Short Ends and Leader

December 2008

The 10 Worst DVDs of 2008

It’s been said before, but it really does bear repeating - making worst-of lists is a heck of a lot harder than making best-of


The Worst Films of 2008

Talk about tough. After carefully scanning the over 200 movies SE&L experienced this Cineplex season (and that’s not counting the numerous DVDs), choosing


The Top 10 Films of 2008 That You Never Heard Of

DVD has been a godsend for filmmakers desperate for distribution. Thanks to the advances in technology, the accessibility of an available audience (otherwise known as


‘Benjamin Button’ is Brilliant

David Fincher is a god. Not a lesser deity, mind you, or some manner of false filmmaking prophet. No, this inside outsider may have gotten


‘Frost/Nixon’ Feigns Actual History Well

Those of us who lived through it will never forget how it unraveled before our unbelieving eyes. As each new day brought another revelation, as


Winslet and DiCaprio Shine in ‘Revolutionary’ Drama

As long as they had Paris, they had hope. Actually, as frustrated suburban housewife April Wheeler would later reveal, it didn’t have to be


Suspense is ‘Valkyrie’‘s Saving Grace

World War II remains the ultimate cinematic backdrop for elements both within and outside the conflict’s control. On the one hand, there are so


This ‘Spirit’ Stumbles as it Soars

In cinema, the shelf life for style is apparently three years. Back in 2005, critics were beside themselves praising the monochrome magic of Robert Rodriguez’s


Burn After Reading (2008)

The Coen Brothers remains the most predicable unpredictable artists in Hollywood. You can be guaranteed that the minute you think you have them pegged -


Pulse 3 (2008)

Complex and intricate stories usually don’t lend themselves to sequels. By their very nature, however, they should be ripe for revisiting. After all, so


November 2008

October 2008

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Can Video Game Mechanics Be “Trashy”?

// Moving Pixels

"Speed is the pornography of video games. Like adding skin to a film, adding speed to a game isn't usually about making the game a more thoughtful experience. It is about exciting its audience's instincts on the most visceral level possible.

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