dark comedy based on Palahniuk's novel of the same name, and he even raked in some half-decent actors to star in it, including that ever-reliable scoundrel Sam Rockwell. Will Gregg's work hold a candle to Fincher's formidable flames? We even squeezed in some quick reviews on Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Eagle Eye just for good measure.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 61: Directors Lucas Moodysson & Peter Sollett

Director Peter Sollett hasn't been kicking around too long, but he's already made a splash in two distinctly different realms: first, as an indie darling with his coming-of-age dramedy Raising Victor Vargas, and now returning with the seeming heir to Juno's hipster-comedy throne, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. (He even remembered to drag Michael Cera along.) We'll discuss both films at length, as well as taking a quick sojourn to Sweden - where Ricky D recently spent a good chunk of his vacation - to look at two films by acclaimed director Lukas Moodyson.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 60 - Human Frailty and Divine Intervention

With the U.S, political landscape becoming increasingly partisan and religiously based, we thought it a good time to reflect on some recent docs that have highlighted religion's place in society - Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's provocative Jesus Camp, Amy Berg's Deliver Us From Evil, and Lucy Walker's Amish teen documentary Devil's Playground. Will they all pass muster before the Naked Lunch's deities of judgment? As with Episode 59, it'll be Simon and guests, with Ricky D taking a well-deserved break.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 59 - Raising the Coens

This week sees the release of the Coen brothers' new comedy-thriller Burn After Reading, so we thought it an appropriate time to dig up some of the Coens' first comedies - namely, Raising Arizona, Barton Fink and The Hudsucker Proxy. Some of these films have attained the status of cult classics, while some (okay, just Hudsucker) have earned a less prestigious claim. We're going to take a look back at these 90's films, but not without also passing judgment on Burn After Reading. A caveat: Ricky D will be taking a much-needed vacation, so this week's shows will be hosted by Simon and a special guest or two. Will civilization (aka the show) collapse in Ricky's absence? Tune in and find out!

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 58 - Blood Radical pt. 4

Things get extreme on this show as we bring you the 4th edition to our on going series entitled``Bloody Radical``. A series where we have collected wholly distinctive and proudly risk-taking genre films. Bear witness to the ongoing continuation of the bold new chapter on Naked Lunch Radio. In this edition we finally have the chance to take full advantage of attending the world premiere of James Isaac`s new film Pighunt. Also our review of The Burrowers which just had it’s world premier at the Toronto Film Festival and to top it all off is the seriously supercharged and wildly entertaining, X-CROSS. Listener feedback, top ten lists and more.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 57 - David Mamet pt.1

The most recognized element of Mamet's style is his sparse, clipped dialogue. Mamet's dialogue is so unique that it has become known as "Mametspeak". His language is not so much "naturalistic" as it is a poetic impression of streetwise jargon. Noted for his strong male characters, Mamet's plays often deal with the decline of morality in a world which has become an emotional and spiritual wasteland. In 1984, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross which recreated the atmosphere of a gritty Chicago real estate office in which Levine, an aging salesman, is about to be sacked. In 1981, Mamet turned his attention to screenwriting and made an impressive debut with his first screenplay, The Postman Always Rings Twice, which he adapted from the novel by James Cain. He has since turned out a number of critically acclaimed screenplays including The Verdict (1982), The Untouchables (1987), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) and Wag the Dog (1998) and is now considered to be among the

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 56 - Six soldiers. Full moon. No chance. (Director Niel Marshall special)

With a resume only three movies deep, Briton Neil Marshall's filmography is already amusingly contradictory. His first proper feature was the low-budget werewolf flick Dog Soldiers, which was light enough to have almost featured Simon Pegg in its cast. He followed it up with The Decent, one of the most revered horror films of the '00s, replete with doom-filled imagery and claustrophobic chills. Most recently, however, he unleashed his very own tribute to John Carpenter and Roger Miller, the divisive Doomsday. Is Marshall a new horror auteur or just another grunt in the genre's overcrowded trenches?

