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May 2008

Friday Film Focus - 16 May, 2008

Summer’s still sizzling away, and for the weekend beginning 16 May, here are the films in focus:CJ7 [rating: 7]CJ7 is a deceptive little delight,


‘Hats’ Hampered by Lack of Directorial Focus

There is a big difference between interesting and intriguing. The former identification can be connected to any subject that spikes our attention. We may not


Whimsy Works For (and Against) Chow’s ‘CJ7’

Every director has a little whimsy in him (or her). It’s a crucial element for being an artist. When utilized sparingly, channeled alongside a


‘Frontier(s)’ Follows Familiar Fear Formula

When it comes to reviving old horror clichés, the French have been on quite a roll recently. First, they deconstructed the stand alone suspense


Critical Confessions: Part 8 - An Open Letter to the Online Critic

Dear Fellow Writer: The time is now. It’s our moment to put up or forever shut up. Print is dying, there’s no two


Mascara (1999)

Wednesday, a legitimate ‘weak’ day here at Short Ends & Leader. Today’s crappy effort is an appalling chick flick that gives gender issues a very bad rap.


W Stoned

Leave it to film’s last agent provocateur to do what a sloppy stoner comedy couldn’t. A couple of weeks ago, when the lackluster


‘Indiana’ Groans

In one week, we critics will know for sure. The time frame is ten days for the rest of the moviegoing rabble. Barring any cosmic


The Great Debaters (2007)

Film fans look to DVD for one thing mostly, and that’s contextual clarity. We want to understand the artistic decisions made, to get close


Friday Film Focus - 09 May, 2008

SUMMER’S HERE!!! and for the weekend beginning 9 May, here are the films in focus:Speed Racer [rating: 10]Forget all the curmudgeonly criticism that argues


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