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January 2008

Get Smart - The Complete TV Series

Call it reverse retro - something so endemic of its time or place that it transcends nostalgia to become a definitive cultural statement. Every medium


Surround Sound: Soundtracking (Part 1)

When we think about soundtracks, it is impossible to avoid bringing up the names of the giants in the field: Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, John


While You Were Out - The Lists of 2007

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 2007

The transition has been interesting - and aggravating - to watch. Companies that, at first, failed to embrace the digital format and all it could


December 2007

The Top 10 Films of 2007

Okay - so it’s actually 11. Instead of playing by the rules and sticking to the mandatory 10, another title managed to sneak its way onto


The 10 Worst Films of 2007

It will be remembered as the year when past geniuses (The Coen Brothers, Sidney Lumet) made astounding comebacks, while others (Francis Ford Coppola) merely continued


The 10 Worst DVDs of 2007

Believe it or not, making worst-of lists is a heck of a lot harder than making best-of determinations. The explanation for why may seem specious


The Top 10 Films of 2007 That You Never Heard Of

It’s no small measure of the last 12 months that half of the films featured on SE&L’s 2007 list are without confirmed distribution


Left-Overture: Part 1

No critic can see every movie in a single year. There are only 365 days from 1 January to 31 December (366 with that added leap), and even if


Hollywood Babylon: Return to Trailer Town!

From time to time, SE&L will step back and let the Tinsel Town marketing machine do what they do best – tantalize and tease


November 2007

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