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 55 - Return to the Arthouse (Gus Van Sant pt.1)

So you really liked Casey Affleck in Gone Baby Gone and The Assassination of Jesse James. How would you like to watch him fumble around the desert with Matt Damon for 100 minutes, at an average of one minute per shot? That's a brief but accurate description of Gerry, the first film in Gus Van Sant's professed "trilogy" of films about death, along with the school shooting drama (and Palme D'Or winner) Elephant and the grungy lament Last Days. We'll be discussing all three films, as well as his most recent outing Paranoid Park, which may as well be the fourth installment.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 54 - Canada vs. America

This week's programming is all about controversy. On the polite side of that coin, we have Nanette Burstein's new documentary feature American Teen, which has been assailed by many critics as being an MTV-style pseudo-documentary, complete with careful editing choices and subject coaching. Meanwhile, Canada's own Guy Maddin continues to work in his own strange little realm, releasing the strongly autobiographical art film My Winnipeg, which has been kicking around in festivals for quite some time but has only recently seen theatrical release in some places. When reality and artifice collide, which films will survive?

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 53 - Days of Thunder

Spokespeople for the mentally disabled are up in arms over Ben Stiller's star-studded new comedy, Tropic Thunder, in which Stiller plays an action star who makes an ill-advised attempt at Oscar gold by starring in Simple Jack, whose tagline reads: "Once upon a time...there was a retard." Paramount's been forced to remove promotional materials that refer to the film-within-a-film, and some have even called for the movie to be re-edited. When all the hoopla is set aside, however, is there a decent comedy to be found here? As we ponder this, we'll also take a look back at Inglorious Bastards, Enzo Castellari's breezy war film about a motley crew of army rejects who find redemption on the battlefield. Quentin Tarantino is mounting a major remake of the film - but will it be worth your time?

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 51 - David Gordon Green special

What’s going on with David Gordon Green? First he directs a line of stellar, intense art films, beginning with the coming-of-age drama George Washington and the woozy, lovesick All the Real Girls, then eventually does a complete 180 to helm the Apatow-produced stoner-action-comedy Pineapple Express (starring Seth Rogen, who Rick might have a personal beef with…). Word is he wants to do a dragon movie next. But is this apparent wunderkind really all he’s made out to be? Find out when Rick, Simon and special guest Derek discuss these films - as well as a few “bonus” cinematic atrocities that Simon and Rick were subjected to over the course of the week - to cap off The Naked Lunch’s first season!

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 50 - Hot Docs pt.1

Beginning our newfound pledge to cover more documentary features, we present a full hour of docs we’ve recently taken in - two from the Fantasia festival and one just for the fun of it, and we’ve invited documentary fanatic Derek Gladu to chip in. I Think We’re Alone Now follows two very different social misfits (one a severe Asperger’s case, the other a medical hermaphrodite) who share one common quirk: their love of (and subsequent obsession over) 80’s pop star Tiffany. We’ve got an interview with director Sean Donnelly. Meanwhile, Second Skin is an ambitious look at the world of MMORPG addicts and the ways in which virtual worlds can both wreak havoc upon and occasionally improve reality. Finally, just for kicks, we’ll discuss one of Rick’s favorite recent docs, The Nomi Song, which explores the exploits of legendary German counter-tenor / pop star Klaus Nomi.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 95.9 MB
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Episode 49 - Bloody Radical part 3 - Hour 2

All kinds of exciting things happen to human flesh in our final show on Fantasia's new wave of American horror films. It's harvested in harsh socioeconomic conditions in Darren Lynn Bousman's passion project Repo! The Genetic Opera. It's hung up on hooks and stripped like cattle in the much-anticipated Clive Barker adaptation The Midnight Meat Train. (Those last two were both world premieres, folks.) It's devoured and processed in all kinds of nasty ways in teen zombie comedy Dance of the Dead. Redneck flesh gets an especially grotesque treatment in the exploitation flick Trailer Park of Terror. Finally, it's dispatched through a number of inventive methods in the suicide cult thriller From Within. Even the Aussies aren't immune - their new thriller Dying Breed centers around an isolated camp of forest-dwelling cannibals! Much like tofu, however, all of this goremongering isn't worth much without the right chemistry - do any of these stand up to Ricky and Simon's high standards? Well,

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
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Episode 49 - Bloody Radical part 3 - Hour 1

