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January 2008

Almost Blu

So, Warner Brothers is officially dropping HD-DVD for Blu-ray. Does anyone really care? Are there really people in this complex, politically unsound world really worrying


A Beginner’s Guide to Exploitation - ‘Mondo’-rama

As part of a new feature here at SE&L, we will be looking at the classic exploitation films of the ‘40s - ‘70s.


Critical Confessions: Part 4 - The ‘Ten Minute’ Curse

I’m not sure if other film critics have it, but I know I do. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of, but


Killer of Sheep: The Charles Burnett Collection

His is not an unusual story. As an artist of color working within a medium not necessarily friendly to same, Charles Burnett had a decidedly


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


November 2007

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