Short Ends and Leader

August 2009

Let’s Go to the Clip: The Comic-Con ‘09 Film Recap, Part 2

Part 2:  My Thursday at Comic-Con ended with a movie screening, while Friday began with an epic, two-and-a-half hour Warner Bros. panel. The final movie


Let’s Go to the Clip: The Comic-Con ‘09 Film Recap, Part 1

My experience at this year’s Comic-Con was mostly about starting the day in the massive Hall H and staying there for, well, almost the


The Waterboy (1998): Blu-ray

Who is the real Adam Sandler? Is he the bitter, angry superstar that’s depicted in the recent Judd Apatow “dramedy” Funny People? Or is


Sling Blade (1996): Blu-ray

In the most controversial scene in the equally scandalous Tropic Thunder, Australian actor turned black man Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.) tries to explain to


Nature’s Grave (2008)

The rap against remakes is simple - it’s been done before…and usually better. So there’s no need to do it again, right?


Race to Witch Mountain (2009): Blu-ray

In the far off, distant future, when film is no longer a question of celluloid or aluminum discs, historians will look at the Walt Disney


July 2009

“Girl by the Lake” is a Compelling Crime Story

Secrets are like seashells strewn across the beachhead of a desolate, angry ocean. Every human shoreline has them and yet few want to venture out


You, The Living

A look at the most recent film from the filmmaker many have dubbed the new Bergman...


Bryce Dallas Howard: Franchise Killer!

Remember, she's driven bigger and better franchises to the verge of complete collapse - what's to say that Bella and her brood are immune?


Thrills, Italian Style: Torso (1973) and The 10th Victim (1965)

Along with their French, Japanese, and American brethren, the Italians were instrumental in bringing Golden era motion pictures - and all their phony, studio-bound ideals


June 2009

May 2009

//Mixed media

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"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

// Sound Affects

"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

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