All kinds of exciting things happen to human flesh in our final show on Fantasia's new wave of American horror films. It's harvested in harsh socioeconomic conditions in Darren Lynn Bousman's passion project Repo! The Genetic Opera. It's hung up on hooks and stripped like cattle in the much-anticipated Clive Barker adaptation The Midnight Meat Train. (Those last two were both world premieres, folks.) It's devoured and processed in all kinds of nasty ways in teen zombie comedy Dance of the Dead. Redneck flesh gets an especially grotesque treatment in the exploitation flick Trailer Park of Terror. Finally, it's dispatched through a number of inventive methods in the suicide cult thriller From Within. Even the Aussies aren't immune - their new thriller Dying Breed centers around an isolated camp of forest-dwelling cannibals! Much like tofu, however, all of this goremongering isn't worth much without the right chemistry - do any of these stand up to Ricky and Simon's high standards? Well,

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 213. MB
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Episode 49 - Bloody Radical part 3

All kinds of exciting things happen to human flesh in our final show on Fantasia's new wave of American horror films. It's harvested in harsh socioeconomic conditions in Darren Lynn Bousman's passion project Repo! The Genetic Opera. It's hung up on hooks and stripped like cattle in the much-anticipated Clive Barker adaptation The Midnight Meat Train. (Those last two were both world premieres, folks.) It's devoured and processed in all kinds of nasty ways in teen zombie comedy Dance of the Dead. Redneck flesh gets an especially grotesque treatment in the exploitation flick Trailer Park of Terror. Finally, it's dispatched through a number of inventive methods in the suicide cult thriller From Within. Even the Aussies aren't immune - their new thriller Dying Breed centers around an isolated camp of forest-dwelling cannibals! Much like tofu, however, all of this goremongering isn't worth much without the right chemistry - do any of these stand up to Ricky and Simon's high standards? Well,

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 84.2 MB
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Episode 48 - The Killing Joke - (The Dark Knight special)

The Dark Knight It's the year's most anticipated film, so accordingly we've got an extended look at The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan's latest Bat-opus. We're going to look in-depth at Nolan's work on the series, as well as getting into the nitty-gritty on the film itself, both in spoiler and non-spoiler segments. If you haven't seen it yet (and why not?) come for the first part, then stay and join the cool kids for the spoiler section once you've had the pleasure. Same Bat-time...you get the picture

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 71.0 MB
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Episode 47 - Tokyo Shock, Japanese Rock! (part 2)

When it comes to madness and mayhem, nobody can deliver it quite like the Japanese, and we've recently been exposed to a series of hyperactive Japanese flicks so action-packed (though not, of course, always actually good) that we've put together a follow-up to our previous Japanese spotlight. This time, we're tackling "Machine Girl," Takashi Miike's spaghetti western throwback "Sukiyaki Western Django," and the much-touted splatterfest "Tokyo Gore Police."

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 90.9 MB
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Episode 46 - Bloody Radical part 2

U.S. horror has taken a beating oer the last few years, with most of the most prominent genre films coming out of Asia - principally Japan and Korea. At this year's Fantasia, however, several new U.S. films are being touted as part of a new U.S. rennaisance - Jonathan Devine's teen-angst thriller "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane," actor Christopher Denham's directorial debut "Home Movie," and Stuart Gordon's latest work, "Stuck." But do any of them actually deliver the goods?

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 46.2 MB
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Episode 45 – Fantasia 2008

Our coverage on the Fantasia Film Festival continues. In this broadcast we are pleased to be among the first to review several films here in North America. To kick things off is the new film from director Ole Bornedal entitled The Substitute, a stellar teen coming-of-age story and a ripping sci-fi adventure. We will also focus on two films from Canada. One is the new film from the same team that brought us Hobo with A Shotgun. The second is Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer starring the one and only Robert Englund. To wrap it all up is “Rule of Three”, a feature debut from multiple award-winning cult author Eric Shapiro (DAYS OF ALLISON) along with an interview with the director himself.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 53.5 MB
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Episode 44: The Spanish Inquisition

In a nice bit of synchronicity, Fantasia has offered us a slate of new Spanish fantasy and horror films – specifically, the much-hyped “verité” thriller [rec], silent throwback La Antena, apocalyptic thriller Before the Fall, and the time-travel black comedy Timecrimes. Meanwhile, over in Hollywood, Spanish wizard Guillermo del Toro is finally ready to unleash his latest opus, Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Lucky for you, we were able to catch all of these films over the past week, and we’re going to tell you which to seek out and which to ignore, not forgetting to take a quick look back at the first Hellboy.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 79.7 MB
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Episode 43 - Bloody Radical part 1

