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October 2008

Phantasm (1979)

It arrived during the final phases of classic ‘70s horror, an era that had seen The Exorcist, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Halloween reestablish

Feast II: Sloppy Seconds (2008)

The theory that sequels should exceed their originals is nothing new to the filmmaking machine. Most big budget blockbusters attempt the “pile on” conceit when

Friday Film Focus - 3 October, 2008

Awards Season keeps chugging away. However, many of the films in focus for 3 October will probably come away empty handed, beginning with: Towelhead [rating: 1] “Indeed,

Serious Flaw Threatens ‘Appaloosa’s’ Excellence

When the Western died, it did so because of two distinct reasons. First, the media had so saturated the audience with as many warmed over

Fable Feels ‘Blind’ to its Own Illogic

Before Star Wars, serious science fiction survived on the allegorical. Take a typical situation, instill it with some sort of out of this world premise,

‘Religulous’ Mocks the Mockable

There are certain unwinnable arguments in life, debates where no one side can claim clear victory. Argue over abortion, and see how staunch either position

Cast Away

In Hollywood, they say a good movie is only a solid script away. Put a decent director and a somewhat salable cast in an excellent

September 2008

An Idol for Every Generation - Paul Newman: (1925 - 2008)

He was classic Hollywood for the counterculture generation, a throwback to the days of good looks and gifted talent transformed into idealism, allure, and myth,

A True Icon

For now, a picture says it all: Read our complete tribute to Paul Newman in tomorrow’s blog post.

It’s a Review-a-thon!

Sometimes, we get so bogged down with titles here at SE&L that we can’t imagine ever getting through them all. Be it

August 2008

July 2008

//Mixed media

The Hills Are Alive, But Nobody Else Is in 'The Happiness of the Katakuris'

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"Happiness of the Katakuris is one of Takashi Miike's oddest movies, and that's saying something.

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