Short Ends and Leader

December 2008

Critical Confessions: Part 12 - Embar-a-Go-Go!

I am currently sitting on five reviews. Five. Five films I have already seen (in preparation for year end “Best of” consideration) and five films


November 2008

Wanted, and the Art of Ass-Kicking Self Actualization

Screw Abraham Maslow! According to this so-called philosopher, the route to self-actualization - you know, the ultimate realization of one’s own value and worth


Visits: Hungry Ghost Anthology

In China, it’s like Halloween. The 15th night of the seventh month is reserved for the dead. Ancient tradition holds that, on this occasion,


Cinematic Titanic: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

It’s said that you can’t go home again. Other maxim-mized clichés include the inability to revisit past glories and the ever popular


Wednesday Film Focus - 26 November 2008

As part of the typical, pre-Turkey Day tradition, Hollywood is handing out a few heaping helpings of holiday weekend wonder. For the upcoming celebration of


Role Models

Ever since a certain Mr. Apatow introduced us to a middle aged man child with limited sexual experience, the motion picture comedy has been flooded


Four Christmases

So this is what five Oscar winners gets you? This is the result of the combined Academy caliber efforts of Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line),


Australia

He’s been making movies since 1992. Yet in 16 years, he’s completed only four projects - 1992’s Strictly Ballroom, 1996’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, 2001’


Fashion (2008)

Every era of affluence has an account of what has gone wrong amid the wealth and decadence: Scott Fitzgerald’s novels and short stories, Evelyn


Ten Memorable MST3K Moments Revisited

This week really marks the 20th Anniversary of Joel Hodgson's seminal show Mystery Science Theater 3000. In that regard, let's go back to a commentary piece from January 2008 outlining SE&L's favorite in-between bits.


October 2008

September 2008

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

// Moving Pixels

"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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