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July 2008

Phase IV (1974)

The late ‘60s/early ‘70s was a boon for serious science fiction. Thanks in part to the success of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of

Friday Film Focus - 11 July, 2008

It’s time to get back on track as Hollywood continues to unveil its weekly array of tent pole titles. For 11 July, here are the

Del Toro Delivers with ‘Hellboy 2’

Ever wonder what it would be like if your favorite filmmaker had the creative freedom to realize his or her own inner artistic aims? Ever

This ‘Journey’ is Generic, But Fun

There is nothing wrong with being generic. There is no crime in staying standard and formulaic. Sure, it signals a kind of creative malaise on

Guillermo the Great

Guillermo Del Toro should be Peter Jackson. He should be sitting on a multi-billion dollar franchise, a few Oscars, and that rare combination of mainstream

Roberto Benigni’s ‘Pinocchio’

Wednesday means Crap Day here at SE&L, and today we've got a doozy - a fetid fairy tale by everyone's favorite Italian irritant, Roberto Benigni

Movie News Tuesday: 8 July, 2008

Ferrell, Baron Cohen, Apatow take on Sherlock Holmes From the Official Press Release: Comedy superstars Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell will team together for

Ruining It for Everyone

In the case of The Ruins, the advertising took a decidedly odd approach.

Little Girls (1966)

In the annals of exploitation, Bob Cresse remains more myth than man. While other kings of the grindhouse see their names celebrated as part of

Superhero Movie (2008)

In general, there are two crucial elements to a successful spoof. One is the source material. Something has to be part of the pop culture

June 2008

May 2008

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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