Short Ends and Leader

April 2009

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


No Means Ho: Debating ‘Observe and Report’‘s Most Controversial Scene

Rape? Or the Reality of Relationships circa 2009? Jody Hill's Observe and Report is being vilified over that very question.


Cinematic Titanic: Blood of the Vampires (2009)

To paraphrase a famous quote by one Homer J. Simpson, family is the cause of, and the solution for, all of life’s problems. Issues


‘Observe’ Mines Humor Out of Pain, Peculiarity

It’s safe to say that, somewhere down the line, Jody Hill is going to make a truly f*cked-up masterpiece. He’s going to


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'Steep' Loves Its Mountains

// Moving Pixels

"SSX wanted you to fight its mountains, Steep wants you to love its mountains.

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