Voted best film podcast 2008! Tune into Episode 42 of The Naked Lunch with our reviews and full coverage of the Fantasia Film Festival Our first review will focus on what some are calling the must see film of the year, “Let The Right One In.” This Swedish vampire film is without a doubt, stunning. A vampire film that follows the rules of the vampire mythology while mixing in a rare coming of age story that is both powerful and touching. Dare we say Masterpiece? Also a look back at last years hits including Hatchet, The Tripper, Mulberry Street and more. Made for people who love movies for people who love movies!

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 34.5 MB
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Episode 42 - WallE & Johnny Five

Reviews on WallE and Short Circuit plus interview clips and the music of Louis Armstrong.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 48.2 MB
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Episode 41 - Crossing Heaven Head On (Fatih Atkin special)

Born in Germany as the son of Turkish parents, the 30-year-old director is a child of globalization: like the musician Manu Chao, he samples and remixes elements from a diversity of cultures, material easily available to his generation for the first time. «We grew up with the video recorder - and my great role models were not from Europe. Neo-Realism or Film Noir, that didn’t come until later. In the beginning I was really keen on American cinema: love, violence, action, simply good stories!» And making films enabled him to approach his own roots and arrive at the insight that tradition need not mean just raking in the ashes: «I was lucky, I had the opportunity to work in Turkey and to get to know the country in that way. We German-Turks are like aliens for those over there in Turkey. So we have to keep on going over there and examining our own history. We can learn a lot and then make it into something new.»

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 54.5 MB
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Episode 40 - Hollywood blacklists (The Jules Dassin special pt.1)

One of the most defiantly visible survivors of the Hollywood Blacklist was American director Jules Dassin. Following high school in the Bronx and drama school in Europe, Dassin made his stage debut at age 25 with the Yiddish Theatre in New York. In Hollywood, Dassin worked his way up to a directorial spot at MGM’s short subjects unit, where he handled a brilliant 20-minute adaptation of Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart (1941). This led to a promotion to features like Nazi Agent (1942), Reunion in France (1942) and The Canterville Ghost (1944). From MGM, Dassin went to work for producer Mark Hellinger at Universal Studios, where he turned out two full-blooded crime classics: Brute Force (1947) and The Naked City (1948). Unfortunately, the late 1940s were difficult times for anyone with even the slightest leftist political leanings. After being identified as a communist by director Ed Dmytryk during a House UnAmerican Activities Committee hearing, Dassin found himself completely shut out by Hol

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 63.8 MB
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Episode 39 - The Happening

The second of out two part special on director M. Night Shyamalan. Will Ricky continue to defend the film maker and his three previous films and more importantly will Simon deliver the havoc he promised last week, and tear them all apart? What is the real cause of The Happening? Was there a side message commenting on how we as a society have problems in communicating amongst each other? Tune and get ready to send us some feedback.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 137. MB
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Episode 38 - Be Kind Rewind! (Director Michel Gondry special)

There are many ways to crack a Rubik's Cube. Michel Gondry did it with his toes. A year ago, the film director posted a short video on YouTube showing this skill ... Things aren't always as they appear in a Gondry film. Tune into our special on director Michel Gondry. a French Academy Award-winning screenwriter, film, commercial and music video director. He is noted for his inventive visual style and manipulation of mise en scène.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 55.6 MB
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Episode 37 - The Dark Night

M Night Shyamalan The modern Hitchcock The studio pet who could do no wrong? Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan is shaping up to be the new Spielberg/Hitchcock: A master storyteller with a gift for twists and a keen understanding of public taste. Listen to the first part of our M . Knight special. Will Ricky & Simon defend the so called master of thrillers or will they just tear him to shreds. Tune in and find out!

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 49.9 MB
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Episode 36 - The Incredible Hulk vs. The Hulk

Tune into our review of The new Hulk movie as well as a look back to the 2003 film!

