Short Ends and Leader

April 2009

‘Informers’ Offers Less than Zero Insights

If there is one name that’s synonymous with over-generalized ‘80s ennui, it’s Bret Easton Ellis. From his initial literary phenomenon Less than Zero

‘Soloist’ Suffers from a Lack of Honesty

Not every true story makes for good cinema. Sometimes, an intriguing idea is just that - a decent concept that can’t take the transition

Give ‘Em Hell, Spinell

Troma will be releasing The Last Horror Film as part of its Tromasterpiece Collection of classic titles. More information can be found on the company's website, with pre-order information now available at

Surround Sound: ‘Heroes’ and Villains

Heroes: The Television Series/ The Last House on the Left/ The Music of Batman

Why Biopics Just Don’t Work

It’s not a hard genre to mess up. There are so many pre and post production hazards to overcome that the moviemaking winds up

Say YES to Excess: Defending the ‘Crank’ Films

They’re gross, over the top, sexually pigheaded, and so filled with amplified ultraviolence that Alex DeLarge and his mates would definitely consider them “excessive”.

Grey Gardens/ The Beales of Grey Gardens (1975)

In celebration of the premiere of HBO's stellar TV movie on the Beales, SE&L brings you this review of the original documentaries that started it all.

Fight Night - aka Rigged (2008)

In independent film, emotion is everything. Since budgets don’t allow for much visual flair, locational variance, or narrative diversity, movies of this nature must

The Girl Next Door: Marilyn Chambers (1952 - 2009)

This may sound cold, and perhaps a little callous, but does the death of a porn star really merit mention in a motion picture film

Critical Confessions: Part 16 - Just Google It

There’s a concerning discussion going on at one of the websites I write for (not this one, another), which has me thinking about the

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//Mixed media

The Moving Pixels Podcast Becomes the 'Beholder'

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to think that we would never be complicit with the dictates of an authoritarian regime, but Beholder reveals how complicated such choices can become.

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