Short Ends and Leader

October 2008

Narrative Choices Challenge ‘Changeling’s Effectiveness

The Clint Eastwood renaissance has been a joy to behold. While many thought his 1992 Oscar for Unforgiven would mark the culmination of an amazing, four


‘Zack and Miri’ Is a Soft(core) Hearted Delight

Thanks to its mainstreaming by the media (and the ever-present lure of easy access via the Internet), pornography has gone from stern community scandal to


It’s Fright Time…Again!

If it’s October, it’s Fright Time here at SE&L. As we have the last two years, we will use the tenth


Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2007)

What does it take to make a movie in 2008? A huge budget underwritten by a major Tinsel Town conglomerate? A nonstop parade of union-loyal crewmembers


The Beyond (1981)

In the world of horror, you either “get” Lucio Fulci or you don’t. After starting his career in Italian cinema as a genre jack-of-all-trades


Pieces (1982) - Version 2.0

Some horror movies can live solely on their carefully crafted hype. Others actual deliver the goods the studio staged ballyhoo promises. And then there is


Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

Politics are not only social. They can be personal, or professional. They can encompass our entire life, or play a very tiny, very unimportant part


Hell Ride (2008)

Can a DVD alter your perception on a film? Perhaps the bigger question is, should it? When you walk out of a theater, disappointed or


Camera Trick Undermines ‘Rachel’‘s Realism

It’s a staple of the cinematic form, drama’s go-to position when anything outside biology becomes unobtainable. In fact it’s such a stalwart


‘Pride and Glory’ is Solid but Predictable

By now, we understand the corruption festering under the thin blue line. Call it The Departed Syndrome, or the Badge-Carrying Whistleblower’s Waltz but movies


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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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