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 101. MB
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Episode 35 - Anti-Establishment Films of the 90`s made by the Establishment

The following are five films that my friends and I grew up with. Each film was granted repeat viewings through out the years. They all share common themes. They all feature a great sound track not to mention numerous tracks that appeared on each film that never made the official soundtrack cd. They all were coming of age films and considered part of the the Gen X momement. They were all produced within the Hollywood system and both early and breakthrough films for each director. Each screenplay was filled with witty dialogue, and a young all star cast of which many went on to make bigger names for themselves. More importantly they all geared to be Anti Establishment film although made by the establishment. We ill take a trip down memory lane and review all five films. We will let you know if we think they still stand the test of time or were we just nieve and young in thinking they were great?

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 90.7 MB
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Episode 34 - French, SEx MuRDErs!

France has long been a gathering spot for artists from across Europe and the world. For this reason French cinema is sometimes intertwined with the cinema of foreign nations. We have thus brought you specials on some of the Directors who have crossed over to France to make films. Including Poland`s Krzysztof Kieslowski and Austria`s Michael Heneke. It`s the country that brought you Jean Luc Godart, Jean Pierre Melville, Francois Truffault and many other great directors. Now in the 21st century they take from the pages of Italian film makers of the 70`s and bring us the most gruesome, gut wrenching, blood splattering, sick and twisted horror films of the past decade. It's pure, unadulterated carnage and we intend on reviewing every frame, every drop of blood, every scream while spinning the best of Frnech Indie rock!

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 170. MB
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EPISODE 33 - Rambo & Son of Rambow have SEX in The City with STrangers on Prom Night!

A little something for everyone... Reviews on Sex and The City, Son of Rambow, First Blood, Prom Wars and the Strangers. Also a special interview with director Phil Price and screenplay writer Myles Hainsworth. Be prepared for a heated debate between Simon and Rick plus some great music from artists such as Gillian Welch and Joanna Newsome.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 147. MB
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Episode 32 - Bullwhips and Fedoras - A History of Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones special

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 43.7 MB
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Episode 31 (2nd hour) - Art School Confidential

Tune in to the Naked Lunch (After Hours) this week as we will be stepping outside the mainstream in our History of Comic Book Films marathon! Special guest August from "Rein In August will join Sic Ric and discuss the works of Robert Crumb, Harvey Pekar, Ralph Bakshi and many more. Also the best in Jazz music and talk on Chasing Amy, American Splendor, and ton of other surprises!

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 69.7 MB
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Episode 31 (1st hour) - Art School Confidential

Tune in to the Naked Lunch (After Hours) this week as we will be stepping outside the mainstream in our History of Comic Book Films marathon! Special guest August from "Rein In August will join Sic Ric and discuss the works of Robert Crumb, Harvey Pekar, Ralph Bakshi and many more. Also the best in Jazz music and talk on Chasing Amy, American Splendor, and ton of other surprises!

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 72.4 MB
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Episode 30 (2nd hour) History of Comic Book Film Adaptations Part One

The first or a four part series. Listen in as Sic Ric reviews everything from Captain America in the 1940`s to the most recent comic films.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 61.3 MB
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Episode 30 (1st hour) - History of Comic Book Film Adaptations Part One

The first or a four part series. Listen in as Sic Ric reviews everything from Captain America in the 1940`s to the most recent comic films.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 125. MB
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Episode 29 - No Use For A Name

You know the summer is on it`s way with the opening of the first blockbuster film. Iron Man opens up this week with a projected 65 millions box office take. What better way to open our show than with our review of the film and an interview with director John Favreau. Also Simon joins me in the studio once again this week has we tackle on two heart breaking documentaries; War Dance & Young at Heart. Last week we were not able to broadcast due to CJLO’s annual award show. What happens when we take a week off? We find ourselves in a difficult spot in reviewing too many movies in one show. However we did not let that get us down. In between the hot docs we found time for The Diving Bell & The Butterfly and The Savages. Our weekly DVD contest is back as well as our phone calls to our local video store Movieland. All this and more on The Naked Lunch episode 29.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 87.6 MB
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Episode 28 B - Color Me Kieslowski

Tune in to our special on director Krzysztof Kieslowski. We will take a look back at his four foreign films produced in France which includes the Double life of Veronica and his Blue, White and Red trilogy.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 86.7 MB
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Episode 28 A - Beyond The Valley of the Silicone Dolls

Tune into the first hour - our Hollywood hour! Movies Reviewed: The Bands Visit Before The Devil Knows Your Dead Lars & The Real Girl Juno John Cho Interview & more...

