Short Ends and Leader

January 2009

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


While You Were Out - The Lists of 2008

While you were sitting around celebrating the holidays, SE&L was busy compiling its lists of the year’s best (and worst) releases. Focusing


The Top 10 DVDs of 2008

At least one of the “D"s in DVD has to stand for “diversity”.  As Blu-ray continues to tread water, earning as many converts


December 2008

The Top 10 Films of 2008

2008 was the year of the auteur. It was the time for the mind behind the lens. While previous seasons have seen hit or miss offerings


November 2008

October 2008

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'The Chamber' Keeps the Drama and Suspense Going

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"The Chamber is the filmic equivalent of a fairground ride, the stimulation of emotion over ideas.

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