Short Ends and Leader

January 2009

Repo!: The Genetic Opera (2008)

Vision is hard to come by in today’s ‘crank ‘em out and count the pennies’ Hollywood. Bankability and commercial viability often trump things like


Auteur! Auteur! The Directors of 2008

When the Academy Award nominations are announced this upcoming Thursday, 22 January, there is a distinct possibility that the five available Best Director slots will be


The Love Girls (1964)

It’s all the nudists’ fault. When sun worshipers challenged the illegality of baring it all back in the late ‘50s/early ‘60s, the resulting


Cinematic Titanic: Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks (2009)

2008 was an interesting year for fans of the comedy classic Mystery Science Theater 3000. Not only did Mike Nelson and his creative collective - Kevin Murphy


The Express (2008)

Sports films can no longer function as mere history or information. Thanks to the mandates of the genre, physicality must match ideology like poorly drafted


Surround Sound: Lows (TV Terminator/Dead Pool/Underworld 3)

For some reason, the thriller/action/adventure genre just doesn’t get the same respect as the dour drama or the high minded epic. It


Surround Sound: Highs (Benjamin Button/Last Chance Harvey/The Reader)

About this time of year, when awards are looming in the mind of every marketing agent, attempts are made to woo the critical community. There


Supercop (aka Police Story 3: Supercop)

For a long time, fans of Hong Kong action movies have complained about the “Americanization” of the genre. No, not the obvious bows to Western


It’s a Shame About Ray: Ray Dennis Steckler (1938 - 2009)

Some directors don’t deserve the reputation they eventually earn. While many consider him to be the worst filmmaker in the world, the late Ed


It’s Time to Decompress

Yes, SE&L has been a little lax in its updates the last couple of weeks, what with awards season screenings and end of


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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

// Channel Surfing

"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

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