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 52.0 MB
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Episode 27 - A Midnight Snack (2nd hour)

The second half of out special on the best heist films about a bank job. Also the special sneak peek at Forgetting Sarah Marshall. All this and more!

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 61.3 MB
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Episode 27 - A Midnight Snack (1st hour)

Special on director Roger Avary. New to DVD, box office talk etc.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 56.4 MB
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Episode 26 - Swatch Watches & Diet Coke Heads

Five excellent films revolving around a dark subjest - suicide. Movies reviewed are Wristcutters, Heathers, The Bridge, Tout est Parfait and The Virgin Suicides

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 43.7 MB
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Episode 25 - A - The Getaway

Tune in as we review The Bank Job and take a look back at the top 5 Heist films revolving around a bank robbery.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 87.3 MB
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Episode 24 – Funny Games

He is best known for his bleak and disturbing style. His films often document problems and failures in modern society.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 100. MB
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Episode 23 - Paint my Masterpiece

Thursday March 6th – Art Is a Lie Tune in to our first episode focusing solely on documentaries. First we kick it off with our second entry in our Masterpiece Cinema page. Of course we are talking about our very much delayed review of Style Wars. Journey with us through a history of Hip Hop culture only to break and discuss the newest DVD release “My Kid Could Paint That. Also a look back at the film “Who The Fuck is Jackson Pollock? This is sure to be one of our best shows yet!

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 115. MB
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Episode 22 - A No Brainer! Zombies in Pop Culture part 2

Tune in for the second of a two part special on zombies in pop culture. We will review everything from Evil Dead to Shaun of The Dead. Also our reviews on the newest DVD releases including Murder Party, 30 Days of Night, Rage and Beowulf. All this & more!

DATE: Wed, 14 Jan 2009
SIZE: 105. MB
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Episode 21 - Road to the Oscars

Charlie Bartlett vs. Ferris Bueller! Oscars picks & Predictions!

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 43.3 MB
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Episode 20 -B (2nd hour) Jumper!

In the second hour special guest J.C. along side Ricky D and Dr. J review the films Jumper, Gone baby Gone and Mystic River. All that and more!

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 55.1 MB
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Episode 20 - A (1st hour) St. Valentine`s Day Massacre

Our first of a two part special on zombies in pop culture. Reviews of White Zombie, Re-Animator and the films of director`s Fulci and Romero. All this and more.

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 51.4 MB
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Episode 19 - B - Rated X by an All Whyte Jury

Director Ralph Bakshi special.

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 67.4 MB
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Episode 19 - A - Modern Cowboys

Special on recent westerns made within the past decade.

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 93.3 MB
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Episode 18 - Everyday People

Films reviewed: The Killer of Sheep (which was our first entry into our “Masterpiece Cinema page.“) Goerge Washington ( directorial debut by David Gordon Green.) The King of Kong, A Fist Full Of Quarters (which not only won Best Documentary on The Naked Lunch Movie Awards `2007 but also made Sic Ric`s top 10 list.) & last but not least…. In studio interview with Director Eduardo Lucatero!

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 60.6 MB
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Episode 17 - Rocket Science

Episode 17 : What is Cloverfield? Also the top 5 sea monsters, Spanish horror films, our review of the Orphanage, Rocket Science and more.

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 110. MB
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Episode 16 - Punch Drunk Radio

Episode 16 - Punch Drunk Radio - A special one hour review on director Paul Thomas Anderson and his ingenious body of work. - The complete what to do list in Hollywood for 2008! - Golden Globes reviews -Top 10 moments in Paul Thomas Anderson`s films

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 131. MB
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Episode 15 - The Naked Lunch Movie Awards `2007

Is “There Will Be Blood” the best film of the year? Tune in as we give out The Naked Lunch awards to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry including directors, actors, and writers. Also a special review on the new film by Paul Thomas Anderson `There Will Be Blood`.

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 151. MB
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Episode 14 - Top 10 Films & Soundtracks of 2007

Listen in as we countdown our ten favorite films and soundtracks of 2007!

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 136. MB
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Episode 13 - Ricky Rotten Awards

Tune in to our Thursday Dec. 13th broadcast for a look back at this year`s funniest film, Superbad. Also a review on I Am Legend, The Omega Man & Last Man On Earth. All this and more!

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 129. MB
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Episode 12 - Superstar! The Todd Haynes Story

Superstar: The Todd Haynes Story Listen to our broadcast from Thursday Dec. 6th for a very special look at director Todd Haynes and all his movies from Velvet Goldmine to his new smash hit "I'm Not There". A ton of great queer related Canadian rock and enough Dylan cover songs to keep you warm under the cold winter.

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 112. MB
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Episode 11 - Pimp My Radio Show!

Special guest DJ's Laurent Blaze of 33mag & Dr. J help Sic Ric review the movies The Mack, Hustle & Flow & American Pimp. All the best hip hop from the U.K , U.S.A. & right here in Canada!

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 103. MB
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Episode 9 - Minnesota Madness - The Coen Brothers special

Our very special look at the Coen brothers! We will take a look at their entire filmograpy and focus mostly on the thrillers. Everything from "Blood Simple" to "No Country for Old Men" with Special guest DJ Iron Man Dan.

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 111. MB
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Episode 8 - Director Jack Hill special

Funk, Soul, Pam Grier, Jack Hill & Exploitation ! Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted the urban black audience; the word itself is a portmanteau of the words “black” and “exploitation.” Blaxploitation films starred primarily black actors, and were the first to feature soundtracks of funk and soul music. Variety magazine credited Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song with the invention of the blaxploitation genre, although others concede that because the film was conceived and produced independently and directed by a black filmmaker, the Hollywood-financed film Shaft is closer to being blaxploitation, and thus, is more likely to have begun the genre.

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 113. MB
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Episode 7 - Transmission - Joy Division, 24 Hour Party People & Control.

Reviews on the movies Control, 24 Hour Party People and a look back at the Manchester music scene of the late 70`s and early 80`s. Hosted by Sic Ric & Chrystina Benyo.

DATE: Fri, 09 Jan 2009
SIZE: 106. MB
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Episode 6 - Midnight Radio - Halloween special part 2

Top 31 Horror films of the past 31 years in the second half of our Halloween special.

DATE: Tue, 06 Jan 2009
SIZE: 54.4 MB
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Episode 2 -B Acrpss The Universe

Reviews on Across the Universe

DATE: Tue, 06 Jan 2009
SIZE: 101. MB
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Episode 5 - Ricky Rocky Horror Picture Show - Halloween special part 1

Top 31 Horror films of the past 31 years in our 1st of a 2 part Halloween special!

DATE: Tue, 06 Jan 2009
SIZE: 95.9 MB
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Episode 4 - Fantastic Mr. Fox - the Wes Anderson special

Wes Anderson special

DATE: Tue, 06 Jan 2009
SIZE: 103. MB
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Episode 3 - Lost in Translation - Tokyo Shock & Japanese Rock

Get ready for some Japanese rock, movie talk and Tokyo shock. Episode 3 is now ready to download. Reviews on Cyber punk Japanese films and the musical artist of the week is a man who has left his prints everywhere in rock and punk music. Of course we are talking about Captain Beefheart.

DATE: Tue, 06 Jan 2009
SIZE: 110. MB
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Episode 2 -A Rebels on The Backlot - The Grindhouse special

Reviews on Deathproof

DATE: Wed, 31 Dec 2008
SIZE: 95.0 MB
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Episode 1 - Divine Trash - The John Waters special

Listen to the September 13th show. It was our very first show and we featured the work of the king of sleaze and living legend John Waters! Listen in while we critique his films starting from Mondo trash to A Dirty Shame & everything in between. Of course you will also be sure to hear all the great music featured in his films. Everyone from Blondie, the Dead Boys, Ruth Brown, Iggy Pop etc. Trailer homes, eggs, incestuous desire, black humor, white trash, pubic hair, sadists, exhibitionists, hard sex, sickening vengeance, scatology, dysfunctional families, cannibals, masturbation, pornography, sexual prevision, penis amputation, zoophiles, coprophagia and shoplifting are just a few topics we will discuss.

Recent Comments for Sound On Sight
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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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